The reason WordPress is such a big deal is that it is an open-source platform. This means that it's collaborative by the entire community; anyone can come in and create something for the rest of the WordPress community to use. This has its own considerations in terms of security and upkeep.
We've compiled a short list of 4 of our favorite plugins for you to consider for your WordPress website.
CoSchedule is hands-down the best editorial calendar out there. And the way it syncs with WordPress websites is enviable if you don't have WordPress. All within the same window, you can plan your marketing and blog calendar, launches, and all your social media promotions automatically and manually for months on out. It is quite expensive starting at $40/month so it is an investment but well worth it.
Straight from their own mouth: "The most advanced frontend drag & drop page builder. Create high-end, pixel perfect websites at record speeds. Any theme, any page, any design."
You no longer need to mess with frameworks, parent themes, and child themes. You can get mostly by with the free version but the Pro version is $49 for one website and you have a wonderful front-end template and page builder to save your DIY sanity.
MailMunch for Select Email Marketing Providers
Mailmunch works great with MailChimp as well as Aweber, Constant Contact and others. Any of the more advanced providers like Infusionsoft, ConvertKit, Ontraport, etc are not supported by MailMunch.
Everyone is talking about YoastSEO because it's pretty darn well worth it. The free version alone is so valuable for understanding how your individual blog post or webpage is doing in terms of search engine optimization by giving you great visual feedback and suggestions for improvement.