Blog Basics: Must Have WordPress Plugins

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Since I got back into blogging over the last 18 months, I’ve really enjoyed reading others posts on must have WordPress plugins. I went self hosted pretty quickly after setting up my blog almost three years ago, but didn’t really properly commit to it or start investing in it until about 18 months ago when I finally found my passion. Since then I’ve really surprised myself at how much I enjoy and am interested in the back end technical stuff, and some of my favourite evenings are those that I get to tinker around with plugins and design aspects of my blog.

I’ve never really felt like I’ve had enough authority or experience in blogging to write blog tips and how to posts like these which is really silly as there are always going to be other bloggers and aspiring bloggers out there that will be looking for posts like these. Knowledge is most definitely power as far as blogging goes, and some of the best discoveries I have made have been through other bloggers posts like these.

Over the last few months I’ve had a few other bloggers asking me for advice and information on some of the plugins that I’ve been using which almost made me fall off my chair. I’ve never felt like I was one of those people that other bloggers ask for advice, but it made me realise that maybe I do know a thing or two. After writing my last post on how to host a blog giveaway I also realised that I do have a fair bit that I’d like to share on what I know, so here’s my list of must have WordPress plugins.

 

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision is one of those plugins that works a little bit of magic in the background. Until I came across this plugin, I had no idea that my blog was saving each and every draft revision of a post. Literally every. single. one. Which actually takes up space, potentially slowing down the loading time of your blog for visitors. This plug-in therefore deletes all post revisions which helps create and save space. Magic!

Broken Link Checker

We all know how annoying it is to be browsing a website or blog and hit on a link or page only to discover that it is broken and doesn’t go anywhere. This fab little plugin alerts you to any broken links on your blog so that you can fix or remove them as needed. This is not only important for keeping your readers happy, but is also good for your SEO.

CommentLuv

CommentLuv is one of the must have WordPress plugins, up there with the likes of Jetpack (more on Jetpack below) as one of the ones you just need to have. It enables commenting on your blog, and whilst there are a fair few commenting plugins out there, this is one of the ones that I find the most user and aesthetically friendly.

Draft For Friends

Draft for friends is one of my all time favourite WordPress plugins as it allows you to share draft and scheduled posts with others before they have gone live on your blog. This is particularly useful if you want to share a post with a PR person or another blogger as I often do. For example, I run a weekly linky (Marvellous Mondays) with the lovely Kaye from Hello Archie and this lovely little plugin allows me to share my weekly post for the linky with her really quickly and easily.

Duplicate Posts

Duplicate posts does exactly what it says on the tin, which is to duplicate posts that you have previously written. This is particularly useful if you have any posts that you frequently write, for example a linky post, update posts or monthly favourite posts and need to replicate the format, tags and images which it does all at the click of a button saving a whole heap of time and effort that can be spent elsewhere.

Google Fonts

At some point, like me you’ll probably get bored with the standard fonts that your template offers you and want a little more variety on your blog which is where Google Fonts comes in. This plugin gives you access to a whole host of pretty Google fonts for free. I’ve only recently added this to my plug-in collection and am still exploring it, but so far its pretty impressive in terms of the range of fonts (a ridiculous amount) and the flexibility (spacing, colours, size, placement) of using it across my blog.

Jetpack

Jetpack is like an all singing, all dancing one man band. Its one of those WordPress plugins that you should just have if you have a self hosted WordPress blog. When you move to a self hosted blog from WordPress it will look very different unless you have this plugin which replicates the look and feel of a WordPress blog. Both in terms of templates and back end functionality and navigation. It’s a must have.

Revive Old Posts

Revive Old Posts is another one of my favourite WordPress plugins. I have a tendency to promote my most recent posts. Recent being from that day, week, sometimes possibly the prior week which is a real waste of content and opportunity. However this plugin helps me to regularly promote older posts at a set frequency without ever having to think about it. I can choose how far back/recent I want it to pull from the archives, which categories I want to include and how frequent I want it to share a post on twitter. This plugin is definitely up there in my list of recommendations.

Ultimate No Follow

The Ultimate No Follow plugin allows you to really easily follow the google follow/no follow rule. If you’re still confused about this rule and what it means for you then Katy from What Katy Said has written a great post explaining this which is well worth a read. However I’d really recommend this plugin if you don’t have it already.

Updraft

When you have a blog security is absolutely paramount. Imagine waking up one day and finding that your blog has been compromised and everything on it has disappeared. As a blogger I don’t think I can imagine anything worse so its important to make sure that you have something like updraft regularly backing up your blog. Again its one of those plugins that does that hard work for you once you’ve set it all up.

Yoast SEO

I have a basic understanding of SEO (note to self to learn more) which is why Yoast SEO is a great plugin to have. It does a lot of the hard work for you, guiding you on what specific things you need to do to each post and page to ensure it is SEO friendly. It’s really simple and easy to use and follow and I’d really recommend it.

