The 5 Best WordPress Plugins of 2014

So you have started a WordPress website like so many others, and you’ve even picked out one of the more popular themes for it. But in most cases you may still feel as if something’s missing, or even a little off. Chances are, there’s nothing really wrong, except that you just need a plugin or two for your website. A plugin is a tool or a program that adds more features to WordPress. By design WordPress is meant to be lean, as this makes it eminently versatile—you can use it for just about anything. But by adding the best WordPress plugins, you make your website even more functional and attractive.

Having said that, here are some of the best WordPress plugins you can use for your website:

  • UberMenu

Just about every discussion of popular and useful plugins will invariably mention the UberMenu. It’s as if everyone’s using it, and that’s not surprising at all. With it, you can come up with superb mega menu configurations that are tailored to your needs and wants. You have numerous preset styles, and you can customize features like font sizes and colors with ease. It saves you a lot of time and trouble, as it will work seamlessly with most WordPress 3 menu-enabled themes.

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  • Royalslider

A few years ago, content sliders in web pages were considered cute gimmicks. Today, they’ve very mainstream. Content sliders can make a web page look neater by reducing the clutter. They also present website visitors the option of clicking through the content at their own pace, or just sit back as it plays automatically. With uBillboard, you can present both videos and images, it resizes the images automatically, and you can choose among several transition options.

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  • Styles with Shortcodes

For many noncoding website owners, the word “code” can send shivers to the spine. Shortcodes are short bits of code that replaces longer HTML strings. The problem is that without shortcodes you lose out on a lot of functionality if you don’t know how to code. And even if you do, writing long strings of HTML can be rather tedious and can result in mistakes. But with Styles with Shortcodes, you can use shortcodes to customize your content much more easily even without any knowledge of HTML, PHP, CSS and JavaScript.

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  • Lightbox Evolution

Have you ever seen a webpage that displays an image that hovers over the website? It’s a rather unobtrusive way to present options to your website visitors without leading them away from the linked page. For example, you can advertise a special sale, or invite visitors to participate in a survey. With Lightbox Evolution, this is easily done. You can even display videos, maps, and html content.

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  • Video Gallery

Videos are very useful these days. With a video, your site can be considerably more entertaining than with just images or text. A video is also great if you want to demonstrate something. If you want to show how something must be done, a video works much better than written instructions. With the Video Gallery, you can showcase your videos (along with your pictures and music files) much more easily.

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Plugins are the solution if your WordPress theme still needs a bit of work. With the best WordPress plugins of 2014 at your fingertips, you can easily improve the look and functionality of your website.

Do you know of other plugins that we can use for WordPress sites? Please tell us all about it in your comments!

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