Before getting into this post, WordPress plugins are in abundance and so many are available. These essential plugins are just a few I personally would recommend that you need to have for creating and running a blog. Secondly, because there are so many, it can be difficult to know which ones really help you make a difference. Also, there may be other plugins out there that are not listed here that may perform better.
This is purely a few of the essential WordPress plugins that will certainly help to push your blog in the direction you are planning for. That being said, if there is a plugin here that you need but simply do not get along with. It will be easier to find some other similar that work for you. Lets move on shall we?
Whatever the blog you are creating, there are certainly going to be WordPress plugins you are going to want to install. It really doesn’t matter what you are creating.
What is a WordPress plugin?
A WordPress Plugin is essentially some code programmed into your self hosted WordPress website. This adds new functionality to your blog or modifies existing functionality.
Plugins vary in the masses, better still, WordPress has its own Plugin database for you to scour literally thousands.
Example of plugins:
- eCommerce Store – Some WordPress Plugins can literally change your WordPress site into a fully operating store.
- SEO – There are many plugins out there that can help you improve your search engine rankings.
- Social Media – Many plugins can help you post to social media automatically when publishing or as basic as showing your Twitter feed.
In this article, I will show you some of the essential WordPress plugins that will take your blog to the next level. These are in no particular order as they are all just as important.
This plugin is a great way to schedule old posts and continue to promote them after they have been published. This can be handy if you want your content to remain fresh for a little longer and engage an audience over a period of time.
It also has the functionality to post automatically to your Facebook and Twitter accounts as soon as you press publish. With the free version. Unfortunately, only Facebook and Twitter are available to use. Nevertheless, its still a fantastic WordPress plugin to have.
Social Media counts for over a third of your referral traffic. It does in fact for pretty much every website. If you are not using any means of social media to promote your blog or its posts, you are losing out on some valuable traffic.
2. WPForms – Form Builder WordPress Plugins
WPForms is a great WordPress plugin for creating creating contact forms and other formats. This plugin is great for new comers and veterans of building blogs and websites. Amazingly, it has an amazing drag and drop system to create your forms and add them to your WordPress website.
These are great because this allows you to create further interaction with your readers and visitors to your blog. Furthermore, you will be able to create a new “Contact Us” page for your blog and allow people to connect with you.
There is absolutely no need to know any sort of code. This plugin allows your to easily create and tailor make your beautiful contact forms.
3. Yoast SEO
Boasting over five million installs, Yoast SEO is one of the most popular SEO plugins you can use. It can help you improve your search engine rankings and even manage your contents readability for your viewers.
With this WordPress plugin installed. Writing your posts and making them fully optimised has never been easier. At the bottom of writing your blog posts through WordPress. This great plugin, helps make sure you have the best possible chance of ranking high in the search engines.
By specifying a related keyword about your post, Yoast acts and gives you live feedback on how to improve. It also has, a great traffic light system on how well your post is currently operating with SEO.
Yoast SEO is completely free but offers a premium version with additional features and round the clock support.
4. AddToAny – Social Media WordPress Plugins
AddToAny allows you to create beautiful looking sharing buttons to increase traffic and share posts across social media platforms. Amazingly, they offer an vast amount of social media platforms to share to and you can show or hide as many as you like.
With over half a million active installs, it is one of the most popular ways to display options to share your content. If you are viewing this in a browser, you will see I use this plugin too. They are the ones on the side ->.
This WordPress plugin offers wide support and has been established for over 10 years.
These are just a few of the essential ones you need. There are loads to explore in the plugin database. What WordPress plugins do you use for your blog? I hope these help you and change your blog for the better. Any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below.