In WordPress land, plugins are small (or large nowadays) bits of code that add functionality to your WordPress-based website or blog.  As in all things on the web though, you must be choose judiciously in what you add to your site as your load times can be affected.

There are a few basic plugins that I recommend to all my clients, and others are added on an as-needed basis for the clients’ specific needs.

Recommendations:

1 – Akismet – the anti-spam plugin comes bundled with WordPress and is a big help in cutting down on spam comments on your blog.

2 –Yoast SEO Premium – Don’t leave your SEO to chance.  Invest in this plugin to help you make the most of your site content, settings and meta data to help you get noticed!

3 – GravityForms – My favourite contact form that is endlessly versatile and has an easy-to-use interface and fast set-up!

4* – BackupBuddy – Any backup plugin is an essential for a website or blog – keep all your hard work safe and sound by making use of this one

5 – WooCommerce – a flexible and endlessly customizable e-commerce solution that is easy to use and works well with most premium themes.

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