Plugins are precoded software that helps you make changes and customize your website.
There are a LOT of plugins available for WordPress and it is important to note not to go crazy and start installing everything that you run into. Because it can slow down your blog and cause some glitches.
Always install and activate only the plugins that you really need.
Below are some of the plugins that you need when you are just starting your blog. These plugins will take care of all the basics while you focus on creating quality contents.
One of your priorities, when you start a new blog, is to protect it from spam even while you sleep. This plugin will do the work for you. It is worth the investment.
Inorder to further protect your blog from malware and virus, you need this plugin. Wordfence security is an anti-virus, firewall and malware scanner.
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
You need this plugin to keep track
This will help you determine what is working and what’s not.
This is a plugin you must have when you start monetizing your blog through affiliate links. It will not only make your affiliate links pretty but it also takes care of the “no follow” for you. In that way, you will not be penalized by Google.
SEO Friendly Images
You need this plug in to make all your images searchable. It automatically adds al and title attributes to all your images.
This plug in lets you add keyword on your images which improves traffic as well.
Social Media Follow Buttons Bar
You need this plugin to be able to gain followers from different social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and etc.
This plugin will it make it easier for your readers to follow you.
Social Media Share Buttons & Social Sharing Icons
Once you start your blog, you need to share
If you need a plugin that will do both, helps you gain followers and helps you share you high-quality content.
WP Fastest Cache
You need this plugin to maintain your cache. It is one of the fastest cache systems.
This plugin is necessary to reduce image file size in that way it wont slow down your site.
You need this plug in to clean your data base easily and safely.
This plug in is one who should do without. Yoast SEO plug in helps optimize your blog for search engine.
It guides you through a step by step process on how to make your blog Google likable.
How to Install a Plugin
There are two ways to install a plugin. You can either use the search in the plugin are or you can upload them directly.
In order to search for a plug in, click on Plugins in your WordPress dashboard. Then on the search area, type in the the plugin that you wanted to install.
You will then install and activate the plugin. That’s it!
If you want to upload a plugin, you will have to go directly to the website of the plugin you wanted then download it as a zipped file.
Then go back to the WordPress plugin area and click the “Upload Plugin” button. An area will display that allows you to choose the zipped file from your computer to upload.
Whenever you search for a plugin, always make sure that it is compatible with your version of WordPress and always to just install the ones you need.
Have you installed any plugins yet?