Considering 25% of sites are run through WordPress, setting up a site there is an exciting step in any business. Whether you work with a designer or use a premade theme to get started, your eyes light up every time you finish a page–a step closer to a finished website. Things are going well. The site looks great, but there’s still something missing: plugins.
WordPress is home to over 44,000 different plugins, so finding the perfect ones for your site can be a challenge. We are here to make that easy for you.
Here are 9 WordPress plugins we recommend for business sites:
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a must-have if you are trying to search engine optimize (SEO) your website. (Let’s be honest: If you have a website, you probably should be doing that no matter what.) It helps you focus on keywords in your blog content and incorporates that keyword throughout it. You can also see your site description, title length, meta description, and how your site appears in search engines. This will help you gear your content more to your target audience so you can be seen by more people and increase your click-through rate.
If you are interested in viewing your visitor stats and increasing traffic to your website, Jetpack should be the first thing you download. It suggests ways to increase traffic via tools, offers image performance, and even “protects your site against brute force attacks and unauthorized logins.” Customers rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
OptinMonster focuses on helping you expand your email list by gathering contact information from your site visitors. The first thing you’ll do is use their form builder to make an optin form, and see how it looks on your site. The goal is to increase your email list so you can reach out to your audience when new posts and other content are live. OptinMonster is great because it doesn’t limit you to popup forms either. They are available to put on several different parts of your site.
If a comment looks like it could be spam, Akismet lets you know. It filters through spammy comments and helps you mitigate spam on your website. You can also set your site up so you have to approve comments before they go live on the site using Akismet’s help.
Need a static html? The WP Super Cache plugin is perfect. It serves nearly 100% of your website visitors, including those who are “not logged in, who have not left a comment on your blog, or who have not reviewed a password protected post.”
According to WordPress, Wordfence Security allows you to, “Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security and more.” It is the most downloaded security plugin on WordPress and is here to make your website as safe as can be.
With Contact Form 7, you can customize a contact form so your readers can email you. It is also used to manage contact forms if you have more than one. You can even set a CAPTCHA and spam filtering, which saves you a lot of time in ruling out those robots who are trying to email you from your website. Contact Form 7 is highly recommended on the WordPress site, rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by customers.
With the Testimonials Widget, you can setup sliders, short codes, and more to get social proof on your site. Let your new viewers see what other people think of your work.
UpdraftPlus is the #1 backup plugin on wordpress.org, coming in at a whopping 4.8 out of 5 stars. It simplifies the backup process, working with S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, FTP, and more. It’s also known for its insanely quick restorations. If you work with a lot of files, pages or other data, this is a must-have plugin.
We’ve told you our favorite WordPress plugins. What are yours?