9 Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Site

9 Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Site

As WordPress user with a domain name, WordPress Plugins are a great asset you should endeavor to have on your site to make it more appealing as well as making your blog stand out.

When I first moved to my own domain, I kept on downloading any plugin I perceive another blogger is using. I did not even bother to ask, I’m quite good with making my own research (all thanks to google) except when I am too lazy to.

Once I figure out a particular plugin, I just download it and activate for my blog. I kept on downloading numerous plugins, and soon my site began to suffer. Some plugins will clash and I’d experience a slow site or down time. My host provider contact will always tell me to reduce the number of plugins I own but I always feel he doesn’t know what he’s saying. When it was me who was confused on which plugin I was willing to let go.

If you’ve followed my blog from day 1, you must have noticed this. I had several share buttons, subscribe forms, comment boxes here and there. My blog was a mess. I wanted to own everything and it made my blog a bit untidy.

Until I sat down to read about WordPress plugins. According to Wikipedia, a plugin is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program, it enables customization to an existing program.

I realized I do not even need too many plugins to have a beautiful functional blog. The current theme I use have most of its own customized plugins so all I needed was a few important ones.

I’d share these with you and why I use them.

Essential WordPress Plugins You Should Have 

1. Click to Tweet

I have seen this feature on so many blogs but I had no idea what it is called, hence I could not download it. Until a discussion came up on The Bloggers Advocate Support Group and someone mentioned it. Immediately, I race to download it. We all know that tweets never disappear. As long as someone likes or retweet a tweet, it becomes relevant again. And twitter is one of the great sources to generate organic traffic for a blog.

This plugin is essential as it helps your reader to easily tweet catchy and interesting quotes you must have included in your blog post as I have done below.

Read why you should download the Click to Tweet WordPress Plugin for your blog. Click To Tweet

Essential WordPress Plugins

2. Google Analytics

Most of the things I know now about blogging, I owe it to The Bloggers Advocate Support Group and you can join on Whatsapp here. I never knew the importance of this plugin until I was contacted by a brand who wanted to run an Ad on my blog. The brand demanded to see my Google Analytics and I remembered I started to set it up one time but I was not sure if I completed the process or not. And then I learnt it is a plugin on its own. I set it up within 30 minutes and now I can monitor my site real time stats. I know where my readers are coming from, the average time a user spends on my blog, how fast or slow my blogs loads among other things.

Essential WordPress Plugins

My Google Analytics Dashboard in 7 Days (Not real time)

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3. Mail Chimp

I spoke extensively about Mail Chimp in a recent post here. It is an important plugin as it helps you to collect email of your readers. A lot of people will visit your blog from a search and with a newsletter opt in option, you can always have them visit again and again. And you can always reach out to them about products and services you offer.

4. Pinterest Pin It

My current theme support Pin It but I still love the Pinterest Pin It Plugin because of how easy it is for readers to use. It gives your readers a direct action to pin your graphics to their various Pinterest boards. And knowing fully well that Pinterest is one of the Apps where a blog get organic traffic, you should not overlook this amazing feature.

5. Yoast SEO

When I started using Yoast SEO, I had no idea what it is meant to do for my blog or how to use it. The hype about it was too much and I kept hearing, ‘You need it for your posts to rank on google’. As a result, for every blog post I write, I try to make sure I tick green but it was a lot of trial and error. But with google by my side, I have mastered the art of using Yoast SEO to a good extent.

Essential WordPress Plugins

My Yoast SEO Dashboard

Like I said, this plugin is a core essential to blogging as it guides you on how to make your posts rank on google.

Would you like for me to write an extensive post on Yoast SEO? Click To Tweet

6. JetPack

If you are a WordPress User and you don’t have Jetpack plugin on your blog, please stop reading this and download it right away. Jetpack on WordPress blogs is like an internet connection to a phone. Jetpack has a whole lot of features which includes design features, marketing tool, security services, and expert support. Read more about it here. Of all the wordpress plugins, it is very essential you have this.

Essential WordPress Plugins you need

7. Askimet

This is an essential plugin to protect your site from spam comments. The plugin automatically checks comments against the Akismet Web service and such comments are flagged as spam.

