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WordPress is one of the most popular and user-friendly Content Management Systems which has taken the web design and development industry by storm. We know from data that 29.6% of all websites are developed using WordPress and the number reaches over 60% when we talk about CMS based websites. It is free, easy to setup and has countless themes and plugins available that has made the whole process doable for people even without basic programming skills. From setting up blogs, to company websites and to ecommerce stores, WordPress has given power to its users and has made them hooked because of its active community and accessible support.
We see a similar trend of using WordPress Framework in South Asian Countries and due to the high demand of various features, plugin development has become a high growth career option. WP Users prefer to attain various capabilities for their website by buying and installing plugins rather than writing code on their own or hiring someone to do the job for them. Asian companies have built some really remarkable plugins that are being used by thousands of WP enthusiasts around the globe, most of these plugins have both free and premium versions available (freemium) and they can be downloaded from WP.ORG.
Today, I have compiled a list of 5 outstanding plugins developed by Asian Companies that I have used for my clients and I can swear by them. The list is in no particular order and will give you a brief introduction of the functionality of these plugins and their rating.
Number 1: Blog Designer
Blog Designer is developed by Solwin Infotech, a company based in India. This plugin is an absolute favorite of professional bloggers because of its sleek looking responsive templates. The free version comes with six different templates to glam up your blog and you don’t need any coding skills to work with it. You can manage the number of posts per page, add author and comment count, and a social share button to help increase your blog reach.
This plugin also comes with a premium version with extra features, including additional blog templates, slider and grid templates, multilingual support and the ability to show co-authors for a single post. You can create author archives and profile pages, add advance social share, different fonts, and pagination types to give it a custom look.
Blog Designer has more than 20,000 active installations and a 4.5/5 rating with an active support to help you with your queries and comments.
Rich Snippets are an excellent way to increase the Click Through Rate of your website and this plugin does it within few minutes. All In One Schema Rich Snippets is developed by Brainstorm Force, a company based out of Pune, India. It will help you show page description, content, reviews and ratings, price, availability and other relevant information to your potential visitors on their Search Engine Result pages. It is simple and very easy to configure, which means no coding skills are required.
All In One Schema Rich Snippets also lets you choose post type and you can add custom information to each entry, the data is well formatted and looks very interactive in the Search Results. It is available for free, has 70,000 plus active installations and a 4.5/5 rating on WP.ORG.
Number 3: Analytify
Google Analytics is the most widely used tool for tracking and reporting website traffic and it gives excellent insights into user behavior and conversion. Analytify is developed by Adnan and his team in Pakistan, this plugin promises to make Google Analytics simpler for people using WordPress for their websites. It comes with an interactive dashboard and gives visual data to website admins/managers.
This plugin automates the process of adding tracking code to your website and shows both real time and consolidated visitor data. It has become an absolute favorite among bloggers and businesses with their e-stores built using WordPress framework.
It has both free and pro versions available with several add-ons to enhance its capability. Analytify has 10,000 plus active installation with an outstanding 5/5 rating.
Number 4: Pie Register
Pie Register is a registration plugin with some handy additional features and is developed by Genetech Solutions, a software company based in Karachi, Pakistan. It is targeted towards blogs and websites that wish to show premium content to their registered members and has some fantastic features including, email templates, payment integration (subscription fee) and invitation only registrations.
Pie Register has both free and pro versions and you can also buy individual add-ons. The data gathered by the plugin can be exported and it also allows you to block malicious registrations/users and add captcha to your forms. It has more than 9,000 active installations and 4/5 rating on WP.ORG.
Number 5: Dokan Multivendor Marketplace
This plugin is developed by weDevs, which is a software solutions company from Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is an outstanding front-end multi-vendor marketplace on WordPress which can help you build your own multi-vendor e-store. It is powered by WooCommerce and takes around 30 minutes to setup, the plugin is well documented and also has an active support.
The features include multiple independent stores, dashboard for each seller, commission setup on sales, product galleries and insightful reporting. Dokan also has a pro version which comes in four different price points with some well thought-out features and a 14 days money back guarantee. You also get priority support which is implemented by a ticket based system. It has over 8,000 active installations and a 4.5/5 rating from its users.
WordPress plugins are an excellent way to enhance your website’s capability and user experience, they are usually cheaper than hiring someone to write code and are well tested by thousands of users. For every feature, you will find plenty of options and you can always start by trying out the free version first.
This is my list of noteworthy plugins developed by South Asian companies. Have you used any of the above?
Do you have some favorite WordPress plugins that you always recommend to your friends and colleagues? Tell me about them!