Plugin Benefits of Using WordPress
On our recent post Website Marketing Business Ideas – 5 Benefits of Using WordPress, we partly tackled WordPress plugins. To high-lite some of the Plugin Benefits that will simplify your website marketing and maintenance, we’ll be pointing out a few of these Plugin Benefits in this post.
If you’ve already switched to WordPress (and you’re happy with your choice), your next step would be to find the best WordPress plugins. Using the search engines, you will see hundreds of WordPress plugin benefits ready for you to download. Now, that will be confusing as every plugin promises good things for your objectives.
Some of the WordPress plugin benefits are your help tools for running and managing your site powered by WordPress. Except writing content, plugins can take care of pretty much everything. It can handle SEO tasks; it can block spam from getting onto your site and also can make navigation easier.
Installing WordPress Plugins
Just as simply as you signed up for WordPress, installing WordPress plugins is much the same. Here are simple steps to do it right:
1. List your primary needs (SEO, Ease of use, monitoring, etc). In the left hand column hold your mouse over the Plugins menu and you will see your choices; choose, ‘Add New’.
2. Type SEO on the search box then wait as WordPress retrieves the SEO plugins. Read the descriptions carefully then start downloading. You can also use the search engines to find WordPress plugins.
3. If you found your plugin with the search engines you need to upload it to your plugin folder once it’s downloaded. Once it’s uploaded, you can easily activate it through the admin panel.
What to look for
Since there are so many free WordPress plugins available on search engine results, looking for the best WordPress plugins may present a challenge. To help you overcome this, here are some recommendations on what to look for when deciding to install plugins:
SEO package – this plugin will help you optimize your website or blog easier. You won’t have to worry about mastering coding skills. With an SEO plugin, you can easily polish your site’s title, description, keywords, tags, etc. We use Yoast for our SEO.
Spam protection – this is a ‘must have’ plugin. With your goal of dominating the search engine results, preventing spam activities is a top priority.
Reader-friendly – this plugin can help your SEO efforts more effective thus bringing traffic to your website more likely. With this plugin, you can be rest assured of converting your readers into buying customers.
Broken Link Checker – This plugin will monitor your site for any broken links and report them to you via the WP dashboard and email if so chosen; I love this plugin, makes things much easier.
Adsense Optimizer – This plugin will help you to easily optimize your Adsense units, letting you choose colors, sizes, where you want your Ads to show up and more. I started using this one around a year ago and would highly recommend it.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, there are tons of WordPress plugins available for download. Most of these plugin benefits tend to be free, some do require you to pay. Working with some of these plugins showed me how to do things for my own site with ease and at no cost, for most of the plugins.