My goal was to provide you with the best WordPress plugins for the essential functions of your Real Estate website. During our extensive analysis, we searched for plugins that were intelligent, beautiful and lightweight. The following plugins made our list for 2013.
Nivo Slider – I like the Nivo Slider because it is beautiful, simple and easy to use. The bonus is that this slider is completely responsive and has minimal impact on your page loading times. The slider is great for posts, communities or your images.
The Slide by SimpleReach – Help readers discover more of your awesome content. The slide recommends posts from your site that slide in at the bottom of the page. This is great for increasing your page views and time on site.
WordPress Related Posts – The plugin generates a list of related posts with a thumbnail to increase the engagement of your readers. It is fully customizable and delivers statistics on views and clicks.
WordPress SEO by Yoast – This is the default WordPress SEO plugin for most of the WP community. The plugin is very powerful and efficient if set up properly. Make sure you get some advice, if you are unsure how to set this up.
Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast – Not only will this plugin make your Analytics set up easier, it improves the quality of data you receive with tracking. You can find out which authors, categories or posts are receiving the most views.
IDX for WordPress by Diverse Solutions – Integrate IDX content into your website with advanced search tools and lead capture. One of the best ways to add dynamic content and generate qualify leads with your Real Estate Website.
IDXBroker – IDXBroker is a great alternative to the DS IDX plugin. This system includes the Google Map Search at no extra cost. The system is scalable for an individual agent to a full blown office system.
Gravity Forms – Easily create beautiful contact forms for WordPress with Gravity Forms. This is a paid plugin, but well worth the cost if you need forms that look as great as they convert.
Magic Action Box – This plugin allows you to easily make call to action, opt-in and sales forms in any location on your website, including pop-ups.
Contact Form 7 – If you are looking for a simple, flexible and free solution; Contact Form7 may be the right choice for you.
Disqus – This free plugin offers beautiful, real-time conversations on your website. Disqus works with any blogging platform and is in use by millions of fans and national brands. The conversations on Disqus are indexable by search engines adding more recognized content to your site.
SEO Facebook Comments – Do you prefer to keep your conversations moving in Facebook? This plugin adds a Facebook comment box to each of your posts. The comments are also stored on your site’s database to make them viewable by search engines. Old comments are automatically added to your posts upon setup.
Get Social – This plugin adds a floating social media sharing box on your blog posts and pages. It is compatible with most of the leading social sites, flexible and customizable to the look of your site.
Feed Them Social – Feed Them Social allows you to add a social feed to your site from the following: Instagram, Facebook Groups, Twitter and YouTube. The shared feed can be from your profile or anyone else.
W3 Total Cache – This plugin improves your readers experience by loading pages faster. Why is this important? 70% of people will click off your site if it does not load in 3 seconds or less. Recommend by most web hosting services and millions of users.
WP Smush.it – Real Estate websites are loaded with pictures. Shave seconds off your load times by installing this awesome plugin that compresses and optimizes your pictures.
Backup Buddy – Real Estate sites are hacked every day. Your valuable content is at risk. Protect your content and restore it easily with this simple solution. New features allow you to migrate your site easily and quickly.
Sucuri WordPress Security Monitoring – This great plugin will monitor and protect your website from intruders. This plugin includes a firewall, integrity checks, audit trails and hardening of your site.
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