Top 5 WordPress Plugins for 2019

Thursday February 14, 2019

By: Brian Thompson
(Founder, Gauntlet Creative)

With 2019 in full swing, I wanted to give you a list of some of the most important WordPress plugins for your website… take a look!

Honorable Mention: MobileMonkey

MobileMonkey developed one of the world’s best Facebook Messenger integrations for WordPress. Their platform includes a user-friendly website chat widget, live chat takeover, custom landing pages, a live chatbot feature, and bunch of other sweet options.

If you’re trying to get more sales leads or sign-ups on your own WordPress site, definitely be sure to incorporate MobileMonkey onto your site. The free plan is already loaded with plenty of options, but their pro plan adds analytics, scheduled blasts, and a bunch more at a very reasonable price.

5. Duplicate Post

This great plugin is 100% GDPR compliant and enables you to (as the name suggests) duplicate a variety of posts and pages and then copy them on to a new draft so that you can edit the text and any images later. Duplicate Post is becoming a fast favorite because users love that it is easy to use and that they can copy and edit content quickly.

Another advantage of this plugin is that you are able to deactivate it when you are finished using it, thereby preventing it from slowing down the speed of your site. It has well over 1,000,000 active installs and this number is expected to increase in the near future. So, if you would like to save time with duplication, give Duplicate Post a try – you won’t look back!

4. Updraft Plus

Have you ever worked extremely hard on a project only to lose everything because of a faulty update or error with coding? You have? Well, you are not alone but thankfully the WordPress plugin, UpdraftPlus helps you to back up all your data into the cloud. All that is required is to click on the “install” button and you are good to go! It could not be easier!

The good news is that UpdraftPlus is free and is also used on more than 1,000,000 websites to date. Users love this plugin because backing up data is now simply a matter of clicking once and you can save to the cloud of your choice (such as Google Drive or Dropbox).

3. Contact Form 7

If you find yourself constantly creating and managing forms and need a plugin to help you do this, Contact Form 7 is the plugin for you! This handy little plugin will save you heaps of time and you will wonder what your life was like without it! It also helps with reCaptcha verification and filters out all those annoying and time-wasting spam submissions with the use of Askimet.

A great benefit of Contact Form 7 is that you no longer have to bother with cumbersome and complicated additional codings – you can simply and quickly create the form you wish and you are done. To date, there have been over 5,000,000,000 Contact Form 7 installations and the best part is that it is completely free of charge!

2. Yoast SEO

If you are looking for a good content optimization plugin, Yoast is hands-down the best one out there at the moment. All you need to do is conduct basic keyword research and Yoast SEO will help you to do the rest, making SEO seem incredibly easy!

It also helps you to take care aspects such as readability, H2 tags and metadata. The main goal of Yoast SEO is to help you create better and more effective content so that you end up ranking higher up on Google.

And….. 1. Wordfence Security

If there is one thing you do this year, make sure that your website is adequately protected! In recent years, crime has taken on a whole new level with cyber attacks and website hacking becoming common. This makes it difficult to ignore the sad fact that there are people out there whose main goal it is to attack your site. It is therefore essential that you ensure that your site has sufficient security and protection from this. Probably the best plugin for these issues is WordFence Security and it is available is both a free paid version.

This excellent plugin will help you with a variety of online security issues including, viruses, malware, backdoor scanning, verification and repair of core file integrity and very solid protection from hacking. Additionally, it has a firewall that helps does IP whitelisting, blocking of fake Google users, and IP blocking. You will also receive an instant email alert should it detect any problems. And if that’s not enough, WordFence includes RSS feed readers in addition to crawlers and bots.

Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson is the lead designer at Gauntlet Creative. He loves professional wrestling, heavy metal, and productivity.

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