WordPress has a lot of puzzle pieces that are responsible for the delivery of their beautiful designs and functional systems. Plugins make up the majority of those fantastic pieces, and there are a lot of them — more than 50K and 1.5billion total downloads actually! Plugins largely contribute to WordPress’ continued growth in popularity because they allow us to create captivating designs for websites truly built for the best user experience with tools that help improve SEO, grow engaged audiences, deliver sales leads and so much more.
WooCommerce (the highest rated e-commerce WordPress plugin) is powering more than 3 million WordPress websites alone. Other popular plugins include Yoast SEO, Jetpack, Akismet and Slider Revolution. These plugins help your company track your bottom line, deliver top-of-the-line security, and display eye-catching visuals for your front page. With so many options to choose from it’s important to know that not all WordPress plugins are created equally.
How secure is your new WordPress site? Being that WordPress is the most popular CMS system, it’s also the most common target of hacking. Plugins and Themes are known to be the most vulnerable and outdated ones can be major weak spots. In fact, plugin vulnerabilities account for approximately 55.9% of entry points for WordPress cyber attacks. But don’t worry, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Having an experienced agency like Firefly Marketing to perform maintenance and updates to your WordPress site nearly eliminates these issues and keeps you worry-free. Please see our blog on ‘Managed WordPress Hosting & Services’ for more information.
A fun fact about the path WordPress is currently on, is that 22% of all NEW domain names in the U.S. of A. are running WordPress! WP is expected to dominate more than 35% of the web by the end of the decade. Because they are responsible for so much of the market share, WP has made a commitment to perform constant updates to keep your site secure and effective. However, this means that your site is likely part of the 50% of business running on an outdated WP site. Firefly Marketing always has an eye on the latest and greatest updates, upgrades and maintenance information to apply to your WordPress website. If you have any questions about working with WordPress, please reach out to us at any time.