WordPress is simply one of the best content management systems available, free or otherwise. With an incredibly rich amount of plugins and options for customization, there's no end to the amount of power that you can get from WordPress's ability to create and manage content online. One of the key benefits of this library of add ons is the automation and time saving that many can do for you. Here are four of our favorites, which also come highly rated on WordPress's own official list of plugins.
Keep in mind that there are so many plugins out there, and this is only a very, very short list of some of the community favorites.
- W3 Total Cache is referred to as a WPO, or WordPress Performance Optimization framework, and has been made from the ground up to improve a user's experience and your overall page loading time. Many professional companies actually rely on this one, including AT&T. W3 Total Ache works by optimizing all of the different aspects of a site that could potentially cause a slowdown, and providing a report that will help you to know where and how changes should be made to improve that experience.
- TablePress gives you the power to add tables to your pages without having to write, or know, the code to do so. For a designer that wants to create several different pages that could all have their own tables, this can be a serious time saver. TablePress gives you the ability to put those tables into any post, page, or widget using easy to insert short codes. The data in those tables is easy to edit as well, just like you would a spreadsheet. There's even import and export features so that you can create quick report pages based on the data you have on hand.
- All in One SEO Pack has an absolute ton of really effective SEO tools, all in one place. With support for Google Analytics, the ability to fine tune your navigational links, integration for e-commerce sites, security measures to make sure that you rank highly, automatic meta tag generation, different tiers of services for basic and advanced users alike, and compatibility with many other plugins, the All in One SEO Pack is a great way to improve your site's visibility while ensuring it has that professional level of polish that both search engines and users appreciate.
- Socialable offers another feature-packed group of plugin tools that you'll find useful if you want to get the most out of your social site experience. Featuring interaction with popular social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+, and the ability to display your latest posts on any of those platforms, you'll quickly find out what makes this plugin such a hit with the nearly 1.5 million users that have integrated it into their WordPress. Using this alongside other social media plugins is a good idea if you want to get the full social experience, and the benefits that come with it.