WordPress as a CRM

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WordPress as a CRM is considered to be the best open source blogging tool and CMS. According to the company itself there are over 60 million people using WordPress for managing their content, creating new blogs and websites. Perhaps the greatest feature of WordPress is that it has an integrated plugin architecture and is also a template provider, which means you can set up your blog in no more than a couple of minutes.  Many more are now starting to add in many plugin’s to utilize WordPress as a CRM.

Secondly, WordPress is designed and developed to be customizable, which means that you can almost do anything you want with it. Did you know that last year in August it was reported that over 22% of the top 10 million websites worldwide used WordPress?

Moreover, WordPress also offers developer support which allows you to also integrate plugins and guess what… most of the plugins available are free! Here are some of the best plugin’s to make WordPress as a CRM:

WordPress as a CRM – WP-CRM (Free) 

When using WordPress as a CRM you can find a number of plugins to help you out.  WP-CRM gives you to add more attributes and forms to help better track the people visiting your website.  This is a great spot to start with your CRM venture in WordPress as a CRM.  The project is also active so you can expect more features in the future.

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Content Aware Sidebars (Free)

If you have used Joomla or other CMS software, you will at one point deem it necessary to add widgets on particular blogs or web pages only. There is no other way to do this on WordPress without a plug-in. And this is where you will jump in joy because Content Aware Sidebars a free plug-in gives you the freedom to add an unlimited number of widgets on specific blog post, web pages and categories.

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Enhanced Text Widget (Free)

There is text widget software available in WordPress but it lacks many factors and important features. However, you can easily integrate the Enhanced Text Widget plugin which provides loads of text widget features you can use. Here are some of its features:

  • The text widget allows you to hide or display the widget title
  • Can transform your widget into a link
  • Assign CSS classes to the widget
  • Supports text, HTML, PHP, Flash, JavaScript, and Shortcodes

WordPress SEO by Yoast (Free)

WordPress SEO by Yoast is considered to be a good SEO plug-in you can use on WordPress. The best thing about this plug-in is that it gives you total control over page titles and meta descriptions per page or per post. Other useful features include 301 redirection and designation of rules assigned for search engine robots like, nofollow, index, noindex, etc. You can even alter or customize your descriptions for Goolge+ and Facebook as well.

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Akismet (Free)

Although you can find a number of different spam fighting plug-ins. Akismet, on the other hand, is a powerful plug-in for combating spam. And the reason why this is so is because you can use it for your personal use. Also, it comes with WordPress out of the box. Setting the plug-in up is simpler than you can imagine. All you have to do is go to their site which is Akismet.com and get registered. Once registered, you will get a WordPress key. Use the key to integrate the Akismet setup on WordPress.

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So, there you go. These are some of the best plug-ins you can use on WordPress. 

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