8. Google XML Sitemaps

The same way I do not know that Google Analytics is a plugin, I had similar challenge with this.

This plugin will automatically generate an XML sitemap for your site. XML sitemap is important as it helps search engine index your blog. Web crawlers can easily see the structure of your site with this plugin and be able to retrieve the result.

In addition, search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo will also be notified every time you create a post about a new content.

9. iThemes Security

Is your site properly backed up? Are you worried that if anything happens to your site, you would loose all your content? Then you should have this plugin. iThemes Security works to identify and protect common holes in your WordPress site from potential automated attacks. It has a Pro package that is even more encompassing and beneficial to your blog. I use the Gold Plan.

How To Download WordPress Plugins For Your Site

To download any of these plugins, go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Plugins and then add new. Enter the name of the plugins you are searching for and download. Afterwards, activate. If there are any challenge, send me a mail on debwritesblog201@gmail.com. If you also need someone to help you set your blog up and running with all the plugins active, I am always an email away.

Which of these WordPress plugins do you use? Which would you add or remove? Join the conversation.

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23 Comments

  1. susanspecs
    March 8, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    I’m definitely adding that click to tweet plugin, I’ve been admiring it on a lot of blogs.

    Nice post😄😄

    • March 8, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      Please add it ASAP. Thanks Susan 💙 I always look forward to your feedback

  2. March 8, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    I don’t have a domain yet but I use the Mail Chimp..
    Would these plugins work for free WordPress sites?

    • March 8, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Wow that’s amazing. I never tried using any of these except Jetpack when I was using the free WordPress. Not very sure if it will but you can try.

  3. March 9, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    I really love your blog girl. This post was just wat I needed Now I’m about moving to my own domain. Thanks gal❤

    • March 9, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Just at the right time. Looking forward to seeing you make that bold move. Thanks darl

  4. March 10, 2018 / 4:16 am

    I am unable to index my sitemap. I have submit my sitemap and i have seen that 2 sitemap has indexed in one day but they made errors 404 and after so we have deleted them and other less more sitemap not indexed yet from 5 days. So, i want to know that we have to wait for indexing my sitemap or we have to resubmit.

    • March 10, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Try resubmitting. Try doing it one after the other. You shouldn’t start another until you complete a process.

  5. March 11, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Thanks a lot of of question and answer

  6. March 12, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Moreover, you need to decide which plugins will enhance your newly built store the best. WooCommerce is a free WordPress plugin that adds eCommerce functionality to your WordPress website so you can have an online store. WordPress is probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today (iThemes). custom writing service

  7. March 13, 2018 / 11:29 am

    This is really helpful, thanks for sharing debs. I definitely have to try the click to tweet option.

  8. Matreekah
    March 14, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    This is very insightful dear. I didn’t even know google analytics had a plugin. I usually check my blog’s stats through their web page. I also recently just installed the click to tweet plug in lol. It’s amazing. Thanks for the tips guys

    • March 14, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      I never knew too, I just thought to search one day and bam, I got it. Most welcome dear

  9. March 15, 2018 / 3:45 pm

    Thanks Debs. You never fail to deliver with the meaningful and useful posts.

  10. March 15, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Debs for president. Thanks for making my search easy… I can now decide faster

    • March 15, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      Ahaha, this is good to know. I am glad it was helpful.

  11. March 16, 2018 / 3:41 am

    This is a lovely post, Debs. Kudos to you. Yoast SEO has been one of the best plugin decisions I’ve made. I would recommend it as a must-have for all bloggers, jetpack too. Now that you mentioned it, I think I deactivated my askimet plugin by mistake, as I’ve been getting a lot of spam comments lately. I’ll check that out immediately. Thanks for this post, once again.

    • March 16, 2018 / 7:08 am

      Oh dear, please do check. And always make sure your comments are always held in moderation. It’s good to hear from you again, Biyi.

  12. April 2, 2018 / 5:10 am

    Hey, Amazing list. Keep it up.
    If you wanna track your users activity and want to set their roles then you should try User Activity Log WordPress Plugin. This security plugin provides great features like display activity, custom event log, display user details, filtering option, sorting option, password security, user role selection and much more.

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