The ability to improve your website with plug-ins is one of the reasons WordPress is so attractive to prospective bloggers. Plug-ins allow you to add functionality to your site where you require it. The fact that WordPress is open source means that there is a vast amount of available plug-ins with all manners of different features. But which plug-ins should be considered essential? That is, what plug-ins must I absolutely have installed running on my website? This list has got you covered for 2019.
- Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a complete Search Engine Optimisation tool that will work behind the scenes to improve your search ranking. You should be aware of the importance of SEO in running a blog. The tools it provide you with allow you to enter focus keywords for your post and it will also give you a readability score to show what both readers and Google will make of your writing. The plug-in does come with lots of unnecessary bolt-ons, but another plug-in, Yoast Hidebloat, will reduce the plug in to a much cleaner version showing only the essentials if you wish.
- Updraft Plus
Updraft Plus is the best solution for backing up your website. It can be linked with all manners of cloud storage and you can set it to back up as much as you like. I have it backing up every single day to dropbox for maximum peace of mind. Integration with cloud services couldn’t be easier as well. Definitely get this for your site.
- Thirsty Affiliates
Affiliate marketing is one of the most prominent ways bloggers monetise their blogs. If you are part of this bandwagon, you absolutely must have this installed. With this plug in, you can make your links more user-friendly and appear as extensions from your site. This is a great way to increase conversions and trust from your readers.
- W3 Total Cache
Do you know that if a web page takes longer than 2 seconds to load, the user will usually go back and look for a different site? Use this performance plug in to ensure your blog is always running at optimum speed. It uses smart caching to ensure that your site is never bogged down and provides a consistent experience for your visitors.
- Sumo Me
Sumo Me is an all encompassing toolset that aims to grow your website in a manner of different ways. Even the free tier is excellent – giving you tools to build an email list, get free traffic and get analytics and insight for your blog. Sumo Me really is the best thing you can do to grow your site from the very start.
- Tiny MCE Advanced
Tiny MCE is a plug in which improves the functionality of the word processor in WordPress. It adds features which you would guess were already built-in but aren’t. An absolute must to ensure you are writing to your full potential with as little hassle as possible. Every single blog should have this.
With these plug-ins, you can be sure you won’t be left behind when starting your blog. Use them to get ahead of the competition!