27 Best Free WordPress Plugins For Business & Entrepreneurs
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27 Best Free WordPress Plugins For Business & Entrepreneurs

Top Free WordPress Plugins Every Business Website Should Use in 2016 Plus Training and Tutorials For Setting Them Up
4.4 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,040 students enrolled
Created by Jim Shirley
Last updated 7/2015
Current price: $10 Original price: $20 Discount: 50% off
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install (and delete!) WordPress plugins
  • Prevent most hacking attempts on WordPress websites
  • Understand key differences between popular SEO plugins
  • Unlock menu options hidden in the WYSIWYG editor
  • Block spam comments without any further work
  • Fix a key WordPress flaw that hackers use to break in
  • Find free images to use in every blog post or page right inside the WordPress visual editor
  • Add important legal pages without hiring a lawyer
  • Add a contact form to WordPress without any hassle
  • The best plugin to use for automating website backups
  • Find the right plugin for adding an email sign up form to your website
  • Use a simple plugin to add specially designed testimonial boxes, buttons, sliders and more to a WordPress site
  • Get social media shares on blog posts easily
  • Automatically get Facebook and Twitter exposure on old posts without any work
  • Magically get WordPress sidebar widgets to float
  • ...and more
View Curriculum
  • This is course is NOT for WordPress.com websites!!
  • Students should already have a working WordPress website
  • That's all!

----------Review from a previous Udemy course----------------

Excellent Course with Superb Instructor - Thank you for making this great course as well as for all the personalized feedback...It's greatly appreciated-- jonathan chapman


Why You Need These WordPress Plugins Now!Plus, how to get the plugins installed and set up today!

(Special Limited Time Bonus Just Added - see below)

Do you really need these 27 plugins?


Sure. There may have been a time when some of these plugins didn't matter.

But now, without these plugins, your WordPress site is at a huge disadvantage.

Your website is an asset in your business. Maybe it's the most important asset. It's the place where people decide to do business with you (or not).

>>Can you afford to have your site blacklisted by Google because it was hacked?

>>Are you getting all the traffic from search engines you should be?

>>Struggling to find quality images to use on your site? (images are huge in today's social sharing world!)

>>Have you ever done without a key feature or “worked around" some issue just because you don't have time to deal with it (or to hire someone to deal with it)?

Well, you are not alone.

In fact, millions of businesses using WordPress work at a disadvantage because they are exposed to one or all of these issues.

But it does not have to be that way.

With these 27 plugins, you can rise above the rest of these businesses.

Introducing “The 27 Best Free WordPress Plugins for Business & Entrepreneurs"

If you are worried that your WordPress site is not as professional as it could be…

Then I want to help you!

I will show you everything you need to start benefiting from these crucial plugins!

And, you should know: this is not some “theory" course or a “here's the list - now you go and figure it out" course…


Every lecture goes into detail about the plugin including how to find it (some of these are rather unknown plugins!), how to install it, and exactly what settings to use.

In fact, you will get the most out of this course if you login to WordPress and follow along with me! In four hours, you will have every plugin installed and configured.

>>Want to add an email newsletter opt in form to your site? No problem, I'll show you the plugin to use and how to set it up.

>>Need a hand writing blog posts that get search engine traffic? Great! I'll show you a plugin that helps you write posts search engines love!

>>Wish you had better images for your blog? No problem! I'm going to show you a plugin that works like magic to find high-quality FREE images you can use - and the best part is you won't even have to format the images or any of that technical stuff!

And that is just part of what I'll be showing you in this course.


Meet the Expert Who Will Help Find, Install and Set Up These Plugins

My name is Jim Shirley and I run a web design firm called Resultspress.

Over the last decade, I have personally put together well over 100 websites for my clients and for my own use.

I've taught hundreds of freelancers and entrepreneurs how to build their own websites with WordPress.

I work with a major multi-national media company and I consult with small “mom and pop" businesses alike to show them ways to squeeze the most profit from their WordPress websites.

One of my favorite things is putting together hands-on training videos. I have a knack for taking something technical and making it simple and easy to do.

————————————-Reviews From Previous Courses:——————

“Excellent Course with Superb Instructor"--jonathan chapman

“Splendid course"--Giles Ensor

“Great info!!!"--Rune Flækøy——————————————————————————————————————————

Step-By-Step Lectures In A Language You Can Understand

Worried that this course will move too fast or be filled with technical jargon?

Let me put your worries to rest. Every lecture is delivered in a non-technical, friendly manner.

I walk you through every step - from finding the plugin, to installing it, to setting it up. We follow the same process in every video. Plus I take a few moments to show you “why" we set things up the way we do. So that way you know exactly what each plugin does to help your business.

35+ Lectures Lasting 4+ Hours

The course presently has 35 lectures lasting a total time of about 4 hours and 15 minutes. That will change, I am notorious for adding more to my courses and keeping students up to date with the best information.

