WordPress is an amazing open source content management system that is used by millions of people worldwide. With this software you can install and upgrade for free, and it can be used for pretty much anything. WordPress is an incredible platform for building websites, blogs, or even creating a portfolio. It has numerous tools to help you create stunning, professional sites. WordPress has many advantages, such as, customisation, SEO, and you can make your projects even better by installing some WordPress Plugins to add new features. A Plugin is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing program. Some WordPress Plugins are free, and some are premium and have a fixed price. Here at Business Websites we have prepared a list of useful WordPress Plugins that we feel are valuable to the website design process.

Wordpress Plugins

Yoast SEO

SEO is extremely important and can help grow your business.  Yoast SEO is a wordpress Plugin that offers real time page analysis to aid you in the optimisation of your pages’ content, images, meta descriptions, titles, and keywords. It can also measure the readability of your content and can give you suggestions on how to be SEO ready. Yoast SEO uses a traffic light grading system; red for ‘needs improvement’, orange/amber for ‘ok’ and green for ‘good’. By following their descriptive suggestion you can get that green light and be confident that your SEO is good.

Back WPUp

A fear amongst web designers is losing your work, getting hacked and corrupted databases. It is fair to say that a lot can go wrong when designing or maintaining a website. It is important that you have a plan in place to recover your work and keep your progress up to date.

DuracellTomi’s Google Tag Manager For WordPress

DuracellTomi’s Google Tag Manager (GTM) For WordPress is Google’s free tool to manage and deploy Analytics, Adowrds, and other marketing tags as well as other code snippets using a web UI.  This places the GTM code snippets into your WordPress site, so you can relax and don’t need to do it manually.

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a free Plugin that is very popular for ecommerce sites. It powers more that 30% of online stores and is extremely user friendly. It can calculate shipping costs and taxes and can accept major credit cards, PayPal, bank transfers, and payments on delivery.

Duplicator

Duplicator is a WordPress Plugin that allows the user to easily migrate, copy, move, or clone a site or content from location to location. It has over 10 million downloads and can be served as a simple backup utility. Duplicator is a very useful Plugin and is a good way to duplicate pages for your site.

WP Smush

No one wants a slow website; we want instant gratification when it comes to information online. Images, that are too large, can slow down a website and may lead to user bouncing from your site. It is critical to have a reliable compression tool to lower the size of the images and increase the sites speed. This award winning Plugin is a crowd favourite and strips bulky and unneeded information from images without losing quality.

While some WordPress Plugins are free, some are premium products with a price. All plugins add value to a site and can bring new features to the site. If you have any queries regarding a new site, eCommerce, or corporate websites contact the Business Websites team today for a free consultation.