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One thing I am truly passionate about is blogging. And not just the writing aspect of it, although that is a huge part, but also the technical side of it. I love actually managing my own website and really digging into the back end of it and seeing all of the possibilities it has!! I am such a tech nerd, HA!
I have been thinking about starting a series of more technical based blog posts and so here we go. In the past I have blogged about why I switched from Blogger to WordPress (and I still stand by my reasons!!) and I have talked about the differences between categories and tags and so today I wanted to talk about a different WordPress feature, plugins!
There are literally thousands of plugins to choose from to customize your WordPress site for just about anything you wanted to do from basic plugins to change your font to plugins to create a photo collage. I’m going to get all techy on you, I promise, but today I am going to share with you my top ten “must-have” plugins for my WordPress website!
These are in no order or importance…
ONE. Jetpack…I love Jetpack because it’s your one stop shop for security, optimizing your site for mobile use, site stats (Google Analytics will always be King of Analytics but I do like to see what Jetpack says too), image optimization, and so much more!
TWO. Akismet…Akismet is the most amazing spam comment filter I have found!! When I first switched to WordPress I was getting over 100 spam comments a day but once I installed Akismet I get maybe one or two a month that slip through the crack. On the flip side I check my Akismet folder about once a week to see if any real comments have accidentally been filtered.
THREE. SumoMe…SumoMe is the perfect social media sharing tool. I had another one previously but I had to get rid of them because I found out they were exploiting my traffic and making money off of me. I will tell you about that in another post if you really want to know about it. I love SumoMe because it looks good, you can tell it where to go, you can grow your email list with this plugin, and it gives really good analytics as well.
FOUR. Yoast SEO…One of the main reasons I switched from Blogger to WordPress was to have more control over my SEO. This plugin makes it so super simple in that all you have to is fill out a meta box for each post with keywords, edit the snippet that shoes up in Google and on Facebook, and so much more! It has definitely helped drive traffic to my blog!
FIVE. Google Analytics by Yoast…This plugin works directly with your Google Analytics account and is super easy to use. Yo unjust plug your UA code into the plugin and it connects your GA with your blog for better tracking!
SIX. WP Ultimate Recipe…I post the occasional recipe and when I do I always plug it into this recipe generator to make it easier for my readers to see and follow. The genius of this plugin is that anyone can adjust the serving size and the recipe will automatically adjust! Plus it’s super user friendly and it looks good!
SEVEN. Ultimate Nofollow…If you post any sponsored content then this plugin will literally save your life. I don’t know about you but I can not, for the life of me, remember how to do “nofollow” links when I am writing sponsored content. Ugh, they get me every time!! With this plugin, whenever you click the link to hyperlink something in your WP blog a box will come up that says “Add “rel=”nofollow” to link”, you click it, and it’s done!! Hallelujah!
EIGHT. jQuery Pin It Button For Images…If you want to make your images easily pinnable then just add a “Pin-It” hover button to super easy to pin!! My only tip for this pin is to make sure you are pinning from the blog post itself so the link, when clicked through on Pinterest, will go straight to that particular post instead of your blog’s home page.
NINE. Ninja Forms…If you like to create forms on your blog like I created on my Contact page then Ninja Forms is perfect for you! It’s super simple to set up and manage and every time someone fills it out you get an email!
TEN. Genesis Simple Edits…Genesis Simple Edits is perfect for modifying your post-info, post-meta, and footer area on a Genesis theme. I love being able to customize my blog and move things around so that they suit me and provide (what I think is) a better end user experience for my readers.
Well that’s all I have on plugins for you!! I hope you were able to learn something or maybe find a new plugin for your blog this way!!
What are your favorite WordPress plugins to use??
What topic would you like to see covered in WordPress Wednesday??