One of the awesome things about having a website built in WordPress is that, using WordPress Plugins, you don’t need to be a technical wizard to add some really cool features to your site. All it takes is a quick internet search to realize that there are thousands to choose from. I’ve compiled a list of a few favorites that are easy to use and can make a big impact on your site.
Yoast SEO: This is a must-have for every WordPress site. It automatically analyzes your page content to make sure that your content supports your focused keywords. All of the necessary information to get you started with search optimization is provided so that you can easily just fill in the blanks and follow the cues.
Gravity Forms: There are a lot of form plugins out there and some default WordPress forms as well but in my experience, the most robust form plugin is Gravity Forms. It has a really easy to use form builder interface that allows you to create multipage forms, integrate with third party tools, add conditional logic and style the forms without needing to know how to write code.
Page Builder: One of the things that I find more challenging in WordPress as a non-developer is that out of the box, it’s hard to visualize how a page is really going to look as you are editing because the page might be comprised of various widgets. The Page Builder plugin is great because it allows you to drag and drop in the various widgets that will comprise your page and literally build the page in the back end. If you want a sidebar on the right, you can drag the widget content into the right side of the page to create it. This is really handy for someone who is not familiar with how to set up different layouts within WordPress.
TablePress: If you have a lot of complex data to present on your site and need to create a table, it can be challenging to make it visually appealing without CSS knowledge. TablePress gives you a really simple to use interface to determine all of the basics of your table: colors, number of rows/columns, alignment, etc. Then you can simply enter all of your content into the proper fields, just like if you were to enter it into Excel.
Meta Slider: Featuring a slideshow on your homepage can add a lot of visual appeal, but usually it also requires the help of a developer. The Meta Slider plugin will allow you to create a simple rotating banner by simply adding the number of images that you would like to rotate through. Here is an example of a simple slider that you can set up with Meta Slider. It also has features to help you set up carousels and image thumbnails underneath your slider.
The list above doesn’t even scratch the surface of the available plugins that you can obtain online, but it’s a great starting point for anyone who is new to WordPress.