The Essential Plugins for WordPress Business Websites

Posted on July 24, 2015 by in Resources | 66 comments

The Essential Plugins for WordPress Business Websites

Just a few decades ago, if you needed to find a local business, you’d probably open up the phone book. These days, you’re almost certain to turn online.

There are two major consequences of our changing behaviors:

  1. The slow death of the phone book industry.
  2. The fundamental importance of a business’s website to its overall success.

Today, of course, we’re going to be focusing on the latter.

If you own a business, your website is, more often than not, the place your customers will find out about you – who you are, how to find you, the services/products you offer. As such, you could argue that your website is one of the most important aspects of your business to get right.

But what does a business website need? What functionalities should it support?

If you want to know the answer to these questions, read on! Today, I’m going to introduce you to 16 WordPress plugins for business websites.

To avoid listing too many similar plugins, I’ve decided to focus on one plugin for each functionality, which means I’ll be providing the full spectrum of business website functionalities.

The plugins I’ve picked are all targeted at businesses with an offline presence, but many of them will be equally applicable to online businesses and even bloggers. With this in mind, there should be something for all WordPress users listed here.

Sound good? Then let’s get started.

SEO: SEO by Yoast (FREE)

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Looking to enhance your search engine rankings to attract more visitors? It all starts with on-site optimization.

I strongly recommend that all WordPress websites install an all-in-one SEO plugin. My personal choice would be WordPress SEO by Yoast – and with over 19.5 million downloads, there’s a lot of WordPress users in agreement.

The plugin allows you to work through a pre-configured SEO checklist to ensure you’re fulfilling all SEO best practices. Included in the plugin’s impressive list of features is custom meta descriptions, XML sitemap creation, and RSS optimization.

As Dan stated in his recent post on boosting eCommerce conversions, to boost total conversions you need to find new visitors or increase your conversion rate. Well, SEO by Yoast focuses on the former, attracting the new visitors you need to boost overall conversions and your business’s bottom line. Not bad for a free plugin, huh?

Alternative plugins: All-in-one SEO, SEO Ultimate, Premium SEO Pack.

Local SEO, Maps, and Schema Markup: Yoast Local SEO (from $69)

If you have an offline, brick-and-mortar presence, the SEO rules are slightly different. Certain businesses will only have a local reach, so it’s fundamentally important that your website appears for local searchers.

Type “hairdressers” into Google to see what I mean. The top results will not be international or even national, but businesses local to you. All of this happens automatically, reflecting the needs of the searcher.

If you want your business featured in local searches, I recommend another Yoast SEO plugin: Local SEO.

As well as this, Local SEO allows you to add your company’s address and opening hours onto your contact page. The plugin will convert this information into the relevant markup, allowing Google to display this information as a rich snippet alongside your search result.

You can also use Local SEO to add Google Maps to your website, which saves you the trouble of installing a dedicated Google Maps plugin.

If you run a local business, don’t underestimate the importance of targeting local search results — consider the plugin’s $69 price tag to be an investment.

Alternative plugins: WordPress Local SEO, Local Business SEO.

Speed: WP Rocket (from $39)

WP Rocket

The speed of your website impacts user experience and also where you rank in the SERPs – Google consistently re-iterates that speed is a ranking factor. As such, I strongly recommend that you take website speed seriously. After all, do you really want your brand associated with a sluggish website?

There are loads of plugins that target different elements of a website’s speed. If you want an all-in-one solution, however, WP Rocket is a great option.

WP Rocket can reel off a long list of features, including:

  • Page caching
  • Browser caching
  • GZIP compression
  • Minification
  • LazyLoad
  • Image optimization
  • Seamless integration with CDNs, including free solutions like CloudFlare

That means that all the important speed optimization functionality your business website needs is fully supported. Remember: fast website = happy customers.

Alternative plugins: W3 Total Cache, WP, BJ Lazy Load.

Social Media: Monarch Social Media Sharing (Elegant Theme Membership)

Elegant Themes Monarch

The search engines aren’t the only way for people to find you. If you publish compelling content and your customers love what you do, you can attract a lot of traffic via the social channels.

