The most powerful feature of WordPress is the massive availability of tools and plugins that you can use. There are plugins for virtually anything out there – operations, design, marketing, sales, security. The difficulty lies in finding the best tools to use.
In this post, instead of giving you a long laundry list of tools that you’ve never heard of we are going to give you the top 3 tools that we use and that will get you started on the right path.
Let’s dive in.
WordPigeon is going to blow your mind. Remember how frustrating it was to have to manually upload your Google drive to WordPress? It would take hours! Literally, you would have to copy and paste all of the text, re-format, and save the images on your computer and then upload those manually to WordPress.
It was such a pain!
Well, you don’t have to do this anymore.
Simply create an account on WordPigeon and connect it to your WordPress site. Then, select the Google Drive file you want to upload and click on a button. Boom! The file will now show up as a post on your WordPress blog.
Yes, it’s magic.
Smush is a great name for an amazing tool. Smush takes all of your images and compresses them. And they have a feature where the tool automatically compresses every new image that you upload. It does all of this without compromising on the quality of your images, so your site will look the same AND load much faster.
Sounds like something you don’t really need? Check out these stats –
According to the Hosting Tribunal, a 1-second delay in the load speed of your site reduces views by 11%, conversation rate by 7% and can triple your bounce rate. So you need to compress all of your images, just do it.
When was the last time you heard of a WordPress blog getting hacked? Well, we didn’t hear about it either until one of close friend’s blog got high jacked. Hackers shut down their entire site. Why? Because they didn’t have a firewall installed.
The best firewall and security tool that we’ve found is called WordFence. It’s relatively inexpensive and has some really advanced features. For example, it scans for IP addresses that are trying to access your blog and locks them out if they look suspicious. It also scans your blog regularly and deletes any malicious files.
There is a myriad of plugins and tools for WordPress and it’s important to know which ones to us, so instead of searching in the dark start with these 3 that we are recommending.
WordPigeon – A tool that automatically uploads your Google Drive file to WordPress with a few clicks.
Smush – A plugin that compresses all of your images automatically.
WordFence – the top security plugin for WordPress, it scans and protects your blog.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed our post. Please let us know whether these tools helped you bring your WordPress blog to the next level.