How to Build an Online Marketplace With Elementor & Dokan

Successful online marketplaces are inspiring people all over the world to build their own online eCommerce stores or marketplaces. Thanks to platforms like AliExpress, Airbnb, Fiverr, Etsy or eBay, the perception of doing businesses online has changed dramatically in this new age.

This is where the hype of building an online marketplace is coming from. Even I wanted to build an online business over some point in the past year! 

Why Create Your Own Online Marketplace Business?

In 2018, $2.86 trillion was spent in online stores by 1.8 billion people. There are 3 million online stores available in the world, but around 63% of them also sales in various marketplaces. Besides that, 501 billion USD was the retail eCommerce sales in the United States and it is forecasted that the sale will increase to 740 billion in 2023. [Source]

Most importantly, the eCommerce sector is growing 23% every year and this could be a great opportunity for any of us.

So, why wouldn't people want to start their own online marketplace?

Why Design Your Online Marketplace with Elementor?

Create Online Marketplace using Elementor

Design is an integral part of building a website. When it comes to designing a website beautifully inside WordPress, the first solution that pops into our mind is – Elementor!

People want simplicity and want to achieve more taking less hassle. This is the reason Elementor could climb to the top position within just a year. Now, more than 3 million people are actively using Elementor Page Builder on their WordPress site and I am one of them 😉

Not to mention, Elementor has a 4.9 out 5 Start rating in WordPress.org and it has been download more than 34 million times till date!

Elementor user growth

From WordPress.org, we can look into the active installation growth of Elementor page builder. It shows a 1% growth in their active installation and for a tool with 3 million active users, this is pretty good.

Apart from that, Builtwith data shows 1.63% of the world's top 1 million sites uses Elementor to design their sites. This number is roughly 16,322! Only in the United States, there are around 900K sites using Elementor.

Elementor has a great drag and drop page builder where you can copy-paste sections and blocks. It is fully supported with WooCommerce, the best eCommerce plugin for WordPress.

Also, there are pre-built templates, animations and query management inside Elementor.

WordPress Web Development
Related Article: How Elementor Changed The Era of WordPress Web Development

If you are still looking for a way to build your own online marketplace platform, then here is good news for you! 

You can now create your marketplace within a few minutes and today's article will guide you through the step by step process.

Create Your Own Amazon-like Marketplace in Minutes

35% of the world's websites are built with WordPress, a powerful yet easy to use content management system. You can create more than just a website thanks to the plugins and themes that WordPress has to offer.

That being said, you can create an online store with a few clicks with WordPress. You will require an eCommerce plugin like WooCommerce. Just follow my steps and you will be able to create a marketplace similar to Amazon, AliExpress or eBay easily.

Step 1: Choose Domain & Hosting for Your Marketplace

The first thing that you will require to start an online marketplace is a live website. For that, a domain name and hosting is a must.

There are countless domain and hosting providers out there to choose from. Among them, GoDaddy, Bluehost, Namecheap, Kinsta, Cloudways WooCommerce Hosting are the best.

You can get started with just $20 per year ($10 for hosting and $10 for domain). There might be discounts available to it might be less in that case.

Managed Hosting for WordPress and WooCommerce Sites

However, keep in your mind that an online marketplace will require a strong hosting because when you start getting a huge amount of traffic, cheaper hostings won't be able to provide that much support. So, you can look for marketplace hosting plans (they might cost a bit more!).

Step 2: Install WordPress

Now, comes the big brother of all CMS – WordPress.

It's very easy to install. You can install directly from your hosting's Cpanel. You will only have to perform a few clicks to get done with this simple step.

You can go through this detailed tutorial on how to install WordPress in the right way.

Build A Free eCommerce Marketplace Using WordPress

Step 3: Add eCommerce Features

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce solution inside WordPress with more than 5 million active installations and 90% market share. It holds more than 24% market share in the entire eCommerce industry!

See more WooCommerce Stats here →

You might ask why this eCommerce plugin is so popular?

Because it is completely to free to get started with and the free version has many features that would be enough for you to start a fully functional online store.

To add eCommerce functionalities to your online store, log in to your WordPress Admin Dashboard and click on the plugins menu. From there, you can add plugins to your site.

Click on the add plugin button and search for WooCommerce in the plugin store. When you find it, simply click Install and then Activate. That's it.

how to install woocommerce

WooCommerce has an amazing setup wizard that will help you to set all the important settings after installation.

