10 Best CMS WordPress Plugins 2019

9 June 2019

Developing and maintaining websites is a very time consuming process. It is not enough just to developed the pages and upload them to the hosting. In order for the site to function and indexed by search engines, it is necessary to optimize its download speed, write the necessary meta tags on all pages, create contact forms, install protection against hacking, and if the site is multilingual, this will add to your headache! Yes, I completely forgot – the administrative page to manage the site for the client is also needed.
CMS WordPress serves to make life easier for developers and the administrator of web resources. In this great CMS there are a huge number of plugins that greatly simplify the addition of certain necessary functions to the website.
We would like to bring to your attention an article where we describe the TOP 10 plugins for CMS WordPress.

This article will be useful for both beginners and experienced webdevelopers. Ranking of plug-ins in the article does not matter. Below are the plugins (free and paid) that are most often used by our developers.
So, our TOP 10 tools:

Advanced Custom Fields – creating additional fields

ACF plugin

Ideal plugin to create custom fields in the admin WordPress with the possibility of the subsequent output of these fields on the site. Easily customizable, has a wide selection of fields, such as Wysiwig Editor, color picker, textarea, text, image … You can select any placement page, any post type, set custom rules for display. Those who previously used the usual WordPress word fields will appreciate this plugin. Without it, rarely does any client-oriented development work to create a convenient and understandable administrative panel.

Pros ACF:

  • basic version of the plugin is free;
  • easy to set up;
  • very easy to display the required fields;
  • detailed documentation with examples;
  • wide selection of fields

Cons ACF:

  • most needed fields such as: Repeater, Options panel, flexible content only available in premium version;
  • unlike builders (Visual Composer) has limited functionality, however, the site loads much faster.

 

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Contact Form 7 – multiple contact forms

contact form 7

Need a plugin for the feedback form? Of course! What is the contact page on the site without it? Contact Form 7 is the most popular WordPress plugin, it is installed on more than a million websites (according to WordPress repository statistics). His rating among users is 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Contact Form 7 is absolutely free. This plugin has built-in support for Ajax sending, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filter and many different plug-ins that significantly extend the functionality. After creating a form, a shortcode is generated that allows you to insert it into any place on the site page. can be changed in the Contact Form 7 settings. It has a wide selection of fields and settings of the form itself, you can select several recipients and send a counter message to the form sender.

Pros Сontact Form 7:

  • absolutely free;
  • there is everything you need to create a full-fledged contact form;
  • supports html markup;
  • supports Ajax sending;
  • with the help of add-ons for this plugin, you can create huge forms \ questionnaires \ polls \ tests and connect the payment.

Cons Contact Form 7:

  • you need to understand the setting;
  • sometimes slightly weights the site;
  • sometimes conflicts with other plugins (for example with Nextgen Gallery).

 

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All In One WP Security & Firewall – website security

all in one wp secure

You need to be sure that the site is not hacked?

CMS WordPress itself is a fairly secure system, but it is possible to provide additional protection.

A plugin for CMS WordPress that allows you to protect the site from being hacked – All In One WP Security & Firewall. This tool will take your site protection to a whole new level. It has intuitive settings and a wide selection of protection tools. Also, the plug-in has a built-in so-called Security Strength Meter, which will show the overall site protection on a scale from 0 to 205 points.

All-In-One WP Security & Firewall is absolutely free and will not slow down the download speed of your website.

Pros AIOSPF:

  • easy to set up and use;
  • well protects the administrative page of the site and database from hacking.

Cons AIOSPF:

  • there is no ability to scan directories for malicious code;
  • it’s easy enough to hack a site or close a site from being indexed by search engines in case of incorrect settings;
  • bad file system protection.

 

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All In One SEO Pack – search engine optimization

SEO plugin

Are you planning a search engine optimization site?

All In One SEO Pack – the number one tool for an SEO site. Allows you to flexibly customize the internal optimization of the site. Not as easy to set up as its rival Yoast SEO. But since Yoast makes the site heavier when loading and often conflicts with other plugins, we chose the All In One SEO Pack.

What opportunities will the All In One SEO Pack provide for you?

Creating sitemap.xml, defining canonical pages, creating robots.txt, micromarking for social networks, fine-tuning the “Title” and “Description” on the necessary pages of the site, integration with Google Search Console and much more.

Pros All In One SEO Pack:

  • the basic version, which is enough for the site, is free;
  • does not conflict with other plugins;
  • has integration with Google Search Console;
  • works great with multilangiage plugins.

