WordPress is the most widely used content management system (CMS) in the industry. The platform was originally introduced as a blogging tool but, because of its popularity, it has morphed into much more. WordPress is a free, open-source platform but, the fact that it allows users to create, manage, and publish content in a highly stylized and interactive format makes it priceless.
Among its many perks, WordPress has hundreds of compatible plugins that add functionality to a website. From photo galleries to eCommerce solutions to SEO performance, WordPress is a viable web solution for most any business or organization.
Here are five plugins that are must-haves for all websites in 2016.
SEO All in One Pack
All in One SEO Pack is a WordPress SEO plugin that automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google. This popular plugin allows users to set keyword settings, title settings, no-index settings, and webmaster verification settings.
Add to Any Share
Some level of social media participation is a must for all businesses today, and it is equally important to offer visitors the opportunity to easily share information from your website on their own social media pages. The AddToAny plugin offers sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp, and many more.
We’ve all suffered the horror of losing precious information. Updraft Plus is a backup and restoration tool that is easy to install and set up. The plugin offers complete backups; manual or scheduled to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email, and more.
The Wordfence WordPress security plugin provides free enterprise-class WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware. Wordfence starts by checking if a site is already infected. It performs a server-side scan of source code and then secures it and makes it 50 times faster.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress
This plugin displays Google Analytics reports in the WordPress Dashboard. It also inserts the latest Google Analytics tracking code in your pages. Tracking made simple.