This requires a social media plugin, of course. I know I’m biased, but, even objectively speaking, Elegant Theme’s Monarch plugin is one of the very best social media plugins available.

Monarch allows you to add colorful, stylish social sharing buttons to your website. You can add the sharing buttons in five different locations, plus there’s an impressive 20+ social networks supported so that you can target all the main social channels.

The plugin has minimal impact on load times, plus you can monitor your social sharing figures via the comprehensive dashboard statistics.

Alternative plugins: Easy Social Share Buttons, Floating Social Bar, Ultimate Social Deux.

Page Builder: Visual Composer ($33)

Visual Composer

Many potential customers will get their first impression of your business from your website. With this in mind, you need a website that looks stunning, is memorable, and reflects all of your core values. And, despite thousands of WordPress themes in existence, does any theme really encapsulate all of your business’s ideals? I doubt it.

If you want the flexibility to build your perfect business website, you have three options:

  1. Hire a developer to make custom changes
  2. Use a multi-purpose theme
  3. Install a page builder plugin

As we’re focusing on plugins today, I’m going to be taking a look at the latter. And, with almost 80,000 sales (making it CodeCanyon’s best-selling plugin of all time), I’m going to recommend Visual Composer.

Visual Composer allows you to construct beautiful custom layouts with either the front- or back-end editor. There are 40+ predefined layouts and 45+ content elements to choose from, giving you the flexibility you need to add the aesthetics and functionality your pages need. As a result of its popularity, there are many third-party Visual Composer extensions available, allowing you to add even more content elements.

Alternative plugins: Beaver Builder, Themify Builder, MotoPress.

Security: iThemes Security Pro (from $80)

iThemes Security Pro

If you want your website to grow and thrive, you need to defend it from the most common security vulnerabilities.

Perhaps website security lacks the glamour of some of the other functionalities featured today, but it’s arguably the most important of all. This is especially true for business websites, as security breaches reflect badly on your brand.

With this in mind, all websites need a good security plugin. My choice? An all-in-one option like iThemes Security Pro – a free Lite version is also available.

iThemes Security Pro helps protect your website from the most common security breach: brute force attacks. This is achieved by enforcing strong passwords, hiding your login page, and also restricting the number of failed login attempts.

You can also use the plugin to lock out bad users, notify you of any file changes, and lock your WordPress admin area during hours you know you won’t be using it.

Alternative plugins: All in One WP Security & Firewall, Sucuri Security.

Back-up: VaultPress (from $5/month)

VaultPress Plugin

A broken website – or, worse still, a crashed website – is not the best first impression, is it?

When things go wrong, having a back-up of your website will prove invaluable – and things can go wrong, even with an excellent security plugin installed. Back-up plugins allow you to restore your website to its former glory in a matter of minutes.

There are lots of great options out there, but my advice would be to go with a name you can trust – in this case, Automattic’s VaultPress service. At least then, if bad luck strikes, you know you’re protected.

Alternative plugins: BackupBuddy, BackUpWordPress, BackWPup.

List Building: Bloom Email Opt-ins (Elegant Theme Membership)

Elegant Themes Bloom Plugin

Now that we’ve covered security, SEO, and speed, let’s start looking at how you can drive more customers for your business.

Around since the internet’s earliest days, email marketing has stood the test of time and remains one of the most effective ways to make money. I’m guessing you want your business to make money, right? Then you need to start collecting emails and building an email list.

To grow your list in the most efficient manner possible, we need to turn to another plugin in the Elegant collection: Bloom.

Integrating with twelve email marketing services, Bloom allows you to collect email addresses from interested parties using six opt-in form types:

  • Pop-ups
  • Fly-in
  • In content
  • Below content
  • Widget area
  • Content locker

Pop-ups are proven to be the most effective at generating conversions as they command maximum attention from visitors. They’re known for being intrusive, however, and so Bloom lets you pick the perfect time to display your pop-up opt-in forms – time delayed, scroll delayed, after inactivity, after commenting, and after purchasing.