Add your desired payment gateways like PayPal, Stripe, etc. Create products if required and start selling! Check the tutorial below for further help.

Step 4: Turn Your eCommerce Store into A Marketplace

You have launched your own online store successfully with WooCommerce, but your goal is to create a marketplace. You will need an advanced solution for this type of complex job. Luckily, the shining knight of marketplace industry, Dokan Multivendor makes thing easy for you.

With Dokan, you can create a fully functional marketplace within a few minutes. All you have to do is – install and active the Dokan plugin from the plugin page.

how to install dokan

For advanced features, you will need the premium version of Dokan, which starts from $149/year. This is comparatively 60% reasonable than other solutions in the market like Shopify, Magento, CS-Cart, etc.

After Installing Dokan, you will get a setup wizard similar to WooCommerce. It will walk you through the most important settings.

You have to enable registration on your site so that vendors and customers can come in and join easily. Dokan has built-in registration forms for both vendor and customer.

You can also set up vendor commission using Dokan. When vendors sell their products, you earn commission from them. You can then set withdraw earning management for vendors from their dashboard.

Here is a detailed guide on how to create an online marketplace using Dokan.

Multivendor marketplace with dokan

There are many themes available for Dokan. Here, I am using the famous Elector theme.

Step 5: Design Your Online Marketplace with Elementor

Now, the most important part of this blog.

You can customize your online marketplace with Elementor. To do so, you will require Dokan Elementor module, which comes with the Professional version of Dokan. You will also require the pro version of Elementor. With this combo, you will be able to edit the design and layout of the default Dokan store.

So, you need the following plugins to get started with –

  • WooCommerce
  • Dokan Lite
  • Dokan Professional
  • Elementor
  • Elementor Pro

At first, activate all the plugins. Now, navigate to – WordPress Admin Dashboard → Dokan → Modules → Enable Elementor module.

How to install elementor

Now, navigate to – WordPress Admin Dashboard → Templates → Add New

Installing elementor

You will see the Elementor Template creation modal form. Select the type of template you want to create. For designing stores, you must select the Single Store type.

Template type of Elementor

Type in a name for your template. Hit the Create Template button.

Installing Elementor template

In this step, you have to choose the type of design or layout you want to customize your online marketplace with Elementor. Your stores' design layout will be transformed into the one you select from here.

Elementor template library

Hover over your chosen template and click on the Insert button. You will now see the stores' design editable using Elementor.

You can read the detailed Dokan Elementor documentation.

You will find all the elements that you need to design your store in the Elements section including –

  • Store Banner
  • Store Name
  • Profile Picture
  • Store Info
  • Store Social Profile
  • Tab Items
  • Share Button
  • Store Support Button
  • Live Chat Button
  • Store Follow Button
  • Store Vacation Message
  • Coupons
  • Also the regular elements of Elementor
Build online marketplace with Elementor

After editing, here is the store page that I have come up with. Its really easy if you are familiar with Elementor.

Dokan tutorial

Step 6: Customize Your Marketplace with Advanced Features

Dokan has many amazing features and modules to let you create the ultimate online marketplace like Amazon, Alibaba, Aliexpress, eBay, Flipkart, etc.

  • Live Chat: Allows you to create a live chat system between vendor and customers.
  • Geolocation: Lets your customers search for vendors' stores by location.
  • Product Duplicator: Enable vendors to copy a product that another seller is already selling.
  • Return and Warranty Request: Lets the admin manage vendors to offer a customized return and warranty system.
  • Seller Verification: Allow vendors to verify their stores using social profiles or ID cards.
  • Wholesale: Lets you turn your marketplace have the popular feature of wholesale management.
  • Store Support: Get all the customer support features at the convenience of your frontend.
  • Subscription: Create highly customized subscription packs and charge vendors as you like.
  • and 15 more!

Now, you have successfully created your own marketplace and designed it with Elementor. You can launch your new venture this way and start earning from your vendors.

Wrapping Up

WordPress has opened a new door for general people like us to make our dreams of creating our own online businesses true. You can be the next Jack Ma with your very own version of Alibaba and AliExpress.

All you have to do is find an amazing marketplace idea and use WordPress, Dokan, and Elementor to make it a reality.

