Plugins, hosting plan, website backup tool. What do all of these have in common? They are must-have tools if you have a website for your business. Having a website for your business isn’t something to take lightly.
With the abundance of people who use smartphones and tablets, anybody can look at your website at any time. In order to make sure that your website is displayed properly at all times let’s take a look at these important tools.
There are thousands of plugins available for thousands of uses. Instead of going over specific ones we are going to list 3 categories we recommend for your toolbox:
- Payment processing. If you sell a product you must be able to take payments on your website. Unless you offer large scale products like houses or cars, taking a payment is a necessity. If you sell a service, it may be a good idea to take payments as well. However, if you offer legal services or similar services, you may not need it. This just depends on your process of signing somebody up for that particular service.
- Contact form. Contact forms have become an essential feature for websites. Every website has one form or another, and so should you. What a contact form allows you to do is keep your business in front of potential customers. You are able to add them to an email list for promotions or updates and keep your name on their mind.
- SEO. Having an SEO plugin for your website is a great way to improve your search result ranking. As we know, search engines run on algorithms in order to calculate rankings. Optimizing your site to better fit those algorithms improves your ranking and gets your site in front of more people.
If you have a website, you have a host, whether you know it or not. The thing is, you need a good host and a good hosting plan. If you are on a build your own site chances are you are being hosted by that company, and changing hosts is going to be difficult. However, if you are using WordPress you have free range to choose your host.
You should look for a host that offers the type of plan that you need, is in your price range, and has great support. Inmotion Hosting has a variety of hosting plans to help you find the right one for your website. Not only do we have a variety of options, but we offer the best support around as well as a large database of guides and brochures to help you out. Be smart when choosing a host, they can make or break your website experience.
Website Backup Tool
This often gets overlooked when you think of a must-have tool, but it truly is one of the more important tools you can have. What a backup tool does is backup your website data and keep it for you.
Why do you need this? Well, let’s imagine your website goes down and you lose all of your data. With a backup tool, such as the InMotion Hosting backup service, you will be able to recover all lost data and get your website back up and running. You don’t have to stress about it or worry, just simply fill out a data restoration request, and wait.
Just because the website backup tool was listed last, does not make it less important. We recommend that you have a backup for your website, always. Losing a whole website due to an attack or virus is not only going to be a punch in the gut but will cost you a lot of money and a lot of time. That being said, if you want to get the most out of your website and business, you need to have these tools in your toolbox.