Recently, I wrote a blog post for those beginning their WordPress experience. I included a list of WordPress plugins that I deemed absolutely necessary for a beginner! However, as I wrote this, I also began to think about the WordPress plugins that I adore but aren’t as necessary. By that, I mean that they broaden the experience, rather than focusing on security, spam, or loading speed. It is more about adding the polish to your already active website or blog. Here are five amazing WordPress plugins to refine and upgrade your website!
1) Instagram Slider
It might sound basic, but movement on a website is downright awesome. This indicates to me that this is not an amateur or a beginner site. It looks polished and eye-catching. An easy way to create this effect is the Instagram Slider Widget plugin. It rotates your Instagram photos, and allows you to show off your feed. This is also great because it can work to convert your readers to Instagram followers. Tip: Remember that this can also work the other way around, be sure to link your website in your Instagram bio and find creative ways to draw people there. It could be an offer, discount, giveaway or some call-to-action that will entice the reader to click, click, click!
2) Social Icons
If you blog as a hobby, that’s one thing. But when you actively represent a blog or business, you must have sharing buttons for social media marketing. For easy usage, one of the most amazing WordPress plugins I can recommend is Social Icons. I once had a client inform me that this didn’t matter because HE wasn’t on social media aside from Facebook… GAHHH!!! This just won’t do. Don’t worry if you are not as active on social media or are still learning about it. You need sharing buttons because your readers will likely be using some social media platforms to showcase what they enjoy. if you write something great at the right time, it can go viral! While rare, it is totally possible, and you don’t want to miss out.
3) MailChimp for WordPress
If you’re finally in the swing of things on your website, it’s time to look at reaching out to your base. You can do this easily with the help of a few amazing WordPress plugins! One that will help you reach readers is MailChimp for WordPress. If you already have an account, this WordPress plugin simply connects that to your website so you can grow! There is a lot of room here for customization which I like.
4) Dream Glow Scroll Triggered Box
I have not used this WordPress plugin yet, however I have added it here to my list of amazing WordPress plugins. Why? This one recently came up in my research, and I realized just how valuable this is for my blog. As a Marketing specialist by day, I am constantly finding new ways to have products stand out. I like Dream Glow Scroll Triggered Box thus far, because it looks nice but it also works to define the relationship between you and your guest. More conversions? Yes please!
5) Google XML Sitemaps
So this doesn’t sound fun, but ultimately it will refine your website from an SEO standpoint. Basically, the Google XML Sitemaps WordPress plugin helps search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your site. I also have this amazing WordPress plugin on my list and had to share it with you!
What is your favorite WordPress plugin to work with? Leave it below in the comments!