If you’ve decided to build your website yourself, here are the top 10 important WordPress plugins for a new coaching website to consider.
Top 10 WordPress Plugins to Install on Your New Life Coaching Website
1. Elementor Page Builder
I’ve been using Elementor for years now and I absolutely recommend it.
Unlike other page builders, Elementor is really powerful, easy to use, and very flexible.
I’ve used other page builders like WPBakery, Divi, KingComposer, and Beaver before and Elementor remains my go to page builder for WordPress.
The plugin makes it really easy to build super responsive life coaching websites on the go.
Although the plugin comes in both free and paid versions, you have a lot of free features available out of the box and you might never need to upgrade.
2. Smart Slider 3
Smart Slider 3 is used for creating beautiful and responsive sliders/banners.
It’s not so simple to use, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it, it’s pretty straightforward.
With Smart Slider 3, you can create different sliders/banners for different devices(eg mobile, tablets, etc).
3. Gravity Forms or Ninja Forms
You can easily create contact forms, booking forms, scheduling forms, etc with Gravity Forms.
Gravity Forms is a premium form builder WordPress plugin.
The plugin comes with an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop form builder.
A better alternative to this plugin is Ninja Forms.
Ninja Forms also comes with a drag and drop form builder, and it’s easy to use.
But unlike Gravity Forms, it comes with a free version.
4. Embed Calendly Scheduling
The plugin lets you easily add your scheduling calendar(or button) to anywhere on your coaching WordPress website.
With Embed Calendly Scheduling, you don’t have to exchange back and forth emails with potential clients before they can book a call with you. Because the plugin makes it possible for potential clients to schedule a call with you directly on your website.
5. Strong Testimonials
Testimonials are very important to have on your coaching website.
It helps you build trust with potential clients, and it makes your offer look more believable.
Strong Testimonials let you easily add testimonials to your website, and it also allows you to manage them easily.
The plugin also comes with features that allow you to create beautiful testimonial sliders, that you can add to any page on your website.
6. Yoast SEO
Search Engine Optimization is the heart of an effective life coaching website.
It’s what makes your website appear in search results when potential clients are looking for people that do what you do.
Yoast is the No. 1 plugin for building search engine optimized websites.
The plugin helps you analyze your content, and it provides you with helpful suggestions on how to properly structure it for search engines.
7. Mailchimp for WordPress(MC4WP)
Though you need to go to the main Mailchimp dashboard to manage your email campaigns, you can easily customize your newsletter sign-up forms directly from your WordPress dashboard with MC4WP.
The plugin also allows you to add your newsletter signup form in any widget on your coaching WordPress website.
8. The Ultimate Social Media Icons
If you’re blogging with your life coaching website, promoting your blog posts on social media can help you build more awareness for your coaching business.
The Ultimate Social Media Icons plugin makes it possible for your audience to share your blog posts on over 200+ social media platforms.
The plugin is also easy to customize. You have the freedom to choose where you’d like to display the social share buttons, and how you want the buttons to look.
9. WordFence Security
When it comes to keeping your website secure, there are lots of WordPress security plugins that comes in really handy for securing different aspects of your website(eg limiting login attempts on your website, or hiding your WordPress login page).
WordFence helps you monitor your website and it defends it from malicious attacks.
The plugin also comes with a firewall, and it sends security notifications to you whenever anything(security-wise) needs your attention on the website.
You can regularly scan your website to make sure that there are no vulnerabilities on it with WordFence.
10. GDPR Cookie Consent
To stay out of legal troubles, if you’ll be storing visitors’ data(websites do this to some extent by default), it’s very important to ask for their permission first.
GDPR Cookie Consent helps you make your website GDPR compliant.
The plugin also helps you display a nice notice to request the needed permissions from new and returning visitors.
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I’m the founder of Spantus. I write about WordPress and how to use website as a marketing tool. I enjoy building stuff that matters and I’m deeply passionate about making life easier through technology.