8 Incredible WordPress Plugins You Didn’t Know You Needed

If you’re looking to add some advanced functionality to your WordPress site, there are plenty of plugins to choose from. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, though, it can be hard to find the best WordPress plugins that will help your site improve in the way you want it to without causing any harm or introducing bugs. Here are eight of the best WordPress plugins that I’ve had the pleasure of using on my own sites and recommend for others who want to take their WordPress sites to new heights.

1) New Post Notifications

Next to each of your published posts, there should be a link that says view all X comments. This takes you to a page with all of those comments neatly organized by name. Pretty cool, huh? (Especially if someone on one of your guest posts decides to get vocal!) Add New Comment: Hovering over each comment allows you to edit it as well as delete it.

2) Upright

Upright is a free plugin that fixes spelling and grammar mistakes in your writing, saving you valuable time. It’s highly accurate—even more so than many paid proofreading services—and it’s easy to install. Simply copy and paste your text into Upright, choose whether you want corrections made automatically or manually, and wait for your updated document!

3) Jetpack

Created by Automattic, Jetpack is a free suite of cloud-based tools that adds features to your site and makes it easier to run. Whether you need to grow your audience on social media or promote your latest content, there’s a solution in Jetpack for all kinds of marketers—from entrepreneurs who are just getting started with their first site to businesses with dedicated digital teams. [1]

4) TailwindApp

TailwindApp is a suite of tools that can help make your Pinterest marketing easier. TailwindApp analyzes and optimizes your pins, but it also has content ideas for you to repin, recommends new boards for you to create and plenty more features designed to save time. One particularly great tool is its ability to schedule your posts ahead of time so they go up at a later date automatically. Other paid social media management tools do have posting capabilities, but none are specifically made for Pinterest marketing like TailwindApp.

5) Thrive Leads

An easy to use plugin that automatically creates opt-in forms for you. With its gorgeous design, it’s perfect for popups and sidebar forms. If you’re looking to convert more leads on your site then look no further than Thrive Leads.

6) Image Map pro – Custom Fields Pro

Not only does Image Map Pro enable you to add clickable regions to images on your website, but it also allows you to save time and effort by adding custom fields. This nifty plugin is a must-have if you’re running a small business. #Wordpress Plugins

7) Google Analytics Dashboard for WP Plugin

This plugin allows you to embed a Google Analytics dashboard widget in your WordPress website. And guess what, it’s free! The dashboard widget allows you to see your site stats without having to leave your WP admin area. This is particularly useful if you want to keep an eye on data that would otherwise require logging into Google Analytics.