As website designers and developers, we love to use WordPress Plugins. They can be great tools for extending functionality and adding features to your website. The type of site you have will determine which plugins you need. Here are some of our favorites for the year:
Duplicator is a Plugin that allows you to migrate a WordPress site between hosts or domains with zero downtime, and it has over 15 million downloads. With Duplicator, you can manually backup a WordPress site, duplicate a staging site to a live site or vice versa, and pull down a live site to localhost for development. There is a free version of Duplicator, but you can also get Duplicator PRO, which allows for scheduled backups, cloud storage, and connecting to the cPanel directly from the installer.
2. Gravity Forms
Gravity Forms is our favorite forms plugin for WordPress. It offers many special features that normal contact forms don’t always offer. Using Gravity Forms, you can create almost any sort of form, including file upload forms, online orders, questionnaires, quizzes, support requests, polls, and user surveys. The Gravity Forms plugin offers flexibility and forms that are fully customizable. It features thirty-three form fields, support for creating multiple form entry notifications, and the ability to control form availability by number of entries or date.
3. Beaver Builder
Beaver Builder is a WordPress plugin that allows you to drag and drop to build pages on the front end of your WordPress site. With this plugin, you can stop worrying about HTML or confusing shortcodes. It’s easy to build beautiful and professional pages with this plugin. This plugin includes features like content modules, full column-based layouts, and responsive, mobile-friendly layouts. There is a free version, but there is also a premium version that gives you more features including contact forms, expert support, and the ability to build custom modules.
4. Beaver Themer
Beaver Themer is an add-on plugin for the Beaver Builder plugin. It provides you with a way to create layouts for the page that are usually controlled by the theme. This includes footers and headers, post titles and info, index or archive pages, and the page displayed with a 404 error.
5. Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)
Advanced Custom Fields or ACF is a WordPress plugin that gives you the addition of extra content fields to the WordPress edit screens. These fields are more commonly known as Custom Fields, and they give you the ability to build websites with a quicker speed.
Those are the plugins we have used most often this year. How about you? Do you have any favorites?
Are you interested in web design and development for your business? Reach out to us today.