Alternative plugins: OptinMonster, Ninja Popups for WordPress, Optin Forms.

Email Newsletter: MyMail ($39)


After securing a subscriber, the really hard work begins: converting someone with some interest into a paying customer.

Your success will be determined by the quality of the emails you send out. And, in my opinion, aesthetics is a component of quality, so you’d better make sure your emails look good.

If you want to craft stylish newsletters in WordPress, you need the MyMail plugin, available for $39 from CodeCanyon.

You can use the plugin to build beautiful, custom newsletter layouts courtesy of the intuitive drag-and-drop interface. The plugin also tracks all your important email metrics.

Alternative plugins:  SendPress, MailPoet Newsletters.

Contact Forms: Contact Form 7 (FREE)

Contact Form 7

Of course, if you want to run a successful business, you’re going to want an easy way for your potential customers to get in touch.

For this, you need a contact form plugin. I’ve suggested a lot of premium plugins so far, so how about a free one? The classic and ever-popular Contact Form 7.

Contact Form 7 is intuitive to setup, allowing you to build an unlimited number of forms. You can also add advanced fields to your form, including drop-down menus, dates, and CAPTCHAs.

Alternative plugins: Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms, Fast Secure Contact Form.

Live Chat: Pure Chat (from FREE)

Pure Chat

Customer service is an afterthought for many business owners, but it’s something that’s deeply important to your customers – if anything goes wrong, it’s likely the quality of your customer service that resolves the problem.

If you want to offer enhanced customer service on your website, adding a live chat functionality to your website is a great place to start – it’s the quickest way to get a response, after all.

If your business is large enough to justify it, live chat is a must. Not only does it offer the aforementioned reputation-enhancing customer service, you can also use the live chat to answer any pre-sales questions and nullify buyer objections.

We’ve talked about live chat in great detail already, so allow me to recommend my preferred plugin, Pure Chat. The plugin allows you to extensively customize your live chat windows’ appearance on your website, plus you can handle all live chat conversations from the stylish Pure Chat interface.

Alternative plugins: WordPress Live Chat Plugin, WP Live Chat Support, Zopim Live Chat.

First Impressions: Video Intro for WordPress ($16)

Video Intro for WordPress

Now for something a little bit different.

Online users decide within a matter of seconds whether a website is right for them. In other words, first impressions matter. A lot.

The Video Intro for WordPress plugin allows you to greet visitors with a full-screen video. If you’ve spent a lot of money on an engaging video advertisement for your business, this is the perfect time to show it. Visitors are redirected to your homepage upon completion of the video, or they can get there more quickly by skipping it.

You can customize the frame around the video to match your branding, and also display your logo prominently at the top of the screen.

Alternative plugins:  WP Mega Intro, Video Intro for WordPress Lite.

Maintenance Mode: Anticipate (Elegant Theme Membership)

Anticipate Plugin

If you run a business, professionalism is king. Everything you do will shape how your business is perceived, and so you have to put your best foot forward at all times.

One example of this is when you’re updating your website – something we all have to do from time to time. Now, a site full of work-in-progress, placeholder text, and broken elements is hardly going to impress visitors, is it? If someone visits your website during this time, your business is going to look more than a little amateurish.

So what’s the solution? Well, it’s relatively simple: display a maintenance mode landing page. It’s not ideal, but it’s a huge improvement on a half-finished website.

If you want to add a maintenance mode screen, I recommend Elegant’s Anticipate plugin. Simply activate maintenance mode and your visitors will see a simple, stylish maintenance mode page. This gives you the opportunity to work on your website in private.

Alternative plugins: WP Maintenance Mode, Ultimate Maintenance Mode, Maintenance.

Broken Links: Redirection (FREE)


Continuing with the theme of professionalism, this time I want to look at broken links.

For visitors, a website littered with 404 errors suggests ineptitude – if you can’t keep your website working, how will you manage to fulfill your customers’ needs?

With this in mind, broken links will turn away your visitors in droves. That’s not something any business can afford to do.

