WordPress is the top blogging platform in the world, but to run it the way a business needs may require a few plug-ins. Plug-ins are like scripts that tell WordPress what, how, and where to do something.
Depending on the business, the plug-ins will vary. It is doubtful that you would find two businesses with the exact same plug-ins. The reason is simple: what one business needs may cause problems for another one.
However, for the online business, there are some plug-ins which can help with coding (web design), accounting, and automation.
— WP- Sales Engine- If your business uses sales letters, this is the plug-in for you. It is simple, almost cut and paste in some areas. They have video tutorials to walk you through all the process. The best part is that it can be integrated with PayPal and other shopping carts.
— All-in-One SEO- No site should be without this plug-in. At least, not if they want to be found. This allows you to put in the Title, keywords and descriptions for each post or page you add to your WordPress page.
— XML Sitemap- Want your site to be crawled by Google, Bing, Yahoo and others? You will need a sitemap. This little tool is simple to set up. In fact, 3 clicks and you are done.
— Wp-Ecommerce- Let’s you make you a store on your website. Again, can be integrated with PayPal.
— Gratify Forms- What site doesn’t need a quick way for people to contact them. This does it all and more.
— WP-DBManager- If ever your site goes down, gets hacked, whatever, this is the tool to have. It backs up your website. This could save you time and money.
— Tweetme- People love sharing posts, but want a simple way to do it. This will allow them to post it to all their followers on Twitter.
— All-in-One Video Pack- Putting a video used to be like pulling teeth, or it only allowed YouTube videos. With this plug-in you have lots of options on how you want to present your video.
— WP125- Want to sell ads or link to affiliate sites? This tool makes 125×125 advertising boxes on the side of your blog.
— WP-Backup. Similar to the DBManager, but actually puts all of your site in a zip file and emails it to you. How useful is that?
Play around with the plug-ins and see what works for your business. There are alternatives to each of the plug-ins presented above. Some of the items listed above are free or have paid options. The point is that plug-ins will save you time and money if used correctly on WordPress.