7 Must Have Plugins for New WordPress Blog
Often many beginners get confused when trying to choose best WordPress plugins for their new blog from so many available outside. I have faced this question many times “What are the best WordPress plugins for SEO, Performance and Social media etc” like this. Plugins are good to use as it provide ease to work, but more plugins you will have chances of getting in trouble also increases.
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There are Two types of Plugins which can give a new height to your blog and one which can break your blog. There are some plugins which are bad for your WordPress blog.
Why Some Plugins are Bad and shouldn’t be Used !
As i said above some plugins are bad and can kill your blog, so we need to take at-most care and caution when choosing plugins for our new WordPress blog.
- There are Some plugins are poorly coded which makes it easy for hackers to crack your blog.
- There are some plugins which may be annoying to readers by showing popups again and again
- Some plugins have monitoring scripts installed to gather some important information from your blog and submit it to some other location i.e Affecting WordPress Blog security
- Some plugins are little heavy which increase your blog loading time and hence bad for Search Engine optimization
- Some plugins which are poorly coded might get incompatible with server configuration which will led your blog to crash.
But still there are some plugins according which works great and as per user expectations without any negative impact on blogs/sites.
Must Have Plugins for New WordPress Blogs
1. For Better Performance :-
Many bloggers forget to optimize their blog for better performance, it is most important for every blogs because Google algorithm give priority to those blogs which have less loading time. So all WordPress users should install W3 Total Cache WordPress plugin, it is one of the best cache plugin as well as best plugin to improve user and search engine optimization.
I also use Smush.it to optimize my blog images because images also help me get some organic traffic directly from Google Images.
2. For Social Media :-
We can’t neglect the impact of Social media in these days, it has totally changed the blogging lifestyle. Social media plays a very vital role in driving referral traffic, conversion and building community. There are many bloggers out there who are driving millions of traffic monthly from these Social media site. For Social media integration i will suggest you to use Jetpack.
How any Blog interact with Social media ?
- Jetpack allow you to add social media buttons on blog, which provide ease to readers to share,like,Tweet your post on different social sites.
- It allow you to automatically share your new blog post on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook whenever you hit publish.
- It allow subscription box below your comment box, so that commentators can signup easily to receive blog update direct to their mail box.
- It also allow to see blog statistic, it allow to track from where traffic is coming and after that where they are going, which keyword are they using to come visit your blog from search engines etc.
3. For Search Engine Optimization :-
Search Engine plays an very important role for success of any blog, because it is one of the major source of traffic and traffic from search engine are proved to have most conversions. So making your WordPress blog SEO friendly is most important this days! I will suggest you to use Yoast SEO WordPress plugin as it make very easy even any beginner can interact with it in 2-3 minutes.
One more plugin which i prefer to use is Broken Link Checker, this plugin will help you notifying those broken links which are no more use this way you can replace them and optimize your WordPress blog for search engine.
To provide better navigation to your blog reader you can also use Yet Another Related Post Plugin, by using this you provide ease to your readers to move on your blog from one post to another easily. This will help you reduce Bounce rate for your blog as well.
4. For Commenting :-
This is one of the crucial part which new bloggers really didn’t even consider, comments allow blog audience and owner to interact easily and can be use to create a great blogging community.
Best commenting plugin which i like is CommentLuv Premium, I call this All in one plugin because :
- It rewards visitors a backlink which encourage them to comments, and blog owners get more and more comments
- It allow to increase more twitter exposure by dropping their twitter account name with comments.
- As well as it also help owner to get returning visitor by using ReplyMe function. It send email back to the commentator whenever someone reply to his/her comments.
- It helps blog owners to fight with Spam comments through GASP premium features.
- It also rewards commentator by rewarding them link to their Homepage via KeywordLuv feature.
5. For Security :-
Newbie mostly forget to increase security for their new WordPress blog, as we all know WordPress is the best platform for creating blogs/site. So after installing WordPress one must focus on security of his blog. I recommend to use Better WP security, you can read more about How to increase security for you new WordPress blog here.
This are some of the must have Plugins for WordPress blogs but in future one can have to install more plugin according to choice and niche of his blog.
In next post we will discuss about Most Important pages One must have on his money making blog. If you face any problem or have any queries you can ask about in comments below and Don’t forget to share this on Social media.
Nice Post Suprabhat for sharing this. i’m not a wordpress user but really this plugins set me to migrate to wordpress. i will apply all plugins you mention above and keep posting like this this is very helpful for user and newbie like us
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Thanks for droping your comment here as well.
To have full control on blog one must have to shift to WordPress because it provide ease by using plugin for better optimization which you will rarely found in Blogger.
I hope you will shift soon.
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A very useful list post.
Once we start a blog we do need a few facilities to strengthen our blog and take it to the next level. For this purpose we need to make it so easy for visitors to open it, search their favorite contents on it, give their comments and can get an overall impression what our blog is about. Equally we want no one can harm our blog and also both search engines and people equally get its contents.
To meet all the objectives you mentioned perfect plugins which could be installed with one click and one can easily make his blog powerful.
Thanks a lot for sharing.
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Hey Mi Muba,
As you mentioned we need to give our visitor easy to move throughout the blog which is very essential and must be done. Otherwise they will not come back to our blog.
You mentioned everything right as well as we don’t want our blog to get affected by Search engines as well as people.
Thanks for putting your views here
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There re many plugins in the WordPress directory and many are paid too.
For beginners its hard to choose right plugin and which one to use? You have listed some great plugins here which are good in their work.
I am using few of them. Caching plugin is necessary to improve speed of your website and w3 total cache works good.
Have fun this week.:)
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They are very essential for wordpress site.
I never heard about smush.it but now i am going to install that plugin by the help of which i can compress images of my site.
I think that they are the most essential plugins for any wordpress site.
Thanks for this article…. 🙂
The above plugins are really must. But i need we can have some more plugins like related post, 404 redirect, contact form and spam comment protection. Depending upon the website type and features required, the list can be edited further.
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Thnx for sharing the best plugingss for a new blogger, i m a new blogger, im sure it would help me alot
Thanks for Sharing this Article
I’ll try these plugins and let you know 🙂
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Awesome round-up buddy.
Plugins really make wordpress rocking.
I am using most of them you said. Apart from all of those you have said, I downloaded MailPoet for email list building. Let me know what do you think about it.
Thanks for this wonderful post,
All the plugin that your mentioned here are rally needed of any blogger. I am also using WordPress seo by yoast and this is really very great plugin for seo even in free version.
Without plugin there is no difference in Google blog and WordPress.
sharethis plugin for social media button is also good. and I recommend this plugin for all WordPress user because I found it very useful.
Any way every one have it’s own experience.
Thanks again for this wonderful post.
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I used to use the WP Touch plugin UNTIL I noticed that it causes your site to fail Google’s new mobile site tester.
While your site will indeed be mobile-friendly, Google will not see it that way (the plugin doesn’t work on search bots) and will mark your site as Not Mobile-Friendly.
Not sure if there’s a fix for that in the works.
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This is a great set of good plugins.
You didn’t mention Akismet which help us to Prevent Spam Comments!
Also, Tablepress & TinyMCE Advanced are good for newbie bloogers.
Though the article was written some few years ago will still try the plugins. Thanks for this piece.