One of the best things about WordPress is all the great plugins that you can use! They really make maintaining your blog so much easier. Here are 7 of my favorite WordPress plugins.
I thought Search Engine Optimization was some super complicated thing, until I installed the Yoast SEO plugin. It tells you what you’re doing right, and what you need to improve on by giving you red, green, and yellow lights.
And by reading the the plugins suggestions, I’ve learned a lot about SEO. Things like – naming my images the same as my keyword, actually having a keyword, using ALT tags in images, and having my keyword in the title of my post. All are very simple things to implement that will improve your blog’s standing in search engines.
Jetpack comes with a ton of options but the one I use the most is Publicize. This automatically Tweets my post as soon as it is published. It also publishes my post to my Facebook page, and Google+. I also use their Subscription widget, Popular Posts widget, Related Posts, and Sharing options. And I do use JetPack to look at my Site Stats, though that can be depressing at times!
Widget Options gives you more control over how your widgets are displayed on your blog. You can choose which pages and posts they show up on. And if you have custom CSS that you want to use on some widgets but not others, this plugin will allow you to do so.
Look at my sidebar. See how the category and archive widgets are different colors? I do that using Widget Options. I also chose not to show Recent Posts and Popular Posts on my home page, because it seemed redundant with my feature box displaying the same thing.
Open Links in New Window
This plugin does exactly what it says. Any links that leave your blog will open in a new window. This saves me from having to code each link to do this, or remember to check the box when I add in links. I know! That’s so easy to do, but I could never remember! And with this plugin, I don’t have to!
Broken Link Checker
If you’re like me, you probably have a million links on your blog. It would be impossible to go back and check all of them to make sure that they’re working. So, just let this plugin do it for you. It will be right on your WordPress Dashboard so that you can see it anytime you log in, and can immediately fix any issues. So simple!
Insert Header and Footer
You can use this plugin to insert any scripts that you need to add to your blog. I use it for the Google Analytics Script, and the Pinterest code I had to have to verify my blog. This is especially great if you don’t feel comfortable messing around with code. And you won’t have to worry about any changes being deleted when you update your theme.
Click to Tweet
The Click to Tweet plugin is a simple way to add a call to action to every post. Which is what every big blogger says we’re suppose to do.
And while I’m using all these plugins without any issues, I do want to remind everyone to always back up your blog, before you install any new plugins. You never know when something could go wrong!
So what about you? Do you have any favorite plugins? Let me know in the comments?