Essential Plugins

Website features continue to evolve with the need for more functionality. Plugins are useful software add-ons for your website to optimize performance and enhance the user experience. However, with a plethora of options, you might find yourself wondering what’s best for your website and consumers.

When creating a brand new website through WordPress, there are a few essential plugins worth implementing:

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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is a popular contact form plugin that allows usage of multiple contact forms, mail content flexibility, spam filtering and CAPTCHA capability. Users can create forms for general communication, subscribers, feedback and more. Pair this plugin with the Contact Form 7 Database Addon and you can collect submission data directly from your website. This is helpful for those who wish to collect data from a selected form and export in the CSV spreadsheet format.

Widget Shortcode

Widgets are stand-alone applications that can be embedded on websites in places such as headers, footers and sidebars. Using the Widget Shortcode plugin increases productivity by allowing the user to execute a collection of tools anywhere on the website, without creating new templates. This is an essential tool for users new to coding because the plugin creates one simple line of code per widget.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post allows users to duplicate previously created pages. This plugin helps you save time since creating multiple pages or posts with the same settings, such as blogs or informational pages, can become very tedious. Another great use for this plugin is to immediately duplicate a page for testing purposes all while keeping the initial page intact.

Revolution Slider

First impressions are important in a website and you need a powerful banner to keep your users engaged with the page. Revolution Slider is a high-end slider plugin with many advanced settings. This plugin allows users to build banners, sliders, carousels or even entire front pages with animations, effects, and fully responsive customization.

At esd, we can customize your website with the essential plugins for your business. We stay up-to-date on the latest software, search engine optimization tactics and design trends to ensure our clients have an engaging and effective web presence. Contact us today to learn more about our website development services.

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