So there you have it. My list of my favourite and must have WordPress plugins. What are yours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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70 Comments

  1. September 13, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Going through this is definitely on my to do list. Having a husband off sick is no good for the blogging! #twinklytuesday
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  2. September 13, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    A good pick of must-have plug-ins. They are part of my top list too though I’m yet to get Google Font; and I’ve stayed away from the Broken Link Checker because I read a post by Mama Geek (I think), that it’s buggy and slows down one’s blog. As for Duplicate Post, I wish it worked with Jetpack’s Publicize.

    Good share πŸ™‚ #TwinklyTuesday
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  3. September 13, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    some of these I have but some I have not heard of. Great checklist, eso for the techie challenged folk like myself. Not too overwhelming.

    #dreamteam

    ps- I subscribed to your blog. πŸ™‚

  4. September 13, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    My blog is quite new so i found this post so useful! Thanks. #twinklytuesday

  5. September 14, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Thanks so much for this. For someone who loves technology, I love it at an arms length. Therefore, I have no real working knowledge of stuff like this. I definitely check these out as the only one I think I have at present is Jetpack.
    Potty Adventures
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  6. September 14, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Thank you for this! Only yesterday I was asking my husband what he knew about plug ins as I literally know nothing and have so much I want to do on my blog now I have gone self hosted! Do you know of any plug ins which mean I can automatically share my blog posts on facebook and twitter? I cant see any option! Also how do I make sure my twitter handle is on any posts that people retweet? I’m so confused by it all! #BloggerClubUK
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  7. September 14, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Great tips. I had to remove my broken link checker a while ago, you’ve reminded me to put it back on, thank you. I had also never thought of the better delete revision plugin, it’s a good idea. #BloggerClubUk

  8. September 14, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Oh this is brilliant and I am pinning I had no idea you could get so many different plugins! It’s a mine field will definately be starting with these! Thanks so much – pinning!! Xx #Blogerclubuk
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  9. September 14, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Brilliant! Thank you for posting this -I’m new to blogging and the technical side of things really befuddles me!!! #bloggerclubuk

  10. September 14, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    These are great! I’m off to download the broken link checker right now, thanks! x #BloggerClubUK

  11. September 15, 2016 / 8:13 am

    What a good list you’ve put together. Its fab to have a resource of the plugins which have been tried and tested by fellow bloggers:) I recently installed draft for friends and think its great. One from your list that I’m going to do later is revive old posts. Thanks so much:)

    Mainy

    #FamilyFun
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  12. September 15, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Oh you so right, people will ALWAYS find this posts helpful, I thought I knew the best plugins to have yet here I am learning more. I didn’t know about the relentless conundrum plugin that is the follow/no follow, the duplicate post or draft for friends – such useful ones to have. Thank you so much for sharing, i’ll be pinning this post for later so that I can get the plugins I am missing! Thanks again for joining us at #Familyfun. Hope to see you next week xx

  13. September 16, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    There’s a couple I’ve not heard of before. I’ll check them out! I have a schedule calendar which I use all the time. It’s pretty handy. Thanks for linking up to #familyfun
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  14. September 16, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Great post, I’m pretty new to blogging so love any recommendations like this. I already use a few of them but I wil, definitely be checking out the rest, especially the first as I seem to make LOADS of revisions!
    #Brillblogposts
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  15. September 18, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Oh this is super useful! I’ve had the same plugins for a while now but had not heard of Better Delete Revision and Duplicate Posts before. Also I am definitely running to check out Google Fonts, always getting bored of the same old on my theme. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteamxx
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  16. September 19, 2016 / 6:33 am

    What a great list, there are so many plugins to choose from. It’s good to know the tried and tested ones.

    #MarvMondays
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  17. September 19, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Oh there are some great ones here. I have many of them but I really like the sound of draft for friends and goggle fonts so I am going to have a little explore! #marvmondays
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  18. September 19, 2016 / 8:06 am

    I could spend hours looking and researching all the different plug-ins! This post has introduced me to some fab new ones though, I like the sound of Google Fonts! Yeost SEO has got to be my favourite one though, I’ve learnt a lot about SEO in such a short amount of time #MarvMondays

  19. September 19, 2016 / 10:32 am

    I’ve got a few of these and others not! I like the revive all posts idea and I really need to do a broken links checker!! I just keep putting it off!!! Thanks for hosting Hun xx
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  20. September 19, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Amazing tips! I use a few of these already, and especially love the Duplicate Posts plugin, so helpful for those monthly posts/features. I haven’t used Revive Old Posts, so will be testing that one out – I always promote my current posts but never my old ones. Also, the Draft For Friends sounds like it could be really useful. Thanks for sharing! #MarvMondays

  21. September 19, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing these. I definitely need to get the first two. After changing my domain name twice over the last 6 years, I suspect I have a few broken links I’ve missed. Also, I didn’t realise WordPress kept so many back-ups; Housekeeping is definitely needed! #MarvMondays
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  22. September 19, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Oh wow! This is such a fab list! I hardly have any of these. I am definitely saving this so I can get started on getting these must-haves! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. #MarvMondays
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  23. September 19, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    As a newbie, I love these must have posts. My favourites are Comment Luv and Resize Image After Upload. Will be checking out some of the ones you mention that I haven’t seen before particularly the Better/Delete/Revision. #MarvMondays
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  24. September 19, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Amazing post! I’m off to download them all right now! I’m always looking for new ways to make the blog look and run better. Thanks for your tips!

