During the Websites-101 workshop on May 17, 2017 we discussed the WordPress website platform. The question was asked, “What WordPress plugins are good?”
WordPress is a popular content management system used by many small businesses. Out of the box WordPress has limited functionality and may not fulfill all of your needs, such as having a good website contact form. Plugins are 3rd party applications that can be added to WordPress to extend the functionality and give your website special powers.
Here is a short list of WordPress Plugins we use and recommend:
- One of favorite go-to plugins for WordPress is Yoast SEO. In fact, we consider this to be an essential plugin since WordPress lacks basic SEO functionality without a plugin.
- WordPress websites are resource intensive. This means they tend to run slow, especially an bargain website hosting accounts. To improve the speed we use the WW3 Total Cache plugin.
- Since contact forms are no part of WordPress, we need a plugin for this essential business feature. When we build websites we don not actually use plugins. Instead we pay for premium 3rd party website form services like FormStack, JotForm, or Wufoo. However, you may wish to consider two free plugins that do pretty well for small business use: Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms.
Plugins are similar to apps you download for your Android or iPhone. There are good ones, there are bad ones, and there are even really bad ones that compromise security and have malicious intent. It all comes down to who built it and why. Just like managing apps on your phone, only install plugins that you have carefully researched and trust. Remove plugins you are not using.
IMPORTANT! Workshop Q&A’s like this one are presented within the context of “What can small business owners do for themselves and what is realistic to do yourself vs. hiring a professional”. Depending on your skill level and available time some of the suggestions we make may require professional guidance or execution. We hope you are inspired to try your hand at marketing your own business if that is your goal. If you decide that professional assistance is required then consider our professional website design and development services.