Run Your Biz Like a Machine With These WordPress Plugins, Resources and Tips


WordPress is a trusted website building and blogging platform that’s proven popular among small business owners. It allows for easy updates and plenty of customization.

And while it appears simple on the surface, there’s a lot to consider when managing a WordPress site. We’ve been covering updates and providing resources for our readers who operate or are considering building a WordPress site for quite some time. This guide showcases many of our articles on this topic.

5 Best Contact Form Plugins for WordPress

Contact forms are a great way to start engaging with potential customers. There are many ways to get a contact form on your company’s website but these are some we’ve found to be the best of the best.

The WordPress contact form plugins found here are easy to use and allow you to customize the forms to match the look of your website. The article also lists plugins that make it easier for you to manage the information you’re collecting through the form.

Top 10 Social Media Plugins for WordPress

Connecting your company’s website to your social media channels is almost imperative these days. Here are 10 really good social media plugins for WordPress that allow you to integrate your social streams. These plugins allow your customers more ways to connect to your company and its website, making it easier to stay engaged with your brand.

Best 10 Responsive WordPress Themes for Small Business – All Free

If your company’s website features a “responsive design” that means visitors will get virtually the same experience whether they’re on a PC, tablet, or smartphone. Responsive design themes for WordPress sites are being created regularly. This list includes 10 of the best responsive WordPress themes available. And better yet, they’re all free to install.





The 7 Best WordPress Alternatives

Of course, WordPress isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to creating a website for your business. Other platforms are giving businesses the opportunity to build an aesthetically-pleasing and highly functional site too. Here are seven WordPress alternatives that can get your company’s website live and adapt to your business’s changing needs.

5 Things that Make Your WordPress Site Run Slow and How to Fix Them

If visitors to your WordPress site aren’t getting an optimal experience, they might be hesitant to come back again.

Slow loading pages and other generally slow functionality could ultimately hurt your business. These issues are likely to cost you visitors and potential customers. And long-term they will damage your brand’s reputation. Fortunately, this article looks at five issues that will slow down your WordPress site. But better yet, it also discusses fixes for each that will get your site back to performing at its best.

10 LinkedIn WordPress Plugins to Consider

Integrating your LinkedIn profile with your company’s website makes it easier for your site visitors to connect with you on your LinkedIn profile too.

There is a seemingly endless stream of LinkedIn plugins available for WordPress sites enabling you to integrate your company website with your LinkedIn community. But how do you sift through all the possibilities out there?  This article does the heavy lifting and suggests the 10 LinkedIn WordPress plugins we think small business owners will find the most useful.





10 Best WordPress Plugins for eCommerce

If you’re planning to set up a store on your company’s website, WordPress offers quite a few eCommerce plugins that integrate into your site. Here are WordPress plugins for eCommerce that seem particularly dependable and easy to use. These plugins allow you to focus on managing your inventory and tracking your sales.

Sneak Peek at WordPress 4.0

A new version of WordPress has been launched. And with that upgrade comes changes for those who use WordPress sites for their businesses. We were able to get an early look at WordPress 4.0 and have provided this guide to help you navigate the changes in this latest version of the content management system.

10 Google Plus Plugins for WordPress

You already know Google is important to your WordPress site, making sure you and your business can be found on the Web.  The same goes for the company’s social media site, Google Plus.



You can integrate your site with Google Plus using WordPress plugins. The plugins are similar to those that allow integration of other social media sites with a WordPress site. Here are 10 Google Plus plugins for WordPress that are adaptable to your site’s theme, and offer different styles that determine what information you share from your social account.



15 Clever WordPress Plugins For B2B Consultants

B2B consultants already rely on WordPress to help them create an engaging and functional website. These websites can really make a different when acquiring new clients. As it’s already a popular platform for B2B consultants, there are myriad plugins to build a better website. Here are 15 clever B2B plugins for WordPress to consider.

14 WordPress Content Marketing Plugins

The great content on your WordPress site is only useful if a lot of people are reading it. There are numerous plugins available for WordPress that afford you the ability to plan promotions for posts weeks in advance. And others ensure your posts are optimized for search engines. Here are 14 quality WordPress content marketing plugins that may be of help.



