Plugins are one of the many reasons WordPress is such a powerful platform. They assist in making a usable, diverse, and multi-functioning website and there are thousands of them to choose from! Think of something you want to do with your website, and there is probably a plugin for that. It can be hard to sort through the thousands and thousands of plugins to find ones that are useful, functional, and easy to use for your blog. I hope to make that job a little easier by listing a few of my favorite plugins! Here are some of the best plugins for bloggers.
Jetpack provides a bunch of different features for your WordPress site that can change how it looks and functions. It offers security features, traffic growth and insights, image performance, features that help customize your site like contact forms, galleries, sharing buttons, carousels, and a ton of other stuff. They also offer plugin support.
This plugin displays related posts at the end of your blog posts, which means your visitors will explore more and stay on your site longer! It offers a variety of customization features including displaying the posts horizontally or vertically, customizing the text, choosing which categories to display, and choosing which posts you want the related posts to be displayed on. It is super simple to set up, and free!
This plugin allows you to easily create buttons to add to your site. There are tons of customization options offered to get your button looking just how you want it – customization includes borders, border radius, gradient effects, hover effects, and more. When you finish creating your button, just copy the short code and paste it where you want the button to appear.
This plugin creates a widget to easily add mailing list signups to your website. Connect it to Mailchimp, Aweber, Mailpoet, or Constant Contact. Or, simply add your feedburner ID and your subscribers will receive your latest posts in their inbox.
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This plugin allows you to upload files and allows others to download these files either through a short code, a link, or simply inserting the download into a page or post using the button “insert download” that appears after activating the plugin. Each download has it’s own page for your reference that gives you an option to write a description, categorize, tag, and add photos. This plugin also lets you see how many downloads each file has, and you can add this information to your WordPress main dashboard, which is fun to look at!
Ever want to display columns on your site and not have everything on just one column?? This is the perfect plugin for creating columns. It’s simple, easy to use, and straightforward.
This plugin adds a little short code button to a page whenever you are writing a post or create a new page. When you click it, it gives you a list of short codes that you can put content in between in order to create columns!
This is a super simple to use plugin that allows you to add social icons to any widget area. Simply place the link to your social media profile in the correct text area, and your icon will appear! You can also change the background color, icon color, hover states, and border radius of the icons. Simple, yet customizable – my favorite type of plugin. 🙂
This is one of the first plugins you need to install on your WordPress site! TinyMCE Advanced adds a bunch of options to your toolbar when writing a post or creating a page. Set font families and sizes, create tables, easily add headings, insert read more tags, and add a variety of formatting options with this easy to use plugin.
This plugin adds an SEO scoring list at the bottom of your blog posts, and tells you what you need to do to your posts in order to improve your search engine optimization. It’s very user friendly, and really helps you to understand SEO and how to use it for your blog.
WordPress does not have a built in page views tracker, so I’ve been using this plugin and it works great. It tracks your page views, post views, and views in general for any custom posts and pages. It also creates a widget you can use to add to your sidebar or any other widget area on your blog that displays your most popular posts or pages.