By now you should be aware of how easy it is to get started with WordPress. Even though WordPress comes packed with a lot of features from the start. But, there are still plugins that you should get yourself acquainted with. Plugins can help add even more security and customization to your WordPress site.
SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION - SmartCrawl
The best content in the world doesn't really matter if you aren't optimizing it for search engines. SEO is the key to visitors finding their way to your website through search engines. That's why installing the right plugin is crucial. You can essentially ensure that your website's content is more search engine friendly.
SmartCrawl takes care of all the on-site SEO tasks so you don't have to. It creates a comprehensive sitemap of your blog for Google and Bing, and also allows you to create custom titles and meta descriptions for each post.
Another useful feature of Infinite SEO, which other plugins don't offer, is the ability to automatically link your content together. It takes your pre-determined keywords or phrases and links them to other posts. This allows your readers to discover more of your great content. It also gives search engines a better understanding of what topics you write about. Which helps them figure out where you content should rank in their results.
SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTION - Social Media Flying Icons
Once your SEO is set-up the best way to ensure that people find your content is to post to social media. This is a highly effective way to get more visitors to your website. Consequently, the more social media promotion you do, the higher the change of people finding your content.
Social Media Flying Icons makes sure that the buttons for sharing your posts are always visible. No matter where visitors scroll on the page. It also supports some of the best social network. You can even customize the appearance of the share buttons to match your website.
Furthermore, if you want to help more visitors find their way to your website, these floating social sharing buttons serve as a subtle, yet constant reminder to your readers to share your content with their network.
CONTACT FORMS - VISUAL FORM BUILDER
Even if you aren't interested in feedback from your visitors, a contact form allows them to enquire about your services. A contact form is an essential part of any website. When you add a contact form to your WordPress site, you make it easier for visitors to send you a message.
Whether you publish your email address or not, there are benefits to a contact form. Most of all it ensures that the messages you receive contain any important information you need. Best of all Visual Form Builder lets you create custom forms with with all the fields you need. Most important, the forms even contain human-friendly anti-spam verification.
In addition, other features include the ability to send readers a copy of their submission and the option to send it to multiple addresses. It even stores your submissions in your WordPress dashboard. Visual Form Builder features an easy to use interface to help you quickly create multiple simple or advanced contact forms for your website.
Aside from spam, another threat website owners can fall prey to is having their site hacked. Naturally this isn't just a WordPress issue. But thanks to the selection of great security plugins available, it's easy to avoid. Wordfence is a free plugin that WordPress users can use in order to easily secure their website. It's rated rather high too, 4.9 stars out of 5. And since there are regular updates, it's a safe choice.
After its installation, the plugin will scan and detect any vulnerabilities. Wordfence will then protect and monitor your website against attackers. This plugin also includes a caching tool to help speed up your website.
WORDPRESS BACKUP - BACKWPUP FREE
Even if your site is safe and secure, it's essential that you have a backup game in place. User error can be pretty devastating, so it's important to set up a regular scheduled backups. Paid versions of this services are available, but if you are low on funds, BackWPup is a great free choice.