10 Essential WordPress Plugins for Web Development

Robert Halley

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The best feature of WordPress is that it offers plugins for most functionalities minimizing the need for coding to integrate features. The post below will cover 10 essential WordPress plugins for web development.


Elementor eliminates the need for technical coding to design a website. Its drag-and-drop interface and live page builder allow adding element and checking its preview, making it easy to develop any page.


Divi is a WordPress theme that allows drag-and-drop customization as well. It is an excellent option to make a few changes to a theme to create your dream website.

Smart Slider 3

Smart Slider 3 helps create responsive sliders that are crawlable by search engines and also create visually appealing sliders. All this without having to code anything. The best thing is, these sliders work with any theme, making integration seamless.

Envira gallery

Envira Gallery facilitates the creation of portfolios or photo galleries of any type using a drag-and-drop interface. Real-time previews help you understand how the gallery will look even before you hit the publish button finally.


Jetpack offers a whole host of features that web developers usually integrate with the website of their clients, like:

  • Real-time backups
  • Content tools
  • Malware scans
  • Robust security mechanisms

You won’t have to manually integrate such features when you use Jetpack.

Regenerate Thumbnails

Regenerate Thumbnails is a simple plugin to resize any thumbnail and use it. It works on the images that are already present in the media library. One can easily resize them according to the exact requirement. Thus, the client won’t need a graphic designer to help them with these small tasks.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO optimizes every website page to rank in the search engines. One can set sitewide settings for better rankings or customize the SEO settings of every page/post. With options to add metadata, meta description, tags, and permalink formats, it gives you no reason to complain.


Most businesses use a website as a marketing tool. For such users, Hubspot is an excellent plugin as it helps with the following:

  • Email list management
  • Lead generation
  • Contact management

In a nutshell, it is a free CRM. Plugin integration with any WordPress website means there is no complex procedure to integrate this CRM.

Advanced Custom Fields

Advanced Custom Fields is a plugin that helps you add fields and build forms for any WordPress website. With no limitations on the number of fields or forms that can be created, the plugin’s functionality is virtually unlimited. Complete customization of the field types and formats ensures the use cases of this plugin are virtually unlimited. Not only that, the field and forms can be integrated across all website pages or a select few depending on your requirement. Thus, advanced custom fields certainly expand the functionality of WordPress even more.

Shortcodes Ultimate

Web developers integrate certain elements repeatedly across web pages. Copy-pasting those elements is not the answer. Instead, create a shortcode to call that particular element seamlessly.

Use these 10 essential WordPress plugins while developing a website, and you will be surprised by the functionalities these plugins add while increasing your productivity and minimizing the efforts and time required for web designing.