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When you’re first starting blog or website on WordPress, on WordPress, one of the most exciting but frighten things is gaining knowledge of about wordpress plugins – what they do, which work, which don’t, and which ones you absolutely need. In my last post, i wrote about various ways to install wordpress. You will find this articles here
Now get back to wordpress plugins. You will always think that Plugins are more powerful, as most of boring work (i.e. coding for me) would complete automatically just because of them. They are the heart of what makes WordPress so awesome. Let’s jump in to which WordPress plugins you need as soon as you start your blog. Not all wordpress plugins are required, but few of them creates more impact on wordpress which helps you to grow your blog better.
Akismet blocks spam comments. Think you won’t get any spam comments? To date, my personal blog has received over 12,000 spam comments. Nearly all were blocked by Akismet. Occasionally one or two slip through but they’re easy to spot and can be quickly deleted manually.
You will need API key to use Akismet on your blog. Basically these keys are free of cost for personal blogs with limited features. Also akismet offers paid subscriptions for business & commercial sites with tons of features. Read my post “How to get akismet API key free for your blog”
Someone will try to hack into your blog at some point. It will happen. Wordfence allows you to set parameters about how many tries someone gets before they get locked out. It sends you a notification email when someone attempts to log in using an incorrect login id or exceeds the number of attempts. It is the most downloaded wordpress security plugins which has 1+million active installs.
Wordfence Security is 100% free and open source plugin available in wordpress repo. They also offer a Premium API key that gives you Premium Support, Country Blocking, Scheduled Scans, Password Auditing & many more outstanding features.
3. WP OPTIMIZE
WP Optimize helps make your blog the best it can be. It removes extra versions saved of each blog posts. It removes metadata from comments, trashed comments, spam comments, and gives you the ability to remove trackbacks and pingbacks. It cleans up your database and keeps things running clean and smooth.
When you use this plugin for the first time or just updated to major version, make a backup of your database. It is always the best practice to make a database backup before using this program first time.
4. WORDPRESS SEO BY YOAST
This is the most popular SEO plugin out there. Yoast makes it easy to optimize your posts for search engines by putting a form right at the bottom of your post draft.
After I’ve written a post, I scroll down beyond the editing area to the WordPress SEO by Yoast section. I fill out the focus keyword, SEO title, and meta description.
Here is what mine looks like for this post:
Before I click publish, I make sure the SEO Check has a little green light by it, indicating that my post is ready to go.
It’s easy peasy and super important.
5. SIMPLE SOCIAL ICONS
Blogs are social places that thrive with interaction. Social media is a great supplement to an active blog community. Simple Social Icons makes it easy for your blog readers to find you elsewhere on the internet.
With Simple Social Icons, you can easily choose which profiles to link to, customize the color and size of your icons, as well as align them to the left, center, or right, all from the widget form (no settings page necessary!).
6. UPDRAFT PLUS
When you have a self-hosted blog, you are the only one responsible for making sure that you have backups in place in the event that anything goes wrong. Updraft Plus saves the backups to your server but also allows you to store additional copies elsewhere, like Google Drive or Dropbox.
Top-quality: UpdraftPlus is the highest-ranking backup plugin on wordpress.org (ranks in the top 40 out of over 30,000 WordPress plugins for quality on rankwp.com). Over 600,000 currently active installs: widely tested and reliable (over 3.6 million downloads). The #1 most installed scheduled backup plugin, according to wordpress.org. Many millions of backups completed! They also offered premium plans, You can check comparison here
7. BJ LAZY LOAD
This is a fantastic plugin to reduce page load time, particularly if your blog is photo heavy. BJ Lazy Load allows your site to load all visible images, while the remaining images are not loaded until the reader scrolls and the photos get closer to being visible in the browsing window. <Download BJ Lazy Load>
8. SUBSCRIBE TO COMMENTS RELOADED
My preferred method of replying to comments is to go directly to my post and view replies, clicking on “reply” to write a public reply to each commenter. When you reply to comments this way (vs. via email), the commenter does not get a notification that you have done so. Subscribe to Comments Reloaded fixes that issue and allows readers to subscribe to follow-up comments, ensuring that they are notified of your reply.
These are the 8 essential wordpress plugins which you need after installing wordpress on your blog. Apart from this i use following plugins for my blog.
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