WordPress is a very comprehensive platform for building blog sites, e-commerce sites, portfolios, and websites. With so many thousands of WordPress plugins available for users, it can be confusing to know which ones are the best for your small business’ website. It doesn’t matter what kind of website you’re creating, there are a few vital plugins any WordPress site needs.
In this blog post, we’re going to introduce you to five great WordPress plugins for your small business website and explain what they’re all about.

1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is considered to be one of the most widely popular SEO plugins for WordPress. It is one of the most valuable tools you can have when working on a self-hosted WordPress site. Not only does it help you improve your SEO but Yoast also analyses your content’s readability. The easier it is for users to read your content, the more you’ll hold their attention. Yoast SEO is easy to use and guides you through a step-by-step process to optimise your WordPress pages and posts, using keywords and adding Meta descriptions.

2. Akismet
If you have the option for users to comment on your posts you’ll know what a pain point spam comments are. There are a number of anti-spam plugins out there but Akismet is top of the list for WordPress. Akismet is a super plugin that automatically scans all the comments on your posts and filters out the ones that look like spam for you. There are no complicated settings to configure and once it is installed and activated, Akismet runs quietly in the background blocking spam as it appears.

3. Optimole
Most websites have images and in many cases, images take up to 50% of the average web page size. Optimising your images will make a huge difference to how fast your website loads. This is important because if your website takes more than 5 seconds to load, most of your potential customers will leave and all your marketing efforts will have failed. While images aren’t the only factor affecting your website speed they do play a big role. Optimole is an all-in-one solution for your image optimisation needs. Once you have Optimole activated it works off the cloud. Optimole will replace all your image URLs with cloud-based URLs, allowing your website to load faster and therefore enhance user experience.

4. UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup
It is important to make regular backups of your website because, unfortunately, security breaches and hacks happen. UpdraftPlus allows you to make back-ups of your website, restore previous backups, or even migrate your entire website with a few, easy clicks. UpdraftPlus includes features like back-up scheduling and external cloud storage for your convenience.

5. WPForms
The users on your website need to be able to contact you and what better way for them to do that than through a contact form on your site. WPForms is an amazing WordPress plugin for building eye-catching and functional forms. WPForms gives you the ability to create customisable forms for your website, without having to work on JavaScript or other code. By using a form on your website you are able to generate better conversions or get results from a survey because it is easy for the users on your site to interact with you.

No matter what type of website you are creating, there are certain plugins that are definitely worth installing. If you’d like to know more about WordPress sites read our blog about managing WordPress websites.

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