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!
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
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
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!
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