Five Brilliant WordPress Plugins

Plugins expand the possibilities of what can be done with a WordPress site, making sites more customisable and more resourceful. With well over 40,000 plugins we’ve pulled out some of our favourites.

Yoast SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is the process of optimising your site to score high in the search engines for keywords and phrases related to your business and website. It sounds simple, but there a lot to it and this is where a tool like the Yoast SEO plugin is a very useful tool.

Features

  • Allows you to use templates for titles and meta descriptions on every post you make. This means you can optimise your post as little or as much as you wish.
  • Uses a traffic light system to show how optimised a piece of content is.
  • Keeps permalinks nice and tidy meaning that your content will always be found under your chosen URL.
  • Allows access to the .htaccess file and robot .txt without having to use an FTP service. This means you can edit default index files, create custom error pages and execute commands before a page loads.

iThemes Security Pro

On average hackers target 30,000 new websites daily and your website could be one of these. Not using the latest version of WordPress, using old versions of plugins and not updating login information can make WordPress sites vulnerable. By letting hackers exploit your site you could find yourself passing on malicious code to your friends, family or even customers. Therefore, it is essential to reinforce your WordPress sites safety with a plugin and iThemes Security Pro does just the trick.

Features

  • Limits the amount of failed login attempts before the hacker gets locked out. You can make it so that your IP allows more login attempts.
  • Alerts you via email if anyone (other than yourself) tries to change or remove a file.
  • Generates 404 error messages if a bot is scanning your site. It will even lock out that IP if it continues to scan for vulnerabilities.
  • Determines who using your site needs to have a strong password, albeit yourself, admins or editors.
  • Allows you to choose certain times when the admin box disappears.

BackupBuddy

Admittedly technology is becoming a lot more reliable, however when writing a long essay, it is always wise to hit the save button every now and then. Websites are just like word documents in the sense that you should be saving your changes. Failed hard drives, power surges, malicious programs, viruses and also hackers can all contribute to critical loss of data. Fortunately, WordPress has many different plugins to back up your site such as Backup Buddy.

Features

  • Efficiently backs up small changes or complete backups. This means that themes, images, plugins and posts are easily accessible should your site experience technical errors.
  • Allows you to back up your site using many different cloud storage options such as OneDrive, Dropbox, email or even BackupBuddy Stash.
  • All BackupBuddy users are given 1GB of storage space.
  • Permits you to back up your site at specific times automatically to your chosen storage area.
  • Allows you to exclude certain images, tables or files from your backups, meaning you don’t have to backup large folders all the time.

OptinMonster

How often do people stay on a webpage before leaving? On average ten to twenty seconds. Chances are that many of the hits which your site receives will be from people clicking and then leaving more or less straight away. Ideally you will want people to stay on your page longer to read your content and to get people to return again and again. How can this be achieved though? Popups is the answer. By using popups, you can gain subscribers and advertise offers to turn visitors into customers, therefore making OptinMonster a valuable plugin.

Features

  • Allows you to create custom popups through carefully crafted templates quickly and easily. All templates have been tried and tested to ensure maximum effectiveness.
  • Can display sign up information, money off coupons, related products or anything you feel is relevant to your website.
  • Has many different options to trigger popups, including exit-intent technology. Exit-intent technology tracks and follows mouse patterns and behaviour so that popups appear when the user is about to leave. (Amount of time the user is on the page and manual clicks on the page can also influence popup timing.)
  • Allows you to control how often a popup appears.
  • Offers the option to create and build more mobile friendly popups.

Soliloquy

Statically articles with images tend to get ninety-four percent more views. Businesses which use pictures and text rather than just text are more likely to generate customers and online customers think that a product photo is a lot more descriptive than an actual written description. Images are important and that’s why WordPress sliders can come in handy. Sliders can be very efficient at displaying multiple images or videos on your website and so a slider plugin like Soliloquy could help boost your site views.

Features

  • Uses a hybrid technique called dynamic asynchronous ajax preloading. This basically means that it is an incredibly fast and seamless.
  • Is responsive and so can be viewed on a small phone or on a fifty-inch TV and the image or video on your slider will still look amazing.
  • Allows slider creations to be of a good quality and look professional in literally a minute or even less.
  • Has over one hundred configurable hooks and filters, meaning that you can customise the slider as much or as little as you want.
  • Allows you to have control over image alt tags, making it very SEO friendly.