If you have ever used WordPress, or have heard about it, you know that it supports plugins. What is a plugin? In a nutshell, a plugin is an extension of WordPress. It helps you have functionality with your blog without having to know tons of code. They also offer customization that you can do to really maximize your blog’s functionality.
So, what are my favorite WordPress plugins? Oh, I am so glad you asked!
I normally try a plugin for a while before I decide if I like it or not. I also might activate a plugin, but then it doesn’t do what I thought it would do or wasn’t what I was looking for, so then I deactivate it. Some of these on the list are necessities (SEO and optimization), and some are my favorites for just being awesome.
This is pretty much a must for a WordPress blog. It contains a ton of stuff that you use, like Askimet for spam comments, and tons of other stuff. It also gives you the ability to use wordpress.com to view stats. I believe that when you start a WordPress blog, it strongly urges you to install it, so do it. You won’t regret this plugin.
2. Comment Reply Notification.
One thing that surprised me about a WordPress blog was that when you reply to comments made on your blog, a notification isn’t automatically sent to them. They have to go and check your blog post again to see the comment reply. This plugin ends that hassle. It will let the commentor know that you replied to their comment by emailing them. You also can customize what the email will say when you do reply to their comment. But you have to activate the plugin to do that.
I don’t know about you, but I love when I comment on a blog post, that the blogger I commented actually goes to my page and comments back on a post I wrote. It doesn’t happen all the time, but I can tell you that with this plugin, it makes it that much easier to go to the commentors post and comment back to them on their own post.
How does it work? When I leave a comment on a blog that has CommentLuv installed, it prompts me if I want to link one of my posts to my comment. More often than not, the answer is yes. It’s important to know that commenting on WordPress blogs is important for this reason. You give other commentors access to your blog posts and the potential to get more views and new followers. Install this plugin!
4. Wordfence Security.
You wouldn’t believe how many people try to hack your WordPress site. It’s pretty darn amazing. So, you need a security plugin installed. Trust me on this and just activate it. You will need it. You have the ability to limit them amount of attempts someone has to try to hack your site. I had mine set to 1 and then I got locked out of my own site, so now it is 2.
WordPress likes to save copies of almost everything. Fun, right? Well, you can install this plugin to optimize your site. It will delete any post revisions you have and even delete spam comments you get. And you will get spam comments. If you have Akismet (part of Jetpack) installed, it will automatically move any spam comments to the spam folder. You would be surprised how smart Akismet is. Anyways, with WP-Optimize, you are able to maximize the optimization of your site (which helps with how quickly it loads).
What are your favorite WordPress plugins?