Dokan is evolving every day with amazing new features and integrations. The Elementor module is one of the integrations of this evolution. You can design your marketplace with the available themes and create your own store design using Elementor. The day is not so far when Dokan will fulfill every bit of requirement that you have regarding the design and development of online marketplaces or multi-vendor stores.

Happy Addons: Is It the Most Unique Elementor Addon to Come out so Far?

In recent times, with the rise in popularity of website builder, Elementor simply made its presence felt by becoming the most popular web page builder for WordPress before anyone else.

And those who are a regular user of Elementor is completely aware of the number of various types of Elementor addons available out there.

In the crowd of many popular Elementor add-ons already available in WordPress.org, Happy Addons vow itself to be unique & different among the Elementor user base.

And even though it is quite early in its journey of introducing itself as Elementor Addons, the path of it seems challenging yet encouraging than ever.

While most other popular Elementor extensions bundle up all the more popular widgets in their pro version of the addons, Happy Addons, on the other hand, believes in giving its user most of it for free. If you look at its list of free widgets, this will instantly make you a fan of it.

So let's shed some light and learn a little more about Happy Addons exclusive free Elementor widgets that are totally ready for use.

Happy Elementor Addons: Offering the Best In-Hand User-Experience

Happy Elementor Addons, widgets & features

Card

This widget is helpful when a user is required to display some object of their webpage in a card form.

You can easily add a card-shaped widget and customize them with any image icon changing its color, size, font & more. Moreover, you get to change the icon with border outline including various background color for each separate widget.

One can even display its icon in a drop shadow form & dark mode with a white circular background. Indeed a handy widget to have to enhance your webpage outlook.

Info Box

This box widget is useful to display icon along with its related information within a box for your webpage.

Drag & drop this widget to make full use of highlighting a product or feature description. Present any kind of information with this box widget and make them look sleek and elegant by changing its color, font, size as well as with several built-in positioning options.

Icon Box

Purpose of this widget is to enable a user to display its webpage icon in a more captivating way than ever.

This widget possesses a number of exciting icon setting functionalities for your webpage. Its unique feature includes enabling different content colors in a borderless background. Get to design the icon with the top-quality customization option of multi-color badge. Enjoy the uniqueness of the icon with a gradient in the background-color.

Use an image in the background or make it look transparent with the background color. Separate any icon or title in the widget box with horizontal lines. Use all these awesome icon box widgets option to turn your webpage more attractive than ever.

Skill Bars

Essentially useful for displaying the level of progress and skill of user through percentage or other informative bars inside webpages.

A webpage building blocks by which anyone can highlight the progressive information using a number of its customization tools. Get to change the size of each progress bar with its shape changer to slim it down or gain it up effortlessly.

Showing the heading inside each bar, use its color changing option to present the progress bar with single or multi-color. Quite an interactive widget to have in your website building armory.

Review: One of the Top Elementor Addons

This widget is used to highlight any review, recommendations or feedback from customer or visitors of your products or services on your webpage.

If you are running a business and want to display your client's review, feedbacks or ratings then this widget will come in really handy. Effortlessly customize to showcase any type of product or service related review with numeric ratings in multiple background color. Not to mention the ability to add the image of the reviewer easily on every review.

Get to display the thumbnail image in a different position like in a horizontal or vertical capsule-shaped review box. Change its shape and size the way you want it with complete freedom. It certainly gives a cool way to present all your positive reviewer on your webpage.

Image Compare

The widget is ideally useful when you are trying to compare images with its before & after version.

In an event of needing to showcase your artwork with images, here is a widget that will do it with ultimate perfection. Get the comparing image to be displayed with a horizontal or vertical sliding option.

Simply swipe its customizable handler up/down or right/left to view the before & after version of the image. Quite an exciting widget to have if you are into photo work or editing business.

Gradient Heading

Used for the customization to add a combination of several colors into your webpage heading to give it a nice, colorful & eye-catchy look.

The widget allows its user to create beautiful headlines for their websites providing them the option to apply various color gradient settings. Easily change the color combination, spacing, styles, positions & opacity applied on the heading.

Moreover get to customize the webpage title with horizontal, vertical and radial gradient effect. With this widget, you can certainly discover a great way to represent your site's taglines or titles.

Team Member

This widget helps in the presentation of introducing the employees or team members of a company or organization on the website in the most professional & formal way possible.

