Many bloggers have been asking me on email, what are the best plugins to use for better working of your website? I am taking this humble time to tell my readers that there are both premium free and paid plugins that can really make your site easy to use and awesome.
If you are using blogger am sorry, blogger does not include the installation of plugins in their platform. Furthermore, they have their own built themes and simple share buttons and less features, but you are hosted for free.
Am not really sure about other web hosting companies if they support the use of plugins. Many of hosting companies now offers you the option of installing WordPress. This sounds good right? HostPinnacle has this option on their platform called Softaculous. Consult your host to see if they support the installation of WordPress.
What you need is just install the application and join the WordPress community.
And since WordPress is a community, it supports the use of plugins. There are many volunteers working hard to build plugins. At least to help others who don’t have even the simplest coding skills in the community. There are more than a thousand plugins and themes build for free use from WordPress.
If your host supports the installation of WordPress, install the small sized WordPress of about 2.44mbs. You can as well sign up for WordPress.com, instead of the installation process. Sign in to your dashboard , then scroll down till plugins. Click plugins then choose whether to upload your zipped plugins or use ready made free WordPress ones.
There are plugins to help your visitors share your content to their close relatives and friends. Those that help you write quality contents that increase your SEO. Every plugin has its role to play to assist you build a site many will admire and unique.
These are the plugins you should use to make your site look awesome, unique, creative and protect your site from spam and attacks;
Yoast SEO by Yoast team
When I started blogging way back, I used to write articles with a no guide on how to write quality contents. I didn’t consider SEO well written contents, Google indexing and all that.
Then one day while on Google play I bumbed into this app “Create Blog And Earn Money.” It was talking about SEO and gave me instructions to on how to install Yoast SEO. I exactly installed Yoast SEO and I was mesmerized. You can now see my posts.
What exactly does Yoast SEO do? Well before I answer this quiz, just go to WordPress and install it now.
Let me answer you then, this plugin might be very important to you because it gives you the guide to writing SEO related content. It allows you to submit your site’s XML sitemaps to Bing and Google. I will be unfair to say just help you to submit, this plugin gives you a step by step follow guide on proving ownership and approving on your site in both Google console and Bing.
Besides, Yoast appears below theto post you are writing to help you improve readability of your text to your readers and increase SEO. Both readability and SEO should be atleast ‘OK.’ That’s what I can recommend for you as a beginner, but ‘Good’ is the best of all.
Furthermore, the plugin gives you the option for creating your own focus and key words. Putting meta search words and editting your text’s snippets. It also shows the problems in your content, improvements, this shows you where you need to improve your text. The most important of all it will tell you what you’ve done well by showing ‘good.’ This is so encouraging even to me.
Jetpack by WordPress
This plugin keeps your site more secure, and engage your readers. Jetpack gives you your site’s statistics and analytics for each day.
It also provides you with facebook page plugin where you embed your facebook page to your website. So as a visitor can like or follow it without leaving your page. This is always a good page promotion, if you are selling anything on the page its easier for people to find and buy your products.
MailChimp Subscriber Popup is also provided by the same plugin and this increases the number of subscribers to your site.
Subscribers are people who subscribe to your site to receive newsletters and fresh posts from you.
When visitors subscribe it is easier to reach them and increase your site’s visits. The popup mailchimp subscriber box attracts the attention of the visitor by poping.
Twitter timeline is also another perfect feature Jetpack has, your recent posted tweets appear on your site. This helps in engaging your users because you can be tweeting and communicating through direct messages.
Jetpack comes with social media icons like Facebook, tweeter, YouTube and instagram. What you need is just copy and paste your social media’s url to each icon appropriately and you are good to go.
Gravatar profile widget helps you get identified more easily by your users, it includes your simple profile description and a picture.
Google+ badge helps your visitors share your content on Google+ plus and recommend their people on circles to read them.
In conclusion, install the plugin, Jetpack also keeps a copy of your site as back up. You can retrieve it incase anything happens to your site
Akismet Anti-Spam by Automattic
Akismet is a plugin you should not miss out. It protects your site from brutal force attacks and malicious logins. It blocks such users a bay.
It also filters spam comments and offers you the authority to approve, edit, delete, trash or mark a comment as spam.
Content Locker by Mythemeshop
Content locker is a great plugin as it helps you to lock your content. Visitors can unclock the content by simply liking the post either using a facebook, tweeter or any other social media account on a button on the plugin.
This increases your content likes, you can also put a url of your facebook page so as readers can unlock the content by liking your page.
AddToAny Share Buttons by Addtoany
Addtoany share buttons is a plugin that allows your usersusers share your content to others more easily. Unlike like some other share plugins that require you to upgrade to a premium package to get all share buttons, addtoany is free of charge.
This plugin offers Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Whatsapp and Telegram share buttons all for free. There are more than 30 share buttons which you can choose from.
You only need to drag and drop the buttons you want to use, is as simple as 1,2,3 to set up. No coding required.
You can also use floating buttons, the buttons float on the reader’s screen without sliding or fading out.
Statebuilt Facebook Page Like Popup by Chris Hammond
This is the most effective way of promoting your Facebook page, this plugin makes your Facebook page plugin popup when a visitor is in your site.
You can configure which time the page should popup. Readers have to like the page to close the page plugin.
Contact Form by Takayuki Miyoshi
The contact form keeps you interacting with your readers , hence people can easily send you question, discuss forums here.
JivoChat Live Chat by JivoChat
This plugin lets you communicate with your visitors through live chats, video chats and much more.
If you run this plugin in your e-commerce site, it can really increase the number of sales of your product. It can really be a good customer care platform where you respond to your customers before and after sales.
URL Shortener by MyThemeShop
Instead of burdening your readers with longer post urls, you can use this plugin to shorten you long url to a more presentable shorter url.
My WP Backup by MyThemeShop
For the security of your site install this plugin. Just incase of anything. Though there are security measures in WordPress accidents may happen.
Your site may be hacked or someone or you can delete your site’s account by accident. Though all your posts are cached by Google, I recommend you having this plugin. Your posts are safely backed up and you can retrieve them any time.
Apart from Google caching your site, your webhost too keeps a back up of your site for your protection.
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
You can read more on how Google Analytics works. This plugin help you get your detailed site’s stats everyday. You should be informed about your new visitors, returning visitors, the geographical area where your most traffic comes from.
How visitors interact in your site, the hours of the day when people visit your site. You can get all this stats and insights by installing this plugin.
Quick Adsense by Quicksense
Quick Adsense is an Ads management WordPress plugin fromgives Quicksense. It offers a quicker & flexible way to insert Adsense or any Ads code into a blog post. Besides, it can randomly place the Ads anywhere within a post. It comes with a simple setting page, and it does not overwhelm you with complicated customizable options.
Default Ads positioning: You can assign Ads to the beginning of post, assign Ads to the middle of post, assign Ads to the end of post, assign Ads after ‘more’ tag, assign Ads before last paragraph, assign Ads after certain paragraphs.
The plugin supports up to a maximum of 10 Ads codes on Sidebar Widgets.