One of the main benefits of WordPress is that you can use plugins to access new features, which can help your website do more. Your business website needs these tools to be effective in attracting and capturing new business for you. We get asked plugin suggestions and so in this article we will provide seven must have WordPress Plugins.
This plugin is a page builder and it allows you design the layout of a page without writing code or using a bunch of shortcodes. As you may know the WordPress page editor is pretty much an empty text editor, like this:
The visual composer allows you to create columns and other elements nicely, like this:
Having control of how pages are laid out allows you to deliver your message more clearly, which could lead to more engagement with users.
Yoast SEO allows you to optimize your WordPress website for search engines. It helps you edit your page titles and meta descriptions on each page, focussing on a keyword phrase. This plugins also helps generate a sitemaps as well as link to webmaster tools of major search engines. This plugin is definitely a must have.
Wordfence is an excellent plugin for site security and protection. Not only does it help limit login attempts, it alerts you to brute force attacks and helps blacklist repeat offender IPs. With Wordfence, you get scheduled scans and malware protection for the entire website.
This plugin is great for web forms. Want contact forms or quote request forms? Then this is the plugin to use. It is simple and does everything you need it to to capture simple form submissions. You can set an auto response so that every time there’s a submission, the user gets a confirmation email. The best part about this plugin is that it store form submission entries on your WordPress admin so that if you happen to lose emails, you can just log in to your dashboard and see the submissions there.
Sending emails within WordPress hasn’t quite worked well. The main reason for this is that many web hosts do not have dedicated email servers that prioritize email. WP Mail SMTP helps address that to make sure that emails are being sent on time. With this plugin, you can connect to external email services such as Gmail, SMTP etc that provide SMTP email delivery.
This WordPress plugin is great for caching your website and speeding up load time. Your business website needs to load fast for visitors and this plugin helps achieve that. W3 Total Cache is a must have plugin for every new website we build because it directly impacts search engine performance. Fast loading time also means that users have a positive experience when viewing the site and are likely to spend more time on it.
Website backups are the most forgotten items when it comes to site planning. many times people remember them way late after something has happened. UpdraftPlus plugin is a must have plugin for your WordPress site because it will save you the headache and cost of starting afresh when something goes wrong. Install it today. One feature we really like about this plugin is that it allows you to backup to a Google Drive or Dropbox so you’ll always have your backups ready whenever you need them.
I hope this list helps. Your website, just as your business, needs to work efficiently and perform well. These must have plugins will help you achieve that. Install them today and if you need help or have questions about implementation, please get in touch with us and we’ll assist you. Front2Back Studio helps business websites run efficiently so you can make the most out of your investment.