Here we are going to take a look at the 7 best WordPress plugins for blogs to have.
WordPress has established itself as a blogging CMS software way back. And now it’s the most popular blogging platform there is.
WordPress has gained its popularity for a good reason. From the easy to use backend user interface, SEO capabilities, site security to the large amount of themes and plugins. All these features are fine, but to extend the awesome features WordPress has, we use plugins.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
First thing you have to make sure your blogs needs to be optimized for is SEO. No matter how great your content is, without a good SEO optimized site, very few visitors will consume your content.
This plugin lets you insert the title, description and the slug of a post. After you’ve set the focus keyword of the post the plugin analyzes all the content of the post. According to the analyzed content, it gives tips on how to better optimize the post around the focus keyword.
A must have plugin, not only for blogging sites, but also for every site out there.
WP Super Cache
After optimizing the SEO, another aspect that should be optimized is the speed of the website. WP Super Cache caches the whole blog and delivers the cached version of the web pages to the user. Thus making the site faster than before.
And seeing that Google measures site speed as a ranking factor, it improves the SEO of the website as well.
Next thing you should make sure your site has is continued backup. In the case that the site gets hacked or you lose a part or all your data you need to have a backup.
Vaultpress stores daily or real-time automated backups of your site in a remote cloud-based server. So you wont have to lose any bit of your data.
It features a full restore of your website data functionality. It also handles the site migration process.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
This one is not actually required, but it’s recommended as it allows you to view traffic reports right into your WordPress dashboard.
Simple Share Buttons Adder
Great content needs to be shared and passed around. And in what way can we make the sharing process easier? By putting social share buttons right into our posts.
To put social share buttons you just need to install a simple plugin called “Simple Share Buttons Adder“ from the plugin directory.
This one is a must have if you want to grow and scale your blog. Without a mailing list following you wont be getting consistent traffic. And mail subscribers are people that already love your content, since they signed up for your newsletters.
In growing the mailing list is where OptinMonster comes in. This plugins makes the process of growing your emailing list so much easier.
You can set lead generating popups to show up after a certain time has passed. It can even be set to show up when the visitor is about to leave the site.
Visitors can also be segmented based on their behavior and personalize till a certain point the popups. And also has other features like, A/B testing, 2-step optin technology, full-screen Welcome Gate, mobile specific popups, floating bars etc.
Contact Form 7
Last thing bloggers should definitely have on their blogs is a way to be contacted by site visitors. To achieve this you need to install a contact form plugin.
Contact Form 7, is one of the earliest contact form plugins out there. It’s one of the most popular ones used today, and for a good reason.
It’s really easy to begin with and put a simple contact form for your site. Just create one really easy and put the shortcode on the contact page.
To conclude… Are these the 7 best WordPress plugins for blogs to have?
These are some of the plugins a blogger must definitely have. Some of these plugins might have other alternatives you can use. So you are not required to use exact ones mentioned in this article.