I am converting more and more of clients over to WordPress which is a Content Management System (CMS).  WordPress allows business owners to have complete control over their website…there is no need to depend on their webmaster or webmistress to update their website.  WordPress basically works as a word document…it’s really that simple. You do not need to  know a single source of code.

WordPress IconWordPress is no longer used for blogging…it is now being used for websites. Believe it or not, many large corporations are using WordPress.

To install advance features, the website/business owner needs to install “plug-ins”. Once a website is created for a client, I like to install several of my favorite and useful “plug-ins”. These plug-ins keep the visitor engaged and entertained.

First and foremost:

All-In-One SEO Pack. This plug-in optimizes your WordPress website/blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).

Widget Logic. The second coolest plug-in ever! This plug-in gives every widget an extra control field called “Widget logic” that lets you control the pages that the widget will appear on. There is no need to mess around with any back-end code. HOW COOL IS THAT!!

Google Analytics. There are many different third party web tracking services out there, but the two free and popular third party solutions that I highly recommend are Google Analytics (for web traffic) and Feedburner (for syndicated traffic).

Wibiya Toolbar. The coolest plug-in EVER! Check out the bottom of this page. This feature  keeps your visitors engaged while offering them the ability to share your content on any social media platform along with some other AMAZING cool features! Of course, it can be customized to your liking!

I install the DIY Thesis theme for all of my clients. If you are using the DIY Thesis theme, be sure to use Thesis Openhook. This plugin allows you to insert arbitrary content into the many hooks that the Thesis Theme Framework  provides. No need to edit another file!

Simple Contact Form. Make sure you add some sort of a contact form to your website. The one I listed here is very basic but you can find advanced form plug-ins like Gravity Forms...For a very small fee, you can add a poll or survey using and many other cool additions using Gravity Forms.

Akismet. Simply  stated, stop the spam! Akismet keeps those spammer out and off your precious blog. It really does work! Install, get your API # and load it into the plug-in!

One of the most important features to have on your website is a way to capture email addresses. Install AWeber or Constant Contact for WordPress, MailChimp, Infusionsoft, Vertical Response, plug-ins for all of your email marketing campaigns.

Gosh, I can go and on about WordPress plug-ins. There are so many more out there.  I think that means I am going to have to write another blog soon on additional favorite plug-ins.   Find what works for you and your visitors.

What plug-ins do you like to use?

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Phyllis Garland - Garland Web Design & Development