7 Helpful WordPress Plugins for Small Businesses
Raise your hand if you’re always on the lookout for an excellent WordPress plugin!
Now, raise your hand if you find it challenging (and time-consuming) when trying to find that perfect one!
We all know how easy it is to spend countless HOURS researching and then testing a new WordPress plugin just to discover that it’s not really what you need! Gah! Back to the drawing board!
So what’s the next best thing to do instead of spending tons of time researching and testing them out? Word-of-mouth, of course! Which is the whole reason for this post!
Below you’ll find 7 of the best WordPress plugins that we’ve utilized on past projects or currently. So let’s save some time and get to it!
First, how to install a WordPress plugin
New to WordPress? Follow the below steps. If not, go ahead and move to #1.
- Go to: Plugins > Add New
- Search for plugins using keywords. For example: If you need to go into maintenance mode and want “under construction” to display on your static page, search for either “Maintenance Mode” or “Under Construction.”
- Next, choose the plugin
- Click on “Install Now”
- Once installed, select “Activate.”
- Adjust the settings
- BAM! You’re on your way!
1. Need a Terms & Conditions page that auto-generates the current year and inserts your biz name?
BONUS: your business name populates automatically on each page, along with the current year! Note: each page is pre-drafted and uses general verbiage that many companies can use to get their terms started. However, they are NOT reviewed or endorsed by legal experts. If you want to customize the wording that’s suggested by your lawyer, you’ll need to upgrade to the paid version to edit. Another cool thing, this plugin offers a lot more than just the terms pages. Check out: WP-Insert By Namith Jawahar.
2. Need a super easy and customizable contact form?
Who doesn’t?! This plugin is super easy to customize, and the usability is so simple that you’ll just want to keep experimenting with the multiple formats! So, to save some time in case if that happens, check out: Contact Form 7 By Takayuki Miyoshi.
3. Who doesn’t like CAP…TCHA? (Hint: Spammers!)
Not familiar with CAPTCHA? It’s merely an extra security feature that helps to distinguish between machine vs. human input. How is this helpful? It filters out spam and automatic data extraction from entering a website. For more info on this plugin, check out Really Simple CAPTCHA By Takayuki Miyoshi.
4. Does an unknown someone keep trying to log into your site? Login Blocker to the rescue!
This plugin will block the IP Address of someone trying to log into your site multiple times. You set how many login attempts are acceptable, and it takes care of the rest! The settings are user-friendly, and it’s easy to unblock an IP address to regain access. In WordPress, search “WP Limit Login Attempts” By Arshid.
5. Need to do a few updates, but don’t want to display until everything is perfect? Try this “Under Construction” plugin!
Ever come across a website that’s down for maintenance and it lets you know when it’ll be back online? How do they do that? Well, if they use WordPress it’s probably done with a plugin! One of them that we’ve found helpful is Under Construction / Maintenance Mode From Acurax By Acurax.
6. Need an auto-generated database backup that also gets emailed to you, automatically? Is this REAL LIFE?!
Even if you don’t have a self-hosted website, backup files are still a must-have! If your site crashes and you depend on your host to get the site back online, it’ll most likely cost $75+. To add, sometimes the backup file that a host uses might not be as current as you’d like.
Ultimately, if you want to have more control over your backups, then you’ll appreciate this WordPress plugin! It has a bunch of options, but a favorite feature is that you decide how often you want backup copies emailed to you (automatically)!
Search for: WP-DB Manager By Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.
7. Have YouTube links that never seem to load right? Try this!
Lastly, if you’ve read our blog on Search Engine Optimization Tips, then you’ll know that mobile optimization is imperative! However, even if your site is mobile-friendly, it doesn’t necessarily mean that embedded YouTube videos will be too. Fast fix –> check out: YouTube By EmbedPlus Team!
So there you have it, a few WordPress plugins that just about any site can utilize! If you’re looking for more website optimization tips, check out these posts!:
- Tips for starting a blog
- Before optimizing your site, consider these SEO tips
- Why you want to avoid over-optimizing a site’s SEO
In the meantime, stay tuned for additional UGH! Media articles! We make a new blog post every Monday to help you connect the dots on all of your digital optimization/transformation pursuits!
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