Junior Web Developer Shahram Zamani explores his favourite WordPress plugins

One of the great things about WordPress are the number of useful plugins available to help you optimise your website. Below is the list of my 10 favourite WordPress plugins. Give them a try!

WP Canvas

WP Canvas – Shortcodes makes it easy to add the shortcode you need to enhance the functionality of your website. With WP Canvas: Shortcodes, you can add features such as masonry posts, ecommerce functionality, progress bars, testimonials and much more. This plugin is great because it lets you add so many features to your website so easily.

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WordPress SEO

WordPress SEO is one of the most comprehensive SEO plugins available for WordPress. With WordPress SEO, you can manage all aspects of your website’s technical SEO, including titles and meta descriptions, configuration of your robots.txt file, canonical tags, permalink clean up and XML sitemap generation.

WordPress SEO can also be used to implement custom Facebook OpenGraph information, Google+ sharing tags and Twitter cards.

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All in one Migration

Traditionally, migrating a website to WordPress is a technical and complicated. This free plugin makes the process amazingly easy and quick. With All-in-One WP Migration, you simply export the website I one session and import it to its new location. The plugin allows you to apply unlimited find and replace operations on your database and will fix any serialization problems that occur.

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UberMenu

UberMenu is one of the most advanced menu plugin available. Highly customisable, is lets you create highly creative menu configurations. IT is fully responsive, iPhone and iPad compatible and has a full-width submenu option that lets you define the number of columns.

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ShiftNav

ShiftNav was built to work with UberMenu. It has been designed to replace UberMenu on mobile devices with an off-canvas, responsive menu.

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Wordfence

Wordfence Is a security plugin that is great from web develops who are still learning to configure their themes and secure their websites. This is a free plugin that performs a deep server side scan of your source code, comparing it to the Official WordPress repository core to check their integrity. It continuously scans for malware and phishing URLs, as well as scanning for known backdoors, Trojans, suspicious code and other security issues.

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Fusion Slider

Fusion Slider allows you to add a parallax scrolling slider to your website that can easily incorporate video. You can fully control the slider size, mute videos, and insert customs heading and captions.

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UserPro

If you are creating a website that requires user logins and member profiles, then UserPro is a must. It is a comprehensive solution that allows you control which portions of your website require a login, add member profiles, badges and a member directory. Highly customisable and easy to set up, UserPro is a simple way of adding advanced functionality to your website.

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Post Types Order

Some WordPress themes do not give you the functionality to control your post order or post weight. The themes that do usually require you to manually input the post order. Post Types Order allows you to simply drag and drop posts to the order that would suit your needs. It’s a simple function, but one that markedly improves a common process.

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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 lets you manage multiple contact forms, allowing you to customise the form and email contents easily with simple markup.

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The advanced capabilities of WordPress are just one if the reasons we recommend the platform to clients. To discover how a WordPress website designed by Bravr could benefit your business, get in touch.