Today’s post will be all about WordPress plugins. If you’re new on WordPress you might not quite know where to begin, and if you’re an experienced user you might still want a few new tips. Or maybe you have a few plugin-related tips to share with us? Either way, here are my 10 favorites!
This should be the first plugin you install after setting up your WordPress site, trust me. It eats spam comments for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mine has filtered out 788,808 spam comments since I bought this domain in 2010, at an accuracy rate of 99.97%. I get somewhere around 500 spam comments a day, but I only have to manually delete a handful every month. Nice, huh?
This little baby automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines. What’s not to love about that? It also lets you customize the title, meta description, meta keywords and so on for each post, which will make them look prettier and more enticing in the eyes of both searchers and search engines.
Because who doesn’t love analytics and stats? I know I do! This makes it easier for Google Analytics to dig up data about your blog, your readers and your traffic. Track your WordPress site easily with the latest tracking codes and lots added data for search result pages and error pages.
Sits quietly in the background while helping search engines to better index your blog. Good times.
This is the plugin that lets me show you my latest Instagram post in my sidebar. It is a comprehensive sidebar widget that can show your latest photos, tagged photos, your favorite photos, your feed, other users photos. Can be shown in three ways with a grid, grid with paging and slideshow options. Snapwidget.com is a good alternative, although they don’t provide a plugin. Instead you get a piece of code that you for example can paste into a text widget.
6. Search Meter
Keeps track of what your visitors are searching for in your in-blog search bar, which can be a great tool for finding post ideas! This one hasn’t been updated for a few years now, but it still works fine.
Useless if you’re not a Dropbox user, invaluable if you are. Wake up one day with no blog? No problem, it will all be backed up to your Dropbox account. Install it, set it up and forget about it. It will work its magic in the background.
This one is ingenious and one I just couldn’t live without. It makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them into a calendar to manage your posting schedule. It gives you a handy overview over your published posts, your finished scheduled posts, your scheduled drafts and unscheduled drafts. You can drag and drop posts from one day or week to the next, and edit and manage them right in the calendar interface.
This is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog. I’ve got mine set as plain text in my sidebar, but you have a ton of options to choose from.
My favorite “if you liked this post you might enjoy..” kind of plugin. It is also easily customizable if you want to adjust the way it works. I love it because it actually let me pick the posts myself if I want to, which is pretty practical!
Do you have any favorite WordPress plugins that aren’t mentioned on my list? Tell us about them!