10 essential wordpress plugins every blogger should have

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 don’t use WordPress bit someone’s I wish I did to take advantage of plugins!#coolmumclub

  2. I’m still learning about these so this is a really useful piece. Thank you! #coolmumclub

  3. Ahh I’m only using about 2 of these! I’m going to download the rest as they all sounds so handy. I’m still trying to get used to WP after moving from Blogger xx #coolmumclub

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Askimet is my favourite without a doubt. I had so many spam comments until I found this little plug in. Didn’t know there was one to revive old posts will check that out. Useful as always. Thanks Talya. #coolmumclub

  8. I thought I had all the good basic plugins but nope! Thanks for this I’m getting on it right away! #coolmumclub

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Oh dear, I have none of these! Looks like I have some homework to do! Thanks for the tips! #coolmumclub

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


  13. So useful, saving this one! Just become self-hosted so learning every day. Thank you! #coolmumclub

  14. 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

  15. Oh this is fab! You know I was thinking just today about the resizing of images…my site seems slower lately and I wonder if that timebomb is ticking ever so slightly louder than it was haha. Definitely going to install a good few of these, thanks for hosting #coolmumclub xx

  16. This so helpful, thank you! I think I only have 2 or 3 of these plugins at the moment so I’m off to get the rest now 🙂 x #coolmumclub

  17. 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

  18. I love these posts for showing me the plugins I need in my life 🙂 Thanks for sharing, there a few on the list that I’ll definitely be downloading #coolmumclub

  19. 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

  20. So useful, lovely! Gonna be adding this one to my favourites for future reference. I really need to get stuck in to Google Analytics for sure X #coolmumclub

  21. 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

  22. Ah thank you these are great, some I have but some I have been wondering about, Esprcially the revive old post and pixel one! Thanks lovey really helpful post xx #coolmumclub

  23. I always find these posts so helpful – I’ve just downloaded the Google Analytics Dashboard – I had no idea you could do that and I really do need to analyse my traffic more. Thanks so much x #coolmumclub

  24. Good tips. I am surprised to discover that I actually do have quite a few of these – go me! I really do need to sort out broken link checking, though. #coolmumclub

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