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Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Your Blog

Something I truly love about WordPress is the ability to use plugins. So, what are the best WordPress plugins you can use to really spruce up your blog? Let’s have a look…

One of the great things about using WordPress.org for your blog is the ability to add WordPress Plugins.

According to Wikipedia, the “WordPress plugins architecture allows users to extend the features and functionality of a website or blog. WordPress has over 50,316 plugins available, each of which offers custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs. These customizations range from search engine optimization, to client portals used to display private information to logged in users, to content management systems, to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets and navigation bars.”

I want to share some of my best WordPress plugins that I use all the time. But first, let’s talk about how to add plugins to your WordPress.org blog.

The easiest way to add new WordPress plugins is from your WordPress dashboard. Simply hover over the “Plugins” link and select Add New.

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From the Add Plugins page, use the search on the top right to find they type of plugin you are looking for. In the image below, I am searching for a way to deal with members on my blog. If you find a plugin that might do the trick, click on “More Details” to learn more about it. Then once you have settled on the right plugin click “Install Now” and then “Activate” and you are ready to get started. Once you activate the plugin, it will appear on your WordPress dashboard.

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You can also add WordPress plugins by searching the WordPress.org Plugins page, downloading the plugin and then uploading it to your site on the “Add Plugins” page.

My Best WordPress Plugins

Here are a couple must have plugins no matter what the purpose of your blog is…

Jetpack

I use Jetpack for the social sharing capabilities and to monitor my site statistics. You can read about the Jetpack plugin and how to use it in my related article from my companion blog… “Getting Your First Website Traffic.”

Yoast SEO

Yost SEO is a must have WordPress Plugin to help get your site ranked on the most common search engines. And, one of the best parts is that it’s free. You can read all about it here… Using Yoast SEO to Help Rank Your Blog and here On-Page SEO Made Easy.

404 Solution

Creates automatic redirects for 404 traffic and page suggestions when matches are not found providing better service to your web visitors By Aaron J. This plugin has been invaluable to me. I use it when I want to change the Permalink for a post, I can redirect from the old link to the new one.

Popups – WordPress Popups

This is the most complete free Popups plugin, scroll triggered popups, compatible with social networks, Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms, Contact form 7, Mailpoet, Mailchimp for WP, Postmatic, etc. By Damian Logghe. Everyone should have a popup on their blog to make free offers and to capture new members for your list.

Askimet Anti-Spam

Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.

You can find all of these plugins by using the Add Plugin Search Feature described at the beginning of this article. Once you get started with WordPress Plugins, you will find endless possibilities to enhance your own blog.

To Your Success,

Bob Swetz

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