WP Maintenance Mode

The WP Maintenance Mode plugin allows you to add a maintenance page to your blog or website, which lets your web visitors know that the site is down for maintenance. You can also add a coming soon page when the website is under development, but with admin rights you have full access to the blog including the front end. When you activate the plugin, only registered users with enough admin rights can view the front end. In addition, you can also include a countdown timer on WordPress WP Maintenance Mode letting visitors know when it will be up and running again.

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is one of the most popular free plugins that allows you to sell anything, effortlessly. The plugin is built to integrate with WordPress seamlessly, offers endless flexibility, access to hundreds of premium and free WooCommerce extensions essentially extending its functionality. The WordPress plugin allows you to sell both physical and digital products, in all shapes and sizes, offer multiple product configurations, instant digital downloads or even affiliate products from online marketplaces and ship wherever you like around the world. You can also use WooCommerce on non-ecommerce websites such as holiday villa websites where you wish to display items and manage it through the WordPress backend.

WP Super Cache

The plugin helps generate static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress website. After the file is generated, the webserver then serves that file rather than processing the comparatively more expensive and heavier PHP scripts as is common with WordPress. The WP Super Cache plugin will serve at least 99% of your web visitors the static cached files, and in addition it will do ‘garbage collection’  which essentially is the act of cleaning up out of date, stale cached files that have no more value after their expiry date.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress is technically ready for SEO, but this does not mean that you can’t improve it a little more. The Yoast SEO plugin, formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast is a plugin created from the ground up and carefully designed to improve your websites’ SEO prospects. Some of its key benefits include forcing you to choose a post or page keyword, which consequently enhances your SEO prospects. In addition, it uses a snippet preview mode allowing you to preview the rendering of a page or post and you get to see what it will look like on the search engine results pages, and it also helps you check the simple things that you are likely to forget such as meta description, focus keyword, subheadings among others. When used correctly, the Yoast Seo plugin will ensure you post the kind of content search engines love.