If you want to keep your website running smoothly, the free Redirection plugin is one of the best ways to fix 404 errors. This is done by manually configuring 301, 302, and 307 redirects to point visitors to the right place.

Not all 404 errors are your fault, though: some are caused by mistyped external links. Redirection will automatically monitor for fresh 404 errors, allowing you to quickly resolve any problems.

Alternative plugins: Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin, Safe Redirect Manager.

Editorial Calendar: CoSchedule (from $17/month)


Content marketing is a great way to grow your business. Not only does publishing great content help you gain visibility in the search engines, it also reinforces your expertise within your industry, and this in turn will attract more customers.

Publishing great content is a labor-intensive and time-consuming job, however. If you need a helping hand, look no further than CoSchedule, an all-in-one content marketer’s dream.

CoSchedule supports its own editorial calendar functionality, allowing you to use drag-and-drop to reschedule your posts. Beyond this, it can also be used for scheduling social media posts – sync CoSchedule up with your social media profiles, and you can write and schedule social posts from within the WordPress admin.

Want more? You can also use CoSchedule to collaborate with other team members, schedule social shares for your recently published content, and also to give your older posts a push.

Alternative plugins: Editorial Calendar, Revive Old Post, Buffer.

Boost Conversions: WordPress Calls to Action (FREE)

WordPress Calls to Action

So you’ve put together a beautiful website. It’s fully functional, lightning quick, and it attracts hordes of visitors.

You’re heading in the right direction, but now you need to get your visitors to pull out their wallets and become paying customers.

What you need is a call to action (CTA). A compelling CTA encourages visitors to perform a desired action – perhaps making a purchase, giving you a call, or subscribing to your email list. An effective CTA eliminates indecisiveness by telling your visitors exactly what they should do, and this has been proven to boost conversions.

WordPress Calls to Action is a fantastic free plugin that allows you to do just that. The plugin lets you create pop-ups and widget boxes that encourage visitors to take your desired action – and as you can add custom text to the boxes, this “action” can be anything you want.

To help get you started, the plugin includes a number of pre-configured templates, plus you can continuously improve results with built-in A/B functionality.

Final Thoughts

By considering all the plugins featured in today’s list, you should be able to give your business website all the functionality it needs to satisfy customers and stand above the competition.

I’ve deliberately avoided plugins used to directly monetize a website — eCommerce, booking taking, and invoicing plugins — as these plugins are dependent on the nature of your business. Instead, I’ve included general plugins that are applicable for all businesses. In today’s post we’ve covered:

  • attracting new clients
  • speeding up your site
  • boosting conversions
  • improving customer service
  • growing an email list
  • creating a great first impression
  • developing a content schedule

Of course, this is just a work in progress, and now I need your help. What other WordPress plugins do you think are essential for business websites? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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    • Thanks for sharing the extra plugins. You’re right that there are loads of great social media plugins (too many to list!), and click to tweet is a good one.

  1. Some great examples of Plugins that I haven’t come across before especially with regards to email opt-ins etc.


  2. A really great article. Thanks for all the info’s about the essential WordPress plugins! 😀

  3. I can recommend the Wordfence plugin for security check up.

    • we use it on every website we built !

  4. As always, another great article from Elegant Themes. Thanks for the tips and ideas!

  5. I was not aware of at least three of these plugins. I’ve downloaded two and I think it would be a great article to share with my clients. Thanks!

  6. It’s very strange that Jetpack is not in the list, as I think this is one of the best and most versatile bunch of addons in one by Automaticc.

    • You’re right that Jetpack is a useful plugin and, with so many modules, it does lots of different things. I didn’t include it here as I wanted to list plugins for specific tasks, and Jetpack wouldn’t fall under any of the headings. It’s more of an all-rounder, but still well worth checking out!

      • You really think so? In the past I had problems with speed and php errors. A lot of them came from jetpack. It’s a good idea, but sluggish and badly programmed

        • I agree. I had the same problem with Jetpack. I prefer to have less but better.

