WordPress is a great blogging site to start your own blog. They are more preferred than any other platform due to the availability of themes, Plugins and other customization options.
Though Plugins can ease your work, not every Plugin is a necessity for a blog to run. Some can even slow your site.
You can checkout the Plugins used in BloggingTek in the Resource section.
So what are the Plugins needed for a successful blog. I just reached to 16 wordpress experts to share their top 3 must have Plugins for a blog. Their answers are awesome! Read on and pick the ones that you find necessary for your blog.
Roundup – What are the top 3 WordPress Plugins you would recommend for a Blog and Why?
Jacob Cass – Founder of justcreative.com
- All In One SEO – This is the easiest to use SEO plugin, and very powerful.
- W3 Total Cache – This plugin caches your website to make your site load quickly!
- Envira Gallery – This gallery plugin does its job perfectly, making for quick loading photos and albums.
Dexter – Founder of Infobunny.com
Here are my 3 plugins i can’t do without
With the TinyMCE plugin, you can expand upon the basic WordPress Visual editor. It is a convenient way to access a lot of very useful features. If you really want to get creative with your blog posts then TinyMCE is a great addition to your plugins.
- WP Smush
With speed being a ranking factor with SEO it is important that the images that you upload are not too big. WP Smush compresses and optimizes the image file site helping you load faster.
- AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages –
I just mentioned this, the load time of your site is an important SEO ranking factor so caching your pages is very important to prevent visitors from bouncing back out. Caching remains important for desktop versions of your site. However, if you are looking to really speed up your site for mobile then you can look to move your blog over to AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) This plugin gives you a mobile-friendly AMP site which is important with Googles Mobile-First Index launching.
Kyla Glover – Founder of WPExplorer.com
Here are our top 3:
- Yoast SEO – If you want to improve SEO on your site Yoast SEO is a fantastic way to start. The plugin offers super easy metrics for you (or your blogging team) to improve posts. But if you can we suggest upgrading to premium – the additional content insights, internal link suggestions and especially the redirection manager are well worth the investment!
- Akismet – Every blog needs spam protection, we just happen to think Akismet is the best. Akismet has prevented hundreds of thousands of spam from ever reaching our comments queue. You can get away with the free version, but for $5/mo you’ll have access to your monthly spam stats (which are helpful to see if someone is targeting you website) as well as priority support (which was very friendly the one time we had a question).
- Pretty Links – For affiliate marketers Pretty Links is very useful. While it does make your links nicer to look at and easier to remember it also helps speed up updates to links when needed. We’ve had companies we work with switch their link format or their entire program. But instead of having to comb through every single article to find and replace each iteration of a link, thanks to Pretty Links we only had to update each link once.
Ammar ali – Founder of Allbloggingtips.com
- Yoast: A must have plugin for all WordPress blog to take care of your SEO. Easy to use and configure. Provides great functionality and afterall, it’s free to use!
- W3 Total Cache: No one likes slow websites. Speed of your website affects SEO as well. W3TC is the best cache plugin to optimize your blog and make it load faster than ever. If configured properly, it can produce awesome results.
- VaultPress: It’s my favorite backup plugin. It backups your website daily and keep copy of it for 30 days. Backed up by JetPack it is a must have plugin. JetPack + VaultPress makes best combination.
Sue Dunlevie – Founder of Successfulblogging.com
- I love Social Warfare for social media sharing. They are the only social media plugin that will share the right size image for every social media channel.
- A great backup plugin, like BackupBuddy, is worth its weight in gold. You don’t want to lose all of your blog posts (not fun at all).
- WP Smush to optimize your images so your website stays fast and zippy.
Chris Coyier – Founder css-tricks.com
I’ll give ya one with the PLOT TWIST that it’s got the power of three ;). Jetpack! I’m sure most folks have heard of it since it’s an official Automattic plugin, but if you haven’t given it a honest try, I really recommend it. Here’s just a few reasons:
1) Get all your images on a CDN, thus highly increasing the speed of a typical site, with the flip of a switch.
2) Turn on Markdown support, so you can author your blog posts in Markdown, something I can promise you that you won’t regret a few years (and redesigns) down the road. Plus your commenters can use Markdown as well.
3) Turn on the social sharing features, so your posts can be automatically published to places like Facebook and Twitter. Plus put sharing buttons on your posts with zero work. Plus allow people to subscribe to new posts and new comments as they leave comments.
And that’s just a few! It’s a pretty powerful plugin and incredibly easy to use.
Jan Koch – Founder of Wpmastery
The most important my team and I install on all the websites we build is some sort of backup plugin.
- For clients who have a maintenance contract with us, we use the ManageWP (https://managewp.com) worker plugin to connect it to our ManageWP account. On sites without a maintenance contract, we usually set up Updraft Plus backups that run at least weekly. We want our customers to be protected against data-loss, so this has to be number one.
- On second place, we install the GDPR plugin by Van Ons (https://wordpress.org/
plugins/wp-gdpr-compliance/). Even though we work with businesses all over the world, we think being compliant with GDPR is crucial. As soon as your site processes a contact form submission from an EU-citizen, you have to comply.
- Lastly, we install Tracking Code Manager. That plugin is fantastic to include the Google Tag Manager snippet and gives enough flexibility for other code snippets as well. We usually manage all tracking codes via GTM, as that worked best for us in the past to reduce the number of scripts loaded from other platforms.
Obviously, plugins like Yoast SEO, caching plugins, WordFence security, and alike are important as well. But since you asked for the top 3, I wanted to focus on the most mandatory and versatile plugins.
Alex Vasquez – Founder of Digisavvy.com
Depending on what you’re blog’s needs are and how many people will manage it, there are a variety of useful plugins to install. I’ll avoid listing the more common ones and speak to a team-based blog, where you have multiple contributors.
For a multi-contributor blog I recommend the following
- Public Post Preview – It’s a nifty plugin that allows you to create a public link to your blog post so those who have the public link can view the content before it goes live to the general public. It’s great. We’ve used this with advertisers a lot.
- PublishPress – This plugin allows you to add an editorial workflow to your blog site. We use this ourselves on our own website and have deployed it to a pair of high volume blogs. This plugin seems to take over where EditFlow left off. The base plugin is free, with many paid addons.
- Post Expirator – One glaring omission that WordPress has is that while you can schedule when a post is published, you can’t schedule when to remove it. Sometimes you just need to publish a post for only a period of time. Post Expirator makes this possible. We have clients who use this for sponsored content with a limited shelf life.
Zac Johnson – Founder of Blogging.org
- Yoast SEO – Easy management of titles, descriptions, and SEO for a blog
- WPForms – Best form builder out there for all types and GDPR compliant too.
- OptinMonster – Simply the best plugin out there for building a mailing list.
I thank all the Experts for their valuable contribution. This roundup has even unlocked certain WordPress plugins which we would have come across for the first time but worth using them.
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