WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS) and one of the best platforms in creating small business websites. It allows small business owners to easily edit, customize and manage their website. WordPress is an extremely extensible CMS through its plugins and themes.
In this post, we share our top WordPress plugins you don’t want to miss on your small business website (from improving SEO to adding more security and everything in between):
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast (SEO Plugin)
WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin is one of the must-have plugins on any WordPress website. It’s a personal favorite because I think its the most complete and powerful SEO plugin available for free. Yoast makes it easy for small business to optimize page titles, images, meta descriptions, XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.
2. Akismet (Anti-Spam Plugin)
Akismet is one of the most popular spam prevention plugins for WordPress with over 22 millions downloads. It comes with WordPress out of the box and it’s free for personal use. Akismet automatically blocks the comment spam on your WordPress blog. The Akismet plugin scans every comment, pingbacks and trackbacks submitted on your blog. Set-up is easy and once you’ve activated the plug-in, you can tell spam comments goodbye.
3. Wordfence (Security Plugin)
For added security for WordPress websites, we highly recommend Wordfence. It provides flexible security options and advanced features like the daily scan of your WordPress core, plugin and theme files. Once the plugin is installed, it can be used to perform a deep scan of your website to check for any infections. Once the scan is complete, Wordfence can secure your website to fend off future attacks.
4. Contact Form 7 (Contact Form Plug-in)
A more flexible contact form plugin which has more advanced features, Contact Form 7 lets you create different, highly-customizable contact forms, manage multiple forms and have the contents of the form mailed to you easily. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
5. Google XML Sitemaps (XML Sitemap Plugin)
An XML sitemap is important for a website to help search engine spiders easily navigate your site. Google XML Sitemaps plugin allows your website to generates a special XML list of all your webpages that will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, and more index your WordPress site. Once you download the plugin, it will automatically create an XML sitemap and ensure that the list is updated with every new post/page you add.
6. Digg Digg (Social Sharing Plugin)
Developed by the team at Buffer and used by sites such as Mashable, Digg Digg is one of the most popular, versatile and and feature-rich social sharing plugins available for WordPress. It comes with plenty of customization options and integrates with virtually any social media platform. It enables you and your visitors to quickly share the page via popular social networking sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc.
7. Google Analytics (Web Analytics Plugin)
It is by far the best Google Analytics WordPress plugin available. With this free plugin, you can easily track views, visitors and search traffic trends on your WordPress website. You can also track outbound link clicks, downloads, page views by author and more.
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