Drag & drop the widget to add a box for displaying your team member in a structured way on your webpage. Add the employee image, change, present it by writing their designation or a short description to introduce them in the box using several amazing adjustable styles, background & colors.

Also, add any social links or their email ID under its dedicated icon. This is the perfect widget for companies wanting to introduce their team member in a more dignified manner on their website.

Dual Button

This widget enables the user to add two customizable different styled buttons in the same section. Ideally used for adding two separate clickable buttons on a webpage.

If you need to give your website visitor the choices between two option within two different buttons, then this is the widget you are looking for. You can present these two buttons together with side by side or separate them with multi-colors.

Just like its other widgets, there are multiple options available in it to change the style, design, color, and position of these buttons to help showcase the webpage the way you want it.

Number Widget

Create embellishing number blocks with this widget to be added on your webpage. Mainly useful for demonstrating certain steps or numeric value with numbers inside a box on websites.

Displaying certain information or showing a few steps with numbers on websites is quite a common presentation that we all see nowadays. So here is a number widget to enhance this demonstration of adding numbers on webpages. Quickly get to add various customizable colored boxes with numbers inside.

Display the number in those boxes in several trendy shapes such as lemon, water droplets, circular, square and more. You can even add different images in circular shape with the numbers inside. When applied on live websites, these effects bring quite a life to the whole presentation to each of the number boxes altogether.

Justified Grid

The widget basically enables the user to show images in a number of different grid patterns on your webpages.

Easily make the best use of showcasing the images in a grid mode on your website. Get to add multi-category image gallery groups with a filter or no filter option of your choice and make changes in its image size settings.

Display the images with full or minimal width in the webpage and with or without any gutter in between the photos. Simply a grid that totally justifies your image griding need by every means.

Testimonial

Similar to team member & review widget, this one right here ensures you get to make the best use of the testimony of your satisfied customers, partners, well-wishers on your webpage by highlighting them in the most acknowledgeable manner as possible.

You can design your testimonial section for your website with a number of excellent customizable options. For a simple testimonial display, the user can use a thumbnail image & intro with a shadow around the box. You can even compose the portion with colors at one side with white background, images, and testimony inside it.

Moreover, the user can also display its selected testimonial in a capsule-shaped section with an arrow indicating toward the thumbnail image. Indeed you get quite an innovative way to showcase what others are saying about you in your webpage with this widget.

Logo Grid

A widget that enables the user to showcase any company or product's logo displaying those items in a trendy pattern on webpages.

Highlight the product or company logo in a multiple or single line with colorful animation of images inside the box. View the thumbnail in a number of beautiful customizable sizes.

Also, get to separate them with horizontal & vertical borderline like the game tic tac toe. Indeed an amazing way to personalize your product or company logo on the website.

Slider

Purposeful for adding multiple image slides with arrows on both ends to be displayed on your webpage.

With the widget, the user gets to add a slider with a fullwidth image. Change from one slide to another through a circular arrow slider on both sides with a title and subtitle inside it.

The navigation panel can be shown in a dotted form and slider can be moved both horizontally or vertically. This is very much useful when it comes to highlighting the various promotional events or product sale on your homepage.

Image Carousel

Much like the slider, the widget helps in creating a number of the carousel of text or images to be added with the sliding option on your webpage.

Add several items to be displayed as a carousel in a sliding form with customizable image size and animation speed. If you are looking to put the sliding images in the autoplay mode, then you can do it too along with its changeable sliding speed. Even you can make the carousel to loop for infinity times.

In case of wanting to make the navigating process from one carousel to another easy, the user can add arrow & dots or both navigation in the same sliding carousel. Moreover, you can easily set the sliding images in center or vertical mode with various titles & subtitles inside each image as per user requirement. A great method of presenting the events, products, logo, images etc on webpages.

Flip Box

A useful widget to create & display an object with messages at the same time in a number of exciting flipping effect on the website.

While you hover your cursor over the box, the object will automatically flip over to showcase the input message or options right away. You can use the flipping effect to highlight an object with a description or even introduce team members with their bio in it.

Be able to customize anything that you add starting from border, background & icon type, box-shadow, image size, padding to image color and sizes. In order to customize all that above or the title & description, get to choose its colors & sizes and a number of other options. The effects while it flips certainly give the webpage an animating look that anyone would enjoy while visiting your website.

