I participated in an expert roundup by PSDtoWP.net on the best WordPress plugins for several different main categories: SEO, Social Media, Commenting, Performance/Caching, Spam, and Payments/eCommerce. Below are my responses, but you may read the entire article at: https://psdtowp.net/wordpress-plugins.html.

Suzette Franck’s Favorite Plugins

  • SEO:
    WordPress for SEO by Yoast – I trust this plugin to be the best SEO plugin as Yoast is very involved in the community and is an expert in the area of SEO. I know SEO is very research intensive in general, and I don’t have time to do the research, so I listen closely to what Yoast publishes. This plugin is also the preferred favorite for SEO among my WordPress developer friends.
  • Social Media:
    Jetpack – Jetpack offers the most comprehensive social media features including the Sharing and Publicize modules. The Sharing module allows you to configure the social media buttons at a bottom of your post or page while the Publicize module will push your new posts out to the social media networks such as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus. Both of these modules are invaluable and I find that they are necessary for every blog site that I have done.
  • Commenting:
    Gravity Forms – I had problems receiving feedback from Jetpack contact form, so I recently switched my sites’s contact form to Gravity Forms. Gravity forms is the best contact form plugin and there is so much you can do to customize it with free and paid extensions. The developer license is what I recommend and you will never have to worry about not getting your responses on any of your sites again.
  • Performance / Caching:
    WP Super Cache – This is my favorite caching plugin because it is easy to setup, and can be customized to optimize your hosting environment. It helps make your site faster by caching pages for fast loading later.
    Really Simple Captcha – When I used Contact Form 7, this plugin really helped to prevent spam from coming into my inbox, and was very easy for the developer to set up, as well as for the the website visitor to decipher.
  • Payments:
    WooCommerce w/Paypal – WooCommerce is the easiest e-commerce plugin to set up and allows for shipping and tax calculations, as well as payment through PayPal and other payment gateways with the use of free or paid extensions. It also has an inventory control feature which is very handy for those selling very limited stock.

Published by Suzette Franck

Suzette Franck has been in web development for over twenty years; she started making hand-coded HTML websites on geocities with font tags and tables back in 1995. Since then, she has taught herself CSS, Sass, PHP, MySQL, as well as becoming a Wordpress expert; evangelizing and presenting at over twenty-two WordCamps across the country and multiple WordPress meetups in Southern California where she resides, about all aspects of building and maintaining sites on WordPress. Suzette is passionate about WordPress the application as well as the WordPress Open Source Community, and loves to code and teach others the wonders of WordPress. She is a purveyor of lowbrow art, and when she is not WordPressing, she is painting or visiting Los Angeles art galleries to add more work to her growing art collection.

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