The great thing about WordPress is that you do not have to be a web developer in order to create elements on your website like contact forms, online stores, and other features. With WordPress you can easily create all of this with just the click of a mouse using plugins. There are thousands of plugins on WordPress, for practically every functionality you could imagine.
There are many advantages to using plugins. They are quick and easy to install. You don’t need to be a web developer in order to create awesome features on your website. They are also easy to activate and deactivate.
There are also many disadvantages to using plugins. Some novice website administrators may not realize that too many plugins on your website can slow it down. If you do not update your plugins regularly, you could be the victim of a hacking or other security breach. It is important to only use the plugins that you truly need, and update them regularly.
Below is a list of some of the best plugins to use for your website.
- Akismet: This plugin comes automatically installed when you start your WordPress blog. It controls spam on your website. If you don’t activate Akismet, you’ll have to manually go through the spam comments that are left on your website. Akismet does this for you!
- SEO by Yoast: This is the most popular search engine optimization plugin. It easily and visually tells you whether your page and post meets all of the necessary search engine optimization requirements. Yoast helps you fill in basic titles, keywords, descriptions, and other metadata. It is a very easy to use plugin that helps your website soar to the top of the search engines.
- Gravity Forms: This is a good plugin if you’re planning on having any kind of form on your website, such as a contact form or membership form. It is very simple and easy to use. You can even tie it into a payment processing system. This plugin does cost money.
- WooCommerce: This is the most popular ecommerce plugin for WordPress. If you are planning on selling products or services on your website, this is a great plugin to use. It integrates with many payment processors. Best of all, it is free.
- Backup Buddy: It’s very important to backup your website. This plugin will backup your website, plus it also scans it regularly for malware. This is a premium plugin that is going to cost money.
It’s important to look over your list of installed plugins. If there are any that you are not using or don’t need, you should deactivate and uninstall them to clear up space on your website. If you have a bunch of unused plugins, it’s only going to clog up disk space and bandwidth. If there are plugins that need to be updated, you need to update them. This will increase security on your website and limit the opportunity for hackers.
Try to stick to just a few plugins for now. As you further design your website, you will see what additional features you will need and be able to add more plugins later.
In the next step, we will discuss customizing your website – changing backgrounds, colors, fonts, and more!