10+ WordPress Plugins Must Haves To Manage Your Blog
There are too many plugins to install for self-hosted WordPress blogs but actually you need just few plugins that do greatly help you. Take note that installing too many plugins will slow down your site or may interfere with your theme so as much as possible keep only those that are necessary. Here are 10+ plugins must haves to manage your blog.
1.) Jetpack – I recommend this plugin a must have in every blogs or website. I believe this plugin is what completes a blog site. The features it offers are very helpful to make the blog look good and function well.
2.) Yoast SEO – This plugin is noted as one of the best WordPress plugins for its power, ease-of-use, and functionality for optimizing your posts for search engines. This plugin works the way it sounds: simply download it, install the plugin, and it goes to work getting your blog or website search engine optimized. You may check out my tutorial on how to use Yoast SEO.
3.) Akismet – This plugin will protect your blog from spammy comments. With this feature enabled, there is no need for the dreaded CAPTCHA! Just turn it on and it will filter all the spam comments out of your blog and place them in a separate queue.
4.) Comment Luv – For some, built in wp comment system looks boring. Comment luv makes commenting easy for your blog readers.
5.) W3 Total Cache – This plugin caches your website, meaning it creates static copies of the posts and pages. Caching is super important for WordPress blogs and can really help with page load times! Make your site faster by installing this plugin.
6.) Revive Old Post – Don’t keep your old blog post stay forgotten, revive those by sharing it automatically to your Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Tumblr. Just set it based on your preference and let it do the work.
7.) WP-Optimize – It will optimize your database tables and delete old post revisions. This is a great way to clean up and speed up your blog.
8.) EWWW Image Optimizer – Make your blog speed fast or save more disk space from your hosting by reducing file sizes of your images.
9.) Back Up WordPress – Keep your content and entire blog secured by saving a back up scheduled based on your preference.
10.) Meks Easy Ads Widget – Place unlimited ads to your widget and organize those by defining the sizes of your ads, randomizing, etc.
11.) Symple Shortcodes – You’ll fall in love with these shortcodes. If you need columns, buttons, pricing, toggle (and many more) on your blog post, try this shortcodes.
12.) WordFence Security – Protect your blog from virus and hackers. This plugin also provides high speed cache.
13.) Page Builder by SiteOrigin – You can build responsive pages and designed it however you want, place widgets, and many more.
These plugins mentioned are personally tested and have installed it to my clients’ sites. But, it may not be compatible with yours. Keep in mind that for some, installing a plugin may interfere with your theme or site that may result to turning down of your site. Make sure that you always have a back up of your site.
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