Top 3 Time Saving WordPress Tools
If you run a small business, the last thing you need is to waste time trying to keep up with spammy blog comments and social media updates. If you've experienced these problems, it's time to cheer up! This article will show you three essential WordPress tools that will help you save a lot of time, and keep your mental sanity.
Let's start with spam: if you allow comments on your articles, you are opening the gate to thousands and thousands of spammers. They will use their automated tools to post comments which link to spammy websites. So, how do you fight back? Meet Akismet, one of the world's best spam fighting plug-ins.
Akismet is used by millions of people, managing to filter out billions of spammy comments each month. According to its creators, the platform blocks an average of 7.5 million comments each hour. That's a very impressive performance, if you ask me.
Simply sign up for the desired plan, and then use the API key to activate the WordPress plug-in. Prices range from five dollars per month for a single website to $50 per month for unlimited websites. Akismet provides advanced statistics, and its creators offer high quality priority support, regardless of your subscription level. So, start using this powerful tool today; you will get peace of mind and save a lot of time.
If you create content for your blog on a regular basis, you know that it can be time-consuming to share it with your social friends and followers. That's why services like Hootsuite have been invented in the first place! Recently I stumbled into dlvr.it, though, and I like it a lot!
It's a "set it and forget it" system, which will allow you to connect the blog's RSS feed to all your social media profiles. Then, each time you create a new blog article, it will be automatically posted to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and so on. How's that for time-saving?
But that's not all! You can have dlvr.it recycle your old posts, so you'll never run out of social media content. Of course, it's up to you to choose how often you'd like to reschedule your best articles, videos, infographics, and so on. Twitter has recently announced that it discourages post rescheduling, for example. Nevertheless, if you use this feature wisely, it will help your social media accounts look alive, and thus get you lots of new fans and followers.
Dlvr.it also includes a bulk social media scheduler component, which allows you to discover the best articles on the web, import them, and then have them scheduled for posting, complete with hashtags and/or attribution links.
And the best part is that you can get access to most of these great features for free! However, if you want to get access to all of the features and have the ability to post your articles on up to 15 social media profiles, you will have to pay about $25 per month. I'd say that it's a very fair price for what this platform is able to do.
Every business owner should use lead generation forms. If you aren't using forms, you are wasting a lot of opportunities, and thus time & money. Of course, to build a great looking form, you will need to pay a WordPress developer a few hundreds of dollars. Or, even better, you can save time and money by purchasing Gravity Forms.
This is the best solution for people who want to build powerful and easy to use forms, in my opinion. And you don't have to be a coder either! Use the intuitive visual editor to pick the desired fields, and then configure them according to your preferences. Then, when you are happy with the result of your work, use the generated code to embed the forms anywhere you want them to show up.
Gravity Forms includes lots of premade templates and more than 30 ready to use form fields. That should be more than enough for most people's needs. But if you need to go to a deeper level, you will be happy to find out that the tool supports conditional logic as well. This means that you will have the ability to hide or display certain fields, page elements and/or buttons depending on your website visitors' choices.
These are the top three tools that can help any business owner who utilizes WordPress save time and money. Give them a try – I guarantee that you will love them!