There are a lot of plugins out there to choose from. With so many to choose from, it’s hard to not to think of them like Pokemon and get them all. It will really slow down your site, so you definitely want to avoid doing that.
These are some of my favorites that I use:
1. Online Backup: ALWAYS backup. It doesn’t matter which plugin you use, but you want to be sure that you backup frequently. Have a backup on the cloud, on your desktop or wherever else you can keep it.
2. Wordfence: There is a paid and free version of this plugin, but it will send you emails if you any of your plugins are out of date or other minor issues.
3. Tiny MCE Advanced/ WP Edit: These are great for formatting your blog posts. It gives you a toolbar that allows you to choose and activate which features you would like on your toolbar including fonts, sizes, colors etc…
4. Easy Tweet Embed: I love this plugin because it allows you to EASILY embed your favorite sentence of content from your post and allow your readers to just click and tweet. Note: This plugin is great, but if you use an apostrophe, the tweet won’t work properly so you will have to use improper grammar. Still haven’t figure out how to solve that one.
5. Contact Form 7: This is a basic and easy contact form that you can put on your page for your clients to reach out to you. It comes with very basic settings, with a little bit of coding you can make it more customized.
6. Gravity Forms: This is a paid plugin. This is if you want to make forms and don’t want to mess around with code. It is super easy to do and is a drop and drag. You can check it out here.
7. JetPack: With minimal effort, this plugin package allows you to pick and choose what you would like to activate. You need a WordPress account to use this plugin.
8. Akismet: Do you hate spam? I do. That is what you need it. Enough said.
9. Tablepress: This is a great plugin to create tables inside of your post without a lot of coding knowledge (which I don’t have 🙂
10. Google Analytics and WordPress SEO by Yoast: This plugin is frequently updated to keep up with trends and makes it easy to add your SEO and watch your traffic through the analytics dashboard.
These are just a few of my favorites. There will be different options available to you based upon your theme. Themes such as Genesis and Thesis also have some of their own unique plugins that you can add.
What’s your favorite plugin that many people may not know about?
Heather Santo is a certified Virtual Administrative Consultant with over 15 years of customer service experience. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting. She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently. She specializes in Aweber, Pinterest, WordPress Thesis, Gratitude Concierge Work and social media content graphic creation.
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