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Top WordPress Plugins for Small Business Owners

Updated on June 2, 2016

Wordpress is one of the most widely used content management systems across the globe empowering more than 60 million websites. Open Source, 100% free with no hidden charges, easy-to-use and search engine friendly, there are just far too many reasons behind the phenomenal growth of WordPress.

If you are a small business owner with very limited budget and little technical support, you don’t need to get disheartened. WordPress plugins come to your rescue as they extend and expand the functionality of site. There are several plugins that will take your WordPress site to the next level irrespective of your budget or technical proficiency.

In this blog, we provide a roundup of best WordPress plugins for small business owners in 2016.

WP Forms

The key to successful business is allowing your customers to contact you in a seamless manner. WPForms is one of the best WordPress contact form plugins with a simple Drag & Drop Form Builder. This lets you create amazing forms in a matter of minutes without writing a single line of code. You can access pre-built form templates, as well as build email subscription forms, order forms, payment forms, and other type of online forms with just a few clicks.

Sucuri

One of the biggest concerns for business owners continues to be security of confidential information. Sucuri is a website Security Stack offering complete peace of mind and professional support needed during an unfortunate security collapse. This cutting-edge monitoring platform utilizes a proprietary approach to scan websites and is capable of identifying any Indicator of Compromise (IoC). Sucuri provides Website Application Firewall (WAF) & Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).

With a layered approach to proactive and reactive website security, Sucuri protects site from DDoS, malware threats, XSS attacks, and brute force attacks.

Envira Gallery

Now showcase your portfolio in the most appealing manner. While WordPress provides option to create image galleries without plugins, these tools are fairly plain and basic in nature. With Envira Gallery plugin, you can move to the next level by creating extremely appealing and responsive gallery in WordPress with just a few clicks. There are several pre-built templates that let you control the appearance of your gallery.

Envira provides the option to add share buttons, integrate with Pinterest, Instagram and more. There are several exciting features such as creating multiple galleries, creating albums, open images in lightbox popups, and much more.

CSS Hero

When it comes to customization of your theme in WordPress a lot depends on your expertise in CSS. However, you no longer have to learn CSS to change the visual appearance of your site. There is CSS Hero plugin that sets you free from all your worries. With this intuitive point and click interface, you can customize WordPress theme without a single line of code.

You can play around with a ton of fonts, use your own colors and effortlessly add special elements such as Hover Fx, Shadows and Transitions.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack lets you easily manage WordPress sites by providing visitor stats and security services to help you get more traffic. This free plugin provides actionable insights with tools like Related Posts, Publicize, Enhanced Distribution, and Sharing. Furthermore, you can be rest assured about protection of your site against brute attacks and unauthorized attempts to login.

This plugin optimizes images with global WordPress.com content delivery network. There are several features which come in handy such as Contact Forms, Galleries, Notification and Subscriptions.

Simple Calendar - Google Calendar Plugin

Google Calendar plugin makes it very easy to add calendar events to your WordPress site and manage everything about your calendar according to your liking. You can add advanced features with add-ons. This innovative plugin helps you customize event display with simple tags without any coding. It comes with several settings to adjust time zones, date/time formats, as well as intuitive admin panel

Fully responsive and mobile-friendly, Google Calendar plugin supports add-ons with advanced features for more specific needs.

Testimonials Widget

Client testimonials are one of the most effective ways to showcase your client feedback about your products and services. Your potential clients always check what others have to say about your business. Testimonials act as a psychological trigger and help you win trust of prospective clients, ultimately playing an important role in building long-term relationships.

Testimonial Widget makes it very simple to add testimonials to your WordPress site. You can slide or showcase selected portfolios, add quotes or text with images/videos directly on your WordPress site.

Edit Flow

Are you tired of managing a multi-author team? Don’t worry anymore.

