Top 5 WordPress plugins for web designers

The most popular plugins for website developers right here

My name is Elena, I have been working as a content strategist for Tech companies and Startup for the past 5 years. When I am not at my desk I love to travel.
About 70% of all websites being built in 2017 are WordPress. The platform is very easy to use and no HTML knowledge is required. The code behind WordPress is very clean and simple for search engines to understand, making it easier to rank.

With over 60 million websites supported by WordPress, it is undoubtedly the world’s most popular website platform and the widest used Content Management System. It is free, easy to use and more importantly it supports plugins which add features and extends the functionality of a website.
WordPress has thousands of free plugins available, each offering a specific function or feature that allows users to customize their websites to suit specific tastes and needs. The fact that there’s so many plugins to choose from makes is even harder on website designers to decide on which plugins to install for a particular project. We spend some time at www.afterfivebydesign.com/web-design-myrtle-beach/ and they suggested we should review these 5 wordpress plugins.

With so many to choose from, which are the best WordPress plugins to add to a website as a web designer? Here are our top five:

NextGen Gallery
NextGen Gallery is a highly popular plugin that allows users to manage image galleries on their websites. It displays images in slideshows or thumbnail galleries and allows users to add/delete/rearrange/sort images; control their size, timing, transitions and so much more. With visuals playing a major role in creating an attractive website, NextGen Gallery is a must-have plugin for every designer.

Akismet
Akismet is a comment spam filtering service. It captures and deletes spam that land on the comments and contact forms sections on the website. Akismet has a database of millions of content that has been identified as spam that gets blocked so that a user does not have to moderate them as they sift through the comments in their website. Akismet comes pre-installed in WordPress blogs and websites however users have to take the steps to activate it.

Design Approval System (DAS)
Design Approval System allows a web designer to send their designs to a client in an easy manner. As a designer, you can send a review link to a client for approval along with notes to help them understand work done. One can also display a check list that assures the clients that all the tasks they had requested are completed. DAS cuts back on meeting time and hastens the approval process.

WPtouch
WPtouch is a mobile plugin that allows your desktop WordPress theme to be converted to an attractive mobile-friendly theme that can be used on different mobile devices. Most websites take a significantly long time to open on mobile gadgets turning away visitors. WPtouch is a fast-loading, feature-rich mobile plugin that presents a user-friendly version of the website to mobile users while leaving the website version intact.

Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO helps to improve a website’s search engine optimization (SEO) on all aspects. First it ensures that the right content that will increase rankings in search results is put up on the website. Further it offers page analysis, RSS optimization, multi-site compatibility and import and export functionality among many other technical optimization functions.
WordPress has over 47,000 plugins. With many of the WordPress plugins having free versions, one can go all out to create a fantastic website. However it is important to constantly update them and to check whether they are compatible with the latest versions of WordPress as well. Updating plugins also ensures that your website is safe and is not vulnerable to bugs.