15 Essential Plugins You Should Install For Your WordPress Website Today

WordPress is the #1 CMS used to build websites for several reasons, including its ease of use and the vast array of themes that can be used to make every website built using WordPress unique. However, most users find the most helpful element of WordPress to be plugins.

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10 Common WordPress Mistakes And How You Can Avoid Them

There is little doubt that WordPress is the CMS platform most website owners and design agencies use and prefer. It provides a simple means for the least tech-savvy blogger to create a website at one end of the scale and another, an opportunity for professional web designers to create large, multifunctional websites for corporate clients. Some of the reasons these can be achieved include WordPress’s back office interface that almost everyone can understand and use. In addition, there are an almost infinite number of theme options that provide the means for creating stunning website designs. We must not forget the plugins that add fantastic functionality and features to WordPress websites. With all these positive features, you might be mistaken that WordPress guarantees every website built with it will be perfect, but unfortunately, that is not the case. We say this not to blame WordPress but instead to state it is due to common mistakes that those who use WordPress often make. These mistakes can all be avoided, but if you do not know what they are, how can you ensure you do not make them? To address this, we have highlighted ten of the most common mistakes made with WordPress, which hopefully means you will know to avoid them in the future. Not Regularly Backing Up Your Website Some calamities can befall a website; in the worst cases, a website cannot be recovered and must be rebuilt. An example of why this can occur is a technical issue, such as a rogue plugin destroying some of the website’s coding. Another scenario is the website being hacked for nefarious reasons and held for ransom. The solution to mitigate these and have the ability to reinstate your website is creating regular backups of it.

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10 Essential Reasons Why WordPress Is The Best CMS For Websites

WordPress can justifiably claim to be the world’s most popular CMS (content management system), and the data will back them up. It is estimated that there are around 1.4 billion websites online, and WordPress accounts for no fewer than 455 million of them, making them the #1 CMS. That accolade has not happened by accident, and it is a tribute to the many years of updates and improvements WordPress has been through. It also bears remembering that WordPress is an open-source platform, which means many people will have contributed positively to its phenomenal success. If you are not yet using WordPress, perhaps because you have never owned a website but are planning to create one, or you use another CMS but are unhappy with it and thinking of switching to WordPress, you might be wondering what the reasons are as to why it would be the correct choice. Wonder no more, as below we have listed and expanded upon the top ten essential reasons WordPress is the best CMS for websites. #1 – Easy To Use For All  Many surveys of WordPress website owners and those who use WordPress frequently, such as web designers, will have this in the top 3 positions as to why WordPress is so popular. It is undoubtedly one of the most accessible platforms to use, and even for those who would not regard themselves as technically minded or web design savvy, WordPress is certainly simple enough for them to manage or even build their websites. #2 – Extremely Secure Whilst no website could ever be 100% secure, especially from determined hackers, it is a safe bet that WordPress websites are some of the most secure online. This is for several reasons, including security plugins that provide advanced security options plus password control, two-factor authentication, and regular security updates from WordPress, ensuring every WordPress website has the best and latest protection.

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15 Proven Techniques To Boost Your WordPress Website’s SEO

One of the huge benefits of using WordPress to create your website is that it is aligned with SEO more than any other CMS platform. This means, even if you just did the basic optimisations to a new website, it would probably have more SEO in place than a lot of websites that do not use WordPress. However, assuming you want your website in one of the top spots on Google for most of your keywords, there is more you should do concerning SEO. To that end, we have listed fifteen of the most proven techniques that you can use to boost a WordPress website’s SEO and ensure, that when it comes to ranking highly on Google, you have given your website every opportunity to do so. #1 – Do Extensive Keyword Research: Every SEO campaign has keyword research as one of its first tasks and that is no different for your website. By researching what keywords you want to rank for, the rest of your SEO efforts are guided properly to optimising for those keywords and increasing the chances of ranking for them. Read more about keyword research #2 – Select The Correct Theme: One of the dangers of having so many WordPress themes available is you struggle to pin down which one is right for you. Our advice is to create a shortlist and then research further to ascertain which of them has the best SEO track record based on reviews from other website owners that have used them. #3 – Install An SEO Plugin: No website using WordPress would be complete without at least one plugin, and when it comes to SEO, plugins exist that can help you. Our advice is to install one that has been used to great success and proven effective, such as Yoast SEO or Rank Math. #4 – Optimise Where Necessary To Increase Page Load Speed: Google hates websites that load slowly, probably because its users hate slow websites too. That is why you want to do everything possible to optimise your website for fast load speeds. This includes minimising image sizes, activating browser caching, and removing superfluous plugins you do not need.

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Do I Need To Optimise My WordPress Site For Voice Search?

Google Voice search is one of the fastest-growing web technologies at the moment. It involves people asking their phone a question and receiving one single answer, rather than the traditional list of results that are presented on a normal search engine results page. One of the main reasons for the increase in the popularity of voice search is the rapidly improving ability of artificial intelligence to recognise human speech and infer meaning. And since speaking is a lot easier than typing, people have begun to adopt the technology. With this in mind, voice search optimisation has become a key feature of most experienced web developers’ toolkits. Why should I optimise my website for voice search? By now you should be realising that you probably do need to do at least some sort of voice optimisation on your website to make sure that you’re taking advantage of the emerging market. Although we don’t have a lot of up-to-date facts about the voice search industry, here are a few of the facts that we do have: There were already 33 million voice-activated devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa in circulation in 2017. In 2015 65% of all US smartphone owners used voice assistants regularly. One can only imagine that this number has grown rapidly over the past three years. Over 20% of Google’s search queries in 2016 came from voice searches. Again, one can only imagine that this number has grown exponentially. To put it simply, voice search was becoming popular even a few years ago. It’s all around us today, and it’s therefore essential to make sure that you optimise your website for Google voice search.

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