Step Flow

This widget is essentially helpful while a user wants to show step by step instructions using relevant images inside their webpage.

Use several combinations of beautiful icons, colors, text to show visual step diagram on your website. Design those steps in an outlining or with a color filled-in box including number step badge along with it.

For dark theme lovers, users can put these steps in the dark mode behind its icon background & serial badge. Not to mention its ability to showcase the step flow in a normal circular, dotted circular or rectangular box. The user can customize each step flowing box with several shapes, colors, size etc. options. Definitely the architecture of these steps flow seems really glistening when one gets to view it on the website.

Calendly

This is an integration feature that is significantly effective when one requires scheduling a meeting or setting up a reminder for it on the website.

Calendly application integration with Happy Addons enables the user to easily set up any meeting without back and forth emails through it. Drag & drop the widget and then simply copy-paste the username collected from the Calendly account and your personal meeting scheduling calendar will get loaded to your web builder right away.

Once the calendar loads, the user gets to select the time slot for the meeting to confirm. The user can even choose to hide or view the details of the added events. Now when the calendar is live, anyone can set up a meeting picking up a suitable time right from the frontend. Really a handy integration that makes life a lot easier for creating meeting quicker.

Pricing Table

Most useful for showing the price of digital products using some of the beautifully crafted pricing tables for your websites.

Create some of the stylish looking pricing tables for your webpage with this widget. You would probably want to highlight the recommended or most popular pricing deal on your pricing table on your website. You can gracefully do it with a coloring badge for the price you recommend.

Pricing table widget happy addons

Not just in white background, the user can fill background of the pricing tables with a wide range of colors as well as in a colorful gradient. You can also present the tables in a muli color borderline & different box height to make it easily distinguishable from the others.

To set the mood and make it look eye-catchy, you can also highlight the pricing table in dark mode or transparent dark background. Hands down the innovation brought into the presentation for the pricing table with this widget will clearly bring the glamorous side of your website.

Image Grid

Just like the justified grid, this widget enables the user to view images with a number of exciting animated row and design.

Add multiple images or multi-color icons in one or in a number of rows of image grid. Get to highlight those images or icons in an even form or in a masonry grid.

Show the rows of images and icons in complete full screen with border outline. Initiate some nice animation when you take the cursor over each image grid. Indeed an awesome concept to represent your images on your webpages making it look all eye-catchy & delightful.

Elementor Widgets: For 3rd Party Plugins

Pre-defined widgets of some of the 3rd party contact form builders with customization options have already been integrated into the free version of Happy Addons. This enables the user to get customizable form building widgets to be displayed on all the Elementor formatted webpages. For the moment you will be able to access pre-defined form widget to doll up your web contact form pages with the following form builder plugins.

Sample

A quick reminder: You get all these amazing widgets totally free of cost in the Happy Addons free version.

Happy Effects: Boosting Elementor and Site Design

Floating Animation

Animation plays a big role in making any webpage look interesting & eye-catchy. And the floating animation feature of Happy Addons is definitely going to give a unique touch to your webpage.

Designed with amazing floating effects of Happy Addons

This is just one of the animating effect that can be done with Happy Addons. Apart from adding floating particles, its user can have different colored content with a borderless background. You can also decorate any web object with the floating feature with a high level of customization ability.

The user can even rotate its objects axis wise to bring novelty in the design. This animation effect is claimed to be the most exclusive feature of Happy Addons and guess what, you can add this kind of floating effects on your webpage absolutely free.

Various CSS Transformation

You might need to rotate an object or scale it up/down based on your web site design. And it can get quite tricky if you aren't able to do so with the CSS transforming option available page builder widgets.

But this is not the case with Happy Addons. Here the CSS transform works perfectly with every widget smoother than ever. Simply enable CSS transform feature and you will be able to translate, rotate, scale and skew the web content without any glitch.

Note: Again, all this is totally free to use in the current version of Happy Addons.

Upcoming Endeavor: Exclusive Pro Features & Widgets On Its Way

Hold on, that's not all you can get with Happy Elementor Addons. If you are already fascinated by all the above widgets & features included in its free version, then hold your breath for its premium features that will totally change your experience of website-building with Elementor. The Pro variant of Happy Addons is expected to be launched in October '19. And going by its official leaks, here are some of the exclusive features to be expected in the premium release & installation of Happy Addons.

