When I started writing my blog several years ago, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Let alone what self hosted and WordPress plugins were all about.
Over the years I have learnt about both of those aspects and many more.
WordPress offers more than 50,000 different plugins, even better they are all free. Some have options for payment to go pro on a plugin. You can try different plugins out on your website, see if you like them or if they work well for you.
Here are Ten Essential Plugins to ensure your blog is the best it can.
Spam on comments are irritating. Going through all your comments to sort out spam would give you one big headache.
Askimet helps stave off comment spam and even has the ability to delete all the junk comments on its own. Therefore you never have to even see all the digital spam that your website gets bombarded with daily.
2) Jetpack by WordPress.com
This is a great WordPress plugin. Instead of installing a whole host of plugins, Jetpack has so many different settings built-in.
There are over 20 different things you can activate to make your blog even more amazing. A few of its aspects are
- Site Stats
- Automatically Share Your post to Social Media
- Spelling, Grammar and proofread check
There are so many more. You will need a wordpress.com account to connect the plugin to your site. It really is worth it, I recommend this plugin.
3) Yoast SEO
SEO (search engine optimisation) is important. Creating good content that is optimised for google search is important. However creating content correctly can be hard if you’re not sure what you’re doing.
That’s where the Yoast SEO plugin comes in. The plugin helps you every step of the way, it will highlight any problems, things that need improving and readability. So you discover what you need to change within the blog post.
This is a great plugin, it allows you to send a draft copy for public preview. You can send it to a friend to get them to look at the post. I frequently use it when PR companies want to check the post before it goes live. The plugin generates a URL that you can copy and email across. When you want to disable the link you simply untick the box.. It’s a very easy plugin to use.
A very handy plugin for keeping you organised. The calendar makes it easy to see when posts are scheduled. You can drag and drop posts into the calendar and change when they are going to be posted. You can basically organise your blog by using the calendar.
I am a fan of this WordPress plugin because It makes it easy to get some traffic to older blog posts. You are able to set how long between each post is published on social media. The plugin also lets you exclude categories and posts to share and choose how many posts to publish.
This plugin adds social media buttons to your posts and pages, therefore making it easy for readers to share your content. This app will add icons for which ever social networks you select. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus and more.
The plugin enables you to prevent the post from being featured on your home page. It also stop’s the post being showed as published in external source such as twitter and the automatic message to your subscribers. The post will go straight into the relevant category. The stealth publish box appears when you write a post. I find this handy for any sponsored work I don’t want to appear on the home page. It’s a very handy plugin.
Broken links affect your SEO. The plugin will monitor links on your pages and comments. The plugin notifies you if there are any broken links found on your website. I particularly love how the links can be edited direct from the plugin which can save you a lot time searching for the link.
I have a slight addiction to Pinterest and all the wonderful things you can find on there. Therefore the Pinterest Pin it Button is a great plugin for your blog. The pin it button gives readers the option to pin the post to one of their Pinterest boards. The plugin comes with various options that you can alter, hence making this a great WordPress plugin to install on your website.
The ten WordPress plugins I have recommended above are just a tip of the iceberg. There really are thousands of plugins that you can try out on your blog. You might discover other plugins that are perfect for your website.
Do you know of any other brilliant WordPress plugins that I haven’t mentioned? If so please do comment below, I would love to hear about them and I am sure my readers would like to know about them too.