It’s no secret that we’re huge WordPress fans. After all, it is the best content management system available, and with a multitude of plugins to choose from you don’t need coding skills to manage complex functions. The addition of WordPress plugins can easily increase the functionality of your website and make your life easier with a simple click of the mouse.
Use keywords to find the plugin you need in the built-in WordPress library, click on Install, then Activate – as simple as that!
6 Benefits of WordPress Plugins
Now that you know how easy WordPress Plugins are to install, let’s take a look at how you can use them to make your life easier.
1. WordPress Plugins Can Prevent Time-Consuming Spam
Few things are as disappointing as logging into your site to see a notification that you have 1, 490 comments… just to find out that they are all spam.
Spam can really drag down your site’s authority and removing it can be a full-time job. Instead, use the pre-loaded WordPress plugin Akismet to help protect your blog from trackback and comment spam. Learn more about how Akismet can help you avoid spam from day one on our recent blog.
2. Backup Your Site to Avoid Losing Valuable Data
A security breach on your website can cause a ton of damage, especially if you store client details and personal information on it.
To avoid losing valuable data, a smart option is to employ a combination of security and backup options to make sure your site is absolutely bulletproof.
3. Improve Your Conversion Rate With Good Links
When you change or delete a page, you may not always consider which internal pages link to it. Or you may link to an external site, and that link could move to another location without your knowledge. That’s why it’s a great idea to install Broken Link Checker to keep on top of that, without you needing to manually go through every page of your site once a month, which is how often this should be done.
4. Create a Google XML Sitemap Without Any Input From You
There are some terms that even novices understand, but for many newbies, the term “XML Sitemap” might as well be Greek.
It that describes you, then head on over to the plugin library and search for Google XML Sitemaps. This handy plugin will generate an XML sitemap on your behalf. An XML sitemap is important in helping search engines index your blog on Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com.
5. Plugins Let You SEO Optimize Like a Pro
You know that your site needs SEO, but do you know that you can easily save money on SEO costs by installing Yoast SEO for WordPress?
This handy plugin is an all-in-one solution that helps you set up a variety of important SEO functions, even if you’re a novice. SEO helps determine just how well your site ranks on the search results pages.
Plus, you can also use the Yoast SEO Plugin for your XML Sitemap instead of the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.
6. Quickly and Easily Insert Ads Into Posts
You’ve written a blog post, and you’d like to monetize your lyrical way with words. Instead of laboring over hex codes and sizing charts, use Quick AdSense to quickly and easily insert Google Adsense and other types of ads into the post. It offers a range of flexible solutions.
Apart from the ease of installation, plugins are easy to remove, if you need to do that for whatever reason, and you can install as many (or as few) plugins as you wish. Of course, most experienced WordPress users will have many opinions about the plugins mentioned above, but the ease of installation means that you can easily experiment until you find the ones that work best for you.