One of the real benefits to using wordpress for blogging is that there are a lot of plugins for it.
Here is my list of really great Wordpress plugins for blogs.
What are plugins?
Plugins are simply little bits of code that ‘plug in’ to Wordpress.
They are very simple to install, and they add functionality to Wordpress.
For instance, Wordpress doesn’t have an e-commerce store, but the Woocommerce PLUGIN adds e-commerce functionality by allowing you to add products and prices, etc.
Wordpress doesn’t have the functionality of advanced SEO functionality, but adding the Yoast PLUGIN adds it to Wordpress.
You can find plugins for just about any functionality you need, and some are practically indispensible for your blog.
Here is a list of plugins I use either always or almost always, depending on the purpose of my blog or site.
Click on the button at the bottom of each list to read about the plugin’s detail.
General Purpose Plugins
- Contact form 7
- Yoast seo
- Shortcode in menus
- If Menu
- Widget context
- Classic editor
- Dagon design sitemap generator
- Google xml sitemaps
- Gravity forms
- Insert headers and footers
- Smush Image Compression
- Wp super cache
- Wp Data Tables
- Page and Post Clone
Plugins for ecommerce
- Alidropship woo
- Mailchimp for woocommerce
- Title toggle for storefront theme
- Woo title limit
- Woo commerce menu cart
- Woocommerce shipping estimates
- Woocommerce stripe gateway
Wordpress Plugins for Security
- Anti-Malware Security and Brute Force Firewall
- IQ Block Country
- Wordfence security
- Rename wp-login.php