Just wading through the WordPress plugin repository can be overwhelming for someone who wants to start a blog or is thinking of starting one. There are thousands of plugins to choose from at any time. Let’s just look at five plugins that every serious blogger should have on their blog.
Simple Share Buttons
Sharing is caring. So when you write your posts and publish them, you should make it easy for both visitors and readers to share them. Simple Share Buttons is a good plugin for that purpose. It’s easy to set up and customize. This nifty plugin gives you the option to create floating social media sharing buttons as well as fixed buttons that you can embed either at the top or bottom of your posts.
WP Super Cache
Page load time is one of those things that you shouldn’t compromise as a blogger. No one wants to access a post that takes 5-10 seconds to load in their browser. To speed up content delivery, install WP Super Cache. It’ll serve cached static files and reduce memory usage and ultimately speed up your blog dramatically.
You’ve heard the hackneyed phrase, “SEO is King“. That phrase just holds true. If you’re going to set up your blog, you’re going to need an SEO plugin to take care of on page/post optimization. None does a better job than Yoast SEO. You can use it to create meta descriptions, SEO titles, sitemaps, and even check for keyword appearance as well as the readability of your text. There is a free version and a premium one. Here is how to set up Yoast.
Contact Form 7
As a blogger, you need to have a form that readers and visitors can use to contact you. There are many plugins that can do this job but one stands out – Contact Form 7. It’s easy to setup and customize. You can create multiple forms with various fields to capture names, emails, and phone numbers and embed them to various pages. What’s more? You can easily style your forms. No CSS knowledge or special coding is required.
Chances are this is one of those plugins whose notification is gonna pop up the moment you install your blogging theme. And rightly so because a lot of bloggers out there are bombarded with spam. Seriously, you don’t want to wake up each morning to delete hundreds of spam comments in your dashboard. Just install Akismet, register an account at their main site, add the API key, and you’ll never have to worry about spam ever.