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Useful WordPress Plugins for Small Businesses

22 Oct
2016

WordPress plugins are useful tools for managing and monitoring search engine integration, site content, user feedback, and incorporation of social media within a WordPress website. These 10 plugins are some of the best and most useful for small businesses in the areas of site management, user feedback, and social media.

10 Useful WordPress Plugins:

Site Management

These plug-ins help with site specific issues such as broken pages and links, search index optimization, backing up the website, and security.

1. Google XML Sitemaps


Google XML Sitemaps focuses on indexing a blog or website so that it can be retrieved by search engines. An XML sitemap is a complete structure of a site, which helps search engines see the detail of the site and update current content in real time. The plugin provides a complete site map to search engines without breaking or slowing down the site.

2. All in One Schema.org Rich Snippets


A rich snippet is a summary of the website that is displayed in the search results of most search engines. Rich snippets include ratings, author photos, and images tied to the site. Having a solid rich snippet for a website provides the most important information to search engines, allowing accurate information to be displayed in the results. Using the All in One Schema.org Rich Snippet plugin makes it easy for you to include rich snippets throughout your website.

3. WordPress Guardian


WordPress Guardian works to protect a website against hacks, malware, user error, deleted files, and bad commands while backing up all the content. This plugin covers everything from scheduling a backup to storing the content and accessing the files in case of a restoration or relocation.

4. Broken Link Checker


As a website grows, some of the links may break and give a user an error message. The broken link checker plugin will monitor the entire website, alerting an owner or manager of broken links and their locations. The plugin also allows for custom filters for targeted management.

5. OptinMonster


Growing an email list and turning casual visitors into email subscribers can be done with OptinMonster. This plugin creates an opt-in form, letting visitors subscribe to the site’s newsletter. The plugin also manages visitor analytics and measurable results.

6. Sucuri


Sucuri functions to keep a WordPress website secure from hacks by providing firewall protection. This plugin not only protects the website but also detects potential attacks and responds accordingly.

User Feedback

These plugins help with monitoring visitor behavior and statistics.

7. WPForms


Website visitors need a way to contact the site owner or manager to ask questions, make comments, or inquire about business opportunities. WPForms creates a contact form, bridging the gap between visitor and owner. This plugin creates and manages forms quickly and easily with opportunities for customization.

8. Google Analytics


A must-have for monitoring visitor traffic and website statistics is Google Analytics. Understanding the details of website traffic, like where visitors come from, how long they stay, and what they view, will help businesses grow and tailor content to their audience.

Social Media

Managing social media is an important opportunity to share content and reach new viewers. These plugins focus on integrating social media with website content.

9. Simple Share Buttons Adder


An easy way to share content from the website on social media is through the simple share buttons adder plugin. Simple Share Buttons Adder makes it easy for visitors to share website content on other platforms with a simple click of a button.

10. WordPress to Buffer


Maintaining social media accounts in addition to a website can be difficult, using a tool like Buffer to manage your postings across multiple accounts makes the process easier. WordPress to Buffer is a plugin that schedules social media posts, as well as publishes and analyzes the content in one location. This allows the best content to be shared at the most ideal time, reaching a wide audience.

Conclusion

Now that we went over 10 useful WordPress plugins for your small business website, let us know your thoughts in the comments below which WordPress plugins you implemented on your website. If you think we missed one, share it with us. Is your website new? Check out Best Plugins for Any New WordPress Website.

If our list has left you confused and not sure what to do with all of these WordPress Plugins, no worries, WordPress Guardian from PinkTie Tech is here to help you!

Kevin Fairbanks
author

Kevin Fairbanks is the managing partner at PinkTie Technology Group located in Syracuse, NY where he builds everything from responsive websites to mobile applications. In his spare-time he is either spending it with his family or tinkering with electronics.