    #MarvMondays

  25. September 19, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Great tips – I have a lot of these but not all so I’ll have to follow up! #marvmondays

    • September 20, 2016 / 11:09 pm

      Good stuff, hope you find one or two more that you find useful πŸ™‚

  26. September 19, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Ooooh! These are fantastic suggestions — and lots I should be using — whoops!
    Thanks so much for this! #marvmondays

    • September 20, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      Thanks, hope you have fun trying some of them out πŸ™‚

    • September 20, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      Ahh, you definitely need to get installing. Some of them are blog life changers!

  27. September 19, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Oooh this is very interesting. I am completely rubbish with all this and admire anyone who can get their head around it, let alone actually enjoy it! Thank you so much for taking the time to share these. I shall be checking the ones I don’t have out. Alison x #MarvMondays

    • September 20, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      I would have said that myself a year or two ago πŸ˜‰

  28. September 19, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    great post and awesome tips thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ definitely I will use some of them

  29. September 19, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Great advice on using all these plugins. I will definitely start using some.

  30. September 20, 2016 / 6:50 am

    Oh I’m not self-hosted but reading this I wish I was! Love the draft for friends plug in – how useful?! Will be coming back to this list for sure when I make the brave step to self-hosting x #MarvMondays
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    • September 20, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      I never realised! Its so funny when you discover who is and who isnt as you’d have no idea from just looking at peoples blogs πŸ™‚ Hope you do find it useful if you ever need to come back to it!

    • September 20, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Thank you, im so pleased you think so! I love reading posts like these that others write as they are so, so helpful! Good luck if you do decide to go self hosted πŸ™‚

  31. September 20, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Oh I have a couple of plugins from this list I want to look into more now, thanks! #marvmondays
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    • September 20, 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Great! Hope you find one or two of them useful πŸ™‚

    • September 20, 2016 / 10:04 pm

      Good luck! Its a scary thought in the beginning to go self hosted, but its definitely worth it πŸ™‚ Glad that the post will come in useful soon!

  32. September 20, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    When I made the decision to come back to blogging in a quieter way I also opted to go back to a hosted site. This works better for me in terms of keeping things small, but I dk miss some of the plugins. Revive Old Posts being my favourite. #marvmondays
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    • September 20, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      I can see how both options would work well. I do think back fondly on my wordpress hosted days – when everything was so simple and easy! Its great seeing you back blogging πŸ™‚

  33. September 20, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    I am leaving this on my screen after writing this comment. I am trying to revamp my website so it is use friendly and perfect for what I want. It is taking a lot of time and plugins are something in really need to concentrate on. I haven’t head of half of these but after reading the description of each of them I now want all of them! Great post, thank you for sharing #MarvMondays
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    • September 20, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      Ahhh im so pleased it was helpful! I love discovering new plugins, and its even better when they come recommended as there are sooooo many! Good luck with the revamp, exciting stuff πŸ™‚

  34. September 21, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Thank you for a helpful post, off I go to download the plug-ins a don’t have x #MarvMondays

  35. September 24, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    Useful list. I have some of these but I’m crap with getting plugins. Keep wondering about getting the duplicate post plugin. And really must sort broken link checker!

    (Sorry for my lateness – my computer died a few days ago and now I am struggling with getting stuff done, not least with remembering what I am meant to be getting done, as I have everything that needs completing saved on computer!) #MarvMondays

  36. October 5, 2016 / 10:12 am

    This is greath – thanks so much for sharing. I’ve just downloaded a couple based on your recommendations. #TheList

  37. November 21, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I think I have pretty much most of these plug in but I always love seeing what other use too and I will be going to install 2 of these suggestions as I didn’t know about them thank you so much #blogstorm
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  38. November 28, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Such a fab post! Im building my own site and need this bookmrked for that! Thanks for linking up with us on #Blogstorm it is back live again tomorrow if you have any posts!
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  39. February 3, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Great post buddy, you mentioned one of my favorite plugins – Revive Old Post. Every blogger should use that. πŸ™‚

  40. September 4, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Just stumbled upon this via a linky! I’d love to know if you had an updated list of these! I love Drafts for Friends, it’s so good to be able to share posts with PR’s before they go live! xx

    • September 14, 2017 / 11:08 pm

      Ah thanks lovely! Linkies are so fab for that aren’t they πŸ™‚ I haven’t got an updated list, but should probably do one. Will let you know if I do, plugins are literally life changing when it comes to blogging! X

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