7 Best WordPress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers

Wordpress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers

I’ve been blogging on a self-hosted website for a little over a year now. While I don’t consider myself an expert, I know that I’ve learned SO much that I want to share with y’all! I spent hours and hours looking through different articles, forums, and posts about how to set up your blog. There is so much information it can be overwhelming. The main reason that a lot of people use WordPress is because it’s so easy to customize and because there are additional resources, called plug-ins, that allow you add endless features and functions to your blog. Today, I’m going to share the 7 Best WordPress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers. This is the list that I wish someone had given me straight off the bat!

Here we go: WordPress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers

1. Yoast SEO

This will come as no shocker to some, but search engine optimization (SEO) is seriously underrated with certain people. Optimizing your content for search engines help it get indexed faster so that you gain more traffic to your awesome content. This plugin makes it easy to set a focus keyword and make sure that you’re formatting your posts properly. It provides help in writing more clearly, analyzing your page, using meta links, and sharing to your social media sites. WordPress on its own is pretty goodfor SEO, but it never hurts to have a little boost! It’s just blogging good practice and is something that I wish I had started from the beginning!

2. Easy Columns

Adding columns to your blog can completely change the look of your posts! I’ve used this one for as long as I can remember to create an easier way to see more photos in less time. I feel like it’s one of those WordPress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers that steps your game up immediately. Here’s an example of how I use it!

Wordpress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers

TIP: I like to stack a landscape-oriented photo above two portrait-oriented photos and then repeat and repeat and repeat. Once you install this plugin, an icon appears on your pages and posts from the editor. It’s simply a click and then filling in the columns with your photos, recipes, whatever you want. Seriously – it’s that easy! It works will any theme too which is such a huge bonus.

3. WP Super Simple Speed

Install this and watch it make your website load faster. This can be especially helpful if you aren’t working with a web-developer. It does a bunch of code-y type things that I can’t really explain to you. The only  thing I can say is that I noticed my website loading faster once I installed it! Let’s be honest: No one is going to stay on your page if it takes too long for it to load.

4. Better Click to Tweet

Wordpress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers

You’ve probably seen click to tweet’s on other blogs. There’s an example of it in the photo above! It’s a fantastic way to encourage social sharing in your circle. This will be especially good for business-themed blogs where you’ll get really juicy nuggets of text. I don’t use this one quite as much because my blog tends to focus on visual elements, but it’s an incredible tool nonetheless! You can see some examples where and how I’ve used it here and here.

(Also apparently it’s “better” than the original Click to Tweet because of it’s readiness for translation, CSS, and better security. Score!)

5. Sassy Social Share

Those little floaty icons that encourage you to share on the left side of my blog is provided by Sassy Social Share. I love that you can choose a color and style that matches your blog’s theme. I like my blue-green color in a classic circle but if you like original coloring for the platforms in different shapes, sizes, and settings – this is for you. Seriously, there are over 100 social media platforms to choose from. Pretty sure you can find yours on there! The settings also provides multiple options for the location of your icons. I not only put these icons on the side but on the bottom of each post as well! Make it easy for your users to get your content onto their social media channels.

6. Contact Form 7

Wordpress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers

This is one of the best WordPress Plugins for Beginner Bloggers that I recommend. If you’re looking for an easy contact form, look no further. It’s easy to customize and super user-friendly. While it does have a little bit of a learning curve and can be a teensy bit confusing at time, having a contact form is totally necessary. Making a tab in your main menu can draw sponsorship opportunities and general reader questions. How can someone work with you if they can’t contact you!? Anyhoo – I have nothing but good things to say about this!

7. Instagram Feed

Before I switched my blog over to a theme by Pipdig, I used this plugin without fail. It’s an easy way to add an extra visual element to your homepage and remind visitors that you’re on social media. You can customize the width, height, number of photos, number of columns, image size, background color, image spacing and so on. Responsive setup and that’s all you can ask for! Definitely check out their FAQ and set up pages to make sure you’re setting it up properly.

