Whether you want to double your subscriber’s list by offering an awesome user experience on your website or want to extend your website’s functionalities that’ll compel your visitors to take desired actions quickly, then these 10 “user experience booster” WordPress plugins will help you do that job easily.
You see, improving user experience on your website is super crucial. Why? The answer is simple: almost 38% of people will immediately leave a website if the content is not clear, relevant, and conversion oriented. Another study reports that almost 66% of people prefer reading well-designed content (written in simple, step by step method) than reading a “wall of text.”
Creating impactful content is easy. In fact, it’s so simple you’ll be happy with joy when I reveal it to you. To create awesome content that gets your visitors read and take action, you have to remember these 3 critical things ‘right’: write for your targeted audience (58%); get it read (57%), and get a response (54%)… right now.
You have to first understand what your visitors likes and dislikes on your website – if you’re running a content website, for example, you have to know which type of content they prefer the most. In short, your website must always provide better user experience for your readers.
While there are several ways to improve your website user experience, these 10 easy to use and free (yet incredibly powerful) WordPress plugins will skyrocket user experience almost overnight.
Using these WordPress plugins is simple. All you have to do is “search” the plugin through your WordPress dashboard (under “Plugins>Add New> Search”), install the plugin, and activate it. And, if you don’t see the user experience improve, you can always “deactivate” it.
So, here are 10 free yet “little-known” and powerful WordPress plugins that’ll instantly DOUBLE user experience on your website almost overnight:
1.Contact Form 7
KoMarketing published the 2015 report which revealed that over 44% of their survey respondents left a company’s website because they didn’t find contact information and phone number.
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Contact information is one of the crucial elements of your page, as it helps build credibility and trust of your business. Even it’s so obvious thing to do, still, 51% of those respondents said they didn’t find any contact information on most company’s websites.
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Creating contact forms on your website is easy. All you have to do is use Contact Form 7 – a free WordPress plugin – on your website, which already has over a million of active installs. Installation is a breeze, too – with easy customization options, CAPTCHA, and Akismet spam filtering.
If you want a more professional plugin, I suggest that you give WPForms a try.
2. Securi WordPress plugin
Making a website secure must be one of your number one priority, as it helps offer a better user experience for your website visitors. When your people know they can safely browse and interact with your website all the time, they’ll not only spend more time on your website, but also easily hand over their contact information, credit cards, and social security numbers to you.
Securi WordPress plugin provides a range of security features for your website. (Image source: Sucuri)
Securi WordPress plugin provides a range of security features for your website. It monitors your website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; it scans your website codes looking for harmful scripts that may completely shut down your website without your knowing; the free WordPress plugin also sends you instant security alerts whenever there’s a problem.
And, if you like to get unlimited security features (such as website backups), live support, and malware cleanup, you can also try their paid service.
3. Social counter
You can use the social counter WordPress plugin to entice new visitors to join and become a part of your social media following.
This free WordPress displays social fans, a list of subscribers or followers on your website.
I’ve seen Social counter plugin used on the sidebar of this website, which is a great example of how you can do the same and entice more new visitors to join your social media profiles and stay tuned.
Social Counter WordPress plugin displays social fans, a list of subscribers or followers on your website.(Image source: Rocket Marketing Hub)
4. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
If you want to gain valuable insights about your website visitors – know each and every move they make when they’re on your website – and then, based on this new-found wisdom, make powerful strategic decisions that’ll skyrocket user experience, then you should use Google Analytics. This free analytics tool is without any doubt the most powerful and free plugins available for marketers.
You see, logging to your Google Analytics dashboard is a little bit time-consuming. Would you like to get an overview of your website important stats right on your WordPress dashboard? If you do, then this WordPress plugin is for you.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP gives an overview of your website important stats right on your WordPress dashboard. (Image source: Neweb)
Within 48 hours once this plugin is activated on your website, it will start to show simple GA reports such as total website visitors, organic searches, bounce rates, pages per session and other important things. Not only that, you can also get real-time data about your website traffic behaviour. It also gives quick charts that’ll give you the performance of your different traffic channels. And, for each page/post on your site, it offers detailed performance and event tracking details.
5. W3 Total Cache
Human beings attention span is even poorer than a goldfish. That’s why slow loading pages turn off many people. In fact, most visitors cannot wait a second longer than 3 seconds for the website to load fully. And, did you know that on an e-commerce site, a one-second delay in page response can lead to 7% loss in conversions?
