Anyone building websites today very likely understands the huge benefits of Wordpress. Unlike Dreamweaver and site builders offered by GoDaddy and other proprietary platforms, Wordpress is comparatively easy, turnkey, customizable, and free.
If one is a new user of Wordpress or even an avid user of the platform, what follows are must have widgets that will help make a website better protected from spammers, catastrophic loss of hours or often weeks of hard work, improved search engine optimization (SEO), and easier integration into more sophisticated functionality.
If such malware does work its way onto a website, the results could be disastrous. Websites could be blacklisted from search engines rendering them unsearchable or even bounced from an ISP’s server. At the very least, malware present on a site would very likely result in visitors acquiring a virus or other malware while clicking though pages; and when noticed by users, destroy a website’s online reputation.
Quttera is a free download.
SEO Ultimate is a great plugin that will make it easy to optimize a Wordpress website for search engines. The plugin’s website states “the name says it all” and describes its ability to help the user take control of their on-page SEO with user-friendly settings and tools for optimizing titles, meta data, robot tags, canonicalization, autolinks, post slugs, and much more.
One may want to learn more regarding how certain code and keywords on a web page help search engines categorize and rank a website, yet simply by learning how to use this Wordpress plugin a webmaster can create much greater opportunities to improve SEO.
SEO Ultimate is a free download.
Captcha functionality, if one is unaware, forces a website visitor to prove he or she is human (not a software robot that crawls the web posting advertising comments or other senseless information) in order to prevent websites from being overwhelmed with spam. There are number of Captcha plugins available for Wordpress websites and this one is the best for the price - free. Some plugins ask users to match pictures or add numbers, and although effective, they appear unprofessional and unnecessary. BestWebSoft’s Captcha works as visitors would expect which gives your site a more professional look and feel.
This is not the sexiest of plugins but if one is looking to use more advanced functionality within their website it is a necessity. Sites that wish to utilize forms that require visitor information so those visitors may download whitepapers or toolkits for lead generation, or other more complex functionality, these widgets or plugins often require the webmaster to know the IDs of each page they create. This free and simple Wordpress plugin makes identifying page IDs easy.
Wordpress puts the power of website building in the hands of just about anyone willing to take the time to make it work. These four plugins will make this effort easier and the sites run effectively as well as make other widgets added to a site easier to configure.