03.14.20168 min read

5 Plugins That Make WordPress Magical

by Jared Kimball

Have you ever thought that maybe your WordPress site could be doing a little more? Or that there was a certain capability you wish it had? Here are five top plugins for your small business to make WordPress a bit more magical.

1. Yoast

Google sends free traffic to websites all the time. It’s the largest search engine in the world, so getting your content listed on Google, Bing and Yahoo is crucial for your content to get found.

 

Using this plugin is one of the easiest and most effective ways you can optimize your content for search engine friendliness. They have a gazillion free built-in features that absolutely rock. If you want you can upgrade to the paid version when you feel it’s necessary.

If you don’t have this plugin installed on your WordPress site—go get it now.

2. iThemes Security

Securing your WordPress site can be a complicated task if you’re not a technical expert.

 

Thankfully, iThemes Security makes it easy for anyone to easily secure and protect their Wordpress site from hackers.

 

This tool shows you areas that are vulnerable to a cyber attack, and they allow you to easily “fix it.”

 

It also gives you the ability to turn on Facebook and Google type security features such as using your phone as a second authorization point.

 

It does come with a price tag, but it’s worth the investment now rather than waiting till after your site’s been hacked.

 

You should seriously consider using this tool for your site.

3. SumoMe

This plugin will instantly replace 10-plus plugins by itself (and it easily connects with Infusionsoft!).

 

It carries a heavy arsenal of features that will make your life soooo much easier.

 

The plugin includes tools like:

  • Heat maps for tracking visitors

  • List building tools

  • Sharing tools

  • Content analytics

  • And a lot more

There’s a free version and an upgraded paid version of the plugin. The free version has many useful features alone and if you’re running a more sophisticated WordPress site then consider upgrading to the paid version.

Visit SumoMe.com to learn more.

4. UpdraftPlus Backup

You get the notification, “Please update your WordPress site to the latest version” when you first log in to your site.

 

Without thinking about it, you hit the update button, and that’s when things get strange.

 

The new update broke something on your site and now you have to scramble to get it fixed and if you’re not a professional web developer you now have to hire someone to fix it for you.

 

Es no bueno.

 

Using UpdraftPlus to regularly backup your WordPress site is a step in the right direction.

The plugin does have a price tag associated with it, but if you are trusting a company with your site data stay away from “free” backup tools because they can have hidden code, unmanaged code that can break your site and a whole slew of problems.

It’s best to pay for a reliable backup service that you can trust. 

5. The Events Calendar

If you run events whether local, global, live or virtual you need an events calendar your visitors can easily interact with.

This plugin has a variety of features in both the free and paid versions.

 

If you run a church, band, restaurant, school, university or any type of events company then this is a must-have for easily publishing and managing an events calendar on your site.

You can learn more about all the features here.

Jared Kimball openly shares his strategies and techniques for list building on his site MarketerLife.com. If you’re interested in how to increase your email open rates and grab the lead magnet he created while writing this post—go here. He's also a marketing automation strategist at Infusionsoft.

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