Favourite WordPress Plugins

At Webware Studios, our Internet Marketing division, we specialise in creating WordPress websites for small and medium-sized businesses who want a professional website that is still affordable and suits their limited budgets. WordPress is a content management system that allows one to constantly update content on their website and provides an easy-to-use user interface for novices wanting to blog or keep their websites fresh. WordPress is known for its functionality and abundance of themes and WordPress plugins, which allow you to customise your site to suit your needs.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite WordPress plugins for small business websites:

Akismet

Usually already installed on all WordPress sites, Akismet is by far the best WordPress plugin to combat spam on your blog. All you need to do is activate it and register with them in order to receive your activation key. This is a must for every website that allows comments.

Under Construction

This WordPress plugin is our very first step when setting up a new live website. It allows you to create a “Coming soon” page that is visible to users that are not logged in. However, as the web developer, you are still able to see the front end of the website when logged in. This WordPress plugin is very useful when you don’t want outsiders seeing the changes you are making whilst building the website.

Better WP Security

Better WP Security adds that extra peace of mind in protecting your website against hackers and attacks by plugging as many security holes as possible. This WordPress plugin is easy to use for beginners as well as providing more advanced options for the more experienced user.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is a really popular WordPress plugin for users wanting to add a contact form to their websites. It is easily customisable, allowing you to specify what fields to add as well as error messages to be displayed when incorrect information is entered.

Google XML Sitemaps

Important for SEO, the Google XML Sitemaps plugin creates and XML sitemap for you that enables web crawlers to index your site. In addition, each time you create a new post, the plugin automatically notifies all major search engines. Super Neat, right!

Page Links To

One of our favourite WordPress plugins, Page Links To allows you to a point a page or post to a different URL that you specify. This comes in handy for menu structures, especially placeholder menu items that when clicked on, can direct to a specific page. 

Simple Backup

Simple backup creates and downloads backups of your site. This is a great tool to have, especially when it’s time to upgrade your WordPress version or create backups for safe-keeping.

WordPress SEO

One of the all-round best SEO plugins, WordPress SEO by Yoast covers all bases and provides great insight on areas to improve. It is perfect for beginners or SEO experts and ensures that you optimise each page. The Page Analysis feature is one of our favourites, where it reminds you of easily forgotten items such as adding images to your posts and optimising your permalink.

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Zemanta makes blogging easier. This WordPress plugin adds related posts, in-text links as well as suggests images and tags that are related to your topic. 

 


BY: MISPAH CARELSEN, INTERNET MARKETER AT WEBWARE STUDIOS


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