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Seven Widgets To Place On Your Blog

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

WordPress is a popular platform for creating a business website. The blog style makes it easy to add, edit and remove content within several minutes. The best part is you can choose from a variety of plugins to make it easier to update, protect and keep track of your website. Here are seven widgets you should place on your blog.

Social Media Icon Widget: Social media is a great way to communicate with your audience and spread the word of your business. One way to increase your traffic is to link your blog and social media networks. Use this plugin to add your social media icons to the sidebar or widget area of your blog. You can link each icon to the correct social media network.

WPForms: Part of running a successful business is ensuring your customers have an easy way to contact you. The WPForms plugin is a drag and drop contact form builder that is easy to use. You can create your own contact, order, payment and subscription forms to place on your blog. Choose between the free WPForms Lite version and WPBeginner version for your business.

Insert Headers and Footers: The days of editing codes and files just to add a header or footer to your theme are over. This plugin allows you to add a header and footer to your blog in just several minutes. You do not have to worry about adding a code or editing theme files on your blog.

MarketPress eCommerce: If you are selling products, this is just the plugin you need on your blog. MarketPress allows you to handle various tasks in one spot, such as product variations, one-page checkout, coupons, discounts, reward points and PDF invoices. You can use the plugin to sell digital and physical products to your customers.

Google XML Sitemaps: Creating an XML sitemap is essential to having major search engines index your blog. Use the plugin to copy the URL for your sitemap and paste it into your Google Webmaster Tools. The plugin automatically creates your XML sitemap. Major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing are notified every time you create a new post on your blog.

Google Analytics: It is important to check the statistics of your website so you know where it stands. Google Analytics allows you to keep track of your visits, page views, average visit duration, demographic, referrers and bounce rate. The information is on your dashboard so only you can check it. Use this widget to figure out what features are performing well and what needs to be improved.

Wordfence Security: You never want to worry about a hacker damaging your business, and the thought of finding suspicious activity on your blog is frightening. Protect your business by adding the Wordfence Security widget to your blog. The widget locks out potential hackers and blocks the IP addresses of bots. It also sends email alerts of any suspicious activity on your blog.

It is important to always keep your website updated, indexed and protected. You can choose from a wide selection of WordPress widgets, and you are sure to find widgets that are just right for your business. Use the widgets and plugins listed above to manage your business right from your dashboard.

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