When you finally have your blog all set-up and you are writing content it is very important to try to make the most out of your website. Here is where plugins come very handy. When people come to your website you want to give them the best experience possible and simultaneously gain the most exposure you can. Before thinking of adding a wordpress plugin, think of what you want to gain out of it. Maybe it is a better site performance, a cool widget to gain followers, a subscription pop up etc. I have listed my favorite WordPress plugins, that i feel gave me the best results for what i needed.
WORDPRESS PLUGINS YOU NEED
This is the most exciting plugin ever! Once your readers come to your website you want them to stay as long as possible and scroll through your other posts and pages to keep them interested. This plugin is basically a little window that pops up at the end of your blogpost telling them to go to the previous post. The fact that it pops up at the end makes it really stand out to the reader and they will most likely click on it. Once installed, i saw an increase in blogpost views. Download it easily from your WordPress plugin directory.
Social media plugins are great ways of adding a more personal touch to your page and promoting your other social channels. This plugin is to grow your followers faster! It is a customizable pop up to either promote your Instagram, facebook, Pinterest or your email list. You have to download it on their website to install but no worries it is super easy. It also works on Shopify, Blogger, Squarespace, Weebly, and others.
Ever wondered how you can clean and organize your website? WP-Optimize is an effective tool for automatically cleaning your WordPress database so that it runs at maximum efficiency.WP-Optimize reports on exactly which of your database tables have overhead and wasted space, giving you the insight, control and power to keep your website neat, fast and efficient.
Nobody wants hateful or weird comments on their blog or website. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen. This plugin outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.
Yoast SEO is the cheating sheet to nailing your SEO. This plugin is here to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this Yoast SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization it first and foremost helps you write better content by making you apply basic SEO to your post before hitting the publish button. This is your holy grail to getting your blog out there and seen by the world!
Open In New Window
The last thing you want to do is drive your reader or viewer away from your site. If they click on a link most likely it will bring them to that page by leaving yours. Not good right?! The Open in New Window Plugin brings readers to a new browser window when clicking on any link, leaving your blog page open.
Jquery Pin It Button
Sharin your content on your website is essential for a wider audience. If you’re looking for an easy way to pin images in your blog posts and pages, this plugin will help you with that. I love that it is very customizable. It highlights images and adds a “Pin it” button, which you can choose, over them. Once the user clicks the “Pin it” button, the plugin shows a pop-up window with the image and a description. Everything is ready for pinning, although the user can alter the description.
Flare Social Share Buttons
Another great plugin to share your content across the social media platform. This Plugin will appear at the side of every blog post making it very easy for a reader to share your post on whatever social platform they choose! It is also very customizable which i love.
Having these 8 plugins has really helped me have a great overall blog! I’m able to optimize my content so much more and i feel like i get better results because of them.
Did you spot something you will install? What plugins do you use most? What questions do you have about plugins?