Edit Flow allows you to seamlessly manage and deal with the editorial team. It is modular to the core so that you can perfectly customize to meet your long-term objectives. Edit Flow provides plethora of options such as Calendar to track your content, ability to hold private discussions between writers and editors, as well as notification on the content you're following. Edit Flow offers features such as custom statuses, editorial comments, and much more.

Each and every feature is aimed to make team collaboration easier within WordPress. This plugin allows you to organize users based on department or function.
You can easily add Testimonials content, theme functions, or widgets with category and tag selections. Edit Flow comes with built-in Review schema for improved search engine results.

InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP is a Multiple WordPress site management solution which makes it easy to manage multiple WordPress sites effortlessly. No need to login into multiple dashboards, just access a single, robust admin panel to control ALL your WordPress sites.

This tool lets users to add unlimited sites and manage them to the point of perfection. Upon integration, InfiniteWP makes WordPress dashboard redundant. The best part is that users can effortlessly backup site, as well as manage plugins and themes across different WordPress sites. InfiniteWP offers “Update All” feature to update everything across multiple WordPress sites in just a click.

Aweber

Aweber makes it an easy task to reach out audience, collect emails, and communicate with email lists. A targeted email list is the most valuable resource to help you gain market traction. With drag-and-drop editor, Aweber creates and sends professional email marketing newsletters. This plugin lets you see how many people have signed up to your list on the dashboard, as well as keep up to date on the latest email marketing advice from AWeber's blog.

Yoast WordPress SEO

Last but not the least; we come to Yoast SEO plugin. This is an absolute must have for WordPress site owners. This helps you write better content by focusing on keywords. Yoast SEO compels to select a keyword and ensures that you use that focus keyword everywhere.

User can get a view at what post or page will look in the search results. With this plugin, you don’t have to worry about whether your title or meta descriptions is long or short. Yoast plugin does it all.

It checks whether images in your post have an alt tag with priority keywords for that post. This plugin comes with most advanced XML sitemaps functionality, social integration and built-in breadcrumbs functionality.

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    • prairieprincess profile image

      Sharilee Swaity 

      20 months ago from Canada

      Hi Calvin, thanks so much for this. I am already using YEO on my site and it is very comprehensive. You have given me some good ideas here. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Kautuk Bhatnagar 

      2 years ago from Jaipur

      Calvin .. Seriously good post as i started Wordpress to...but do you recommend Jetpack it slows the website so much...i dont know why but i experience it. What's your thought on it.

    • calvinaustins profile imageAUTHOR

      Calvin 

      2 years ago from UK

      @MarlenaB Thank you for your kind words..

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      This is all very valuable information. I have never heard of Yoast, but it seems like the ultimate tool for people who want to get a handle on content and providing the best delivery to their audience. You are a real pro and I learned a lot from you.

    • calvinaustins profile imageAUTHOR

      Calvin 

      2 years ago from UK

      Thanks that you find it useful..

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Useful insight.

    • calvinaustins profile imageAUTHOR

      Calvin 

      2 years ago from UK

      @Mel Carriere Nice comment :)

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      Calvin 

      2 years ago from UK

      @Ericdierker Glad, you find the useful. Sure, I am trying to pen down with more useful detailing at the end of the month.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      Great article. Sounds like a lot of nifty features for people without a lot of cash.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool, I learned a lot. I look forward to more hubs like this to bring me to better understanding in this field.

    • calvinaustins profile imageAUTHOR

      Calvin 

      2 years ago from UK

      @iFabworld Glad you like it... please share your feedback after using one of them..

      thanks

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      Jane Brewer 

      2 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Very Useful. I will try this for my portfolio site. thanks for sharing.

    • calvinaustins profile imageAUTHOR

      Calvin 

      2 years ago from UK

      Glad you like my post. I hope you will find useful. Be in connect to share awesome stuff all around...

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      Linda Robinson 

      2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Hello Calvin so nice meeting you and happy to be following you. An extremely interesting informative hub. Great job. I really enjoyed it, so much detailed and explained so thoroughly where anyone could understand it. Linda

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