The Top 7 Wordpress Plugins Every Blogger Needs

18 January 2016

The Top 7 Wordpress Plugins Every Blogger Needs

19% of all self-hosted websites are powered by Wordpress, the open-source content management system (CMS).

One of the real benefits of using Wordpress as a CMS is the ability to personalise a website using plugins and themes. Many of these are available for free, while others are premium products that are paid for. For bloggers, or any brand website that hosts a blog, there are a range of plugins that can help to not just customise a site, but also optimise it for SEO and social media marketing. We asked Wakefield based Identify a WordPress web design agency, which are the essential plugins and they recommended these:

This plugin speeds up how quickly your website loads by serving a cached version of the site to the vast majority of site visitors, rather than loading the entire site for each page load.

One of the ways that spammers access and compromise websites is by blasting login pages with an automated combination of random usernames and passwords. The Limit Login Attempts plugin locks down the login screen when a certain number of attempts to login have taken place, preventing spammers from getting in by brute force.

This is one of the better-known Wordpress plugins, thanks to its user-friendly interface and comprehensive functionality. This plugin lets users optimise their posts and pages for SEO and makes it easy to optimise for social media sharing, too.

If somebody takes the time to comment on your blog, chances are they are interested in what you do. The Comment Redirect plugin sends commenters to any page you specify once their comment has been submitted, allowing you to direct them to an email subscribe page, a sales page, or anything else you want to promote.

Make it easy for your blog readers to share quotes, data and soundbites with this plugin, which allows you to select short sections of text that can be tweeted in a single click.

Pretty Link is a plugin that allows users to change any link into one originating from their own domain. A long affiliate link or a complicated LinkedIn profile URL can be changed to yourURL.co.uk/yourchosentext and, what’s more, all clicks on that link are tracked. It makes links more memorable, more measurable and, well, prettier.

Having social sharing icons above, below or to the side of your website and blog content is a no-brainer; the only dilemma is which social sharing plugin to choose. WP Social Sharing lets your readers share to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Xing and is lightweight, so it doesn’t slow your site down. The sharing buttons are also responsively designed – a must for sites with mobile visitors.