  • Cross-Domain Copy Paste: Easily copy-paste any widget from one domain webpage to another. This is the most unique feature that no other alternative to Elementor add-ons were able to come up with yet.
  • Section Nesting: This premium feature would enable any user to add an unlimited number of widgets under a single section/column.
  • Site Sync: Enable live site syncing from a staging site within a few clicks.
  • Preset: Get to add from a number of preset options like size, color more in the individual widget.

And also includes some exceptional widgets like Advanced Google Map, Advanced Tab, Advanced Accordion, Timeline, etc.

Verdict: Most Promising Elementor Addons for the Future

Elementor Addons- happy addons

So far the team of Happy Addons seems quite determined to ensure the best user-experience providing the usorer complete freedom while building their web page with Elementor. Even though it is pretty much in its early days of developing its premium widgets & features yet they promise its potential user base to provide best in class customer support & regular feature/widget updates each week.

But at the same time let's not forget that the road to success for Happy Addons won't be easy especially with tough competitions from already well-established 3rd party addons like Envato Elements, Essential Addons and more. But with the kind of features & functionalities it possesses, it surely has the potential to make its competitors run for their money in the near future.

In all honesty, it is too early to make any kind of speculation at the moment, but if the team of Happy Addons can continue the kind of commitment & devotion that it has begun its journey with then one can only expect better things to happen for it in the future. And by the look of it and the recent responses that it is receiving with its current lot of widgets & features the future of it definitely seems bright. In short, it is certainly a promising Addons for Elementor that is here to stay for a long time keeping its user satisfied & more importantly as its name suggests Happy. 😊

How To Easily Add weForms Widget Using Elementor

Wouldn't it be really great if you could turn your old-fashioned WordPress form into an elegant one?

If you feel this is not possible then you are certainly wrong.

Now, this is very much possible using weForms form widget and it's fully compatible with Elementor Page Builder plugin!

So this post will demonstrate how easily you can turn your boring looking WordPress form into an interesting one giving it a modish look.

How to Use weForms with Elementor

Prerequisites:

  1. weForms – the fastest contact form plugin for WordPress
  2. Elementor Page Builder Plugin

To use weForms widget in Elementor, install & activate both of the plugins to your WordPress site. Simply get to plugins tab to add the new plugin after searching in the search bar.

weForms Widget in Elementor

After the plugins are up & running, you will also get a weForms widget in your WordPress widget library. You can view that from – WordPress Admin Dashboard → Appearance → Widgets.

Now, you will need to create a new form. Here, we have named the newly created form as ‘Contact Form'.

Related: How to create a form using weForms

Now, create a new page and edit that in Elementor. Now, search for weForms in the elements search bar. You will find the weForms widget there.

Once you are in the edit mode of Elementor, simply select weForms widget that you have already searched for. Now drag and drop weForms widget to the editing area.

After you dragged & dropped the weForms widget, you need to select your desired form from the drop-down menu on the left. That is when the form will appear in the editing area. The image above shows this demonstration clearly.

Once the weForms widget is in place, you can edit it by choosing the edit section option at the top of the form. There are a number of things that you can edit with this option. Like in the layout edit section you can edit the form stretch section, content width, columns gap, height, content position, HTML tag.

In the style edit section, you can edit the settings of form's background image, background overlay, form border, shape divider and its typography.

And lastly, in the advanced option, you can take care of all the advanced setting related to the weforms widget.

Finally, this is how the form widget looks like from the frontend.

The whole process of creating a new form to editing the weForms widget in Elementor is shown below.

You can simply go through this guide above to create & edit your form with weForms widget using Elementor. The process is really straightforward & uncomplicated as you can see it.

What's More?

Now that you know, how easy it is to use Elemantor Page Builder with weForms to transform your ordinary looking forms into a stylish one, would you still refrain yourself from using it? It wouldn't be such a wise idea to do so, isn't it?

Hopefully, after this post, it will definitely encourage all of you much more on remodeling the forms of your WordPress websites using weForms & Elementor.

Try weForms Demo to See How It All Works

And once you are convinced you may want to –

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Must Have Free WordPress Plugins for Your Site in 2019

WordPress is the best open source CMS system world has to offer at the moment. If you have installed or used WordPress for at least once, you have surely noticed it has thousands of plugins. These plugins offer various functionalities that make your website even more powerful. Eventually, you can turn your WordPress site into an application to perform tasks that were unthinkable before!