29 Killer Image Slideshow Plugins for WordPress

If your website showcases a lot of high-quality photography and images, it’s best to show your readers all you have to offer. Slideshows are a great way to display multiple images on one page in an attractive deign. There are so many slideshow plugins available for your WordPress site. Here are 29 slideshow plugins for WordPress you may want to consider to see which will work best with your site.

Is WordPress Easy To Work With? That Depends on Your Web Developer

If you’re planning to do much of the updating on your company’s WordPress site yourself, it’s important to make the process as easy as possible. To reach that simplicity, your Web developer will need to set up the back end of your site in a way that works best for you. This guide helps you get the most from your WordPress developer as far as website functionality goes.



2014 WordPress Website Trends: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Web design is ever-changing. What’s hot today may not be tomorrow. And that’s true on WordPress, too. Here is a look at some of the projected trends and how they may effect your website design. The results may guide your company in following WordPress website trends that keep your site current and in touch with visitors.



20 Pinterest Plugins For Your WordPress Site

A Pinterest badge on your company’s website is a great way to connect your readers to your profile on the social network. A well-placed Pinterest badge could also add some striking visual imagery to your company’s site too.

Here are 20 Pinterest plugins for WordPress that can better integrate your WordPress site with the image based social media platform. Consider whether this is something that would interest your visitors.

10 WordPress Backup Tools to Protect Your Blog and Site

It’s the biggest fear of any small business owner with a website – in the blink of an eye, losing all the data on a site it took you so much timer to create.





Just as important as it is to have backup for the information on your computer, it’s equally important to do so for your website. That’s especially true if your site is a critical part of your business operations. Fortunately, WordPress has options available. This article shares 10 of the top WordPress backup tools you may wish to investigate.

14 Rockin’ Analytics Plugins for WordPress

Analytics for your website allow you to determine what is and what isn’t working. What’s drawing visitors? What isn’t getting the attention it deserves? And what content just isn’t clicking with your community at all?

WordPress allows you to install analytics plugins that provide that sort of data and more. This article examines 14 analytics plugins for WordPress.

How to Choose a Hosting Company for Your WordPress Site

Choosing WordPress as the platform for your company’s website may be the easiest decision you make. It’s popular and relatively easy to use and the millions who’ve already downloaded the platform are a testament to that. But it’s also important who hosts your WordPress site, too. Some hosts make WordPress set-up really easy, too. This guide looks at who should be hosting your WordPress site and why.



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Shawn Hessinger


Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Executive Editor for Small Business Trends. A professional journalist with more than a decade of experience in the traditional newspaper business, he has another 10 years of experience in digital media for trade publications and news sites. Shawn has served as a beat reporter, columnist, editorial writer, bureau chief and eventually managing editor with responsibility for nine weekly newspapers, the Berks Mont Newspapers.

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  1. I’m curious to see what the WordPress alternatives are, and if I’m familiar with any of them, so will be checking that post out.

  2. Aira Bongco

    Wow so many resources! This is a link that is definitely worth bookmarking. I need some time to sit down and comb through all those resources. This way, I can find the most useful ones for my business.

  3. No doubt this isthe ultimate list anyone can think of around WordPress plugins and resources. There are some lists of my interest here including the content marketing plugins list. I will be exploring the plugins option around content marketing and lets see if I end up getting a good plugin for my blog.

  4. I wasn’t expecting to read about “The 7 Best WordPress Alternatives” in “Our Best WordPress Plugins, Resources and Tips for Business” list, but it’s always good to know there are some alternatives even if you’re a hardcore wordpress fan like myself. The only thing I would add is some SEO plugins. Great list nonetheless!

  5. Great list Shawn. I noticed that you have listed P3 profiler in one of the linked posts. This plugin is a must for any site that runs multiple plugins.

    cheers

    Gary

  6. Great Tips Shawn. Really enjoyed the article !

  7. Some really great tips in here. Enjoyed reading it.

  8. lol, what if the sender lives to the east of the recipient?

  9. WordPress is the best thing happened in my life after spending 2 years on free blogspot platform. The best part is for every problem there is a plugin. Thanks for sharing this awesome list of plugins.

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