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Do you own a small business and would like to learn more about WordPress Plugins? Here is an introductory of what to check first before you shop and the top 5 best Plugins that can add value to your current WordPress website.
First off, understanding how your customers interact with your website will help you decide which plugins can benefit your bottom line. You’ll want to make sure you have the basic tools for your website before exploring WordPress plugins.
Now lets take a look at some of the top WordPress plugins. With 22,129 WordPress plugins, where does one start? Too many plugins will bog down your site and lower its performance, so you need to choose wisely.
Use this checklist to ensure the basic functioning of your site as a preliminary step to the following suggested plugins. Your goals should include:
- An adequate back up system to keep your data safe
- The best SEO support for optimum search results
- SPAM protection
- A useful contact form
- An avenue for several social media networking interactions
Here are 5 of the best and most useful WordPress plugins for your small business:
A 301 redirect is a response status code informing search engines and browsers that a web page or even an entire website has been permanently moved to a new location (URL). A 301 will automatically redirect the user to the new URL and is the best way to insure that search engines are directed to the correct page.
A 301 redirect is extremely important if you have an existing site with traffic that you want to send to another website. 301s will also help you maintain your existing search engine rankings so you do not lose traffic after the transition to the another URL. Examples of why you would need a 301 redirect include:
Number One: Technical SupportIn any business venture, technical support is always important. As a website owner, the technical support that your Web Hosting Service provides will be crucial to your business. If your website is offline or working improperly, it will cost you in sales.
Number Two: Feedback ForumsA Web Host that provides a forum, message board, or chat room to discuss hosting issues or to receive help retains its users longer than those without such forums. There is no excuse to join with a Web Host that does not offer comparable avenues for customer support.
Many people do not realize that registering a domain name is not the same as establishing a website. To help clear up any possible confusion, we have created the following table to provide summary definitions, explanations, and suggestions for domain names, web hosting plans, and e-commerce. Please take a look at the chart and if you have or think of any other questions regarding domains, web hosting or e-commerce feel free to post in the comments section.
Some people try to substitute a Facebook or Twitter Page for a website because its free, but the customization and functionality is extremely limited. We recommend social media as a supplement to a website, especially if you use it for business purposes.