There are more than 40,000 (Forty Thousands) FREE WordPress Plugins in WP.org.

You may have thought about these awesome plugins and became confused wondering which plugins you should use?

Let's shake hands; you are not alone, my friend!

And the most common question pops up in our minds- What are the must have free WordPress Plugins in 2019?

There are many people asking the same question as it's impossible for a single person to test all those plugins out there. It becomes pretty challenging now and then while choosing.

What You Should Consider

To help you with this decision, we have come up with a list of plugins that a user must have for their website. However, you might have some favorite plugins just like me. But, we are not sharing our favorite ones instead we are focusing more on the top must have free WordPress plugins. Here we are going to provide you a compiled list of plugins that –

  • Improves User Experience
  • Speeds up your site
  • Helps with Analytics
  • Provides Security
  • Make Backups
  • Optimize for search engines
  • Collects information
  • Let's you design your blog
  • Makes media compatible
  • Manages your tasks

Here at weDevs, we get a lot of queries from thousands of our users about which plugins they should install. As we are a plugin development company and need to test a lot of plugins, we get the opportunity of researching the best plugins in the market. Thus, it becomes easy for us to find out the most usable and must have free WordPress plugins every year.

In our list, we have considered the most useful plugins that a website should have. So, whatever you are planning to do with your website, you will eventually require these free WordPress plugins or their alternatives.

top wordpress plugins 2017

Must Have Free WordPress Plugins You Should Use for Your Site

There is no perfect solution for a problem. You can always find alternatives. That is why there are so many plugins out there in WordPress.org. So, it's quite wrong to make a list of must have plugins or top plugins for WordPress. Instead of that, we decided to identify the usefulness and how they can help you to keep things simple and manage essential operations.

So, focusing on which ones are more useful, we have conducted our research and end up making the following list. But, don't worry – as we have said earlier, we are going to provide alternatives as well so that you can choose the best one for you. Let's find out then.

Jetpack (FREE)

Jetpack- Must have Free WordPress Plugins in 2017

This is a must have plugin that helps you with a lot of things when you are using WordPress. It offers features including security, content tools, visitor engagement, social sharing, comments, spam protection, related post and also improves your site performance.

Apart from these, Jetpack offers an option for mobile themes which is very responsive and also lightweight. It is designed for tablets and phones.

WordPress.org Rating: 4.1

weForms (FREE)

Another important thing for a website is its forms. Without a contact form, your users won't be able to communicate with you. weForms helps you to create contact forms easily and publish them on your site. It collects user information and lets you manage them easily. You can also create different types of contact forms and customize them as you want. Another amazing fact is that- it provides FREE Slack integration as well. For a Free plugin, it's amazing and lightweight, provides almost everything you need. However, it also has Pro packages with more powerful features and email marketing modules.

Contact Form Plugin Alternatives

Contact Form 7 is very basic and provides fewer features. On the other hand, both Ninja Forms and Caldera Forms are heavily customizable and has a lot feature along with many integrations. Although they have free versions, their paid version is more useful.

WordPress.org Rating: 5.0

Yoast SEO (FREE)

Yoast SEO- Must have Free WordPress Plugins in 2017

One of the most popular SEO plugins, Yoast SEO offers a great set of tools that helps you to improve your position in the search engines. It allows you to add XML Sitemaps, OpenGraph data and also makes it easier to make your posts or pages SEO friendly. Besides that, it provides SEO score which is very handy.

It's Specials Features includes-

  • Page analysis tools
  • XML sitemap generator
  • SEO score
  • RSS Settings
  • Import and export settings etc.

WordPress.org Rating: 4.8

SEO Plugin Alternatives- All in One SEO

It provides similar functionalities like Yoast, but it does not provide SEO score feature and has a lower rating.

Google Analytics Plugin – Analytify (FREE & Pro)

Analytify- Top WordPress Plugins in 2017

If you are worried about your site's performance, then you can rest assure and you Analytify plugin. It provides a range of features including tracking user visits, site popularity, insights about visitors, page or post-performance, powerful analytics and much more.

Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for WordPress by Analytify connects your site with Google Analytics and generates a handy dashboard on your site. This is one of the great tools to make your site stand out in the crowd.

