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.
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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.
Thousands of WordPress pages contain embedded Google Drive files and folders thanks to our Google Drive Embedder plugin. It’s easy to embed a file: when composing a post in WordPress, click our ‘Add Google File’ button to bring up a dialog box where you can search for the file or folder you want. That works well if you know how to search for the Drive file, but if you only know which folder it is in, it can be harder to find.
Update – we have now built the BuddyPress extension right into the full version of Google Profile Avatars. If you are using BuddyPress and Google Profile Avatars but aren’t seeing Google profile photos throughout your site, please get in touch to ask for version 1.1 of the plugin.
We provide a small plugin extension called Google Profile Avatars that takes your users’ Google profile photos and substitutes them in place of the user’s WordPress avatar pictures throughout your site. That brings an easy level of personalization to the site, and saves users having to upload a photo directly – which they often won’t take the time to do anyway.
Your WordPress intranet is great for collaborating with colleagues, but not everyone from your Google Apps domain is actively using the intranet, and it’s sometimes difficult to know how to contact people in your organization.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to search your entire Google Apps domain to find email addresses of any employees you need to contact? All without leaving your intranet…?
On any website where users are sharing information with each other, it is important that sharing feels natural. Social networks like Facebook really made this clear – default profile photos of a silhouette with a question mark made it easy to see which users were not yet invested in the community, and by contrast which users were demonstrating they could be trusted to make the network a better place.