You can use W3 Total Cache to decrease the page load speed of your website. It eliminates re-downloading data on user’s browser and saves server resources. It integrates easily with CDN to offer better load time.
W3 Total Cache to decrease the page load speed of your website by eliminating the need to re-download data on user’s browser while also saving server resources. (Image source: The Webmaster)
6. Scroll top and bottom
Today, most web users have become “savvy” users, and they expect better user experience when scrolling through the content – not the same “old” out of date method of dragging the sidebar all the way down from the top to the bottom.
So, if there are plenty of long posts on your website, then use Scroll Top and Bottom plugin to allow your visitors easily scroll through the website.
This easy to use WordPress plugin allows you to control the speed of scrolling, display or hide scroll on particular pages/posts only, and includes several attractive icon designs.
Use Scroll Top and Bottom plugin to allow your visitors easily scroll through the website.(Image Source: Shariarb)
Visit this website to learn how to use this free WP plugin.
7. WP Smush.it
According to a survey, almost 39% of website visitors said they would not engage with a site if its images didn’t load or too a lot of time to load. What this means is that you need to trim down those heavy images to offer better usability experience for your visitors.
That’s what WP Smush.it does. It smushes your images and reduces its size without affecting its quality.
You can also use it bulk smush option to smush up to 50 images simultaneously from your media library.
WP Smush.it squeeze your images and reduces its size without affecting its quality. (Image source: Dialect)
8. Broken Link Checker
Broken links are one of those website issues every website owners faces every day, especially when they have a blog with thousands of posts.
The average lifetime of a web page is only 100 days – so, it’s obvious for a website to throw 404 errors (or broken link errors).
But, these broken links is equal to providing a poorer user experience for your readers. If they click on a link they’re interested in, but the resulting page throws them an ugly “404 error” message on the screen, they’ll become agitated and most likely never return your website again.
Broken Link Checker is a free WordPress plugin that tracks links in every pages/post on your website. If they spot a broken link on your site, they’ll immediately dispatch a report via an email or the dashboard. This plugin also goes as far as suggesting you what to do with that broken link, so that you can instantly fix broken links from your WordPress dashboard, without having to edit each article separately.
Broken Link Checker is a free WordPress plugin that tracks links in every pages or post on your website. (Image source: WpBeginner)
9. WPtouch Mobile Plugin
Did you know that users spent 2 minutes out of every 3 minutes browsing websites through their mobile devices? And, if your website isn’t optimised for a mobile (smaller) screen, your prospects are 5 times more likely to stop browsing it.
So, you see, you have to optimise your website for mobile because you get so many traffic from mobile phones these days. Seeing these users walk away is like leaving a cash bag on the table.
To make your WordPress site mobile-friendly, you can use WPTouch Mobile plugin. It’s easy to use. If you wish, you can upgrade to their paid version to offer even better usability experience for your website visitors.
You can use WPTouch Mobile plugin to make your WordPress site mobile-friendly. (Image source: WordPress)
This plugin also comes handy when you don’t already have a mobile responsive WordPress theme or if you don’t want to change your site design.
For your mobile site, you can customise fonts, colours, nav items, and other elements of your page without inserting any code.
You can also transform your site into a mobile app. And also make your website accessible in native mobile phones. If you run into any problems, there’s always a support team to help you.
10. Shortcodes Ultimate
Building buttons, tabs, sliders, boxes, and responsive videos is a breeze with Shortcodes Ultimate. You can visit Irini’s blog and see for yourself how she added beautiful icons to her recipes description page using this shortcode plugin.
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WordPress is definitely the most popular CMS system out there. No wonder why so many people use WordPress for blogging or creating a website these days.
But, as a smart business owner, you need to use WordPress plugins to offer an incredible user experience for your website visitors. Throw in an extra SEO plugin(s), and your website rankings will skyrocket.
But most importantly, you’ll give your visitors an engaging experience they’ll never forget.
These 10 free WordPress plugins help you improve user experience, save you quite a time, and improve conversions on your site. However, to improve your WordPress site, I highly recommend that you perform a usability testing on your site to make sure it is always working properly exactly the way you want it.
Stop using those standard WordPress themes, and start installing one of these brilliant plugins. It’s worth the effort – and your visitors will thank you for going the extra mile.
Over to you: Did I miss any other awesome usability plugins to use on your WordPress site? Which free WordPress plugins offers your visitors the best experience in the past? Please share your ideas in the comment section below.