My best WordPress plugins for web design
I use WordPress every day to build and run websites for my clients in and around Nottingham. For those who aren’t aware, WordPress is an open source CMS (Content Management System), which in English means it’s free blogging platform. Only it’s more than that, it’s been on steroids and trained like Rocky every day and now its the Uber web design platform that does it all, and one the best things about WordPress is the availability of plugins, 0r widgets. These plugins, both free and paid for (or ‘Premium’) add functionality to your WordPress website. They are very easy to install and very run and there are thousands of them for everything from running your hotel booking system, putting testimonials in swanky speech bubbles to adding social share buttons. Here’s my best WordPress plugins that I can’t live without.
1. Ubermenu mega menu WordPress Plugin
Ubermenu by Sevenspark is my go-to mega menu plugin. It helps me create great looking, responsive drop down menus, with widget areas, images, and loads of functionality like forms and google maps. It’s one of those wordpress plugins that I will never find it’s limits. It’s a premium plugin, but at only $19 it’s a steal and I can use it as often as I like. The styling never ends and there’s some really good set styles to get you going. Get yours here.
2. PHP Text Widget
The PHP text widget turns the ordinary WordPress text block widget into a PHP enabled source. I use it to insert Ubermenu into the header or wherever the navigation on the website is going, and best of all it’s free. Download it here or search PHP text widget from your WordPress plugin installer window.
3. Layerslider responsive JQuery Slider
Another WordPress plugin that I cannot live without, so powerful is this slider plugin that I feel it has few boundaries and I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of it’s capability. Basically, create beautifully animated, responsive sliders for your site, with the ability to fine tune the styling through CSS and tweak the animation to the n’th degree. It’s a premium slider but for $10 for life it’s a steal.Don’t build a website without it – grab your’s here.
4. SEO by Yoast WordPress Plugin
Optimise your entire site with this powerful SEO plugin for WordPress. Yoast will help you withanalise your content, add optimised meta descriptions, title tags, site maps and more, and you can tweak it in so many ways. Available in both free and premium versions with powerful paid for add ons, Yoast is the only SEO wordpress plugin as far as I am concerned and is Red Bull for your on page optimistaion. Again, search for Yoast SEO in the add plugins window or download it here.
5. WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is ‘A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.’ I don’t understand it either – it offers the webserver static HTML files which are lighter and faster than the PHP files your wordpress site is build on. Speed up your site for improved SEO and visitor experience for free. Get it here?or through the plugins search window.
So there you have my five out of five million best wordpress plugins to build killer websites. For the record I use the rock solid Ultimatum theme (ultimatumtheme.com) to build the sites, and Adobe Illustrator for the design work, which is an unusual choice as most designers use Photoshop for web design, but for me Illustrator is easier for typography, handles saving files for web brilliantly and just plain easier to use. I’ll have loads more to say about WordPress plugins in the future as this short piece doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the numerous plugins available.
By Jeff Guest on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014