WordPress has become the most popular open source content management system (CMS), with thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes. The WordPress framework can be customized to create almost any type of website. E Host Solution builds, hosts and maintains WordPress sites for small business owners and non-profit organizations.
Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress, and are easily installed from your WordPress Dashboard. Choosing the best plugin for your needs typically requires installing and testing various plugins on a development server, then choosing the best one. Plugin bloat is a major cause of slow site performance, as most plugins create extra files to load and process, so ideally you should not install more than 5 plugins, and never exceed 10. As with WordPress core software, keeping installed plugins updated is critical for optimal security and performance. Popular WordPress plugins include:
Search Engine Optimization: Top plugins to improve WordPress SEO include Rank Math SEO, Yoast SEO and All in One SEO Pack. These plugins have millions of downloads, and offer premium (paid) versions. The free version of Rank Math provides many tools to optimize organic search rankings.
WooCommerce is the #1 e-commerce extension for WordPress, to add an online catalog and ordering to your website. Key features of WooCommerce include payment and shipping integration, sales reports, multiple product options, flexible coupon codes and easy inventory management. Choose a WordPress theme that specifically supports WooCommerce when planning to build your online store.
Contact Forms: Popular and free WordPress contact form plugins include Caldera Forms and Contact Form 7. Caldera Forms is a user-friendly visual form builder for beginners and web developers. Unfortunately, Caldera Forms was acquired by Ninja Forms, and the future is unknown, likely the plugin will be phased out in 2022. The user interface for both plugins is relatively intuitive, however can be difficult for absolute beginners.