It’s easier than ever to start a WordPress site for your business. But what happens after you get your site up and running? You can’t just register your domain, pick a theme, and then sit back and wait for magic to happen.
Designing and maintaining a WordPress website that maximizes the chances of selling your product takes work.
Thankfully, there are almost 55,000 WordPress plugins—many of them free—that make it simple to improve your site. Plugins can be invaluable when it comes to improving your design, beefing up security, boosting productivity, maintaining a database, and more.
Finding the right mix of WordPress plugins gives you the best shot at wowing visitors and closing more deals.
But which of the many thousands of plugins are worth your time? That’s where we come in. We’ve done the research and found 84 must-have WordPress plugins that will help take your business to the next level.
Your creations are beautiful—why isn’t your website? With these eight WordPress portfolio plugins, you can give your work the stage it deserves.
Whether you’re a photographer, UX designer, website designer, writer, or artist, WordPress sites remain one of the best ways to show off your work, support your brand, and eventually build a business. Unfortunately, no matter how good your work might be, simply uploading a JPEG or pasting some text won’t do it justice.
Take a look at these eight WordPress portfolio plugins and put your creations in the best light.
“Big data” has become a big business buzzword, but that doesn’t mean small and medium-sized business owners can’t take advantage of data-based strategies. With the right mix of WordPress database plugins, you can organize form submissions, optimize your site, and backup and migrate all of your important data.
Data comes in a variety of forms and having an effective WordPress database strategy is essential to managing it all. If you run email marketing campaigns, for example, the ability to store and sort all the contacts you have is essential to making those campaigns succeed. If you run an e-commerce business, coordinating and controlling your catalog is a necessity for ensuring your business runs smoothly.
If a hacker attacks your site or a glitch opens it up to a data breach or other threat, having a good WordPress database strategy can also keep you secure. With the right plugins, your valuable store of data can move with you as you migrate or restore your site.
Here’s a list of 9 WordPress database plugins that you should consider to improve data collection, organization, and security.
The best websites are better than pleasant—they delight. Delighting your users isn’t easy, but it can be the difference between encouraging them to stay or prompting them to leave. If you’re concerned about standing out, these WordPress animation plugins are a good place to start.
According to a WebsiteHostingRating study, there are over 4 billion internet users and almost 2 billion websites. Convincing a portion of that massive audience to find your site, stay on it, and make a purchase is more than an uphill battle. Serving your users and customers with the products and functionality they expect is foundational, but mere satisfaction won’t keep them coming back.
With these 21 WordPress animation plugins, you can make your site come alive—and ensure that your online business thrives.
For many reasons, WordPress is one of the best platforms you can use to build an ecommerce business, not least of which is extensibility.
WordPress is never just WordPress, and your online store is never just a store. With these 13 WordPress ecommerce plugins, you can increase the number of leads you get, engage your customers, and learn more about the users who visit your site. Customize your site to make it the one you and your customers need, and watch your success grow.
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Designing a website to attract traffic, boost engagement, and increase conversions is one of the most valuable skills in today’s economy. Nearly every organization has a website, so there are equally as many opportunities to optimize them.
Furthermore, the majority of web publishers rely on WordPress – so, if you have web design skills for WordPress, you’re in high demand among your teammates.
Here are 11 WordPress Plug-ins for web design that you can add to your toolkit and help build a better organization.
WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world. More than 409 million viewers browse over 20 billion pages every month. On the back end, there are over 55,000 plugins available to extend and customize the platform to fit your team’s needs.
WordPress is an incredibly powerful and versatile tool for publishers; however, because it’s so ubiquitous, it’s also ripe for hackers.
How do you ensure that your WordPress website is secure? Here, we’ve listed 15 of our favorite WordPress security plugins to install to shield your site from cybercriminals.
You might already know that WordPress powers more than 30% of the web. It’s by far the most popular online publishing platform, and it hosts 70 million new posts per month.
But why is it so ubiquitous? And what makes it so powerful and instinctive for users? Here, we break down five of the key benefits of WordPress for current and potential users.
We originally published this piece in 2015. We’ve updated it with additional WordPress security advice in 2019.
Our Google Apps Login Premium and Enterprise plugins allow all users with an email address in an organization’s Google Apps domain to log in to the WordPress site with one click. If the user doesn’t have an account in WordPress already, one is automatically created based on their Google profile information — taking their first name and last name, for example. The plugin needs to generate a unique WordPress username, so the simplest thing is for the plugin to use the email address as the username directly. This ensures it is unique — but an email address can be long and cumbersome as a username when used throughout the site.
WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world. In fact, it powers more than 32% of the entire web. But that doesn’t mean it comes fully optimized for you or your team. WordPress plugins exist so that you can tailor your workstream to the platform.
From integrating with Google Apps to efficiently scheduling your posts, WordPress plugins allow you to take your projects to the next level.
Below we’ve highlighted nine of our favorite plugins to boost your productivity — even on this already powerful site. (more…)