7 Helpful WordPress Plugins for Small Businesses
Raise your hand if you use WordPress! Now, raise your hand if you find it challenging and time-consuming when trying to find that “perfect” plugin. You can spend HOURS researching and even MORE time using the plugin only to discover that it isn’t what you want. Gah! Back to the drawing board!
It’s much easier to decide on a plugin that someone tells you about vs. trial and error.
Below you’ll find 7 WordPress plugins that we’ve utilized. No matter what, updating and changing them is an aspect of almost every site. However, minimizing the number of times you need to research plugins can save a bunch of time. Plus, using WordPress plugins to help optimize your site can help to simplify things! Hence, why we created the below list!
First, how to install a WordPress plugin
New to WordPress? Follow the below steps. If you’re 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. A Terms & Conditions page that auto-generates/inserts your biz name? AND it’s a plugin? YEP!
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? (Spammers!)
Not familiar with CAPTCHA? It’s simply 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. Database Backups that are auto-generated AND emailed to you!? Is this REAL LIFE? (sure is!)
Even if you don’t have a host (you should!), backup files for an entire site is a MUST! 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 your host uses might not be as current as you had hoped. If you’d like to have more control over your backups, then you’ll appreciate this plugin. It has a bunch of features, but a favorite is that you decide on how often the backup copies get emailed to you!
Every day? Check! Every other day? Check! Once a week? Check!
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 know that mobile optimization is imperative! Make sure to note that if your site is already mobile optimized it doesn’t necessarily mean that a shared YouTube video will be. Ultimately, if you’re displaying the video directly on your site, then you want to make sure it displays correctly (on any device). Fast fix –> check out: YouTube By EmbedPlus Team!
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