Cons All In One SEO Pack:

  • not easy to configure;
  • fewer add-on modules than the Yoast SEO Plugin.

 

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WPML – multilanguage

wpml plugin

The only plugin in the review that does not have a free version. This is a rather difficult to set up translation tool, but unfortunately there is no constantly updated, high quality alternative.

One of the best WordPress plugins to install additional languages ​​on the site. WPML includes support for more than 40 languages.

Until recently, we used QTranslate X, it is free and easy to configure. However, the developers stopped supporting this plugin 2 years ago. And currently our team is working with WPML.

This plugin is suitable for all types of multilingual sites from blogs to online stores. Compatible with any themes and plugins working using WordPress API. Is friends with Advanced Custom Fields, Contact Form 7, Visual Composer, Woocommerce and many others. Currently, perhaps the best plugin for a multilanguage site.

Pros WPML:

  • compatible with any themes and plugins;
  • supports 40 languages;
  • wide options in the settings;
  • great support.

Cons WPML:

  • This plugin is paid ($ 29 – for one blog, $ 79 – for three multilingual portals, $ 159 – for any number of sites);
  • quite complicated to configure.

 

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WooCommerce – eCommerce plugin

woocommerce plugin, oktenweb blog, top 10 plugins for wordpress

 

Do you want to make an online store?

WooCommerce is the best plugin for creating a full-fledged online store based on CMS WordPress. This popular plugin includes features that are very important for an eCommerce. The base plugin is completely free. There are a huge number of inexpensive plug-in extensions that can add various features to the site. Has good documentation, often updated.

Pros WooCommerce:

  • basic version is free;
  • very good support;
  • a lot of extensions;
  • excellent documentation.

Cons WooCommerce:

  • hard enough to integrate into the theme;
  • many templates broken by numerous directories;
  • in the case of incorrect settings can significantly reduce the site page load speed;
  •  some official plugins are expensive.

 

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Imsanity – automatic image compression

imsanity plugin, oktenweb blog, top plugins for wordpress

Is the website loading slowly?

Most likely you either have no caching enabled or visual content is poorly optimized.

To solve the problems with image optimization, we recommend using the Imsanity plugin.

In the settings of this plugin you choose the maximum size for images. When uploading images to the site, this plugin automatically automatically reduces the size of images. Very well suited for blogs that do not require high-quality images.

Pros Imsanity:

  • completely free;
  • many image compression settings, size, quality, resolution;
  • allows you to compress already loaded and those that are just going to load.

Cons Imsanity:

  • Google Page Speed does not always like how it compresses images, even with the most “optimal” settings.

 

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WP Migrate DB – database transfer

WP Migrate DB, oktenweb blog, top 10 plugins for wordpress

Do you need a database transfer from one hosting to another? Did You make a site on a local server and want to upload it to the hosting?

For this, we recommend using the free WP Migrate DB plugins. This plugin makes it much easier to migrate the database. Allows you to specify a new domain and a new location of files in the hosting directory. Creates an archive with a database for later transfer.

Pros WP Migrate:

  • completely free;
  • easy to use;
  • with the right settings, changes the paths unmistakably.

Cons WP Migrate:

  • Poorly suited for transferring large databases (online stores, corporate portals).

 

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Simple Share Buttons Adder – tool for adding share buttons

simple-shared-button-plugin-blog-oktenweb

 

Need buttons for social networks?

The Simple Share Buttons Adder plugin makes it easy to add share buttons for social networks to any place on the site’s pages.

Pros SSBA:

  • basic version is free;
  • customize the colors of the buttons;
  • choose popular social networks;
  • create shortcode and embed in any place on the site.

Cons SSBA:

  • not all social networks are supported.

 

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Autoptimize – caching site

autoptimaze, blog, oktenweb, best plugins for wordpress

 

Is the site loading slowly? Include caching (about compressing images was written above).

Autoptimize is one of the most popular free caching plugins. It has many settings and allows you to compress scripts and styles, turn caching on and off, transfer scripts to the footer, combine scripts and styles.

Alternative – WP Rocket

Pros Autoptimize:

  • absolutely free;
  • easy to set up;
  • significantly increase loading speed of websites

Cons Autoptimize:

  • often breaks the site when you turn on all the options, so you need to carefully read the documentation.

 

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A detailed description of the installation and configuration of each of the plugins presented in the review will soon be read in our blog.

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