Serious WordPress bloggers usually use a ton of different plugins to enhance their blogs. In fact, all of my blogs have at least 4 plugins installed which I think are very essential.
Obviously, this blog post is meant to share what I think are the 4 plugins every WordPress user must have.
Blogs get a lot of spam. I once did an experiment to see how soon will a blog receive spam. I setup a new blog added some posts in it and shared it on Facebook and Twitter. Guess what, I started receiving spam comments within 24 hours!
There are lots of spammers on the internet and they’re annoying. Akismet does a really good job in controlling spam comments on your blog saving you time by presenting only comments that are legit.
Akismet comes pre-installed with WordPress. Note that you’ll have to get a free API key from Akismet.com to make it work.
I use redirection mainly to create pretty links for those long affiliate links generated by sites like ClickBank so that instead of some ugly URL, I can instead share a link like mysite.com/product.
Redirection however can do more than just redirections. It also logs how many times the redirections are accessed and even better, it also keeps track of 404 errors and modified posts.
The modified posts feature automatically creates a redirection whenever you change a post or page’s slug so you won’t lose traffic and the 404 logging is a life saver for me. It keeps tracks of URLs that people are visiting your site but no longer exists. By checking the logs regularly, I can take action by redirecting those 404s to a useful page.
It can also do regular expressions.
3. WordPress SEO
There are many SEO plugins available for WordPress but my personal favorite is WordPress SEO.
It’s got tons of features and tools designed to help your blog posts rank better on the search engines. It also has tools to position you better on social media as well.
My personal favorite is the in-post analysis feature wherein I can type my focus keyword and it will analyze my blog post and make suggestions. This helps me improve my on-page SEO a lot and saves me a lot of time.
Trust me when I say that you’re missing a lot if you don’t have Jetpack installed. Jetpack is another plugin created by the good guys at WordPress. This is the same plugin that wordpress.com blogs use and it’s packed with lots of different features that covers a wide variety of uses.
Jetpack is so powerful it deserves a blog post of its own. Here’s a quick rundown of what it can do.
- Publicize – Connect your site to popular social networks and automatically share new posts with your friends.
- Notifications – Monitor and manage your site’s activity with Notifications in your Toolbar and on WordPress.com.
- WordPress.com Stats – Simple, concise site stats with no additional load on your server.
- Jetpack Comments – A new comment system that has integrated social media login options.
- Subscriptions – Allow users to subscribe to your posts and comments to receive a notification via email.
- Sharing – The most super duper sharing tool on the interwebs. Share content with Facebook, Twitter, and many more.
- WP.me Shortlinks – Enable WP.me-powered shortlinks for all of your Posts and Pages for easier sharing.
- Shortcode Embeds – Easily embed videos and more from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and SlideShare.
- Mobile Push Notifications – Receive notifications on your Apple device.
- Enhanced Distribution – Share your public posts and comments to search engines and other services in real-time.
Do you have other plugins in mind that you think every WordPress user must have?