And that’s all folks! What are your favorite blog plug-ins? Are there any other plugins that you would add to the a list of best WordPress plugins for beginner bloggers? Do you have any that you wish you had known about sooner? Comment them below!

Also – don’t forget to leave any blogging-related questions below!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
Sarah Julia

 





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22 Comments

  1. August 25, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    A plugin for backup should be in this list also.

    • Sarah
      August 26, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      Hi, Bican! Yes – definitely! I was aiming this list towards bloggers who just need to get the blog off the ground while looking professional but I totally agree! Thanks for stopping by!

      Sarah Julia

  2. Amy
    August 25, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Gi Sarah! I loved the post – it was so helpful! Are these plugins only available on WordPress.org and not wordpress.com? I’m just becoming familiar with the two of them :/ Thank you!

    • Sarah
      August 26, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      Hey, Amy! Yes they’re only available for wordpress.org accounts! The difference is totally confusing – I plan on doing a post soon about the difference. WordPress.com is the free services while wordpress.org requires self-hosted accounts. Plugins and a self-hosted URL (aka delightthedetails.com not delightthedetails.wordpress.com) is a big reason a lot of people switch to wordpress.org. Let me know if you have any WordPress-related questions! I’d love to answer them. Thanks for stopping by!

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

    • Sarah
      August 26, 2016 / 6:51 pm

      Hey, Paula! It’s seriously such a great plugin. I use it constantly. I’m glad you enjoyed the post – thanks for stopping by!

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

  3. August 26, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    I’m a beginner blogger! Thank you for the plugins! I’ve been searching hard for the best ones!

    • Sarah
      August 26, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Hey, Lizzie (I see you with the Jane Austen reference! That was my favorite book growing up). Your blog looks awesome – I can’t believe you’re just starting out! Let me know if you have any questions. Shoot me an email or whatever 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      xo,
      Sarah Julia

  4. August 26, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Oh, I like the Instagram feed one! Great post, super helpful. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Sarah
      August 27, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks, Carmen! Instagram is my favorite social media platform and it only makes sense to have a great plugin to show it off!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      xx,
      Sarah Julia

  5. August 27, 2016 / 12:40 am

    Thanks for sharing this information. I’m already using a few of these, but will check out some of the others. Pinning for reference.

    • Sarah
      August 27, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Hey, Annissa! Thanks so much! I’m glad that you enjoyed it.

      xx,
      Sarah Julia

  6. August 27, 2016 / 3:29 am

    Love the columns one! I will definitely be downloading that one soon 🙂 I like the floaty social share buttons as well. Great choices.
    -Kristin
    http://prettyloved.com

    • Sarah
      August 27, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Easy Columns is so helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

      xx,
      Sarah Julia

  7. August 27, 2016 / 3:46 am

    This is so incredibly helpful, and actually answered a lot of questions I wasn’t even quite sure how to ask yet. I’m hoping to move to self-hosting soon, and love the ease it looks like some of these plug-ins provide. There is so much to blogging!
    Thank you for sharing this list!
    Caitlin
    LemonadePressBlog.com

    • Sarah
      August 27, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Hi, Caitlin! Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m glad that you found this post helpful. Making the switch to self-hosting can be pretty intimidating but it’s so worth it! Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!
      xx,
      Sarah Julia

  8. August 29, 2016 / 12:47 am

    Only just started using Toast, it’s great! Might also look at the Instagram feed plugin is well 😊

  9. August 29, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Yoast is a must! Thanks for this list:)

    • Sarah
      August 30, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Sabrina!

      xo,
      Sarah

  10. August 29, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    This is great! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Sarah
      August 30, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Thanks Kirsty! I appreciate it!

      xx,
      Sarah Julia

  11. October 12, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Thank you! This was so helpful!!

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