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27 “Must Have” WordPress Plugins For Your Business Website

By Ravi Jayagopal | Audio , Blogging , Digital Creators , Free , Freemium , Plugins , , Social Media , WordPress

I've been using WordPress since 2004 (less than a year after it launched). I launched my own WordPress blog and wrote my very first blog post on Jan 24, 2005.

And in all those years of working with WordPress, developing WordPress plugins, building my own WordPress websites, and helping my clients build their own websites, I've found the following to be among *the very best* and "must have" WordPress plugins I use (or have used) - and highly recommend.

I've separated them loosely into multiple categories, like Making, Managing, Marketing and Monetizing. Most of these are best-of-breed plugins. But doesn't mean you should install all of them. In fact, trying to install a plugin just-because is a sure-fire way to make sure you never launch anything :-). So don't do that. Use them IF and ONLY IF you absolutely need to implement a specific feature.

And be sure to bookmark this page, as I add and remove plugins over time as plugins evolve.
Legend: * (f) Free * (p) Paid * (fr) Freemium (Free tier, Premium extras)

Pirates Keep Out

By Ravi Jayagopal | Digital Creators

If you’re an Online Course Creator you probably have Audio, Video, PDF and other files like Mindmaps, Powerpoints, Docs, Zips, Images etc, in your courses or on your website.

If you use WordPress, the most important features you’re going to need from an WordPress Audio & Video player plugin, are the following:

  • Easy to use
  • Create secure videos that cannot be accessed by unauthorized users
  • So this plugin must allow you to create an actual Video Player (not just a link to your video)
  • Should have basic features like all player controls, splash image, ability to speed up the video
  • Create both Single Video players as well as Video Playlists * It must do both regular videos (aka “progressive downloads”) as well as Streaming videos
  • It must allow you to Transcribe your videos (that you can repurpose)
  • It must provide you with user stats as to which user has watched which videos for how long
  • Also create Audio players for your s3 audio files.
  • A bigger plus if the player is not ugly, like the standard WordPress player, and instead is really pretty and customizable
  • Biggest plus if it could also protect other regular files, like PDF, Zip, Doc, XLS, and even Images like JPG and PNG.

Yes, there’s a plugin that does all of this, and it’s arguably the #1 plugin for Amazon S3 and CloudFront, and can create secure S3 videos, supports both S3 and CloudFront, can do regular videos and streaming videos, supports Audio players, supports Video and Audio Playlists, can transcribe Audio and Video, can protect regular files, and most importantly, is now available for a one-time fee (no more subscription).

Features? Check.
Usability? Check.
Price? Check.
Support? Check.

If you are a digital creator, you create premium content, and you have a WordPress website, then is the perfect plugin for you.

Quora Traffic

By Ravi Jayagopal | Digital Creators , SEO , Social Media

In case you didn’t realize how valuable Quora is in driving traffic and new users to your website, here’s proof (last 30 days).

And I haven’t even been trying!

But there’s a way to do it without getting banned or getting your answers deleted for self-promotion. And I talk about that in detail in my upcoming SEO course for regular people. Join my list below and you’ll be among the first to know when it is launched (and you’ll get an insane pre-launch discount as well).

Quora links are no-follow. But think about it:

What’s the point of creating do-follow links ? To improve your website’s ranking in search results.

What’s the point of improving ranking? To be seen by more people.

What’s the point of being seen by more people? To get them to your website.

And if you can get traffic and new users with no-follow, that’s really all that matters. Do-follow matters too, but real people coming to your website matters more.