WordPress is one of the most common way to get your business online, with its CMS mindset, plug-ins and themes. Its truly the best flexibility a business needs to get going. If you’re not making use of plug-ins, then you’re missing out on some of the platform’s best features.
Searching for a plug-in is hard work, there’s so many out there and multiple different plug ins do the same thing. Some aren’t compatible with your version, some don’t look right, or have low reviews. Its a minefield that’s difficult for the average person to navigate.
Its start with the basics.
- Look for ones that are compatible with your version of WordPress
- Only install ones from the WordPress plug-in menu, that means they are trusted
- Check the amount of installs already, the more the better
Let’s talk about some of the plug ins we think you should use
Yoast is a search engine optimisation (SEO) plug-in that takes a lot of the legwork out of optimising your WordPress site.
If things like robots.txt, .htaccess files and permalink URLs mean nothing to you, then not to worry – Yoast does this kind of technical stuff in the background.
It also helps with keyword optimisation, and provides a readability check so you can be sure readers will lap up your content.
It really is a must-have for all WordPress sites.
Need a way for potential customers to get in touch with you? Then Contact Form 7 is the plug-in you need.
It’s quick and easy to create forms, and you won’t need a developer to install them on your site.
You can also tailor the fields in your forms to meet your exact needs, making it easy to make sure you have all the information you need in order to follow up all those juicy leads you’ll be generating.
And even if you just need a way for people to get in touch when they have a query, Contact Form 7 has you covered.
A quick and easy way to help people share your content is a good way to help get your content shared. As the name suggests, Social Media Share Buttons & Social Sharing Icons does exactly that.
It covers the major social media networks, and it’s remarkably easy to configure. So if you need a social sharing solution for your WordPress site, give this plugin a try.
Another WordPress plug-in that does exactly what the name suggests. But why would you want to limit the number of login attempts to your site? Well, if someone is trying to get unauthorised access to your site, they may use a programme which automatically tries to quickly guess different passwords.
With Limit Login Attempts, you can restrict access to the blog if someone keeps entering an incorrect password, making your site more secure.
Google Analytics is a great way to understand how people interact with your website, but it can be difficult to install if you’re not a web dev. That’s where this plug-in from Monster Insights comes in.
It allows you to install Google Analytics on your WordPress site with just a few clicks – no need for coding.
And once that’s done, you can benefit from all the usual statistical insights that Google Analytics provides.
Another plug-in that takes removes the need for a spot of coding. Really Simple SSL allows you to run your site on https – all you need is a valid SSL certificate.
SSL is important as it encrypts any data that’s sent via your site – such as card details and addresses. If you’ll be collecting any kind of customer data, then you’ll need an SSL.
You can get your SSL certificate with any of our hosting plans for free (if you don’t have one already) and then use this plug-in to get it up and running on your WordPress site.
Without going into technical details, WP Super Cache makes your WordPress site load more quickly for the vast majority of visitors, which improves user experience.
If you’re a WordPress beginner, then this plug-in’s “simple mode” is a great way to get speed gains that you wouldn’t normally be able to access.
Don’t be scared of plug-ins, using them wisely is a great way to increase the functionality of your website! Go out and explore