Plugins extend WordPress to do anything you can imagine.
You likely have many plugins on your site, but does your WordPress blog have the 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
Having an SEO plugin is essential for any WordPress blog to rank higher in search engines. This helps you to drive free traffic from search engines.
This plugin is a serious must-have for every WordPress blog out there. I have never seen any other free SEO plugin 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.
This plugin comes in free & pro versions.
Watch the below video to learn how to set up the plugin:
2. WP Super Cache
Wouldn’t it be great if your site would load super fast?
WordPress is memory-hogging blogging software. The best way to make sure WordPress doesn’t make your web server crash is by using a cache plugin.
Whenever a user browses your blog post, WordPress has to fetch that post from the WordPress database. This process needs far too many PHP calls. Imagine if 100 visitors tried visiting your blog, WordPress would be running 100x PHP calls to serve these web pages to everyone.
When you use a cache plugin, it creates a static HTML file of the web page & and allows WordPress to serve a page from this cache. This reduces the server load drastically & allows your pages to be served within a few seconds.
If you are on a shared hosting or VPS, you should be using a cache plugin. The only exception is when you are using managed WordPress hosting.
You can download the plugin from the below link & follow the listed guide to learn about how to configure the WP Super Cache plugin.
Jetpack is a multi-option plugin which is power-packed with many features.
This plugin is made by the people behind WordPress & is one of the most well-maintained WordPress plugins you will ever encounter.
Here are a few things you will be able to do with the Jetpack WordPress plugin:
- Add a contact form.
- Track page views & search queries with powerful analytics.
- Monitor downtime and get notified when your site is down.
- Prevent hackers from brute forcing your blog’s login page.
- Provide social sharing buttons to let your reader share your blog posts.
- Auto-publicize your blog posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus after you publish any blog post.
- Show related posts to increase engagement & lower down bounce rate.
- Provide subscription options so that users can subscribe to your blog updates.
- Create a sitemap. However, I recommend you use the sitemap feature of Yoast SEO.
- Take daily backups of your blog.
- Get a free CDN with Photon.
There are many more things that you will get with Jetpack.
Once you start using Jetpack, you can ditch many other plugins from your blog & lower down the total number of used plugins.
Here are a few guides & tutorials to learn more about the Jetpack plugin:
- Jetpack Plugin: A Powerful WordPress Plugin by Automattic [Updated]
- How To Use The Jetpack Auto-Publicize Feature For Social Media Automation
- How To Use The Jetpack Plugin WordPress Mobile Theme Feature
- How To Disable JetPack Modules
- How To Generate A Sitemap for WordPress with The Jetpack WordPress Plugin
Free your blog from comment spam!
One of the biggest challenges most WordPress bloggers face is spam comments.
As a blogger, one of the most tedious jobs we can do is removing spam comments from our blog.
Akismet is a well-maintained WordPress plugin which tackles comment spam automatically.
This plugin has been one of the most downloaded anti-spam comment plugins, and for a good reason:
Note: To use this plugin, you need an API key. There is a free version, but it’s not easy to get. But ShoutMeLoud is here to help! Click on the link below to learn how you can get an Akismet API key for free.
This is a unique plugin for driving more traffic to your blog. OneSignals adds a new way for your readers to subscribe to your blog.
It adds web push technology, 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 is a new post.
6. WordFence Plugin
Now it’s time to secure your WordPress blog.
There are many security-related WordPress plugins out there & you can use any one of them.
However, WordFence is one of the top security plugins that can ensure your blog stays safe from hackers.
The features of this plugin are overwhelming, but essentially, this plugin ensures your blog doesn’t get hacked.
They roll out updates every now and then to tackle the latest hacking & cracking techniques.
7. No Self Pings
I have seen numerous lists of useful WordPress plugins on the web & it is surprising that no one has listed the No Self Pings plugin.
This simple plugin saves you from a lot of headaches.
When you link to any post from any other post on your blog, it sends a pingback. You don’t need such pingbacks & you sill have to manually delete them. With this plugin, your blog will stop sending pingbacks from the blog itself.
This is a plug & play plugin without any extra configuration needed.
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 readers 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?
Well, OptinMonster is one great plugin that helps you capture emails.
This plugin offers many advanced features such as A/B testing, geolocation targeting, conditional pop-ups & even email subscription forms for mobile sites.
10. Broken Link Checker
Broken links are dead ends for search engines & bad for your website’s SEO.
Broken Link Checker is a free plugin that continuously scans your blog for broken links & allows you to fix them with one click.
This plugin also avoids sending pings to your own site when you publish posts with links to your own posts.
I have been using this plugin since the inception of ShoutMeLoud & it’s something every WordPress blog should use.
I have written this guide on how to use the Broken Link Checker plugin. Do take a look.
10 Must-Have WordPress Plugins
These 10 plugins are not only very useful, but they are 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 power 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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