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Top 5 Must-Have Wordpress Plugins 2021 (Part 1)

Did you know that 40% of the web is built on Wordpress? A time and tested CMS, here's a rundown of ten must-have plugins your Wordpress site could use as of 2021:

1) Advanced Custom Fields

Photo showing ACF Block and its registration declaration

Even before Gutenberg, the Advanced Custom Fields plugin has been a staple to extend the core Wordpress functionality. It introduced ACF Blocks in version 5.8 which has made ACF even more future-proof, now being a part of Wordpress' Gutenberg editor.

2) Akismet

Meme saying delete all the spam

Akismet comes with pre-installed with every installation of Wordpress, and that is for a reason. It has a setting where it can get rid of spam comments for you so you don't have to see the spam - it just silently goes away. Ain't nobody got time for that.

3) GravityForms

I could never build a Wordpress site without GravityForms. It simply is the best forms solution for Wordpress. Whether you need a simple newsletter opt-in form, or if you need a dynamic multi-page form with conditional fields - GravityForms does the job well.

4) Better Search Replace

Sometimes you just need to do a quick search and replace on your website to fix a certain typo. Or a raw HTML code that's scattered on multiple pages. Using Better Search Replace lets you do a dry run - that way you can search your database without finalizing the changes. It's the most straightforward search and replace plugin I've used through the years.

5) Duplicate Post

There's a lot of duplicate post plugins on the Wordpress plugin repo, but Duplicate Post has been there for awhile now. It's been so effective at what it does that the team behind Yoast SEO, Yoast, has acquired Duplicate Post last 2020. That's just a testament to how good the plugin is.

Please let me know if you agree with this list - and feel free to share your top 5 Wordpress plugins as well!

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