If you’ve just started out blogging with WordPress then you might feel a little overwhelmed by all the plugins there are. In fact, according to WordPress.org, they have over 50,000 plugins. I’ve put together a list of 10 great WordPress plugins that you should know about right away if you’re new to using WordPress.
Yoast SEO might be one of the most popular WordPress plugins out there. It’s definitely one of my favorites. It gives you a lot of feedback and tips on your site’s SEO. One of the best features is that it will analyze a post while you’re writing it and give you tips on your keywords, readability, word count, and more. It can also automatically create XML sitemaps and notifies Google and Bing.
Contact Form 7
This plugin is one of the best for easily creating contact forms. It can manage many different forms and you can customize each form you create. It also supports CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.
TablePress lets you add tables and charts to your posts, pages, or even text widgets. Data can be added and edited easily with a spreadsheet-like interface so there is no need for coding.
Almost as soon as you start a new blog you’ll probably start getting spam comments left and right. There are several WordPress plugins you can use to help prevent it but Antispam Bee is one of the best. You can change the settings so that it will trust certain approved commenters, only allow comments in a certain language, block (or allow) comments from certain countries, and much more.
Sometimes when you make a page you don’t want certain widgets on it. This plugin lets you pick and choose what widgets show up and where. This is a really useful plugin that helps you keep your WordPress site nice and organized.
MonsterInsights for Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a great tool for any website. It lets you see and analyze your traffic and visitors. But it can be a pain in the butt to connect it to your site. That’s where MonsterInsights comes in. This plugin makes it super easy to use Google Analytics. You can even see your stats right in your WordPress dashboard.
JetPack by WordPress
JetPack has free and paid options. The free version includes traffic stats, showing “related posts” at the bottom of your posts, security and backup services, and more. The paid version also has SEO tools for Google and an advertising program.
WordPress Revisions Limit
Did you know that every time you edit a post WordPress keeps the older versions in case you want to revert a post to an older version? Most of us don’t need WordPress to do this and on top of that, the more of these old revisions your site has the slower it will be to load. That’s bad news because when a site takes too long to load people click away. This is a very simple plugin that lets you set the number of revisions you want to keep. If you don’t want to keep any, you simply set it to zero.
Page Builder by SiteOrigin
This is a “drop and drag” page builder that lets you create pages by adding the widgets you want, where you want. It’s incredibly easy to use (no coding knowledge required) and works with any WordPress theme. It supports live editing so you can see what your pages look like in real-time.
Adsense In-Post Ads
If you use Adsense to monetize your blog you probably already have an Adsense widget in your sidebar but with this plugin, you can also post Adsense ads inside your posts too. This is good because a lot of people don’t pay attention to your sidebar but if they are already reading a post and then see an ad, it’s more likely to catch their attention.
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