Essential Themes and Plugins For Your New Blog

Sony Music, Vogue, Time Inc., and New York Post are just a few of the many businesses currently powered by WordPress, making the once recreational blogging site into wildly successful hosting platform for serious businesses.

If you want to run a successful business on WordPress, it can be done. As a matter of fact, upwards of 25% of WordPress users make a full-time living off of it.  

Furthermore, of the top one million websites in the world, the large majority of those powered by WordPress are in fact business sites.

If you want to be one of those successful businesses, it won’t always be easy. First you need to compare free vs. paid WordPress themes, and then you need to sort through the 40,000 plugins and 2,000 themes, it can be a little daunting.

To make your job a little bit easier, I’ve picked out five ‘must have’ plugins and themes that all business bloggers should consider.

Best WordPress Themes for Businesses

Zero Theme
This multi purpose theme could be great for many different businesses, whether you are a photographer, artist, or blogger. The theme is clean and simple, with three different home page options to choose from. There are also multiple font icons to select from, allowing the user to add their own personal touch.
Price: $54

Divi Theme
Flexible, responsively designed theme that has a ‘builder’ which allows you to create a unique layout without touching a single line of code. Comes with 18 pre-made layouts to customize to to your heart’s content.
Price: $69

BusinessTwo Theme
The name of the theme says it all, doesn’t it? This business inspired theme offers five different content types, custom widgets, multiple color schemes, flexible layout options, and built in SEO optimization so your website will rank higher on search engines than competitors.
Price: $39

Zerif Pro Theme
A one page WordPress theme designed specifically for creative agencies. Zerif Pro is WooCommerce-compatible, fully responsive and mobile friendly, and includes a unique ‘drag and drop’ content builder.
Price: $99 for ThemeIsle membership

Scalia Theme
This multi-purpose theme offers 5 built in unique designs for every taste, and includes 100+ page templates, 8 blog styles, various gallery and portfolio options, shop pages, and unlimited customization.
Price: $59

Essential WordPress Plugins For Businesses
Visual Composer
What it does: Visual Composer allows WordPress site owners to create customized layouts. There are over 40 predefined layouts included in the plugin, and just as many content elements to choose from. This gives website owners the ability to add what they want to their website, and to have the freedom to do what they feel works and looks best for them.
Price: $33
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

WordPress SEO by Yoast
What it does: This plugin provides an SEO checklist to ensure that your business is reaching its highest SEO potential. The plugin will not only boost your conversions, but will also attract new visitors to your site.
Price: FREE
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Monarch Social Sharing
What it does: Monarch’s plugin allows site owners to choose from over 20 social sharing networks to display on their website. You have the freedom to add and arrange any of the networks to create a customized collection of sharing options for your visitors in five different locations, including the sidebar, above and/or below content, on images and/or videos, as a pop up, or a flyin.
Price: Elegant Theme Membership
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Contact Form 7
What it does: Contact Form 7 is a contact form plugin that helps WordPress site owners both manage and customize multiple contact forms. It also supports CAPTCHA, Ajax-powered submitting, and Akismet spam filtering.
Price: FREE
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

WP Rocket
What it does: WP Rocket automatically caches pages, preloads cache, prevents images from loading before the user scrolls to them so as to provide optimal speed, and successfully reduces the weight of your HTML, JavaScript, and CSS files through minification.
Price: $39
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Andrew Wise

Andrew Wise is a serial entrepreneur whose sites generate $1+ million in revenue and receive 2.6+ million uniques per year. On his blog, Wise Startup Blog, he shares actionable advice on how you can build massive, passive income streams, designed for the complete newbie.