This list of the top 10 WordPress plugins for 2015 can help you maximize the functionality and benefits of your site … without having to spend a lot of time or money on custom programming.
The right plugins save you time, make your site easier to use, help you capture more sales opportunities, and much, much more.
There are thousands of plugins, both free and paid, and sorting through them all to find the right ones can be a job in itself. We’ve done the work for you so that you can just enjoy the benefits without wasting valuable hours to tedium.
Not all of these plugins were introduced in 2015, but they are certainly the cream of the crop for the year’s offerings. Here are our picks for the top 10 WordPress plugins for 2015:
This plugin consistently makes lists of top plugins — and for good reason. It’s a standard that every site should be using if the owners are serious about search engine optimization.
The plugin includes an easy system for ensuring that you have taken advantage of every optimization opportunity on the page. Once you are done entering all the information, the plugin then gives you a red, yellow or green light to let you know if the page is optimized correctly. If you get a red or yellow light, you get a list of specific suggestions for improvement.
You may start to feel a little insane trying to manage all the ad code for your site, but AdSanity makes it a little easier.
The plugin includes easy-to-use widgets and short codes that can easily insert ads in posts, pages, sidebars, headers, and more.
The plugin allows you to set time limits for ads or to create permanent ads. It also includes analytics for ad views and clicks.
If your site is not being cached, it’s probably loading very slowly, and you are probably losing visitors and sales as a result.
WP Rocket is a caching plugin that is easier to use than some of the other big-name caching plugins. You don’t have to lose hours trying to figure it out and risk making a mistake that could actually slow your site down. Just install it, and your site will run faster.
Use this plugin to create a lightbox for your images and galleries.
The layout is clean and simple, so even beginners can use this plugin without a problem. The lightbox is minimalistic, so it can fit in with just about any site design, and it creates an attractive display that will draw in visitors, helping to lower your bounce rate.
You can also use this plugin to create a light box for videos, iframes, and ajax content.
Even with the best passwords, hackers can still get into your site if they have enough time and are determined.
Login Lockdown will shut down attempts to log into your site after a certain number of tries have been attempted. You can set the number, and most choose just three or four attempts. (Everyone forgets their password at some point, so the three or four attempts gives most people a reasonable shot at trying out the different passwords they think they may have used.)
A mailing list can help you generate leads and increase your sales.
Gravity Forms helps you create attractive opt-in forms for your mailing list or for other lead-generation tactics, such as downloads and giveaways. You can also use it to create online surveys, web directories, and user-submitted posts.
Content is king when it comes to promoting your site.
Make sure your content is of the highest quality with this plugin. You can easily preview and make changes to a post without having to log into your back end. You’ll streamline the content creation process without sacrificing quality.
Most WordPress themes come with their own comment management system, but Disqus gives you more control than they do.
This plugin allows you to move comments to a third party system so as not to bog down your server, and it gives you more tools for managing comments.
Protect your site with this easy-to-use security plugin.
Sucuri monitors all of your site’s activity and notifies you of any potential malicious software. Think of it like anti-virus monitoring just for your website. The plugin will also give you recommendations for making your site more secure.
Even if you are vigilant in protecting your site, you can’t prevent all attacks and you can’t do anything to prevent a server crash.
Backup Buddy saves a copy of your site so that you never lose any of your data.
With these plugins, running your website will be easy, and you’ll have all the functionality you need for success.