I've also included lectures showing you how to find, keep, and delete plugins so you have every instruction you need to be a WordPress plugin expert.

Money Back Guarantee

I guarantee you will be happy with this course and the results you get from it. You have a full 30 days to go through the lectures. Install the plugins. Follow along as I show you how to set them up.

See how you like them.

And if for any reason you are not happy with the course - simply ask for your money back.

Watch the Free Previews

You have read this far - and I appreciate that. Now, why not watch the free previews below?

Certain lectures have a 'Preview' button next to them - you can watch them free and without having to enroll.

And if you like what you see, then go ahead and click the blue button at the top of this page that says Take This Course and enroll today.

I look forward to seeing you in class.


Enroll now and get my Make Money Online: Build Your Own Information Products course for only $5 (90% off!). This is a limited time offer.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who uses WordPress for their website
  • Those interested in making sure their WordPress site is secure
  • Students should take this course if they want to learn about free plugins for WordPress that will save massive amounts of time and effort
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Small business owners
  • Internet Marketers
  • Home based business owners
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 06:10

You should know a few of important things before beginning the rest of the course. Watch this video to find out what's so important!

Introduction to My Course
WordPress Plugin Fundamentals
6 Lectures 20:12

This five minute video simply covers what a WordPress plugin is and what they do to help you and your website.

What is a plugin?

Watch this video - finding the right plugin in WordPress is hard for a few reasons and I'll explain why and how best to use the search function given what you learn.

Preview 05:34

Watch this short video to learn how to delete plugins. WordPress does not make it obvious how to do this!

How to delete a plugin

In this short video, I will show you an alternative way to keep track of all your plugins so you don't lose them and you won't have to search for them in the future.

Quick tip for following along with this course

This video shows students how to maintain the plugins after they are installed.

Taking care of your plugins

Download this file to get a link to each plugin discussed in the course!

Plugin Resource File (Important)
2 pages
First things first: Get security and backups in place with these plugins
5 Lectures 45:30

In this video, I will show you a couple of the primary ways that hackers try to break in to WordPress websites - this gives you some background as to why the security plugins work and why you need them.

Preview 06:54

Introducing the two primary security plugins I recommend for every WordPress site. What they are called, how to find them, and finally, how to set them up properly.

The first two security plugins to install

Website backups are key. With this plugin, you'll have backups running on autopilot so if you something goes wrong - you can always just restore your website to the way it was before.

A plugin that will take care of website backups for you on autopilot

It never hurts to add one more layer of protection to keep hackers and malware away from your website. This plugin will help keep your WordPress file systems safe.

One more security plugin worth installing.

This surprising security flaw helps hackers figure out your username - which is a big part of breaking in to your website. Learn what the flaw is and how to fix it in this video.

Preview 09:09

A quick quiz to make sure you captured the most important lessons about WordPress website security.

WordPress Security Quiz
2 questions
Fundamental Plugins for Getting Your Site Found and Ranked In Search Engines
4 Lectures 37:44

This plugin automates the process of telling Google and other search engines about updates to your site's content.

Give search engines a complete update of your site on autopilot with this plugin

This plugin basically gives Google and other search engines a roadmap of your website and what content is where. Plus it helps keep hackers and bots out of your WordPress files.

Point search engine bots to the appropriate content with this plugin

This is the first search engine optimization plugin option out of two that I will show you. This plugin is great for all around SEO and getting search engines to be clear on what your website is all about.

SEO Plugin Option 1

The second SEO plugin option adds the ability to get keyword ideas plus see how well your blog posts and pages rate for the keyword.

SEO Plugin Option 2
Time-Saving Plugins
9 Lectures 01:09:46

This plugin takes care of writing most of the content for a privacy policy and terms of service page. All you have to do is answer a few basic questions and the plugin will auto generate these legal pages for you.

A plugin that creates your legal pages for you.

In this video, I show you the best contact form plugin plus how to configure it and set up your contact us page for your website.

Add a contact form to your website the easy way with this plugin.

Take control of the pages on your website with this handy plugin.

This plugin makes managing your pages easy

This handy plugin will forever help you avoid having bad links on your website.

Never send your visitors (or search engines) to a bad link with this plugin

With this plugin, you will have an easy way to add tracking codes to the header code of your website - without having to log in to your hosting account.

Quickly add tracking codes and retargeting pixels to any page with this plugin

Install this plugin and know that the only comments you get on your blog posts will be from legitimate readers.

Save hours of time sorting through garbage comments with this plugin

Students will be introduced to a plugin that lets them easily clone pages and posts. This is great for split testing squeeze pages and sales pages. But if you don't use sales or squeeze pages, I'll show you a cool reason why you should still get this plugin and use it!

This plugin makes it easy to duplicate your pages for testing and updates

Finally, a plugin that lets you have control over whether you want to display the title on your posts and pages or not. If you've ever wanted to name your page something different than the title you want to use, this plugin is for you!

