There are so many different and amazing WordPress plugins out there, but it can be confusing to know which ones to use. I have discovered a few that are new to me so I wanted to share them with you.
I don’t think you should use every one as that will simply slow your site down and is unnecessary.
Some of the plugins I am listing are free and others are paid ones, I know many people just starting out will opt for free plugins (I did for a while) and while that is ok it is best to upgrade to paid versions, which give you more options, when you can.
With Pretty Link Lite you can create some beautiful URLs, shorten them, share them and track them, all the while using your domain name – makes for some great branding!
If you want your visitors to appreciate your website even more, then try this great app: it will send out different welcome messages to your visitors, depending whether it’s their first time on your site or they are returning visitors.
Back ups are a must, especially when it comes to your website. Backup Buddy is an amazing plugin that you can use to easily back up your entire WordPress installation.
VaultPress is another great backup service. What makes it even better, however, is that it also helps with your security. Apart from real-time backup of your content, it also restores your website automatically and performs daily security scans.
Everybody wants their blog to be on the first pages of Google searches, and that can require a lot of work. This great plugin (probably the best SEO plugin for WordPress) will help you optimize all of your blog’s content.
I think we have all heard of this one, the free version is good but the paid version has many more features that reduces the amount of plugins you need as many are included in it. This amazing tool helps you reward your readers by allowing them to post a link to their latest blog post at the end of each of their comments, as well as some other, very cool features.
Tweet Old Posts is a plugin designed to tweet your older posts to get more traffic.
This plugin helps you to keeps your old posts alive by tweeting about them and driving more traffic to them from twitter. It also helps you to promote your content. You can set time and no of tweets to post to drive more traffic
Linking to each of your blog posts on Twitter can bring in lots of traffic, but it can prove to be very time consuming. The WP to Twitter plugin will automatically post on Twitter on your behalf whenever you post anything from your blog. You can also choose your own URL shortening service for the plugin to use.
I read about this plugin at Adrienne Smith’s blog, why not head on over to read more about it and how it was created.
Automatically add links to posts or pages that are being published to your Facebook wall, pages or groups. Simple one time setup and forget. The way links appear on Facebook can be customized.You can save lots of time with your blog promotion with this simple plugin.
The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed. This helps me to improve my server performance, caches every aspect of my website and it considerably reduces download times.
If you have too many plugins on your website, you can expect it to run a lot slower, and that can be a big problem. P3 is an incredibly useful plugin that will search through your website and create a performance report to let you know which plugins are slowing it down.
WP Subscribers will help you get lots of new subscribers. WPSubscribers has a ton of comprehensive features that you can add your opt-in form in anywhere of your sites: in a pop-up, footer-bar, post content, sidebar…Also this plugin gives you an exclusive ability to create as many opt-in forms as you want, all are very easy to customize and take just a minute to set up.
Subscribe2 provides a comprehensive subscription management and email notification system for WordPress blogs that sends email notifications to a list of subscribers when you publish new content to your blog.
In order to provide the right content at the right times you will have to closely monitor your blog. Google Analytics for WP will make tracking your blog’s analytics very easy and efficient.
What plugins do you use? Do you know any other plugins that you think I should’ve mentioned but haven’t? I would love to hear from you so please share your thoughts below, and if you liked this post then why not share it with others via the social share buttons.
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Pauline – has written 124 posts on this site.
I am an English lady living on a Greek island. I work from home as a Bronze Team Leader with SFI Strong Future International.