It took me a while to start playing around with plugins. When I started my wordpress blog I had no idea what html, code or even a trackback meant! I just wrote, added a picture (normally the wrong size) and pressed publish. That was back when blogging was new and it was easier to gain a following. Now as bloggers we have to work hard at constantly improving our blogs.
The aim of plugins is to make your life, as a blogger easier as well as making reading and sharing for your audience easier. Like with apps, there are so many different WordPress plugins out there, it can be tough to figure out which ones are the one you want.
Before installing any WordPress plugin, read the reviews and ask fellow bloggers for suggestions.
Naked Social Share. this is one of those essential plugins. There are a few out there but the one I use is Naked Social Share. It is easy to install and set up. This plugin is so important. If you want people to easily share your blog posts, make it as easy as possible for them. Make sure the buttons are visible and that they work. Check them after you have done any update to make sure they are still working correctly.
Akismet Anti-Spam (or any other spam filter). Spam is a part of blogging but there are great plugins that prevent you from having to deal with it all. Akisment works the best for me on both the blogs that I run and the clients who I blog for have this plugin installed as well.
Yoast. I installed this plugin to both my blogs and on a few client blogs. This is a great tool to use to guide you on your SEO for each post. It tells you what needs improving and what you have done correctly.
WP Smush. A fellow blogger introduced me to this plugin and I really enjoy it. It is a great way to manage the size of your images. When you install it you can go back and smush all your existing photos, it does take a little bit of time but is worth it.
These are just a few of the plugins I use but if you are just starting out, then these are the ones you need.
What are some of your favourite plugins?