5 WordPress Plugins for Photography Websites
If you’re reading this, you already know that you should be optimizing your website for better rankings, security, and loading speed.
After you’ve done that, it's all about creating the right content for your target audience, and then find a distribution method to convince them to buy from you. Before I go on and talk about booking more clients, let’s focus on your website:
Here are the WordPress plugins that will help you optimize your photography website:
It will help you fix a lot of SEO aspects of your blog posts. The plugin itself will let you know whether you’re doing a good -or a poor- job, and it will give you hints on how to improve your work.
It doesn’t do SEO for you, but it’s as good as it gets.
The best part? It’s free.
I have bad news for you. WordPress is one of the most hacked platforms online. It is also the most used one powering over 75 million websites.
Wordfence is a free plugin that will help you protect your site from hackers and brute force attacks daily while you sip your coffee and stare at your poorly exposed images.
They offer a premium plan starting at $99 per year, but if you’re simply running a photography website it’s very likely that you don’t need it.
I’ve said this so many times that I hope you already know: You must compress your images twice. Once when you export, and once when you upload.
Smush does that for you, and it does it for free.
There are better alternatives out there like ShortPixel or Gumlet, but those are paid options and you might not need them.
W3 Total Cache
Having a cache plugin will help you boost the speed of your website. It is absolutely necessary these days as Google benefits faster websites, especially on mobile.
I’m not a huge fan of W3 Total Cache, but it’s one of the best free alternatives. If you can afford a paid plugin, WP-Rocket is the one you should buy.
You take pictures. Edit them. Deliver them, and then -hopefully- you make a backup. The same thing applies to your website.
You design a great website, you optimize it, you create content, and you make backups.
UpdraftPlus makes the backups for you on a schedule, and for free. Don’t skip this one.
There are so many useful plugins out there, but these are the ones I’d recommend to anyone using WordPress in 2021. That being said, be careful with installing many plugins because every line of code that you add to your website makes it slower to load and display for your clients.