Top WordPress plugins for 2017 There's a plugin for that!

Around one quarter of all webpages on the Internet today use WordPress. From ecommerce to blogs to just showcasing your business, it is the most popular developmental tool available to open you or your business to the world. One reason that WordPress has the popularity it does is because of the host of plugins that it offers to its users.

Plugins can do wonders for a website. From e-commerce tools, to SEO optimization, to comments to help with user interaction plugins can do almost anything. Some plugins have over one million downloads and many are free! There are many to choose from, so what are the top plugins of 2017?

Social Media is king. WordPress offers numerous social media plugins to help your website connect with your social media accounts. Top plugins include Social Media Tabs, Easy Social Share Buttons, SocialBox, Social Gallery, Social Traffic Pop, Ultimate Social Deux and Ultimate Social Meta Pro.

E-commerce is the shopkeeper that works 24/7/365 and does not need a coffee break. Numerous plugins are available for WordPress like WooCommerce, WorldPay, or WordPress’ very own WP eCommerce Authorize.net plugin.

Sliders offer your website a way to show multiple images in the same place. Numerous plugins are available like Metaslider, RoyalSlider, Slider Revolution, LayerSlider, Slider PRO or Showbiz Pro.

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. Photo galleries can enhance any website, from showing off stunning photos to showcasing your products. A gallery plugin can be a great way to not only bring some color to your website but to be an attention grabber that your users will click on. Popular gallery plugins include NextGen, Responsive Photo Gallery, Awesome Gallery, Thumbnail Gallery, Essential Grid, Justified Image, Media Grid or if a video needs to be included Video Gallery.

With WordPress having such a large share of developers it should be no surprise that criminals will be drawn to it. Security must not be overlooked so WordPress comes through in this category as well. A plugin, Backup Buddy allows users to backup their site so that if something does happen the site can be restored quickly and when used in conjunction with iThemes Security you will have peace of mind in knowing your site is secure. Other popular plugins include Updraft Backup and Restoration, Wordfence, Sucuri Security, Login Lockdown, Security Ninja, Smart Security Tools or WordPress’ own Security Manager. Another plugin, Hide My WP, hides the fact that your site uses WordPress so a criminal will not know that you are using it.

Now if your website is slow to load people will not visit it. Your site may also work fine on a desktop version but don’t forget about mobile platforms as well. Not surprisingly WordPress has plugins available to help you with all of this. W3 Total Cache and EWWW Image Optimizer can help you make sure your site loads as quickly and smoothly as possible. This is one key to getting a higher SEO ranking. To help with that, WordPress also offers several plugins like WordPress SEO, Premium SEO, WordPress Auto Spinner, Rankie, All in One SEO Pack, Broken Link Checker, Simple 301 Redirect or YARPP.

Once your website is up and running you may want to allow your visitors to leave comments or to contact you. It’s a great way for them to get in touch with you or leave positive feedback. Plugins like Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, Quform, Disqus or Advance Custom Fields allow visitors to get in touch with you via comment or contact forms while allowing you to filter out spam thanks to CAPTCHA or manual review. Chat plugins like Banckle Chat, ClickDesk, WP Chat Blazer, Flexy Talk, VideoChat or Live Chat can allow your visitors to reach you in real time.

A plugin can be found to do just about anything. Want a pop-up ad to come up, there’s a plugin for that. Member services can be offered using plugins like UserPro. Your website can play audio files using Full-width Audio Player. A calendar can be added to your website using EventOn. Need to book appointments? Bookly can help with that. Need analytics? Google Analytics or Jetpack can give you all of the information you need and a heatmap can also be installed. Social media analytics like Social Metrics tracks your performance on social media. Upgrading to a new version of WordPress? The WordPress Importer can make this a breeze.

There are apps for your smartphone that can do just about anything. If you need it there is an app for that. The same can be said for WordPress plugins. When in doubt there is a plugin for that. The list keeps growing so next year the top plugins for 2018 could be even longer.

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