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WordPress Plugins

Based on what you need from your WordPress website, plugins can offer additional functionality without having to develop custom code that’s often expensive. It is thus with plugins that you can customize your CMS so you can achieve the result you want so that editors get the best possible user experience. Generally, I recommend against excessive plugin use, less is more. Fewer plugins often means faster websites, and faster websites mean better user experience.

So here’s a quick round-up of some plugins you can expect me to suggest for your WordPress website.

Advanced custom fields (Extra Functionality)

With Advanced Custom Fields, you can easily customize your WordPress website beyond the functionality it comes with. The plugin is for editing the content on the page, how it behaves and where it is on your page. Advanced Custom Fields is built for developers and requires knowledge in programming to work in the best way but once it’s set up correctly it can make your job as the site owner/editor a breeze.

Gutenberg (Editing)

Gutenberg (Pagebuilder) is an easy way to write content-rich posts and pages, with functionality that previously required in-depth knowledge of WordPress. Simply put, Gutenberg gives you the ability to build the pages and posts you want with ease. No complicated code, hard to navigate page builders, just a clean minimal interface that’s perfect for people who have more to do than wrestle with their clunky website.

Yoast SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)

Yoast SEO is a plugin that helps you optimize your content. This by getting more visitors from search engines like Google, can help you attract visitors from social media as well as increase your visitors’ engagement and activity on your site. This is done using keywords and helps your site navigate the jungle of search engine results. Yoast SEO is a plugin I recommend that you use on your site and can be combined with the plugins I previously described.

Wordfence (Security)

You wouldn’t buy a brick and mortar business without getting a lock for the front door, right? I imagine you’d probably even get an alarm system and install some cameras.

There are around 18.5 Million websites infected with malware at any given time each week. An average website is attacked 44 times every day, which includes both WordPress and non-WordPress websites.

One of the most important steps in securing your WordPress site is to start using a WordPress security plugin. Wordfence is a dedicated security plugin for WordPress. It provides various features and configuration options for site owners to protect their sites from intrusion.

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UpdraftPlus (Backups)

Creating regular WordPress backups is the best thing you can do for your website security. Backups give you peace of mind and can save you in catastrophic situations such as when your site gets hacked or you accidentally lock yourself out.

A good WordPress backup plugin allows you to easily back up and restore your complete WordPress website. It should also enable you to send your backup files to a secure remote location for higher security like Google Drive.

UpdraftPlus is one of  the most popular scheduled backup plugins available for WordPress. In terms of features, it’s one of the most comprehensive WordPress backup plugins. UpdraftPlus makes it easy to set up and restore backups for even absolute newbie users. It supports more cloud backup options than most other plugins. Making Backup’s need to be easy, so to ensure you make them!

I can help you with WordPress Plugins

Do you need help navigating the sea of plugins? Do you want to build an easy-to-use and efficient system for your staff to manage, while at the same time working best for both you and your visitors’ needs? I am more than happy to help you choose plugins and implement them on either your new website or your existing website. Get in contact with me today.