10 essential wordpress plugins every blogger should have

essential wordpress plugins

When you first move over to self hosted as a blogger, it seems the list of wordpress plugins you can make use of is endless. Over a year down the line of being self hosted, I have definitely learnt which are the essential wordpress plugins every blogger should have when they are self hosted. Everyone has their favourites, but here’s my pick:

1.Updraft Plus

Just imagine the stress when one day, your blog is in meltdown and the realisation dawns on the fact you have not backed up your blog…ever. For backing up and restoring your blog, this is the only plug in you will ever need.

2.Yoast (use with the editor)

If you are trying to get to grips with, or improve your SEO, then Yoast is absolutely fab. Enabling you to power up your blog’s SEO with an easy to follow traffic light system, there’s a reason why it’s the numero uno WordPress SEO plug in. And if you’ve come to the Yoast party late I would highly recommend using it with the SEO editor which allows for inline editing of keywords etc. of previous posts.

3.Google Analytics Dashboard

If you really want to know what the dilly is with your traffic, then the Google Analytics dashboard is where it’s at. As well as being able to view key Google Analytics reports on your dashboard, you can also drill down to more in-depth page and post data too.

4.Revive Old Post

Don’t leave all those fab old blog posts you have written lay to rest in silence. Instead give them a new lease of life by linking them up to your social media. I especially love this for putting out old content on Twitter, and it really does help to eek out some extra traffic to past posts.

5.Broken Link Checker

Broken links – the bain of every blogger’s life. Half the time we have no idea how they get there, but one thing’s for sure is they are there and mounting and have a bad effect on your search rankings and quality of your blog. Keep on top of them with this plugin, and face up to the pain.

6.Short Pixel Optimizer

Unless you are a clever sprout who has been resizing your images before you have been uploading them, then you are sitting on a blog timebomb. Fear not though! You don’t need to go through and resize all your images because this plug in will do it for you.

7. Jetpack

This round up wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Jetpack. The king of plugins and seriously hard working, this plug in will do everything from giving you your stats (if Google Analytics is too complicated for you), to sorting out your security and managing your subscriptions plus more.

8. Askimet

Hands up who hates spam? Yup, nothing more annoying then spammy comments. Thankfully this plugin is here to filter all that out for you.

9.Google XML Sitemaps

This makes your blog more search engine friendly by helping the Google, Bing and Yahoo bots that crawl them find their way round a little easier –  so if you’re hoping for more search engine traffic ensurie your blog is indexed accordingly with this baby.

10. WP Limit Log In Attempts

If you haven’t had your blog hacked yet – well done! If you have, you will know the pain. Some malwares try to take over your site by trying usernames and passwords, over and over again, until boom! it gets in. WP Limit Login Attempts limits the rate of login attempts and blocks the IP temporarily. Phew!

If you’re a blogger, which of this WordPress plugins do you use? And are there any you would add to the essential list? Please do leave a comment and share.

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  1. I so need to save this and refer back to it during a blog DIY!
    It’s brilliant- thank you.
    I have been using WordPress for about 9 months and I am still as clueless as I was last autumn!

  2. Thanks Talya! Thank goodness for this techy post. Lots to sort out. So handy to know especially when we love our blogs so much. We need to take care of them! #coolmumclub

  3. This is so useful for me right now. I’m just looking round at self-hosting options and being fairly computer illiterate it’s taking its toll on me haha. I’m bookmarking this to return to once I’ve finally decided on a host as these plug in, once I’ve got my head round these also, look awesome.
    Potty Adventures

  4. I use All in One SEO instead of Yoast, seems to do the same thing.
    As for stopping hackers, everyone should take this seriously. Hubby maintains the technical side of my blog and had to stop the log in page from being accessible outside our house after one IP address was trying so desperately to log in.
    I spend too much time on GA and JetPack looking at my stats. Great that GA also has an iphone app so I can watch people reading posts from my phone! #coolmumclub

  5. As a new blogger, I have so much to learn. This posts is really informative and is being saved for future reference!


  6. Hi Tayla! How are you fab lady? This is such a great post. Now I’m a single mum again I’m going to be giving all my love to my son and my blog! So these handy tips are great, in fact I have written them all down! Hope you are well, always love your content by the way, such a good read. Tor xxx

  7. Great plugins – I have most of them, although I use Evergreen Post Tweeter to share old posts which does much the same thing. Definitely agree that it is important to back up regularly and do what you can to prevent hackers and spam. I also love Shareaholic for social media buttons, WordPress Editorial Calendar for helping plan and schedule posts and Better Delete Revision for removing previous versions of posts (each time you edit and update a post, a copy gets stored which can make your site slow down). #coolmumclub
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  8. As someone who is currently trying to get my head around self-hosting, this is a fab post – bookmarked for later (along with all your other fabulous posts that will come in handy when I make the jump!) #coolmumclub

  9. Yay, so pleased to see that I have most of these and am using them already! The only one I wasnt aware of was the XML plug in so Ill definitely be checking this out now 🙂 Great post. Emily #coolmumclub

  10. Talya you are such a lifesaver when it comes to these posts. I haven’t heard of quite a few of these (I think unconsciously incompetent is the term?) but you make it all sound so straight forward and user friendly. I wish you ran your own hosting site with actual instructions and information that a tech dinosaur such as I can understand! Thank you – and thanks for hosting #coolmumclub x
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