The Internet is an amazing tool that guides anyone and everyone to develop a business or career in a meaningful way. With the use of Internet, organizations have started developing their online presence through the e-stores.
But for any newbie to start a website seemed to be a tough task. Again there was a solution to it with the launch of WordPress in 2003. You can easily create your own website and manage it yourself without any necessity to be technically skilled. It isn’t surprising that WordPress is one of the most popular CMS’s today, for it being used widely by firms to establish their brand.
When we browse the websites, there is a good number of sites that are powered by WordPress. According to WordPress, around 409 million people browse more than 15.8 billion pages each month, across its site network. In addition, there are around 43.7 million new posts and 58.8 million new comments generated each month. This means that more content is generated than the audience can handle. The only challenge for the ventures is to divide the customers who are actually interested into what you offer including products, blog posts or services.
You simply need to make some additions to your current website to make it powerful and take the site to next level. This can be easily achieved with the use of appropriate plugins. Any blogger or webmaster installs plugins simply because they contribute to the website in some or the other way – user experience, SEO, and social sharing, among other ways. There are over 35 thousand plugins available for WordPress which can be quite confusing when choosing for the essential ones for your website.
Here are five must-have WordPress plugins that a wordpress site must have to make it powerful as well as enhance your business –
If you intend to design your authors profile to charm your website visitors – Starbox is for you. It’s a proven fact that it’s a humans instinctive tendency to look at graphics first and then at the rest in its vicinity. To satisfy this need, you get an Author Box that is eye-catching and forces your readers to run through all the way to gain more information about Authors. Be it a sole Author or an excellent team of Authors, you will surely love Starbox. Place the Author Box at a desired location over a webpage and grab attention of readers and let them understand that they are reading the stuff written by a person in particular.
Don’t worry about the time required for the installation of Starbox as it doesn’t contain coding or complicated menus that would take up your precious time. It’s just a matter of minutes.
Recently, we have been listening reading every alternate day about many botnet attacks which compromise a websites and even damage the online database(s). To prevent this, WordPress has introduced BruteProtect, a security plugin that helps users to track the failed login attempts across all installed users of the plugin. If an IP contains good number of failed login attempts, BruteProtect logs and blocks the IP across its complete network. With the increase in BruteProtect users, website safety also increases against teh traditional as well as distributed brute force attacks. But what if there are multisite networks? Well, the plugin is fully supportive towards these networks with the requirement of only one API key.
Multimedia Customer Feedback
Customer feedback plays a vital role in any company as it helps to understand the needs of customers and then take action accordingly. With Multimedia Customer Feedback, visitors can share their views in any format including video testimonials, self-photos, audio as well as text with the help of Grabimo tool. With this tool, businesses can appreciate the customer’s efforts and time, quickly, simply and safely. Being both desktop and mobile friendly, it offers customer experience capture, feedback campaign setup, online money payment, digital content protection and social media sharing. With only few clicks your powerful comment box gets ready to increase customer engagement. Grabimo not only gives ventures an opportunity to follow-up the customers in a better way but also to develop long-term customer relationship.
UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration
Taking regular backups of your online data is significant as it helps you to reconstruct your website, if it is hacked or anything goes wrong. But when choosing a backup option for your website, backup storage place matters a lot. For instance, if your backups are stored among the site files and you can only restore your data through the dashboard which is a great trouble. Or even if your site goes down due to hacking then all your data is in vain. In these two situations, you won’t be able to take the backup as there won’t be access to your dashboard. The best thing is to keep an offsite backup with you and this is what UpdraftPlus does. There are plenty of offsite backup options to choose from – Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP, Amazon S3, email and so on. This can be one of the cheaper options (if opted for a free plan) other that offsite back-ups offered by web hosting providers.
Contact Form Clean and Simple
The contact form plugin does a lot more than simply allowing visitors to contact you with basic captcha spam filtering. The features include clean and simple AJAX contact form with Akismet spam filtering that scans the incoming data for spam, Google reCAPTCHA and Twitter Bootstrap markup to check whether the forms are responsive across devices. Since it’s a straightforward form, there is a limitation to fields as it contains only name, email and message. You can’t customize the form in your own way but it is good for those who require the form to be simple. Don’t forget that you are earning a brilliant bonus of spam filtering that will save your time required to filter lot of spam.
WordPress plugins are important and worthy for your overall website’s design. Being the talk of the blogging town, there are countless plugins to choose from and so, you need to be highly selective. Plugins change over time and as we have entered 2015, it’s a good time to learn about what would be the possible significant WordPress plugins for the year. Lastly, this article lists five great plugins for your WordPress site that are a must in 2015. So, ensure you have them all.