1. MailChimp for WP/MailPoet
It is needed to collect email addresses for developing a website. Though there are some packs like SumoMe which offers different several solutions for collecting email addresses, but such thing is far from the main one.
The plugin MailChimp for WP makes it possible for you to connect your website to the email marketing provider “MailChimp”. On the other side, MailPoet helps you to keep your email addresses list locally on your own website. So either of them can be helpful. Here we go through MailChimp for WP.
With MailChimp you can send out emails to a list of email subscribers as a newsletter service such as daily news emails or new event emails. If your subscribers list is up to 2000 the MailChimp is free. MailChimp connects your MailChimp account with your WordPress website.
You can create a MailChimp account for free. The method is described here.
Using MailChimp for WordPress allows you to add more subscribers to your MailChimp lists of your website which can be done via various methods. This way it is possible to create and integrate any form on your website such as opt-in, contact, comment, or checkout.
Some features of the MailChimp for WordPress from wordpres:
Fast connection with your MailChimp account
Sign-up forms are user-friendly, good looking, and mobile optimized. And you can control the form fields completely, also you can send what ever you want to MailChimp.
MailChimp for WordPress can be integrated with the following plugins:
- Default WordPress Comment Form
- Default WordPress Registration Form
- Contact Form 7
- Gravity Forms
- Ninja Forms 3
- Events Manager
- Easy Digital Downloads
There are several add-on plugins available for MailChimp for WordPress:
- MailChimp for WordPress Premium
- MailChimp Top Bar
- MailChimp Activity
- MailChimp User Sync
- Boxzilla Pop-ups
It is well documented. You can find the information on the knowledge base page which is updated daily.
The premium add-on benefits:
- Multiple forms (with AJAX)
- Advanced MailChimp e-commerce integration for WooCommerce
- Email notifications
- An easy way to style your forms
- Detailed reports & statistics
If you want to use some additional social sharing options, AddThis will help you. AddThis is a plugin with several social sharing plugins including share buttons and follow buttons. It offers integration for many social networks and bookmarking services. Also it is easy to use and loads fast.
First you need to login to your WordPress account and enter your WordPress dashboard. Then choose “Add New” from “plugins”, and then search “AddThis”. You will be returned a few results, now choose which one you wish to add to your website.
3. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 help your readers get in touch with you easily. Indeed it offers a good contact form which is a simple solution for interactions between you and your audience.
There are lots of solutions for forms out there, but Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular WordPress plugins. Contact Form 7 helps you create forms for your website without any coding. It also works with spam fighting technologies like CAPTCHA and Akismet.
Contact Form 7 manages multiple contact forms. you also can customize the mail contents and the form flexibly.
First you need to login to your WordPress account and enter your WordPress dashboard. Then choose “Add New” from “plugins”, and then search “Contact Form 7”.
There are two plugins recommended for Contact Form 7 users:
- Flamingo (by Takayuki Miyoshi): Flamingo helps you save submitted messages using contact forms in the database.
- Bogo (by Takayuki Miyoshi): A straight-forward plugin which is multilingual.
4. Editorial Calendar
Editorial Calendar helps you adhere to a publishing schedule easily. The plugin also helps you edit posts on the fly and manage several authors at once. It is not easy to see the time your posts are scheduled in WordPress. But Editorial Calendar helps you have an overview of your website and the time of publishing of each post.
Using Editorial Calendar you can:
- See all posts and the time they are going to be posted.
- change your post dates.
- Manage drafts via new drafts drawer.
- Edit post titles, contents, and times quickly.
- Publish posts.
- manage drafts.
- See post status.
- Manage posts written by multiple authors.
5. HubSpot Marketing
HubSpot Marketing plugin is a proper marketing WordPress plugin used to build an email list, generate and track leads, and also track user behavior on your WordPress website. This plugin includes lead gen dashboard, and also lead capture tools such as pop-ups and slide-ins and modal forms, a contact database, a form capture tool, and lead insights which can be used in the first 7 days of your website activity after lead capture.
HubSpot Marketing plugin captures form submissions from your website automatically, even if they are in a different tool. When a lead shares their email address, you can know them and pages that they visited.
If you add this plugin to your WordPress website, you can access to HubSpot’s CRM and Sales tools for free, as well as HubSpot Academy, where you can learn building, managing, and running effective marketing.
6. iThemes Security (Better WP Security)
Security is neglected often. Now follow the following plugins in order to have a secure website.
iThemes is one of the reputable companies in the WordPress sphere, with several high-quality plugins and products. iThemes automatically would harden your website against attacks after installation. You can activate all features of two-factor authentication to file comparison with one click for to detect any malware.
iThemes Security offers over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress website. WordPress websites are easy targets for attacks and the reasons are obsolete software, plugin vulnerabilities and weak passwords. Most WordPress admins are not aware of their vulnerability, iThemes Security lock down WordPress, stop automated attacks, fix common holes, and also strengthen user credentials.
iThemes Security protects your website via blocking bad users, enhancing the security of passwords, and other vital information.
iThemes Security plugin monitors your website in order to find changes of file system and database which can be a sign of a compromise. It also detects bots and other attempts in order to search vulnerabilities.
iThemes Security also hides all common WordPress security vulnerabilities, prevents attackers from knowing too much about your website.
iThemes Security helps making regular backups of your website database, which is useful to get back online after an attack.
7. Login Lockdown
Login Lockdown plugin limits the number of login attempts to your website. Though it will be performed in a given time span from every IP address.
Its goal is protecting your website from brute force attacks where hackers try to crack passwords by testing many different passwords in short time.
Login LockDown will record the IP address and timestamp of any failed login attempt. If a same IP range tries more than a certain number of attempts to log in to your website within a short period of time, then the login function will be disabled for that IP range.