Picture this scenario. You have an idea for a great WordPress site. You buy your domain and transfer your domain to your hosting account. You install WordPress and now you are little panicked. It is now time for install your WordPress plugins. Now here comes the dilemma. What plugins do I install? Are they safe? Do I really need this plugin? If this hasn’t happened to you, then you are lucky. It sure happened to me.
The purpose of this article is to explain plugins and explain the type of functionality that plugins can deliver. I really want you to get an understanding of how choosing the correct WordPress plugins can really help you have a successful website and business.
WordPress plugins allow users and developers to extend the functionality of WordPress beyond its core features. WordPress has over 26,000 plugins and these plugins provide custom functions and features.
It has been stated that WordPress plugins are the most liked and the most hated component of WordPress. That is because they are extremely powerful but can also be dangerous at the same time. Bad plugins can introduce malware to your site or even cause your site to crash. Some plugins can cause performance issues. Also, sometimes plugins are no longer supported by the developer and are not compatible with the latest version of WordPress. Even with all of this, I cannot live without my WordPress plugins.
As was stated earlier, plugins really do extend the functionality of WordPress. There is some functionality that plugins provide that I just can’t live without.
- Security – I have had malware on my site and the only way I was able to get rid of it was with a WordPress plugin. I also use plugins to scan my site and check for vulnerabilities.
- Spam Management – If you have a blog, then spam management is a constant battle. You need an automated way to filter spam.
- Social Media Interaction – With the popularity of social media, you need to make sure that you are sharing your content on the various social media sites. Using a plugin makes this task very simple.
- Blog Commenting – Popular blogs have a lot of engagement from its readers. One of the best ways to encourage that engagement is a way for the reader to gain visibility when they comment on your blog. Of course, there is a plugin to facilitate this.
- Affiliate Link Management – When I started with affiliate marketing, I was using a free tool to shorten my links. Then I had to start paying once I got to a certain number of links. There are plugins that allow you to manage and cloak your affiliate links. Now I am in control of my affiliate links.
- Analytics – If you don’t already know, I am a numbers person and I love analytics.
- Search Engine Optimization – If you are writing all of this great content and it is not optimized for the search engines then no one will ever see how brilliant you are.
- Back-ups – You never want to be in a situation where something happens to your site and you have no way to get back to a state before the problem.
- Performance Improvements – There are a lot of things that can degrade the performance of your site so you need a way to improve your performance.
- Membership Integration – Membership sites are very powerful for online marketers. You can use membership sites in the traditional way or as a way to deliver your information products.
As you can see WordPress plugins are very powerful and are an essential part of your successful business. If you like to learn more about the top 20 WordPress Plugins that are essential for a successful business, then check out TopWPPluginsForBusiness.