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WordPress plugins you and your business need

WordPress plugins you and your business need. 

Millions of sites are powered by WordPress, its ease of use and flexibility allow almost anyone to get a site up and running. It’s an open-source content management system that allows anyone to use or modify sites, without needing to know much about programming. Since WordPress is open-source, you can use over 50,000 plugins to customise your site, whether you want small tweaks made, or huge features added. 

A plug-in can be seen almost as an app, that either adds or extends functionality, meaning you can add practically any feature you want onto your website. The other great news? Almost all of them are easy to use! We have summarised a few of our favourite plugins we couldn’t be without, that could help you to improve your online experience.

Website Building – Elementor 

A common misconception is that to create or maintain a modern website, you need to learn several programming languages. Thanks to Elementor, this couldn’t be more inaccurate. Elementor is one of the most popular tools among web creators and has been used to construct over 11 million websites. If you want to optimise your header, footer or navbar, Elementor is for you. With countless design options, pre-built widgets, easy-to-use drag-and-drop features, and a live visual builder, you are able to see your design exactly as your visitors will, with no CSS or HTML knowledge needed.

Security Plugin – Wordfence

On average, one small business in the UK is hacked every 19 seconds. To keep your data safe and your site free from crashes, we recommend Wordfence, the leader in securing WordPress. Wordfence has a global team of security analysts, threat researchers and software engineers to assist in malware scanning, two-factor authentication and firewall rules to ensure safety on your site. Not only do their team give you an hour turnaround time on safety tickets, but Wordfence shows you who may be trying to get into your site and from where!

Search Plugin – Search WP

Unfortunately, custom fields are completely ignored by WordPress search. So we use SearchWP to make all site data searchable. It works with all custom fields in any way you’d like. SearchWP not only allows your visitors to search for content but the metric extension analyses traffic to show what your visitors are searching for, finding and not finding. A key plug-in for optimising user experience. 

Update Plugin – WP Rocket

If you want your loading time boosted, your page speed score improved and your core web vitals optimised, you need WP Rocket. WP Rocket is designed and constantly updated to keep up with the latest web performance requirements. The setup is almost instant and gives you a faster website in just a few clicks. 

Backup Plugin – UpdraftPlus

At Codeminers, we use UpdraftPlus for our backups and restorations. Updraft has the world’s highest ranking and has over three million currently-active instals. All files and databases can be backed up into the cloud and restored with a single click. Just like any other CMS platform, WordPress is still vulnerable to server crashes, so whilst security measures are in place, it is always best to back up your site as a crash could cost you both money and time. 

Whether you’re an experienced programmer or a complete beginner, WordPress and its never-ending list of plug-ins is a great way to modify and build sites. 

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  • Written by Simon Proctor, September 13 2022