I made the decision to move to WordPress last year and though it came with a learning curve I found it to be well worth it. Since my switch from Blogger, I have come across some great WordPress plugins that have made blogging just that little bit easier. I wanted to share some of them with you and hope that you find them as useful as I do!
This one I am sure most of you know about (and use) since it has become a very popular plugin. Disqus replaces the standard comment box that comes with WordPress and makes the comment section much more interactive and visibly appealing. Disqus comes with a comment rating system and a moderating panel where you can whitelist, blacklist and approve or deny comments. It’s great at preventing spam, is very customizable and I much prefer this over any other commenting plugin I have tried in the past.
Yoast is a fantastic plugin that helps improve your blog’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization). SEO can be a complicated thing, but Yoast makes it easy. You are able to set your focus keyword, SEO title, and meta description and many other advanced and social options right in your editor. Yoast can also give you a page analysis and score so you can see how well your post is optimized. This plugin is truly invaluable I can’t recommend it enough.
This is a plugin that I discovered recently and have found it to be a very useful tool. As bloggers, we write endless amounts of content for the world to see and as we keep publishing new posts, our older ones can tend to get lost or forgotten. Tweetily is a plugin that will publish your WordPress posts to your Twitter account automatically and help bring more traffic to your site. It’s also customizable so you can tailor your tweets to what works best for you like what to tweet, when to tweet and you can even include hashtags. Pretty cool, right?
When people come to our site we want them to be able to move around it’s pages easily, right? When a website or blog takes too long to load, people can get impatient and click away. Caching your site will help improve the performance by creating static pages instead of loading scripts dynamically every time a person loads a page. Lesser load time for your viewer means the longer they will stay and roam around your site.
Speaking about plugins to keep viewers staying on your site longer, Related Posts is a great tool for that as well. You can set up your related posts manually by choosing which articles to share on that specific post, or automatically where the plugin will determine relevant posts itself. This will encourage your reader to stay longer by showing what other amazing content you offer on your site!