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10 Essential WordPress Plugins every blog needs

Ok, if your new to blogging you may not know why or even what a WordPress plugin even is.  If your a vetern, you know the value of how WordPress plugins are an absolute game changer!  Either way, keep reading to find out the WordPress plugins I cannot live without.

WHAT IS A WordPress PLUGIN?

A plugin is a piece of software that fills in a gap. It literally plugs into an open space giving your site more functionality.  There are a lot of plugins for you to select,  Let’s say you don’t know how to add a header tag. There’s a WordPress plugin for that. When you install the plugin on your site, you extend the functionality thus allowing you to add a simple header tag.  Most Plugins are simple to use and will quickly be your best friend! ♥

Tip: you just have to make sure it is compatible with your WordPress version.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE WordPress PLUGINS?

This is where you can locate the plugin.

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WORD PRESS PLUGINS I USE AND RECOMMEND

1.  Akismet

A very useful wordpress plugin for your blog. It checks your comments and contact form submissions against their global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen. It comes with FREE and Paid version available.

2. Yoast SEO

It will take care of all your WordPress SEO. Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. Once you installed it, it will guide you how to make your blog more optimize for search engine and get more views.

If you were allowed to have only one word press plugin, this is the one I would choose. Yoast tells you exactly what you need to include in a blog post to make it easier to find in Google and how to optimize your posts to give your keywords their best chance.

3. Jetpack:  

If you’re used to some of WordPress.com’s special features (such as stats, galleries, etc) then you’ll love Jetpack. Jetpack supercharges your WordPress dashboard with a ton of features. I personally love it for the stats. They might not be as accurate as Google Analytics, but they provide a quick snap- shot that’s great for keeping tabs on things. The monitor feature is great too — they’ll notify you when your site is down so you can take the necessary action to get it back up again (or at least contact your host).

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4. MonsterInsights

It is a WordPress plugin that allows you to easily add, customize, and manage the Google Analytics website tracking services on your WordPress site. … The plugin was originally created by Yoast, the creator of the WordPress SEO plugin.

ESSENTIAL WordPress Plugins FOR MOBILE

5. WP Touch

This is a feature packed mobile WordPress plugin that automatically adds a simple, elegant and more importantly, fast mobile theme to your WordPress site. With a few simple customization’s it will create a mobile-optimized version of your site. And it is a Google recommended plugin.

ESSENTIAL IF YOU HAVE IMAGES ON YOUR SITE

6. WP Smush:

Do you have lots of images on your site? Well if you don’t you should, lol.  Seriously this plugin is an absolute must word press plugin. It gets your website to load faster by compressing all your images automatically (without losing quality).

ESSENTIAL WordPress Plugins FOR SOCIAL SHARING

7. Social Warfare 

Before find this easy social share word press plugin, I looked everywhere for attractive, user friendly social share buttons. This is without a doubt the best in the market, not only does it make it easy for readers to share it uses the fastest and most intelligent share buttons on the market.

8. Click to Tweet

Learn which WordPress Plugins Kelly Luvs thinks are essential as a blogger. www,kellyluvs.comIf you want your content to be shared, making it easily sharable is key. The Click to Tweet plugin generates a link which your readers can easily tweet out. While you can always use the Click to Tweet website, adding the functionality to your WordPress dashboard helps streamline your blogging process. Anything to help make life easier as a blogger, I am in for.

9. MailerLite: 

MailerLite is an email marketing service provider with focus on simplicity, excellent customer support and beautiful email designs. I use the free service and have a specific number of subscribers I can send content too. I also use mailer lite as a tool to get people (JUST LIKE YOU, hint hint ♥) to sign up for my newsletters too. Even the pop ups are fully customizable.  Check out one of my newsletters. It is so easy to create and looks amazing.

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10. TinyMCE Advanced

TinyMCE WordPress Plugin is not a must but I included here as I felt that some of you might find it useful. What it does is it enable you to add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar.

Here is how my visual editor before I installed TinyMCE Advance. Unable to change the font, size, etc.

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BONUS WordPress PLUGINS

Header and Footer Tag

This plugin allows you to customize the header and footer of your site without touching a single line of code! This is a great option for bloggers who feel intimidated by code and would rather find an easy way out (hey, no judgment, I’m right there with ya)!

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