Most Useful WordPress Plugins in 2022 Editorial Staff WordPress Plugin Updated: 12 February 2022 WordPress provides fully customized website design and development services. There are countless options available to help you personalize your website. With over 50,000 plugins to choose from, it can be difficult to know which ones are the best. WordPress Plugins give you more control over your website and allow you to do things that you couldn’t do with just your website. The appropriate WordPress plug-ins can elevate your site’s functionality beyond the basics and deliver a fun, unique browsing experience. Although there are several plugin alternatives, not all of them are of high quality. It’s critical to tell which plugins have been correctly created by a recognized plugin development company and if they are regularly maintained. Classic Editor WordPress is well known for its easy-to-use Classic Editor that provides a simple way of editing and saving posts in WordPress. Amazingly, WordPress has made advancements in the way it allows users to add, edit, save posts with the introduction of the Gutenberg Block Editor which gives them a way to drag and drop things into the web pages. However, many WordPress designers still prefer to use and work with the Classic Editor due to its ease of use. Custom Post Type UI One of the remarkable features of WordPress is its ability to create custom post types to enable site owners to store data that are not part of WordPress’ original type of data such as posts, pages, attachments, and so on. This plugin is extremely useful if you need to store information that WordPress doesn’t support by default. For example, with CPT UI you can store bookings, appointments, hotel reservations, and so on. Advanced Custom Field (ACF) A Custom Field provides a way for WordPress site owners to add more info to a post type beyond WordPress’ default title, content, and excerpt. The ACF plugin provides you with a way of capturing custom text, date, time, image, select controls from users that are beyond the capacity of WordPress’ default metadata. An alternative to this is a plugin called Carbon Fields, which developers also find very useful. WooCommerce Almost everyone who owns or runs a website must have heard of this plugin at some point. Chances are, if you’ve never heard of WooCommerce, then you might be living under a rock! When it comes to E-Commerce, Carts, Sales, Subscriptions, Coupons, Variable Products, and so on, only one name comes to mind — and that’s WooCommerce!!! WooCommerce has it all and much more. The plugin has been around since 2011 and ever since its release has gained more users over time. In 2015, WooCommerce was acquired by Automattic, the parent company of WordPress. Contact Form 7 Most websites provide a way for customers to send feedback on the quality of their products and services through feedback forms. One of the most common plugins that helps WP designers and developers build forms easily is called Contact Form 7. It provides a way for us to create forms that could have input text fields, text areas, select, file, and checkbox controls. Contact Form 7 also recently launched its sister plugin for capturing sent messages to the WP dashboard so that site owners can read them later. You can create forms using other popular form plugins like Gravity Forms & Ninja Forms, the list is endless. RankMath This plugin comes in handy by making sure your website is fully Search Engine Optimized. In today’s world, it is extremely important that your site is fully ready & compliant for indexing by popular search engines and robots. RankMath provides a simple, verbose, and efficient way of getting this done today. I personally prefer it to the more popular Yoast SEO that many WordPress owners have become accustomed to. iThemes Security Data Security is a very important concept in today’s world. A recurring theme in the WP ecosystem is the hacking of WP sites due to the lack of safety best practices. Fortunately, we have iThemes Security to thank for providing security features that can now help site owners configure stop-gaps and safety protocols to prevent their websites from being hacked. Very convenient and must-have for WP sites. WP Super Cache Sometimes, you just need your website to load up quickly and avoid the bottlenecks of loading CDN assets afresh for every page access. My favorite for solving this problem is WP Super Cache. It helps you configure site cache settings that help optimize site load times and speed. Other Cache plugins that also come in handy are WP Rocket, W3 Total Cache, LiteSpeed Cache. Duplicate Pages Ever worked with a page builder such as Elementor or Divi and you’d quickly notice that it becomes difficult to replicate UI designs on new pages. A very simple solution to this would be to replicate pages designed already. We can do this quickly and easily by using the Duplicate Pages plugin. It’s lightweight and comes in very handy. WP Mail Bank A core part of most websites is their ability to send e-mails, newsletters, reminders to clients. WP Mail Bank helps us configure mail server settings, username, the password for SMTP. Disable REST API By default, WP websites come with REST API endpoints that give users ways of retrieving or scraping data from our website. This poses a problem, especially if our website contains sensitive user data, which we wish to keep private unless authorized. WP Disable REST API does a good job of disabling our default WP REST API as well as authenticating end-points. Insert Headers & Footers Want to add last-minute scripting to your WordPress website? Say no more, Insert Headers and Footers plugin is your best bet for doing this. When I first discovered this plugin I couldn’t believe how extremely easy it was to use and ever since, it became one of my favorites.