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For many small business owners and entrepreneurs who are transitioning from websites like Wix, Weebly or even Squarespace, WordPress can be rather challenging and certainly frustrating if you’ve never used it before.

Though there’s a learning curve, one of the benefits you’re sure to appreciate are the variety of plugins WordPress offers.

We’ve listed a few of our must-haves below.

1. Loginizer

It’s a pretty straight forward plugin but power-packed with awesome features to protect your wordpress site. One of the things we love most about this plugin is the ability to change your login URL. When you initially setup your wordpress account, wordpress automatically designates you a log-in (http://yoursitename.com/wp-admin).  For many, this leaves their site vulnerable to some not so nice hackers, well, not that hackers are nice people anyway.

With Loginizer, you’re able to customize your login URL to something more unique along with features such as blacklisting IP addresses, reCaptcha on login screens and more.

Loginizer offers the option to download for free through WordPress.org but if you’re looking to beef up security, we’d strongly recommend going with a premium package that best suits your business needs.

 

2. Yoast

Yoast is one of the most popular plug-ins for WordPress with over 1 million active installs from consumers. If SEO (Search Engine Optimization) isn’t your zone of genius, this plug-in is definitely a must-have. Even the best internet marketers and SEO gurus use and love benefits and functionality of this plugin.

It provides a analysis of your content and provides suggestions on how to better optimize your website by making sure your posts and pages are SEO friendly. This is helpful for any business owner, actually anyone who has a website and wants to remain in google and other search engine site’s good grace.

Yoast offers a free download through WordPress as well as a premium version.

3. WP-Copy Protect

WP-Copy Protect is another plugin that’s pretty straight forward. It allows you to protect your content from virtual thieves.

It allows you to disable any text or content on your site from being copied, along with disabling right click without effecting your SEO and you’re able to apply settings to specific or all users.

WP-Copy Protect is free to download.

4. W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is a plugin from wordpress that provides better user experience by reducing your download/loading time using CDN integration  (Content Delivery Network)

This plugin is also said to improve your search engine rankings and 10x your overall site’s performance.

This is a topic we actually love to discuss because it costs many business owners hundreds to thousands and even millions of dollars.

Here are a few facts according to KissMetrics:

  • 73% of mobile internet users say that they’ve encountered a website that was too slow to load.
  • 51% of mobile internet users say that they’ve encountered a website that crashed, froze, or received an error.
  • 38% of mobile internet users say that they’ve encountered a website that wasn’t available.
  • 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less.
  • 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.
  • A 1 second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions.
  • If an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a 1 second page delay could potentially cost you $2.5 million in lost sales every year.

This is why making sure your site loads quickly and users are able to easily find what they need on your site is so important. It can literally make or break your business.

This plugin is also available to download for free through WordPress.org

And that’s all we’ve got for you today.

Do you have any of the plugins we’ve mentioned? Or are there some you others may find useful? Post below and let us know.

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