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As a blogger, entrepreneur, or other website owner, you know that your job is never finished. There’s always copy that needs tweaking, an article that needs posting, or a design that needs modernizing. But keeping your website up to date means more than keeping it looking fresh. It also means keeping your load speed fast. It means keeping your security top-notch. It means keeping your own user experience a positive one. For the latest and most highly-rated improvements to your WordPress site, you can visit the plugin’s “popular” gallery. Until then, here are a few that have recently made the list.  

Duplicate Post: Rated an impressive 4.9 out of 5 stars across nearly 200 reviews, Duplicate Post allows you to make a copy of a page or post. This can be particularly helpful when you need one of your website pages to look just like the page you’ve created before it, when you need to make edits to a blog post, or when you want a particular page or post to serve as a template for future pages or posts. Its users praise it for its simplicity, usefulness, time saving capabilities, and overall lack of bugs. Those that had negative reviews seem to have experienced a few random quirks (all functions in French instead of English, for example). Duplicate Post has over 900,000 active installs and was updated within the last week.  

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget: For those of you who aren’t developers, and for those of you who are develops and didn’t like the hassle of coding the text and images on sidebars, Black Studio TinyMCE Widget is for you. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars and with around 125 reviews, this plugin allows anyone to make changes to their sidebar quickly and easily by turning its editor into the same format you would use to create and edit a page or post. With this plugin, anyone who is confident using WordPress can now design their own sidebar to include images, text and links. Black Studio TinyMCE Widget is reviewed favorably for its stability and user-friendliness. No HTML knowledge is required. Its negative reviews are few and far in between and seem to stem from minor glitches. This plugin has over 700,000 active installs and has been updated in the last three months.  

Page Builder by SiteOrigin: Currently ranked the most popular page builder on WordPress, Page Builder by SiteOrigin allows users to create responsive, mobile-friendly designs without any coding knowledge. Not only can users continue to use their favorite WordPress widgets and themes, but Page Builder offers its users additional free themes. This plugin also boasts live editing, allowing you to make changes in real time, as well as a history browser, so you can hit “undo” and “redo” on your changes. It’s also available in 17 different languages! Users like Page Builder because of its user-friendliness, speed, and wide variety of customization options. Most of its negative reviews seem to stem from issues in older versions; however, there have been recent complaints about the plugin’s lack of technical support. Page Builder by SiteOrigin has 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 200 reviews. It has over 700,000 active installs and has been updated within the last month.  

UpDraftPlus Backup and Restoration: Whether your site has been made victim of an internet hacker, or you just happened to download a bug, this plugin is the key to putting things back to the way they were before. The highest ranking backup system on WordPress, with 4.9 out of 5 stars and pushing 2,000 reviews, UpDraftPlus Backup and Restoration makes preserving your site simple. Users can conduct manual or scheduled backups to the cloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more, while restoration can put things back in place with nothing more than the click of a button. This plugin is praised for its easy setup, reliability, and customer support. While it has few critical reviews, one thing to note is that they are related to complete or partial data-loss. You may want to incorporate a secondary backup system. UpDraftPlus Backup and Restoration has over 600,000 active installs and has been updated in the last month.  

Duplicator: If you’ve ever experienced the challenges of moving an entire WordPress website from one place to another, then you’ll appreciate this plugin. Duplicator allows you to easily migrate, copy and clone your entire WordPress website, while serving as a potential backup tool. This plugin is appreciated by hobbyists and experienced developers alike. Users are satisfied with its reliability and helpful customer support; however, they indicated that while the plugin is all around easy to use, it may still be over the heads of some technically-challenged users. In other words, this may not be the best solution out there for beginner website owners. Negative feedback had to do with some users experiencing difficulty getting the plugin to function as it should. Duplicator has been awarded 4.9 out of 5 stars and has received nearly 1,000 reviews. It has over 600,000 active installs and it was just updated in the past week.  

Clef Two-Factor Authorization: In an age where teenagers can crack your most guarded and complex internet passwords in a matter of minutes, Clef-Two Factor Authorization is a much needed WordPress plugin. Described as “magical” by The New York Times, Clef Two-Factor Authorization does away with passwords altogether. Instead, it verifies your identity on any computer through your smartphone. It requires two methods of identification: your phone and a fingerprint or your phone and a pin, so even if your phone gets lost or stolen, your accounts remain secure. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars with approximately 70 reviews, it’s been described not only as highly secure, but as a fun application to use. Clef Two-Factor Authorization’s two or three negative reviews seem to be isolated incidents related to compatibility with specific plugins and phones. Clef Two-Factor Authorization has over 600,000 active installs and has been updated within the last two months.


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