We like using WordPress – and though it has its limitations across the board, setting up a client with a WordPress site is basically a hands-down best route to go. With a minimal learning curve and range of built-in features that’ll have anyone adding content to the site in moments, there really isn’t a better option. Sometimes, additional features are going to be desired by a business owner with a WordPress site. Many of those features are going to be added to the site in the form of plugins.
So what is a plugin? Essentially, it is a bundle of code that will be injected into the site that will perform a certain desired task, featuring its own UI and set of options. So besides the fact that plugins basically perform anything you can imagine for your WordPress site, what would a small business owner like a plugin for?
-An easy-to-use contact form
-A social media or blog feed
-A pop-up chat window
-Throwing a splash page up on specific pages
-Adding an array of shortcode to your post/page interface for more simple additions to items like tables, photos, videos, testimonials, etc.
From a webmaster standpoint, you can have simple sliders where you want, access to CSS in an easier manner, and control over thousands of additional elements that can go in your sidebar.
So what are some good plugins that perhaps we use? Let’s break down a few.
We like using Yoast and All in One SEO. You can choose which one works better for you. Primary importance is going to be adjusting your meta information, using tools that help you focus on keywords, and auto-generate an XML sitemap though we like doing that ourselves. Also has features like using breadcrumbs, which we will discuss in another blog.
We dig Contact Form 7 after trying about a dozen. Easy to set up, easy to implement. May have its restrictions if you’re planning on having a fairly complex contact form, but this is pretty go-to for your name, number, e-mail, comment stuff.
Your theme doesn’t come with a social media widget, or you just don’t like it? We like using Jamie Social Icons for this situation.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to download these plugins from the websites and upload to your plugins folder via FTP – you can go to plugins on your WP admin panel and just search for it. These links are good for learning more about the product, seeing screenshots, and reading reviews though.
We have another blog on some other plugin options you have at your disposal. Need help advancing your WordPress site in the meantime? Contact any of our experts at Market My Market today to discuss!