"When There Are Over 1,000 Plugins, How Do I Pick The Right Ones"
What Are Website Plugins?
WordPress plugins are used to make your blog work. They’re like apps to a cell phone. There is literally a plugin for a plugin. It sounds crazy, but in my mind it makes sense. How do you know which plugins you really need? When you have access to over 1,000 plugins, how do you choose which ones to install?
Especially when you’re just starting out. It can be frustrating.
I’ve been blogging now for about a year. What I enjoy most is learning something new about blogging or social media and then sharing it with my readers. I created this blog not only to multiply my streams of income but also to inspire other women and teach them everything I learn on the way.
In the beginning there were so many different blogging terms
Not only are there so many different words to learn when starting a blog there are even more plugins. So many plugins you have no idea what to do with them.
So you get your blog up and going, you download all these fancy plugins, not even downloading the plugins that are compatible with WordPress…………then your site slows down, then it crashes.
Yup that happened to me, it was a disaster! Luckily, I was able to work with support to get my blog back up and running.
If only I had a list of best WordPress plugins for blogs, my experience would have been much smoother. Instaed of crash and brun!
Here are 5 plugins for bloggers that will get you up and going;
Most Popular WordPress Plugins
1. Google Analytics
Installing google analytics has been a game changer. If you hadn’t had the chance to see my post on Google Analytics and why you need it, make sure you read it. This plugin is useful for so many different things when it comes to growing your blog. It helps you understand your audience to improve your user traffic. Best of all it can help you create content ideas. Google analytics is by far my favorite blogging tool.
Is Google Analytics Free?
Yes, Google Analytics is a free tool.
2. Yoast SEO
Don’t let Yoast SEO overwhelm you. Because in the beginning it will do just that. This plugin is so resourceful when learning SEO. I’m still learning SEO myself and this plugin teaches me how to structure my paragraphs an even tells me when I’ve used enough words for my post to rank. Yoast SEO basically gives you an entire SEO analysis. I usually take the suggested feedback and make edits.
3. Akistment Anti- Spam
Yes there are people that sit behind a computer and spam your blog with comments. Why? because they have no life or nothing else more productive to do with their time. Its ridiculous, yea I know.
Akisment will monitor and check for spammy like activity. The spam won’t even reach your comment moderation queue because Akistmet will shut it down. This plugin is usually pre-installed with WordPress. You just need to activate it.
4. Elementor Page Builder
Sooooooo I’m not a website coder, nah not my thing. But I love a good drag and drop platform. Elementor is just that. It’s the best WordPress page builder that I’ve used. They offer templates that make building your blog less complex. You just drop the template and start building. Add your images, your affiliate links, merge your videos and much more. You can create your landing page with Elementor: click here to see mine
5. Instagram Feed
There are many plugins to choose from to make your Instagram photos appear on your blog. Different plugins offer different layouts. I’m still playing with different WordPress plugins for this feature, so I won’t recommend one specifically.
Usually you customize your feed to how you want it to appear on your blog then you copy the [Instagram-feed] shortcode to any page, post or widget on your blog. Trust me, it’s super easy. As you upload pictures to your Instagram they will automatically update on your blog.
I hope this list helps your decision making when it comes to plugins. Of course down the road there are tons of other plugins to install, but these 5 will get you started.
What plugins did you install in the beginning? What are your favorite plugins? Have you un-installed any plugins you started out using in the beginning?