September 2022 – All you need to know about WordPress websites

After some networking in our September 2022 meeting, and the usual excellent Mix breakfast (for those who were there in person) Barry Edge of EA Web Design gave us lots of inside info on WordPress websites.

     

Did you know?

Approximately 80% of the world’s websites use WordPress.

Initially free to use, it has evolved so that, while still free, more complex versions of plug-ins are now paid for.

For the latter, Barry suggested website owners might be advised to get help from a developer.

He listed some of the most useful plug-ins he uses.

 

Useful Plug-Ins

YOAST is an SEO plug-in that will tell you, using a traffic light system, whether the content on your site is readable.  The premium version also suggests more keywords and phrases and also does e-commerce.

Share This allows you to share blogs on both Facebook and Instagram.

WP SMUSH has both free and premium versions and advises whether websites are fast loading or not. It also condenses images to make them quicker to load.

The best plug-ins for online sales, he said, are WOO Commerce and E-Commerce, both free but with additional paid-for extensions.

UPDRAFT Plus is helpful for backing up a website in case anything goes wrong and WPCACHE provides a cache on the WP server.

Finally, Barry said, you can load a plug-in called LIVE CHAT if you want to be able to talk to customers in real time.

One final piece of advice was to check with a developer about compatibility as thousands of new plug-ins are released and updated regularly.

 

For the future

Chairman Colin Tapscott is always happy to receive any suggestions for what members want to see the Chamber doing in the future.
Please send your ideas (and your wish lists) to [email protected].

 

Dates for your diary:

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 October Coffee  October Breakfast
Face to Face at the Pallet Bar, Fox’s Yard, Stowmarket The Mix, Stowmarket and Online via Zoom
Friday, October 7 Friday, October 21
10.00 am  7.00 am in person; 7.30 am on Zoom

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