5 WordPress Plugins To Improve Your Site

As WordPress powers around a third of the web, if you’re not already using this platform, there’s a good chance that you’re considering it!
Elementor

While WordPress comes with basic content editing features, when it comes to more complex customisation, your options are fairly limited. With Elementor, you can change just about every aspect of your website, with no coding required.

Elementor is essentially a drag and drop page builder plugin which allows you to see the changes you make in real time. You can also look at your revision history, which is automatically saved, and go back to a previous version if you’re not happy with the changes you’ve made.

In terms of pricing, Elementor’s basic package is free to download, but there are premium options available that offer additional features and support, from $49 a year.

JetPack

JetPack is a fantastic solution when it comes to social media sharing, search engine optimisation (SEO), as well as site statistics. The plugin also aims to load your pages faster, improving your overall site performance.

You can activate and customise the features of your choice, from displaying images in a carousel to infinite scrolling. In-built security comes as standard, offering brute force attack protection and blocking unwanted login attempts.

This plugin is available in a premium, standard or basic version, and can be downloaded from the WordPress Plugin Directory or directly from their site. Prices start from just £4 a month.

MonsterInsights

With MonsterInsights, you get all the features of Google Analytics built directly into your WordPress admin dashboard. You can track things like traffic, clicks and site visitor statistics, without needing to install any of Google’s comprehensive analytics tools.

Over three million professionals use MonsterInsights to set up Google Analytics on their WordPress site, and the process is said to be almost effortless. You don’t need to mess around with writing any code yourself, or hire a developer, you can simply download this plugin and enable the features you want with only a few clicks.

Prices start from $99.50 a year – you can opt for different packages depending on the size of your business, and what sort of features you’re looking for.

wp smush

As you’re undoubtedly aware, images can take up a lot of storage space, and cause your site to be slow to load. But with Smush, WordPress’s own image compression plugin, you can optimise the size of your images without compromising on quality.

Image optimisation can be a simple way to improve your site speed, and Smush allows you to edit images up to 5MB in size, with no limits on how many images you can amend daily, monthly or annually.

The basic version can be downloaded for free from the WordPress Plugin Directory, or you can explore the premium versions for a small fee.

WP Rocket

In terms of improving SEO, WP Rocket is an essential plugin. As with a few of the other plugins listed above, it increases the speed of your WordPress sites, through techniques like compressing images and clearing cache. Site speed can in turn help improve organic rankings and user experience.

A lot of the optimisation features are done automatically with WP Rocket, so you don’t need to worry about going through and making these changes manually.

Installing this plugin doesn’t take more than a few minutes, and prices start from $49 a year. You can choose which package best suits your needs, such as how many websites you wish to have access to WP Rocket, and the sort of features you’re looking for.

Whether you have a WordPress site or not, The Pineapple Agency can help you improve the performance of your website, and discuss optimisation options with you. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the services we offer!