  7. While I appreciate that Contact Form 7 is great for a free, plugin, it lags so far behind Gravity Forms in functionality and features that I don’t even feel they can be fairly compared. Perhaps lists like this might be better served with a best free and and pest Paid recommendation?

    • You’re right, and I’m personally a big fan of Gravity Forms. I wanted to try to balance the premium plugins with free ones in the post, hence my suggestion for Contact Form 7. If you run a relatively small business, you might not get many people filling out your contact form, so if you were on a budget, this is an area you could save!

      • For me, Ninja Form outweighs Contact Form 7 as a free form plugin. I forget if there were any major tradeoffs but the UI of Ninja’s was far more pleasing. Of course Gravity Forms is even better if you’re willing to spend the cash.

        • What about Jot Forms? I use the free version.

    • Gravity Forms is great, but overkill for a simple contact form, imho.

  8. I like Elegant’s posts, but this one could use some tuning.

    The SEO plugins you mentioned are okay, but it should be noted that this won’t increase your search marketing engagement. No WordPress plugin will, so in a sense, that was misleading.

    If you’d like to achieve a broader web presence, and achieve higher results in SERPs, you’ll need an off-page search marketing strategy, which is 95% of your SEO.

    Too many people think you can install an SEO plugin, and you’re done. That’s simply a myth.

    All an SEO plugin will do is fill in meta data for you (description, page titles, etc.), and there’s a debate in the SEO community whether or not it’s even beneficial to force meta data upon a search engine robot, or whether it’s best to let the search engine bots glean whatever meta data they can in their own form or fashion.

    An SEO plugin will also fill in your Facebook / Twitter, etc., meta data, but I would suggest “WP Social SEO Booster – Knowledge Graph Social Signals SEO” is much better for that than a regular SEO plugin, as it adds schema markup as well.

    Page building plugins can potentially hinder SEO and hinder WP Rocket by increasing your page load times, due to the massive amounts of div and span tags added to your html output. And WP Rocket is simply a caching mechanism — the same thing popular plugins like WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache do, but — like a lot of plugins in this list — they market themselves prudently, and thus are perceived as being superior plugins.

    Lastly, depending on your hosting plan and setup, many of these security plugins — once valuable — are now obsolete. Out of the dozen or so I know of on the WordPress repo, Ithemes Security (used to be called Better WordPress security) would be the last one I’d recommend. This is another plugin that will increase page load times with the massive amounts of htaccess rules it writes. Also, I’ve seen too many people get locked out of their own site. If they don’t know much about WordPress, it’s difficult for them to get back in.

    If I wanted to use a security plugin, I’d probably use “All In One WP Security & Firewall”, which still writes htaccess rules, but not as many as Ithemes. Or, if you wanted to really cut down on the htaccess rules but still have a solid firewall and brute force protection, ”
    WordPress Simple Firewall”.

    • Thanks for reading and I think you make some good points.

      While I agree that SEO requires more than a plugin, it’s still a reasonable place to start. Although I’m no SEO expert, I’d rather have my on-page meta data configured, and a plugin like Yoast is great for that.

      Page builders aren’t everyone’s favorite, but if you want an easy way to add extra functionality to your pages, they’re a good option (especially if you don’t have the funds for a developer). There are drawbacks, of course (including speed as you’ve mentioned, and also problems when changing/uninstalling the page builder plugin as you’re depending on lots of shortcodes), but the page builder market goes from strength to strength, which tells me that WordPress users want them.

      As for caching, I like WP Rocket. Sure, it is well marketed, but I don’t think that should take away from it being a great plugin — I’m sure it’s not just me recommending it. There are free alternatives available, including several listed in the post, but if you have the $40 I’d go premium, as WP Rocket has more features than the average free caching plugin. The post was aimed at business users, who have deeper pockets than your average hobbyist user, and want the best.

      And as far as security plugins go, again you’re right: it’s possible that your host does some of the jobs for you. I’ve heard a few opinions that iThemes Security can be overkill for some websites. While that’s a fair point, if my livelihood depends on my website, I’d rather have the maximum possible protection, even if there’s a steeper learning curve. There are alternatives, of course, and the one you suggested was listed in the post, too.