This plugin gives you flexibility to title your posts and pages how you want

Students will know how to configure the caching plugin that now comes installed with WordPress!

All about the caching plugin that now comes with WordPress
Website Style Plugins
8 Lectures 56:08

After watching this lecture, students will have installed a plugin that lets them have complete control over how embedded YouTube videos look and play. It even helps make the video responsive for mobile devices.

Get control over the look of YouTube videos with this plugin

One of my favorite plugins - students will be able to easily find and add images to blog posts in minutes.

Find and add images in minutes with this plugin

Ever wished you could customize the toolbar in the visual editor? With this plugin you can! Plus it adds several more shortcuts to the standard WordPress toolbar!

Unlock hidden elements in the WYSIWYG toolbars with this plugin

Keep readers engaged on your website by leading them. This is the only plugin that will automatically present your readers with other related content on your site!

Make it easy for readers to find similar content on your blog with this plugin

Most professional email newsletter services offer a plugin for WordPress that makes it easy for you to integrate newsletter sign up forms into your website. I'll talk about what to look for in these plugins.

Adding email sign up forms to your WordPress site Part 1

After this lecture, students will have a plugin that integrates with many email services. Plus this plugin has a series of optin form templates to choose from that all look better than the ones that email autoresponder services provide.

Adding email sign up forms to your WordPress site Part 2

After installing this plugin, students will have a way to easily add stylish new features to their site - regardless of what theme they use. Including things like buttons (great for sales pages), testimonial boxes, image sliders, and more.

Easily add buttons, testimonial boxes, and more with this plugin

Are you showing an advertisement or email optin form on your sidebar? This plugin will help increase your conversions by making the sidebar widget float with readers as they scroll down the page reading your content.

Magically make your sidebar widgets float with this plugin

Quick quiz to refresh your memory about using shortcodes...

Shortcodes Quiz
1 question
Add a Social Media Boost to Your WordPress Website
3 Lectures 25:05

Give readers a pre-made tweet with this handy plugin! This plugin will get you more shares from every post.

Get readers to tweet about your content with this plugin

The best social share buttons adder plugin for WordPress. This is one of the few that adds the buttons in a way that doesn't look like crap on mobile devices.

Add social share buttons the right way with this plugin

Why should your latest content get all the attention? This plugin automatically goes through your historical blog posts and shares them on social media for you - on autopilot! So you get more traffic to your website!

Give some life to your old posts (and get more traffic) with this plugin
About the Instructor
Jim Shirley
4.3 Average rating
16 Reviews
1,889 Students
2 Courses
Online Marketing & Product Development

Hey there! My name is Jim Shirley and I'd like to help YOU build your online business.

Okay, I'm writing out my biography here because it's required. Frankly, I don't like talking a lot about myself - I prefer talking about you and how I can help you.

But, with that being said, this is what I've got in something of a chronological order:



Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Denver

Graduate work (on scholarship) in Econ at the University of Denver

I bailed early on graduate school when I got a job in the mutual fund industry.


In my corporate career, I've been:

- an editor

- a research analyst

- product manager

- product development manager

I've done work with people from around the world including: Africa, Brazil, India, Thailand, China, Europe, England, Canada, Russia, Japan, Australia, Philippines, and New Zealand. And these were not just quick chats - I worked with people in these regions for months and years.

I've started and failed with four online businesses.

And I have 3 online businesses that are going strong today (and have been since 2009, 2012, and 2015)


In 2004, I decided to finally learn how to build websites (it was something I wanted to learn since the late 90's). By 2005, I had moved from coding everything myself to using WordPress. Since then, I've helped dozens of small businesses get their business online. I have lost count, but I have built at least 50 websites for my own personal use using WordPress. Today I have 17 blogs / websites online.


In 2007, my infant daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease and from that point on, I learned everything I could find out about eating gluten-free.

In 2010, I published my first book - a gluten-free shopping guide (hey, back then it was not at all clear what foods were gluten-free and I aimed to fix that for my family and others like us).

I went on to publish another four books.

I have written hundreds of articles and blog posts for my own websites on topics from eating gluten-free to self-publishing to internet marketing.

Through my various websites, I've created and sold (or given away) information products.


Sometime after publishing my first book, I got introduced to the subject of copywriting. It was not by accident - I needed to figure out how to sell online. The late Gary Halbert once said something along the lines of "...if you need a good copywriter, you'll probably have to do it yourself."

Anyway, I spend my spare time learning from the masters of copywriting and then applying that knowledge.


Sometime in my corporate life while working as the product development manager on $20 million a year software product, our technical writer left and we couldn't replace her (some kind of hiring freeze).

Anyway, we were about to launch a new version of our software and we had no updated help documents. So I got Camtasia and started recording 'How To' videos to use instead. They were a hit and I had a blast making them...and I've been making videos of all kinds since then.

If you've gotten to this point in the biography (and you are still awake), go ahead and take my course...I believe you will be glad you did.