WordPress.org Rating: 4.9

Alternatives of Google Analytics Plugin

W3 Total Cache (FREE)

W3 Total Cache- Must have Free WordPress Plugins in 2017

Who doesn't want his website to become faster? If it loads quickly, visitors will be satisfied while navigating the site. W3 Total Cache helps you to increase the speed of your WordPress site. As a result, it improves the experience of your visitors with faster page loading.

W3 Total Cache improves server performance, reduces page load time and download times. It dramatically helps to improve your rank in search engines.

WordPress.org Rating: 4.3

Caching Plugin Alternatives – WP Rocket

It is another powerful solution for making your site load faster. However, it is a premium plugin and it provides some unique features.

Security Plugin – Sucuri (FREE & Pro)

Sucuri- Must have Free WordPress Plugins in 2017

Security is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to a website. Thus, it is a must to reduce online threats and keep your website safe from security issues. Sucuri is a great tool that provides a firewall to your site and it effectively protects your site from external threats.

You can get rid of DDos, XSS attacks, malware threats, brute force etc. If you thought, you don't need a firewall plugin for your site, think again!

WordPress.org Rating: 4.6

WordPress Security Plugin Alternative

Backup Plugin – Updraftplus (FREE & Pro)

Must have Free WordPress Plugins in 2017

Backup is a great solution when something unusual happens to your website. UpdraftPlus is a great WordPress backup Plugin and it provides amazing features. You can backup your entire site into the cloud including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP and also email. You can also restore it with just a single click.

The paid version offers more functionalities like back up to Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage, SFTP and many more.

WordPress.org Rating: 4.8

WordPress Backup Plugin Alternatives

They are also popular plugins that provide you similar features with paid versions.

Image Compression Plugin – Imagify (FREE & Pro)

Imagify - Top WordPress Plugins in 2017

Imagify helps you to manage your media storage. It makes your images lighter and most importantly without losing their quality. This greatly helps you to speed up your website and have a better management of your media files.

Besides that, it provides support to thumbnails and Retina images. You don't need to worry about image size anymore, thanks to Imagify.

WordPress.org Rating: 4.7

Image Compression Plugin Alternatives

However, imagify is a better choice for its useful features.

Elementor Page Builder (FREE & Pro)

Elementor - Top WordPress Plugins in 2017

Want to build your pages easily without coding? Elementor is the best solution you will find for WordPress. It provides live page building with a lot of features. It's comparatively faster than other solutions. It has a template library that can be used anytime. Besides that, it supports mobile editing. You can even revert to the previous version with revision history.

WordPress.org Rating: 4.8

Page Builder Plugin Alternatives

They also provide page building functionalities, but not faster.

WP Project Manager (FREE & Pro)

WP Project Manager Pro- Must have WordPress Plugins in 2017

Managing projects or tasks is very important. You need project management tool for everything. Suppose, you are planning to publish a blog. If you have a proper task management tool and working with a team, things become easier with WP Project Manager.

It has features like task management, to-do lists, milestone, discussion, file sharing and much more. These often become handy for website users and also bloggers. Although it has a free version. There is a pro version with advanced features as well.

Honorable Mentions

I have already discussed the most useful plugins that you will need for your WordPress site. Now, I am adding some more honorable mentions which provide some special purpose functionalities.

  • WooCommerce: Helps you to build an eCommerce store quickly. You get almost everything for FREE.
  • Google XML Sitemaps: Generates special XML sitemap to index your site better on search engines.
  • Accelerated Mobile Pages: Adds AMP aka Accelerated Mobile Page (makes your website faster for mobile visitors) functionality to your WordPress site.
  • Autoptimize: Optimizes your site easily with minify and cache scripts and styles.
  • ManageWP: Helps you to manage your WordPress site better with automated workflow, bulk actions, reports and improves performance.

Problem Solved?

So, this article provided you a list of most useful and must have free WordPress plugins in 2019 for your website. We have considered most of the applications that you will need for your website when you first install WordPress on your site. This is why we have added the most useful ones and also FREE. This will surely help you out to make the best use of your WordPress installation.

If you are still not satisfied, we have honorable mention list with special purpose plugins. You should check them out.

Also, don't forget to share your opinion and mention your favorite plugins as well. We will list them out if they seem to be helpful for a general WordPress site.