  9. I install Wordfence and Blacklist Updater (both Free) to every single site

  10. Hi Shaun,

    very nice article and a lot of good advices, I think some must haves 🙂
    My problem is I will build the website by my self and every article you write here I realize that its so much more to do.
    And now I think a little bit – I should try to work with you and hire the guy´s from elegant themes 🙂 Let me think about this …


  11. Great article, Shaun.

    Given that Elegant Themes advertise Divi at the end of the article, do you know if each of these plug-ins work with / complement Divi?

    • All of them will work with Divi. The only one I wouldn’t use with Divi is the Visual Composer as Divi already has an excellent page builder. I’m actually surprised Shaun didn’t mention it as Elegant Themes is about to release a Divi Builder Plugin.

  12. Great job Shaun. Although I’m a bit leery about adding more and more layers – just more that can go wrong but will definitely look at the security, local SEO (can’t believe I missed that one) and automagic backups.
    Thanks for the article.

    • Too many plugins can slow your site down for sure, as well as increasing the scope for something to go wrong. You might not need every plugin listed in the post, but some of them should prove invaluable!

  13. Thanks Shaun, looking forward to reading more of your stuff. This article showed me that I am heading in the right direction, so thanks for that.

  14. Thank you so much for a great article! I’m going to try out some of the plugins now.

  15. Shaun,
    Thanks for the list. I can always use ideas like this to make my sites run smoothly.

  16. Visual Composer is great for their front end editing features, but I am surprised to see it on the list, as you don’t need this if you use the Divi Theme.
    Here is a Divi specific plugin that will make your life easier: a WYSIWYG Footer Text Editor With this plugin you can add custom footer text and change the color, size, hyperlink, and even add images and even embed videos!

  17. You would think you would have mentioned Divi.

    • It’s not a plugin, although it will be soon 😉

      • Soon enough that this article can be amended and a new Page Builder plugin can be added? 😉

  18. We love everything from Elegant Themes, but Anticipate is not a very good plugin for maintenance mode. It could be goodlooking, easier, and more similar to other best free maintenance mode plugin.

    • I support anticipate to be revamped to a more fluid modern flat UX. I only use it once while I’ve used latest ET plugins almost on every site…

      • unfortunately , I’ve never used it.. Unless there’s complete make-over done, we’re not going to use it.

  19. We would suggest also, Sucuri, W3 Total Cache (be careful), Autoptimize, Updraft Plus (backup), iThemes (free + pay version), Easy SMTP (useful for WooCommerce), WPFront User Role Editor.

  20. Good write up. Thanks for sharing the great information!

  21. Awesome article… thanks for the great collection of plugins!

  22. This is great and lucid. Thanks a million. But by the time you round off the budget, you have close to $500-$1000 including other nifty plugins scaling business to greater heights.

  23. And what about …….plugins for wp ecommerce sites?

  24. I can’t believe Visual Composer made this list. It’s quite possible the worst plugin to ever make it onto the WordPress platform. Buggy as all get out, crashes constantly, ruins sites and is virtually impossible to keep updated without breaking layouts. It’s a nightmare and I avoid all themes that have it integrated. :/

  25. I agree that too many plugins can slow yoru site down – but most of these will either be used as one offs or turned off after you have used them. I still don’t get why everyone loves Yoast so much and its poxy traffic light system that confuses more than helps – it is heavy, cumbersome to learn and like another poster said – its is not all about the SEO plugin – and Yoast does have issues with Divi 2.4, many users are experiencing memory overload issues with it.

    ALL In One SEO however, has great potential, helps with open graph, has a bad bot blocker that really does work and AIO just works, no red, amber or green to get in the way and it gets listed as an ALTERNATIVEVE along with another two Yoast made SEO tools – WHAT!?

    Such a long post took some research for sure – but there are alternative SEO plugins out there – and AIO has fantastic potential as an SEO facilitator – it surprises me that the semper guys don’t get irate about it – or maybe they just know it is better than Yoast and can’t be bothered to have a flashy website to promote it.

