WordPress is a whole new world. Compared to my previous platform, Weebly, WordPress was a huge learning experience but over the months I have come to learn the ins and outs and all the must haves of working with WordPress. The transition from Weebly to WordPress has been long. I was able to transfer my blog over but did loose all of the photos in my posts in the process along with my website’s theme. It was a good switch though and wish I had done it sooner. To be honest, I wish I had started with WordPress to begin with.
It has been about 8 months now since I made the switch and you may still find a few posts here and there that aren’t fully updated again so I apologize. Note to you… Start with WordPress from the very beginning. Don’t hesitate. You won’t regret sticking with WordPress. Here are a few of the plugins that I currently use and highly recommend to others.
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10 Must Have Plugins
- Yoast SEO – This plug-in helps me get a good SEO on each and every one of my posts, pages, and even my website. It will continue monitoring my pages and let’s me know which blog posts need SEO or needs the SEO improved in. It also helps me write a good and well-rounded blog post by detecting run on sentences, tone of the post, and other readability issues.
- Akismet – This is by far the best plug-in for comment spam protection. When I first started with WordPress I had no idea how many spammers were on here looking to comment on every post. Comments are good but not when it’s filled with spam, ads, and other unrelated things. Comments are a section in the post where you can engage with your audience. Don’t let spammers spook them away.
- Jetpack – Best if using a self-hosted website. It helps you get all of the features you need that WordPress.com uses get including the stats for your website.
- Easy Facebook Likebox – Best and most easiest way to get a new likes and followers to your Facebook page.
- Add Any Extension To Pages – I love this plug-in because I have a shop that I run on BigCartel. You can also have a shop on WordPress but haven’t looked to into the specifics of it. You can easily click on “SHOP” and it will redirect you to my shop’s website.
- Google Analytics for WordPress – I love using Google Analytics to learn specific stats about my website. Having the plugin makes this much easier to retrieve.
- Simple Social Icons – These are the share icons that you can find at the bottom of every blog post. This makes it easy for your readers to share your post with their friends or to save it on Pinterest.
- WordPress Popular Posts – These are the “Featured Posts” that you see on my sidebar. It will share some of your top posts for the category you choose or for your entire blog section. You can adjust this according to what suits your business best.
- Pinterest Widget – I swear by Pinterest. Pinterest is like my best friend in the blogging world. The majority of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest. Having the Pinterest widget will show your audience what things you like to pin about. It will also make it easier for them to follow you.
- Instagram Slider Widget – Instagram is a great tool in the influencing and blogging world as well. I love sharing photos of my trips. Not everyone uses Instagram though. It is a lot of work on a daily basis but it is definitely worth having on your sidebar. This gives your audience a chance to follow you on a more personal level and even interact with you daily through DM’s, storied, comments, and more.
Currently Trying These Plugins
- WP/LR Sync – This is a plugin that helps you connect with your Lightroom photos so it is easier for you to use the photos that you have edited.
I am currently experimenting with a few other plugins for my photography and blog but for the most part these are still on my top ten must have plugins for a WordPress website. The WP/LR Sync seems to be pretty good but I have only been playing with it for about a week.
If you have a WordPress.com website, what plugins do you like to use and why?
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