Every blogger hopes their blog has the right features to keep their visitors engaged when browsing through their blog. If you’re a WordPress user, you have a slight advantage from other bloggers who use a different CMS because of the many plugins there are to decorate a blog.
Plugins gives a blog the extra bells and whistle to make their site appealing to visitors. Some plugins protects your site from spammers and hackers and others give you extra features like menu icons. I can go on and on about it but I’d rather give you a list.
If you’re just getting started as a blogger, you might be wondering which plugin to use. Here is a list of 50+ plugins most bloggers are using. Keep in mind I’m only scratching the surface, there are tons of other plugins available and more continue to be developed.
WordPress Plugin List
1. AddThis Share Buttons – Get your content shared on social media and drive traffic to your blog.
2. Akismet – Use this plugin to protect your blog from spammy comments.
3. BackUp WordPress – Schedule automated backups of your WordPress site.
4. Better Click To Tweet – Add elegant tweet boxes on your posts or pages.
5. Broken Link Checker – Checks your blog for broken links and missing images.
6. CommentLuv – Leaves a link to a commenter’s latest post.
7. Contact Form 7 – This is a simple plugin that will let you manage multiple contact forms and it’s customizable.
8. Contextual Related Posts – Display related posts on your site via shortcodes, widgets and custom post type.
9. Custom Facebook Feed – Display your Facebook page or group on your website.
10. Disqus Comment System – This is another popular comment system that replaces your site’s one.
11. Duplicate Post – Clone posts and pages with no problem.
12. Easy Google Fonts – Customize your WordPress theme with web-friendly Google fonts to make your blog really stand out.
13. Genesis Simple Edits – Easily edit the byline, post-meta and footer area of any Genesis theme.
14. Google Adsense – Use this plugin for a simple point and click UI rather than manually inserting snippets yourself.
15. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP – Display your Google analytics data right on your WordPress dashboard.
16. Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate an XML sitemap to help search engines better index your blog.
17. Heatmap for WordPress – Use this plugin to find out what your visitors are doing on your blog.
18. Huge IT Portfolio Gallery – If you provide services like web design, you want to showcase your work. You can create eye-catching galleries with your images or videos.
19. Image Widget – Add image widgets to your site with this plugin.
20. Instagram Feed – Display one or more Instagram feeds on your website. Fully customizable and responsive.
21. Jetpack by WordPress – This plugin has a lot of extras for your self-hosted WordPress blog like customizable features like sidebar widgets, security features like Akismet and social sharing tools.
22. MailChimp for WordPress – If you use MailChimp as your email provider, you can set up subscription boxes throughout your blog with this plugin and new subscribers will automatically be updated to your list.
23. MailPoet Newsletters – MailPoet users can send newsletters, create autoresponders and capture new subscribers.
24. Maintenance Mode – Let visitors know when your blog is down for maintenance.
25. MaxButtons – Create eye-catching buttons and social media icons.
26. Menu Icons – Add pretty icons to your navigation menu to give it a distinguished look.
27. MyComment Authors – Show some love to your top commenters by displaying a list on your posts, pages, or sidebar.
28. NextGEN Gallery – You can create gorgeous galleries with this popular plugin.
29. Online Backup for WordPress – this plugin automatically backs up your WordPress database and file system.
30. Revive Old Post – This plugin keeps older posts alive by sharing on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
31. Simple Custom CSS – This plugin allows you to customize your WordPress theme without the hassle.
32. SiteGuard – Protect your blog against attacks to the management page and login.
33. Social Media and Share Icons – Add social media icons to your website. Many customized options available.
34. SumoMe – Get sharing tools and capture email subscribers with this customizable plugin.
35. Testimonials by Handsome Apps – Use this plugin to create stylish testimonials.
36. TinyMCE Advanced – Use this plugin to set font family and font size, search and replace in the editor and many more options.
37. Varnish HTTP Purge – Purges URLs of changed posts and pages when they are modified.
38. W3 Total Cache – Use this plugin for caching browsers, pages, objects and database.
39. WooCommerce – If you’re going to sell products, use this extendable ecommerce plugi to display your products beautifully.
40. Wordfence Security – Protects your blog from being hacked.
41. WordPress SEO – This all-in-one plugin helps you make sure your blog posts and pages are optimized for search engines.
42. WP Author Box Lite – Use this plugin to add your social media profiles to your bio.
43. WP Edit – This plugin allows you to edit your content by adding H1/H2 titles, fonts, and other styles.
44. WP Cache – One of the easiest WordPress cache plugins available.
45. WP Live Chat Support – Use this free plugin to chat with your visitors.
46. WP Maintenance Mode – Let your visitors know your site is down for maintenance or announce a coming soon page.
47. WP Optimize – Clean up your WP database and optimize it without doing manual queries.
48. WP Smush – This plugin reduces image file sizes to improve your site’s performance.
49. WP Super Cache – This plugin generates html files from your WordPress blog. After an html file is created, your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the heavier PHP scripts.
50. Yoast SEO – This plugin will help you make sure the content you published is optimized for search engines.
51. YouTube – Embed a responsive video, YouTube channel gallery or playlist gallery to your blog.
52. Zip Recipes – Not only can you display your recipes with their pretty recipe boxes but this plugin also shows up in Google’s recipe search.
Where To Get These Plugins
These plugins can be found on the “plugin”, “add new” tab in your WordPress dashboard or you can download from WordPress.org and upload it from your computer.
And finally, the most important thing to remember is you don’t need to have every single plugin – having a lot of plugins can affect your site’s performance so make sure to active only the ones you need. Oh, and don’t forget to delete inactive plugins…that’s important, too.
Over to You
How many active plugins are you using for your blog? Which ones could you not do without? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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