As per updated WordPress stats 2017, there are approximately 60 million people who are using WordPress as the platform for their website. WordPress is the most preferred and demanding CMS nowadays. WordPress comes with a vast number of plugins out of which they are mostly free to download from WordPress official website. Moreover, it has a great support community with 24*7 availability to its users.
Why are WordPress Plugins needed?
A plugin is something which solves a specific problem or extends the functionality of a specific function. It makes your work easier and you will get better results for your business site.
When you own a business website on WordPress platform, plugins become important to be added to your WordPress site. This is important because it extends the functionality of certain functions or adds more new features to your site. Ultimately, your website quality improves and it seeks more attention of its target users. This would help to grow your business further more with the addition of such necessary WordPress plugins.
However, there are many WordPress plugins available on the market which you can choose from. But I have listed out some of the top WordPress plugins that every business owner should own it for the growth of their respective businesses.
Here is the list:
BackupBuddy: Back up plugin
BackupBuddy is the most comprehensive WordPress back up the plugin in 2017. Since every business site requires a back up on a regular basis, so it is recommended to install this plugin on your website. It keeps your back up secure and it is restorable too. In fact, you can have full or partial backups with this plugin. It allows you to schedule your regular backups and can store them in any location viz. Amazon S3, BackupBuddy Stash, local hosting, FTP or Dropbox.
BackupBuddy comes with a large number of useful features and the best part about it is that it saves your business website when it gets corrupted or hacked. That time website needs to be restored quickly for which it is used by many WordPress developers.
In addition to this, it will cost you only $80 for two licenses, $197 for a developer license, $100 for 10 licenses and $150 for unlimited licenses. But pricing should ignore as it provides many useful features to business owners in order to protect their website for the future purpose.
Yoast SEO: SEO plugin
Yoast SEO was formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast which is one the most popular WordPress SEO plugin. It helps in optimizing your WordPress site for all search engines. It checks for meta tags, meta keywords and meta description of your web page. Moreover, you can easily add no index, no dir tags, no follow to the complete site or a particular web page. It is the best SEO plugin which does completely on page analysis of your added post in WordPress
Other useful features include 301 redirection, customized descriptions for Facebook and Google+ individual pages and this plugin automatically adds rel=“canonical” tag to every page or post you add. It also makes sure that Google won’t penalize your website for duplicate content due to dynamic URL string variations.
Simple Share Buttons Adder: Sharing plugin
Social media is playing a great role in 2017. It has taken online businesses to new heights. Almost everybody is connected to each other via social media connectivity. Hence it becomes important for business owners to go for smart approaches.
Simple Share Buttons Adder is such a useful social sharing plugin which encompasses all the features that help business owners in improving their social media presence. It has four different layouts and considered as a fast plugin. The users can easily customize button colors, share text, icon set and location with its control panel.So, this plugin allows you to place social sharing buttons at custom locations by using its shortcodes
After you install this plugin on your WordPress site, its adds up almost all share buttons to all of your web pages or posts. Some other of its top features is support for custom images, light weight and image sets. Moreover, its availability is free.
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Sucuri: Security plugin
Security is an important concern for all business owners in 2017. A website should be secured first before it expands its business. Sucuri’s web app firewall can help for this as it is the best protection you can get for your WordPress site. It protects your site from malware threats, DDoS, brute force attacks, XSS attacks and all other types of attacks.
Moreover, it is free to install on your WordPress site. It offers a set of security features to its users. Some of them are mentioned below
- Blacklist Monitoring
- File Integrity Monitoring
- Remote Malware Scanning
- Security Notifications
- Website Firewall (premium)
- Post-Hack Security Actions
WP Super Cache: Speed up plugin
Page speed is one of the important concerns for every web developer. A high-speed page ranks first in Google.That’s why the W3 super cache is the top recommended speed plugin due to its simplicity and functionality. It is a plug and plays plugin. This plugin creates static pages of your WordPress site which automatically reduces page serving time and also decreases the number of PHP calls. It further optimizes your database by generating static HTML files. So when any page is requested, static pages will get served instead of serving all PHP scripts.
This plugin is easy to set up and fast. It mainly operates in three modes Mod_rewrite, LEGACY and PHP. Thus, it speeds up your WordPress site as well as WordPress blogs.
Finally, you have seen the top 5 essential WordPress plugins for your business site. It is the right time to quickly install these plugins on your WordPress site to get an effective corporate site. This would surely help you have an effective online presence and grow your online business across the globe. Moreover, it will improve your WordPress site SEO, optimize the website, speed up your site and make sure your website’s security etc.
Justin Spencer is the Business Head at MarkupBox, a leading front end development company in India which has successfully delivered custom theming services viz. PSD to WordPress conversion, PSD to HTML, HTML to WordPress conversion and many more from last last 11 years. Justin has a great passion for writing in web development domain. He wrote many blogs for MarkupBox since last 5 years.