If you’ve recently started a WordPress blog, you might be wondering what some good plugins are and what you should be installing as soon as you get started. Here are 5 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers that I install on all my sites because they’re just THAT good. These are also all free for the basic versions.
5 Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Bloggers
Akismet is a plugin that comes automatically installed with WordPress, but you’ll need to sign up for a free account and activate it with an API key in order for it to work. Akismet protects your site from spam and works very well, and it’s definitely one that I couldn’t work without (according to my dashboard, Akismet has protected my site from over 41,000 spam comments. Wow!)
2. iThemes Security or Wordfence
These two are security plugins that will help protect your WordPress site from hackers. Right now, I lean more toward using Wordfence or both actually, but I used iThemes Security with my last web host because I was having a problem with using too many CPU resources and iThemes is pretty light. Wordfence is actually very resource-intensive, so keep that in mind if you’re on a host that limits your usage. I’m currently on Bluehost’s cloud hosting plan and it’s great and doesn’t limit me. 🙂
Shareaholic is a great social media sharing plugin that will make it easier for people (and you!) to share your posts on social media. I would recommend turning off any of the monetization / sponsored content settings when you install it, and show the buttons for mainly Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and maybe Google+ and StumbleUpon.
I recommend UpdraftPlus as a free automatic backup creator. You can set up a schedule and connect it to Dropbox so every day or week or whatever frequency you set, UpdraftPlus creates an automatic backup of your WordPress site and database. Very useful!
Finally, I would recommend Yoast as the best free SEO plugin. They recently made some updates that make it super easy to optimize each of your blog posts’ SEO by guiding you through exactly what forms you need to fill out (a keyword, description, etc), and then they grade your post and give you suggestions on how to improve your SEO. Good stuff!
Well, those are my must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers.
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What are your own must-have WordPress plugins?