At the end of the day, you have to be careful how many plugins you have activated on your website. I’ve spoken with individuals that claimed they use a combination of 40-50 plugins to get a perfect balance of functionality and SEO. I’m going to say right now….you just get a whole bunch of superfluous code that is DEFINITELY going to bog down your site. Technically every time a plugin is added to a website, it brings with it a level of PHP and files that will have to be injected into the source code of your site one way or another. Most of them get into the header, and push the stuff you want robots crawling in the first place – your meta info and your content. If you have dozens of plugins going, robots may crawl literally hundreds of lines of code before they get to where they’re supposed to. By that time, it may be too late.
So be careful about loading up your WordPress with plugins! Find plugins that either cover as much functionality as possible, and if you are unsure if a plugin is going to impact your website code too much, consult with a web developer or your webmaster. Now that the disclaimer is done, moving on to more plugins that we enjoy using:
Are you by your computer most of the day as a business owner and would like to chat with people visiting your site in real-time? This is a great way to represent your business as someone is checking out your services and products. Products like Woopra and Zopim enable you to have a chat option in the corner of your site, interacting with people and assisting as if you were standing right in front of them. Though you could argue it is intrusive, it works for people that would like a more personal approach to web interaction. Both products have notifications when someone lands on your page, so get chatting! Don’t have a chance to chat with visitors yourself? You can look into services that have live people standing by to assist, like Live Admins.
Disqus is a great platform for bringing all of the engagement on your site to the next level. Most WordPress built-in comment structures are pretty simple, so if you have a website that is going to encourage a ton of discussion, Disqus might be a great option for you.
Looking to do some selling on your website? WooCommerce has become sort of an industry standard in this respect. There are other platforms available, but for getting started this could be one of your best bets.
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