If you’re just getting started as a blogger, use the list of must-have plugins for your blog to help ensure your online space is running smoothly.
We’ve had our fair share of trial and error with blogging on WordPress. Everything from hosting to themes to plugins and editing software. To help you out, we’ve curated the list below of all our favourite must-have plugins for your blog.
If you’re just getting started as a blogger or online content creator, use the list of resources below to help get your started on your journey.
Must-Have Plugins for Your Blog
BackupBuddy allows you to quickly setup an automatic backup schedule for your website. You can store your backups on the cloud and sleep easily, knowing all your content is backed up.
Better Click To Tweet is a great way to let your readers easily share your content. It allows you to easily create tweetable content within your blog posts or page. Using a simple shortcode, your selected text is highlighted and made tweetable.
Disqus (pronounced dis-cuss) commenting system works well for websites and blogs with lots of user comments. It is a third party commenting system, which means comments will not aﬀect your server. It does not aﬀect your site’s page speed and comes equipped with anti-spam ﬁlters.
Contact Form 7 can be used to create and manage multiple contact forms on your site. No need for extra coding as the form and mail contents can be easily customized through the settings. The Contact Form 7 also supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, and Akismet filtering to help with spam.
Google Analytics for WordPress makes it simple to add Google Analytics with extra search engines and automatic click-out and download tracking to your WordPress blog.
Google XML Sitemaps will automatically generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With a sitemap, web crawlers can see the structure of your site and retrieve the results more efficiently.
Jetpack offers a suite of powerful features for your WordPress site. Enhanced security, improved site performance, plenty of content tools, and visitor engagement features are all part of this plugin. Additional features include spam-free Comments, Social Sharing, Related Posts, Post by Email, and much more.
Page Builder by SiteOrigin (for websites only) makes it easy to create responsive column based content, using the widgets you know and love. If your theme doesn’t already come with a built-in page builder, Page Builder will make your building your content easier. Your content will accurately adapt to all mobile devices, ensuring your site is mobile-ready.
W3 Total Cache is designed to increase the page load speed for WordPress sites, which will improve your visitors’ overall experience. The plugin helps to increase server performance by reducing download times. Recommended by web hosts like: Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost, MediaTemple, Go Daddy and Host Gator.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is an all-in-one SEO solution for your WordPress blog. Its features include SEO titles, meta descriptions, XML sitemaps, breadcrumbs and much more. In addition to improving my blogs rankings, Yoast also helps me write more SEO-friendly content.
Tell us in the comments section below the WordPress plugins that you love and highly recommend.
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