Picking a Plugin

Posted by admin on May 30, 2013 under Tips | Comments are off for this article

 

Plugins are small applications that you can install on your WordPress or other web platform to increase interaction on your page, make it easier to manage, or make it easier to keep track of your stats. There are a number of plugins available for free. While many are great, some can actually damage your page and others won’t do anything to help you at all. That’s why, when your looking for a great plugin, you need to check out the reviews and know exactly what you’re looking for. The most popular plugins are used for social media sharing, preventing spam and ecommerce.

The Best Plugins for Preventing Spam

If you’re using WordPress, chances are you’re already familiar with Akismet for catching spam. However, sometimes, this just isn’t enough. The more popular your page gets the more likely your going to be to get spam comments on your page. That’s why it is usually necessary to include a different plugin as a second layer of protection for your site. Spam Stopper is another popular alternative. This one works by requiring that users submit a CAPTCHA prior to posting, eliminating spam bot comments entirely. However, some people don’t like requiring their readers to complete CAPTCHA, as they feel they would loose out on genuine comments. Another alternative that does not require CAPTCHA is Spam Free WordPress. It does not rely on CAPTCHA and can even allow you to block certain IP ranges where spam commonly originated from.

The Best Plugins for Social Media Sharing

If you’re trying to create a strong social media presence, then plugins for social media sharing are a must. The Facebook share plugin is standard on pretty much any blog. This allows users to share your page on Facebook, thereby sharing it with their own friends and viewers. This should not be confused with the Facebook like plugin, which allows users to Like your post on their Facebook page. Finally, there is the Facebook fan box. If you have a fan page, you can share this on your site and allow your blog readers to become fans as well.

The Best Plugins for eCommerce

If you are looking to monetize your site, then you will need to look into a few of the eCommerce options available on WordPress. Live Chat is a customer support ap that will allow you to answer customer questions and complaints. If you’re selling a physical product on your page, Market Press is a plugin that creates a shopping cart for your site. Finally, if you’re looking for an all-in-one plugin that will handle your orders, shipping, customer service and many other things, then you should take a look at the Shopp plugin.

There are many free plugin options available out there. At the same time, there are many cheap options that will help you make sales. For more information on plugins and widgets, see the site Widgetbucks, where you can get an explanation of many different types of widgets and plugins to improve your business..

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