Seven years ago, when I started the company, everything I did was my own and all of it was done manually. It wasn’t long until I realized that I needed to set up WordPress automation tools to help me stay sane. Over the years, I have tried many plugins, SaaS products and tools. While many have gone and come, a few of the best ones have stayed and I am grateful for their existence.
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However, planning and hard work are the key to success. The right tools can help you focus on creativity and planning, while minimizing the mundane day-to-day activities. This will not only make you happier, but it will also help you achieve better results.
These WordPress Automation Tools Will Make You Work Smarter
Today, I want to share my top tools for automating WordPress. Some can be found in the WordPress dashboard, while others can be downloaded from third-party applications. Some are free while others require payment on an annual or monthly basis. They are all worth the money.
Akismet This plugin is essential if you use WordPress to blog. It monitors all comments and automatically addresses spam.
AutomateWoo This extension for WooCommerce provides follow-up communication, based on user-defined workflows. This plugin is used to notify theme buyers when their subscriptions expire and to request that they renew for continued support.
Dlvr.it – This software service is new to me and I love it! This tool automates postings based upon RSS feeds. We have several social media profiles. It allows me to share Web Savvy posts and articles from my favorite blogs and websites. It is much more user-friendly than HootSuite, and offers more options.
Following-up Emails This WooCommerce extension is used to onboard new customers of our stock Genesis themes as well as online SEO courses. After an order has been placed, I have several emails to send. These emails provide information about the new theme and course as well as answering many of the questions I receive over and over again. The WordPress plugin has significantly reduced my support time, and increased customer satisfaction.
Gravity Formulas We bought a developer license for this WordPress plugin many years ago. I think it is one the best WordPress plugins. The plugin is strong, robust, and the developer is solid. Every custom website I build uses Gravity Forms, and every stock theme I use is styled accordingly.
Gravity Forms MailChimp Extension This Gravity Forms extension connects MailChimp with WordPress inquiry forms. Subscribers are automatically transferred to MailChimp, and then added to the appropriate email lists.
This tool was recommended by another WordPress developer. It’s almost like watching people at the mall from your website. This tool will allow you to see what visitors do on your website. You can even try it for free. This tool can save you time when designing and conducting user surveys.
IThemes Sync allows you to manage all of your WordPress sites’ updates from one location. BackupBuddy connects to it, which automates remote website backups and keeps you protected. The iThemes team are very solid and produce great plugins. This tool is crucial to keeping us as efficient and productive as possible as we manage more than 50 WordPress websites.
This third-party software solution provides email campaigns as well as RSS-based emails. Although I may occasionally send individual emails to specific users, this service is used to send weekly newsletters and campaigns to our blog subscribers. MailChimp automatically populates the newsletter from our blog’s RSS feed and sends it at a predetermined time and day.
This plugin allows me to quickly link to other websites and track the usage of these hyperlinks. It is useful for linking to frequently referenced destinations in blogs and support forums. It’s easy to use and it saves me a lot of time. It is also great for managing affiliate hyperlinks.
Subscribe To Comments This plugin is yet another piece of free software I have used for many years. This plugin allows users to request notification of blog comment updates for a particular post. It increases visitor satisfaction and builds engagement.
WooCommerce Google Analytics Integr This WooCommerce add-on connects WooCommerce sales with Google Analytics reports. This allows GA to track and report on sales.
WooCommerce EmailChimp Subscribe This WooCommerce extension has significantly increased our subscribe rate for our weekly newsletter. It is placed in the shopping cart’s checkbox and asks customers if they would like to subscribe. It’s quick and easy, but it has helped to produce thousands of subscribers.
WP101 I subscribe to WordPress 101 and add these tutorials to every website we create. It helps answer basic WordPress questions and the videos are automatically updated with every new release of WordPress. This means that I can be sure my clients have the most current information at all times, and I don’t have to do anything. This plugin, like the other tools is a double win for me because it saves time and makes my clients happy.
Yoast I have used the Yoast plugin for many years. It automates some SEO efforts by giving each page or post a specific SEO grade. It doesn’t do everything, but it can provide feedback and help produce XML sitemaps that search engines can use.
What tools do you use?
There are many tools available for WordPress automation. I have only listed 14 of them. Which tools are you most fond of?
Leave a comment and tell us your top WordPress plugins and add-ons. There might be a secret gem that I haven’t heard about but would love to use.