A pluginis a custom feature that adds to the functionality of a website. They are essentially additional software applications that enhance your website’s ability above and beyond what the basic WordPress content management system (CMS) offers.
They can affect aspects of your site on the front end (what the viewer sees) or the backend (what you see). An example of a front-end plugin would be an area for social media icons. And an example of a back-end plugin could be software packages that help speed the load time of your site by filtering out unneeded items such as oversized images. And the best part of all? You need little to no HTML coding experience! Just click download and activate and there you have it.
Since WordPress is designed to be a lean content management system, there is a need for Plugins in order to get added features. These plugins must be installed to your site and can range across almost anything one could think of. We’ve compiled a list of our top seven plugins we use here at blog.stephenakintayo.com
You should be looking to try some, if not all, ofthese plugins as they will really benefit your business, grow your audience, and drive more traffic to your website. Follow along with me step-by-step as I take you through each plugin, counting down to number 1, explaining how they work and the benefits of each. And did I mention that every plugin we discuss here is completely free?
- SEO FRIENDLY IMAGES
This nifty little plugin basically improves traffic from search engines which is exactly what we want. SEO friendly images automatically updates all your images on your website with proper alt and total attributes for SEO purposes. The alt attribute is an important part of search engine optimization. It describes your images to search engines in a clear way. When users search for a certain image, proper image description is a key determinant factor for enabling it to qualify as a match. The image title also plays an important role, as this text will automatically appear in the tooltip when the mouse is over the image. It is a simple plugin but extremely effective. It helps your images to show up in search results and drives even more traffic to your website.
- WP SOCIALIZER
WordPress Socializer is a super cool plugin that inserts social bookmarking and sharing buttons, as well as floating widgets customizable share bar and short codes. You can insert these buttons in the bottom of your posts or in your sidebars so people visiting your website can easily like or share your content to friends and social media platforms. There are lots of social bookmarking buttons available, which could be used in many ways, rearranged how you like and used as needed. We have found it to be a very powerful plugin to use.
- CONTACT FORM 7
This plugin enables you to add a contact form to a website. And it is super easy to use. Once installed, all we do is head over to contact and you can edit the existing contact form to how you would like or to create one from scratch. You just click on “Add New” at the top. Then just edit this text and add in anymore you want for free. Easy! You can also use Contact Form 7 to add a lead a magnet to your website. Having a lead magnet is incredibly important for the success of your business and website. It’s the difference between a few subscribers a day to hundreds. This topic is too large for this article, but you can find out a lot more on setting up lead magnets over in our upcoming digital marketing training at Sheraton Hotel. For more information visit www.stephenakintayo.com/digitalmarketingtraining
4. MAILCHIMP FOR WORDPRESS
If you use Mailchimp for your email marketing this plugin is a must.
Using this plugin you can create forms that visitors will complete before they get access to an ebook or other resource. Once they fill in the form they are directed to the download on your site.
If you want to see this in actionhere’s the one I created for theCustomer Persona Worksheet downloadrecently.
The basic package is free but this only allows you to create one form. The premium package is available for a one off payment of $57 and is ideal if you need to create multiple forms.
- YOAST GOOGLE ANALYTICS
It’s definitely one you should be using, as it will be the game-changer for your business like nothing else. Yoast Google Analytics tracks your visitors and understands almost everything under the sun. It tracks what your visitors are doing on your site, who they are, where they are from, if they’re on a laptop or a mobile device, and even which web browser they are using to visit your website. Having Yoast Google Analytics allows you to know your audience at a very personal level. Because no two people think exactly alike, having analytics helps you analyze visitor traffic and paint a complete picture.
You can literally see which people are visiting which parts of your site. This detailed knowledge helps you make a visual assessment of how your visitors interact with your pages. You can learn what they’re looking for and what they like. Then, you can tailor your marketing activities accordingly. Knowing all this makes it easier to serve your current customers as well as win new ones.