Here at Active Internet Marketing, we are constantly testing new plugins to optimise our WordPress websites. Our web team have tried hundreds of free plugins, and have managed to narrow their favourites down to the top 5.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
Yoast is every bloggers dream come true. It takes you through inserting meta data for every page and post on your site, before assessing the effectiveness of the SEO. This allows you to see how to write better content for SEO purposes, by flagging up whether or not your keywords are in your title, content, and meta descriptions.
It also automatically generates XML sitemaps, quickly tidies up permalink and removes unnecessary bloat from website code.
Contact Form 7
It is as simple as it sounds. Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, also allowing you to customise the forms and mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA and Kismet spam filtering.
This is a fantastic plugin to turn your website or blog into an eCommerce site. With different extensions to support individual methods of payment, such as PayPal Standard, Simplify Commerce, BACS, Cash on Delivery, flat rate shipping and free shipping. This efficient, robust and intuitive plugin will keep an eye on incoming sales and reviews, stock levels and general store performance all from the WordPress dashboard.
WooCommerce recognises every business is unique, and your online store should be too. You can build your own theme or choose one by WooCommerce and customise it by using built in short codes and widgets.
If multiple people are editing and updating your website or blog, it can be hard to keep track of who is doing what. With Stream, you can follow content changes easily as well as being notified who made them. Every logged in user action is displayed in an activity stream and organised for easy filtering by User, Role, Context, Action and IP address.
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