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7 essential free plugins for your WordPress website

WordPress pluginsNo matter what type of website or blog you have, these plugins have something to offer. These are the plugins I find myself using over and over again on the sites I develop. Download these plugins at the URLs provided, or simply go to Plugins from your WordPress dashboard. Click on Add New and then type the names exactly into the search box. The search function isn’t that great, so if you don’t type them in exactly, they might not come up. For example, if you type “contact buddy” instead of “contactbuddy,” you won’t find it. Nothing’s perfect!
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How to build a website you can manage yourself

web design with WordPressYou are probably already aware of how important it is to keep your business website current. If the information is outdated, or if you simply fail to put up something new every once in a while, you risk losing potential customers to someone else who keeps things fresh. Updating or adding content to your website also helps with search engine optimization.

If you already have your own business website, then you probably have to contact someone and ask them to make updates for you. Maybe they do it promptly, and maybe they don’t, but regardless of how quickly they respond, they’re probably charging you for each and every update. For example, maybe you’ve changed the hours your business is open.¬†You have to take the time to contact your web designer with the update, then follow-up to make sure it’s done, and then pull up your website to take a look for yourself and make sure it looks the way you want it to. Time is money.¬†Wouldn’t you rather be able to log on to your website, update your business hours yourself, and get back to business?

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Back that thing up

stressed out Yes, I realize that my post title is reminiscent of a certain comical rap song, but this is actually a very serious matter. How would you feel if your business website disappeared? Your website is a valuable asset, and you probably don’t want to waste days or weeks rebuilding it.

Last week, I had the unfortunate experience of accidentally erasing my work. I had just installed WordPress and was beginning to format a website for a client. I always make sure that every website I build has a backup system, but I had just gotten started and hadn’t yet installed one. I was simply trying to add an image–nothing dangerous that should have had me worried about backing up the site first. But, before I knew what was happening, the program I was using to access the site crashed! In the process, it took down some important files that the site needs to run, and I had to start all over again. I was left scrambling to catch up in order to keep the client’s project on track. Needless to say, I learned an important lesson.

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How2: create a Facebook badge for your website

Cross-promoting your social media accounts and your website is a must. Give people as many ways to connect with you as possible, and they’ll choose what works for them. Luckily, it’s in the best interest of those applications to make this easy for you.

If you have a Facebook page for your business, but aren’t sure how to promote it on your website, here’s a simple and easy way to do that. You can only do this while using Facebook as yourself, so if you’re using it as your business page, switch back to your personal account.

From the home screen, click on Ads and Pages in the menu bar on the left side of the page.

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