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Useful WordPress Tools For Every Blogger

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Useful WordPress Tools For Every Blogger

WordPress tools We have talked a lot about WordPress plugins and themes in the past and in individual posts, I have covered many WordPress tools and software’s which you will be needing to run a blog. Here I’m creating a roundup of such tools for every WordPress bloggers to maintain their WordPress blogs. There are many 3rd party tools and software’s available in the market, which you can try and manage your blog more effectively.

List of WordPress tools for Every blogger:

Most of the tools I listed here are free and some of them are free to try and later on you need to buy it. Though, all these are professional tools and you might be surprised to know many things you can do with these new software’s which you going to discover now.

FTP Client:

To manage a self hosted blog, you need a desktop FTP client. This will help you in many ways like uploading files for Alexa verification, Google verification, changing file permission to harden WordPress security or in the case of a disaster WordPress upgrade. Even if you are installing WordPress for the first time, you can use FTP client for manual installation of WordPress.

There are many free and paid FTP tools available in the market and being on Windows, I use FileZilla as my FTP client. It’s free and one of the best one for Windows out there. Though, when I was on Linode, I needed the secure FTP connection, I used Winscp, which is also free tool.

Download FileZilla

Managewp:

ManageWP Dashboard

One of the major problem faced by bloggers with multiple WordPress blog is managing all of them at one go. How about a dashboard from where you can manage all your WordPress sites with ease. Managewp is a complete WordPress management solution tool. It’s created by Vladmir the owner of SEO smart link and SEO friendly images and I started using it almost 4 months back.

Managewp, let you do various tasks like cleaning your WordPress blog database, post revision, monitoring uptime of your site, take complete backup, install new plugin or new theme. Writ and publish new posts and many more, which you need to run multiple WordPress blogs. Though it’s a paid WordPress tool, but it’s free for 5 blogs and you can buy extra slots of Websites by paying a nominal price.

Check out Managewp

Instant Wp:

We have already shared couple of tutorials to create a local WordPress installation and if you are an advance user, you can check out WAMP WordPress installation guide. Though, setting up local WP using WAMP or XAMPP need little bit of technical work. Instantwp is a stand alone WordPress installation software, which will help you to create a perfect WordPress environment on your desktop. It’s a free WordPress software and will help you to make many theme changes on your local desktop.

Another good thing about this plugin is , you can carry WordPress on USB and if you are into freelancing or offer WordPress services, you can use instantwp to show demo of site or educating the users on how to use WordPress. Simply but powerful software for WordPress.

Download Instant WP

Windows Live writer:

Here is a funny fact, I bought Mac almost two years ago and ditched it because of lack of Windows live writer. Of all the blogging editing tools I used, Windows live writer is my favorite. It offers perfect environment for writing on your desktop. A free blogging software by Microsoft and it let you manage multiple WordPress blog.

Also, it’s a WYSIWYG editor, so you can see how your posts is going to be visible when it will go live. I have already shared a complete guide on setting up Windows live writer with WordPress and I also suggest you to install Feed pauser WordPress plugin, when you are setting up WLW for the first time. If you are using WordPress dashboard editor to write blog posts, you should try Windows live writer once.

Download Windows live writer

Xenu Broken Link checker:

XENU link checker

Broken links are road blocks for search engine and we have shared about Broken link checker plugin earlier. Though, when ever I run Broken link checker on a high-traffic site or a blog hosted on shared hosting, most of the time it makes the blog freeze. Xenu link checker is an external desktop software which let you do various things like checking all broken internal and external links. It’s a SEO WordPress tool but very useful for bloggers running an old WordPress blog with thousands of blog posts.

Download Xenu

Snag it:

When I started blogging, I used to use Google images to get images for my posts and it was a wrong approach. I was using people’s copyright images without any permission. Honestly, it could lead into legal issues in the future. Later on, I started using Flickr advance d search to get new images. But, how about taking your own screenshots for tutorial and using it for your own profit. Snagit is a professional image capturing and editing tool and I have been using it from years. Something, which every Blogger should try and it’s much better than using any screenshot addons or side tools. Check out video review of snag it:

Snagit offers various image editing and enhancing feature, which will make your blog images look more attractive. It’s free for 30 days trial, So I suggest you to download it and give it a shot. I have also bound my Prnt Scr key with snag it, which makes it easier to capture screenshot. There are various videos on Youtube, which will help you to get started with this tool. Read: 4 ways how images enhance your blogs.

Download snag it free for 30 days

Camtasia for Video Blogging:

I’m video blogging from last 1 year on my Youtube page and often I cover various aspect of Blogging and software’s on my page. Video blogging not only helps in SEO and getting more exposure, you can take advantage of Youtube adsense to monetize your Youtube videos.

Camtasia

Camtasia is one of the best video recording tool for Bloggers, as you can make professional screencast and also if you like to show your picture as thumbnail in Video, Camtastia will take care of it. If you are planning to jump into Video Blogging, I recommend you to try camtasia and you will fall in love with this software. It’s a paid tool by Snagit makers (TechSmith), and it’s available for both Mac and windows. Before buying this tool, you can try fully functional Camtasia for 30 days free.

Download Camtasia

Well, these are just some of the WordPress tools that I can think of right now, but if you have more recommendations do let me know via comments. You might find my Blogging tools post interesting, which will help you to discover new software’s for your Blogging journey.

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  • Rakesh

    For capturing the screenshot i prefer windows free utility Snipping Tool its very easy to use and give you all basic features for a screen capturing. Its available in windows 7 and 8 for free.

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  • Nizam

    Awesome! Snag it for photo editing and Camtasia for video editing are really useful tools to be utilized. Thanks Harsh for this informative post :)

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  • Amit Shaw

    Thank you so much Harsh. Now i am going to Delete Broken Link Checker Plugin.
    Its really freeze my dashboard.
    Thank you so much for these tools.

    Reply
  • Prabha

    Windows Live Writer is an ultimate tool to jot down blog posts in offline with our blog’s style interface, editing images are smarter here.

    But, How you manage here to make use of SEO data of you post, Insight plugin actions, and some other wordpress plugin usage in Live writer.. I have ditched Live Writer because these reasons..

    Would be better to say how to handle these issues with your end..

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  • durga

    I have all these in my System. But im not using all these tools except this Xenu Broken Link checker. Im not clear what plugin it is. Will search in Google to know more. Thanks Harsh.

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  • Taswir

    Harsh I am reading your articles for last couple of month after I found this site & those helped me a lot to improve my seo expertise. A big thanks for all.
    Did you ever face any security issue using third party plugins like managewp? Also please let us know how to clean post revisions from wordpress dashboard without using managewp.
    Thanks

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  • Sugam Kumar

    Hello harsh, I always used to visit your awesome blog,, Everytime I get something from here, But today got a very nice and interesting tools whicn can help in my blog,, Thanks for sharing….

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  • Izabel

    Hi harsh nice collection of tools, I heavily use Photoshop for design aspect in every single post it is like my right arm.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      Izabel
      I’m sure that will be helping you a lot in branding and I recommend to use Pinterest also, as you are using your own images. Might be very helpful to get more referral traffic.
      Thanks for dropping by & for your comment.

      Reply
  • Ehsan

    Hi Harsh bro,

    I’m also thinking of starting a video Blogging because ones I recorded a tutorial video and uploaded it on Youtube and put my post URL in the description. I’m still receiving backlinks from that video. That is why I want to use Camtasia studio. Can you please let me know how much will I have pay for it after completing the 30 days trial version?

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