We have stepped into 2017, which means we have to get prepared for all the ups and possible downs the year might bring. Now it’s a perfect time to refine your online presence and have it prepared for the year ahead. With this in mind, I’ve made a short checklist of the best WordPress plugins that will come in handy in 2017 and will help you stay on top. Check them out and feel free to take your pick from the list.
With Google Analytics WD you’ll be able to access all of your GA reports right from your WordPress dashboard, and also get custom reports on any metric and dimension.It provides comprehensive reports on your site’s audience, performance, AdSense, and AdWords accounts, and enables you to set and manage goals for tracking targeted activities. The plugin is equipped with data filtering functionality to help you exclude unwanted data from the reports. You can compare data gathered from different periods, and export the reports to CSV or PDF formats.
MailChimp WD plugin provides an easy integration with MailChimp service and enables you to create beautiful subscription forms. It comes with an intuitive form editor where you can customize your forms from top to bottom and see the changes you make in real time. There are 4 form display options in the plugin, popup, topbar, scrollbox and embedded forms, which are inserted to your posts using shortcodes. The plugin lets you add various custom fields to your forms, such as PayPal payment, country/custom select, file upload, survey tools, etc, and also lets you set conditions based on which form fields will be displayed or hidden.MailChimp WD features extensive form options and comes with its own set of emailing options to help you get most out of your emails.
Advanced Custom Fields is a simple and intuitive plugin that helps you manage custom data on your website. It comes with over 20 field types and allows you to add them to posts, pages and custom post types. You can create various field groups with different custom fields and define where they will show up. You can manage all of the custom fields from the plugin’s admin area and prevent other administrators from making changes on them.
Google maps are widely used on almost all kinds of website, so make sure to feature one on yours as well. Google Maps WD plugin is the most feature-packed, intuitive and user-friendly plugin that you can use to create maps for your website. You can choose between the available map styles, layers, shapes, map themes and skins and create your own icons for markers. Apart from that, you can equip the maps with getting directions and store locator functionalities and provide the shortest routes to various destinations. The plugin features a live preview function which makes it easy to create and edit the maps.
W3 Total Cache plugin will significantly improve your site’s performance and help you sustain high traffics periods. It’s a powerful performance optimization tool, that also takes care of your site’s SEO, ranking, user experience, loading time, and other aspects. The plugin provides mobile support, and supports content delivery network (CDN) management with WordPress.
Yoast SEO will take your site’s optimization to the next level and make it one of a kind that search engines love. It helps you to write a better content with keywords, choose proper length for your post titles and headings, write post meadescriptions ,and insert image alt tags for better optimization. The plugin is extremely easy to use and features a live preview function, that shows how your posts and pages will look like in search results.
With BackWPup plugin you can schedule complete backups of your website’S database and store it to a number of external services, such as Dropbox, Microsoft Azure,Rackspace Cloud, SugarSync, and many more. After the backup you can quickly restore your files with a single click. The plugin supports different backup formats and multi-site support is provided.
TablePress enables you to create and manage various tables on your website with no coding knowledge. You can embed the tables into your posts and pages with a shortcode, and display them as widgets. Tables may contain any data of any formats and can be edited from a spreadsheet-like interface in no time.
With bbPress you can transform your WordPress website into a fully-featured, lightweight and flexible forum. It’s a simple plugin which is focused on ease of integration, best user practices, and speed. It features a straightforward interface that helps you to easily set it up and moderate. The plugin is fully customizable, which lets you adjust its settings for forums, users, topics, and replies, etc. bbPress comes with a number of customizable templates and allows you to take full control over your forums’ appearance with custom CSS.
If you want to completely change the typography of your website in the coming year, Easy Google Fonts plugin is the easiest way to do that. It perfectly integrates with WordPress customizer and lets you preview the changes you make in real time. The plugin supports all Google font families and styles and automatically updates its list as soon as new fonts are added to Google’s directory. The fonts are added to your theme without editing theme’s stylesheets, which ensures that whenever you change your site’s theme the custom fonts will not be lost.
Wordfence is the most comprehensive security plugin, which makes sure your website is safe and secure out there. It comes with powerful security tools, such as web application Firewall, Wordfence scan, real-time traffic view, and other additional functionalities to provide complete protection for your website. It will stop you from getting hacked, block out unknown attackers and malicious networks, improve login security and scan your website for malware. The plugin comes with extensive monitoring features and lets you take control of your site’s security.
If you want to prepare your website for the coming year, you can use this post as a checklist. It contains a number of cutting edge WordPress plugins targeting various functionality that will surely add a lot of value to your blog. Feel free to take your pick from the list and have a wonderful year ahead.