  26. Thank you for this great article! Looking forward to trying out some of the suggested plugins now.

  27. Thanks for a very comprehensive list. I’m interested in MyMail. Does Bloom works with MyMail?

    • Good question.. I have the same doubt.?

  28. AWESOME! thank you for putting these list and post together. Eager to go over and check everything out Shaun Quarton

  29. Shaun, awesome work man. Kudos to the work that went into this guide. I’ve always been a big fan of WordPress, for both SEO and functionality. I’m not the biggest fan of plugins due to the weight they have on the theme, but you have to have a handful. Yoast and Rocket are two I use. I prefer Shareaholic due to the content amplification but I’m always up to checking new plugins out. They save time, money and effort, what’s not to love?! None the less, there’s a few I’ve never heard of, so I’ll be sure to check them out. Thanks!

  30. Excellent article.
    Good content and good structure.
    I think we have to expand our WordPress Services at the Plugin modules.
    Thank You.

    Since 3 days SEO by Yoast (FREE) is named Yoast SEO.

  31. Hi,

    Thanks for the article.

    One very powerful plugin to consider adding is Thrive Leads to do all your optin gathering.


  32. good article..
    ET should consider proper Contact Forms solution.

    For security I use word-fence

    Yoast SEO already solves the Broken Links issue

  33. Thanks for the diversity of suggestions to tackle many business site needs.

    I didn’t see any plugins to allow users to download pdf’s. That’s definitely useful for businesses and something I’m looking for. What would you recommend?

  34. An informative article, do you have some recommendations in terms of membership plugins that work well with divi?

  35. Thank you very much for this comprehensive ideas.
    It give me idea to install Live Chat plugin to my website 🙂

    Thank you , team

  36. Thanks for the article. I am curious to see what others have to say about Fast Secure Contact Form from Mike Challis. With over 400,000 installs on WordPress alone. I use it extensively on WordPress and Dreamweaver custom coded sites with great results. Although the WordPress version is quicker and simpler to install.

  37. Most of the plugins you have shared on your post are new to me. Among all the plugins, “Broken Links” is my favorite one. I have been using this plugin for last two years. Thanks for the awesome share.

  38. Great post! I noticed that I implemented almost all of these in either the recommended or an alternate form.

    One thing did puzzle me, though. Whenever somebody talks about WordPress backups, nobody ever mentions UpdraftPlus. Is there a reason for that? I’m beginning to worry if the plugin has negative impacts on speed, performance or similar.
    I’ve used it for a couple of years now and to me it was always the best backup plugin. I’ve had to reinstall my WordPress from scratch twice, and it’s the only solution that worked absolutely flawlessly for me. A clean WordPress reinstall using UpdraftPlus took maybe 15 minutes, and I was back online.
    Whereas with other plugins I had lots of issues connecting them to my backup space, getting them to perform the scheduled backups or even avoiding error messages. So to me UpdraftPlus was almost a revelation, and I’ve been using it forever.

    Just wondering if there’s a reason nobody ever mentions it?

    • +1 for UpdraftPlus! I’ve tried them all over the years, but keep coming back to UpdraftPlus. The simplified Restore functionality puts the emphasis where is should be; on restoring, not just on backing up.

  39. This is a great list of plugins, but Monarch and bloom should be available for purchase without theme membership.

  40. Nice lists. There are some new plugins I need. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Great article.
    Thank you, Shaun.
    My question is why we need other 3rd party plugin CTA (Boost Conversions: WordPress Calls to Action) when we able to use Bloom. If you think we need both, what are the differences between the two, if I may ask?
    Thank you.

  42. This is a great list of plugins, but Monarch and bloom should be available for purchase without theme membership.

  43. until now i still use plugin chat and wp seo from yoast, and last i will try visual composer plugin 🙂 thanks for making this great list 🙂

  44. I like this
    whether it should be a paid member to be able to download the plugin
    it seems incredible

  45. when we use the contact form 7, sometimes emails from others rather difficult we have received, it is because of what?

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