There are thousands of different WordPress plugins out there add or extend features within the very popular blogging platform. However, how do you know which ones are the coolest? Which plugins are the best? We have been searching far and wide and we feel like we have come up with a great list of the top WordPress plugins.
Here are some of the coolest plugins for your WordPress blog in 2015:
Yoast SEO (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/)
You can quickly improve the search engine optimization of your WordPress powered blog by adding Yoast SEO. It helps you write better content and fully optimize WordPress to make sure you stand a better chance at ranking high in the search engine results. Now, there is no magic button that turns your blog into the number one result in Google. However, these tools can easily help you write better content so that you do rank higher.
Social Media Widget (https://wordpress.org/plugins/social-media-widget/)
Need a simple way to add social sharing of your WordPress blog’s posts or pages? The Social Media Widget adds a simple sidebar widget that lets anybody share the post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and many other social networks out there. It always opens them up in a new browser window too, so your page is still loaded and the visitor can come back to read more of your content too.
Really Simple CAPTCHA (https://wordpress.org/plugins/really-simple-captcha/)
Need to add a CAPTCHA to your website? This plugin is one of the best of the best. So, what does it do differently? Really Simple CAPTCHA doesn’t use PHP “sessions” for storing states. It stores them as temporary files. However, it is important to note that this plugin does not work by itself and is meant to be used along side other contact form plugins. Speaking of contact forms…
Contact Form 7 (https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/)
Contact Form 7 has to be one of the most popular contact form plugins for WordPress. It can manage multiple contact forms. You can easily customize the form too. The forms you create also support Ajax-powered submitting, spam filtering and more. This contact form plugin for WordPress also works hand-in-hand with Really Simple CAPTCHA.
Wordfence Security (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/)
This plugin might be leaning more towards bigger and more popular blogs but it is still a good one to look into. The Wordfence security plugin protects your website from malware and hacks. How does it do this? It does a deep-server-side scan of your website and compares it to the official WordPress repository. It also does not use a lot of bandwidth due to the fact that it does all of the security scans on the web hosting server.
Need to include tables to compare data, facts and figures? TablePress is a great plugin for WordPress that allows you to create and manage tables. Once a table has been created, you can embed it into any page, post or text widget in only a few clicks.
Now, I include Jetpack as my last suggestion because there are so many great services packed into this one plugin. Once you add Jetpack to your WordPress install you can add features that include customizations, traffic, and performance tools. Don’t have a mobile theme all designed for your website? This plugin can help. Want to add single sign on (controled by WordPress.com) this is the extension for you.
Tons of tools in a single download. These are all great plugins for WordPress that you can download and install today. Find a few good resources here? There is no doubt there are a lot of great plugins for WordPress – however, I can say these are some of the very best that you should at least check out. Is there one that you know of that did not make it on the list? Let us know in the comments.