Plugins extend WordPress to do anything you can imagine.
You likely have many plugins on your site, but does your WordPress blog have the most essential plugins?
Let me point out a few plugins that will improve your site’s user experience and make WordPress admin tasks easier.
These 10 WordPress plugins are extremely useful for every blogger and webmaster on the WordPress platform.
Useful WordPress plugins for every WordPress blog
1. SEO by Yoast
This plugin is a serious must have for every WordPress blog out there.
I have never seen any other free SEO plugins come even close to being as powerful and effective. With this one plugin, you can cover all of your on-site and on-page SEO.
Watch the above video to learn how to set up the plugin.
2. WP Super Cache
Wouldn’t it be great if your site loads super fast?
This plugin generates ‘static html’ files from the bulky ‘dynamic php’ files.
Most of your website users will be served the static pages that download faster than the php files.
You can also fine tune other areas of your blog in the plugin’s settings.
3. Social Warfare
The Social Warfare WordPress plugin will add beautiful sharing buttons onto your WordPress blog.
These buttons are responsive, but the plugin also offers sharing buttons for mobile sites.
It’s a simple and easy to use plugin.
4. Google XML Sitemap
My website receives more visitors because of this plugin.
This plugin generates the XML sitemap that helps search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com index your website. It also notifies major search engines every time you make a new post in your blog.
You can also include non-WordPress generated pages in the sitemap and update your post change frequencies and priorities, among many other options.
This is a very unique plugin and one that is currently being used by very popular blogs.
This plugin adds a new way for your readers to subscribe to your blog.
PushEngage adds the web push technology on your blog and readers using Chrome, Safari, or Firefox browsers will get a notification to subscribe to your blog updates.
After that, whenever you publish a new blog post, your subscriber will get push notifications alerting them that there’s a new post.
This very useful plugin will help you customize, set up, and manage multiple forms in your blog.
It also supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering, and many other plugins.
It’s no surprise that you can offer a better user experience by interlinking your blog posts. It also improves search engine rankings of your web pages.
With SEO Smart Links, you can automatically set up interlinking for your posts.
You can manage many options like:
- Setting up your own keywords
- Matching URLs
8. Easy Affiliate Links
This is a free plugin for WordPress which lets you manage all of your affiliate links.
You can read all about this plugin here.
Easy Affiliate Links helps to shorten and mask an awkward looking URL. It also helps in redirecting to your favorite affiliate programs.
For affiliate marketers, this plugin, along with SEO Smart Links, will add a lot of value to your site.
9. Optin Monster
Can you think of a blog without an email list?an email list?
Well, OptinMonster is one great plugin that helps you capture an email list.
This plugin offers many advanced features such as A/B testing, Geolocation targeting, Conditional pop-ups & even offers email subscription forms for mobile sites.
This is what most of the A-list bloggers (including Harsh) uses on their blogs.
10. No Self Pings
This plugin avoids sending pings to your own site when you publish posts with links to your own posts.
Just activate the plugin after installation.
No configuration required!
These 10 plugins are not only very popular, but they’re must-have plugins for any WordPress blog.
They will add another layer of functionality and add features to your WordPress blog that will enhance both the user and the admin experience.
- You should also check out the list of WordPress plugins that powers ShoutMeLoud.
Do you know of any more plugins which should be on every WordPress blog? Let us know via the comments.
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