Every blogger wants to make his or her blog outstanding.
As an online platform, WordPress is the most common choice for bloggers out there and while it is a free and easy platform to utilize, there are lots of small issues that take way too much time to handle yourself. Especially when you aren’t very good with all that coding and SEO stuff.
To make your life easier, we have put together a list of WordPress plugins that will help you save time, get better at SEO, create forms that convert, back up your content and more.
Let’s get right to it.
If you aren’t good with additional coding or simply don’t want to waste time on all that stuff, this plugin can be very handy. It will help you create a XML sitemap for your website fast and easy, which basically allows Google to index your site pages (both new and old) much easier. Great time saver and works like a clock – a must have for every blogger.
If you want your blog to be successful, you need it to be fast. Blazing fast. According to a study, visitors expect any website to load in two seconds and tend to leave if it doesn’t load in three. This is exactly why you need this plugin.
W3 Total Cache will increase your site loading speed and make it run much smoother. It will cache anything from databases to site pages, which basically means that your server will load everything for your readers in no time. This plugin is widely used by some of the best online bloggers and is definitely worth a shot.
Forms make an essential part of any website. It’s not easy to encode just the kind of forms you want for your website and it can take forever to come up with the best suitable option.
Gravity Forms is a neat little thing that will help you create great, professional forms in just a few minutes. All you need to do is just pick the colors, design and the number of fields you want to have and you’re done!
Professional looking forms in just a few minutes with no additional coding? Sign me up.
If you are into audio content for your blog, you should definitely check this one out. It’s a simple plugin that allows you to transfer all of your audio files from your desktop directly into your website. Not only that, but it also offers a unique audio player to your users, who will be able to listen to your recordings right on that page, without any redirects.
PowerPress Podcasting will help decrease the bounce rates for your website while providing high quality sound to your users. Double win.
We all know how important visual content is nowadays. We also know that every visual needs a proper, corresponding alt tag that is essential for SEO. SEO Friendly Images can help you forget about all that hustle and save your neck in case you forget about an image or two.
After you upload all your visuals, the plugin will automatically deliver all the tags you need. A great time saver for bloggers who publish a lot of stuff on a daily basis.
Ever since mobile internet usage surpassed desktop in 2014, it’s become essential to pay attention to it. A whole lot of attention. However, making your website mobile friendly involves a ton of coding and will soak up lots of time and resources (if you hire a web developer for that purpose).
WPtouch will take all of your content and transform it into a neat, elegant, mobile friendly app. The plugin is integrated with all of the major platforms (Apple, Android, etc.) and is pretty simple to use. Until you figure out the perfect way to make your blog mobile friendly, this little guy will be there to back you up every time a user stumbles upon your blog via a smartphone.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is your complete package of awesomeness when it comes to pleasing the search engines. It contains everything you will ever need concerning SEO – add meta data descriptions to your articles, perform page analysis to look for anything out of order, create better content, get better with keyword selection, perform easy social media integrations and ultimately, earn more money with blogging.
And the best part is you don’t even need to be an expert to use the tool. It’s very intuitive and user friendly – another must have.
As you might have guessed from the name, this plugin is your best friend when it comes to safety measures. BiuB can be used to store all of your content safely somewhere else and also migrate all of your existing content to another site or domain. You can create a duplicate of your website in just a matter of seconds.
Of course, we know that Google doesn’t like duplicate content much, but this certainly has its uses. For example, it can be used for branding purposes, or in case you want to keep all of your content, but change the domain/ logo, etc. Safety and agility in one place makes BiuB an all-around great addition to your must have plugins.
This is an essential plugin for any blogger; newcomer or expert. It’s a very simple tool that scans all of your content for broken links or missing images and then prevents Google from seeing them. You can also take a look at the list and remove/replace all the links later to make your content more effective in terms of SEO.
Oftentimes, users tend to leave your blog far too early when there is still a lot of information that can be useful for them. There can be a number of reasons for this, but regardless of what they are, this plugin will give you a “second chance” to stop users from pressing the “x” on their browser.
All you need to do is choose a picture or video, come up with the design for your lightbox, and the tool will do the rest for you. Lightboxes are different than traditional, annoying popups, which is why they aren’t neglected the second they come up.
Lightboxes are mostly designed to only appear when a user moves his or her cursor to the “x” of their browser window and don’t look like cheap promotion to people.
This little guy can help you decrease bounce rates significantly by offering readers more stuff to consider. A great addition to any blog.
This plugin is used by a lot of top bloggers all over the web. The idea is very simple: it shows readers all the content available on your blog that is related/similar to the post they are currently reading. You will be surprised how handy this can be. Not only users won’t be forced to look around for more interesting stuff in case they are lazy (and most users are damn lazy), but it will also allow you to remember everything you have written in the past (just in case you forget).
Consumer behavior changes a lot with each passing year. What used to work in the past, might be totally out of the race today and vice versa. This plugin list can be used to great success by all bloggers out there, who understand the importance of keeping up with changes and want to make their blog a better place for readers. Keep a sharp lookout for new plugins that will appear in the future and will most certainly aid you in your blogging endeavors.