4 Must-Have Plugins for Blogs

I made the move from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress over the summer and couldn’t be happier about it! Learning the new platform definitely takes some time, the biggest of which being which plugins are right for your blog. You don’t want to have too many because the more you have, the slower your site. But after almost half a year of “learning the ropes,” here are 4 plugins that have been great for me, that I highly recommend any blog have!

4 must-have plugins

Jetpack

Stats and blog insights are always important – or at least interesting to see. The Jetpack plugin is available via the free version of WordPress and has been (blog) life changing since I first discovered it. All of your analytics are available in a dashboard upon log in. It’s so great!

Yoast SEO

If you’re looking to maximize your blog’s views in Web searches, Yoast SEO is a great plugin for you! Enter your keywords and the plugin will automatically test the important areas of your content so you can truly optimize your page for the term you need.

Resize Image After Upload

Large/actual size images will slow blogs down big time, making the page load time longer than it should be. The Resize Image After Upload plugin not only compresses your photos, but also ensures that the photos you upload are all the same size. SO helpful, so you don’t have to manually edit your photos to fit specific dimensions!

Akismet

I think this is the most crucial plugin for any blog to have. Akismet is an anti-spam plugin that protects your blog from comment spam like you wouldn’t believe. This plugin has filtered and flagged THOUSANDS of spam comments from my blog, saving me tons of time from doing the filtering myself.

 

Do you have a WordPress blog? What are your must-have plugins?

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  • Thanks so much for sharing. I love the Yoast SEO plugin, so easy to use and understand. I had no idea about the resize image upload. I need that desperately. Does it do it for featured images as well?

    • Of course! I’m not sure whether it’ll resize feature images since my layout doesn’t include them, but I know it’s incredibly helpful for regular post images!

  • Genius! I love these types of posts to see what I am doing right and what I should look into!

    • Thanks, Chandler! Hope there are some good options for you to try out!

  • do you still need resize your images with the new wordpress update? I’ve never edited my images to be certain sizes in case my blog layout changes and then I’d have to re-edit all those images!

    • I have a plugin that automatically resizes them. I never edit my images to be certain sizes either. Having to go back and fix them all would be a nightmare!

  • I just made the move in September and feel like I still have SO much to learn. Thanks for these – saving this so I can add them later!

    • I feel like I’m still learning, even after half a year :) Hope you find some good plugins on this list that work for you!

  • Allison Gallagher

    This is so helpful! Thanks for the tips…I’m always needing new plugins!

    http://www.girlnextscore.com/pin-spiration-current-style-inspiration/

    • Anytime! Glad I was able to help. Thanks for stopping by, Allison!

  • I totally agree with all of these! I rely on JetPack and SEO a ton!

    • Thanks, Erin! The plugins are so great, I don’t know how I did it before them!

  • Yoast SEO is EVERYTHING! I wouldn’t be able to SEO anything without it!

    • So agree, Chelsie! The people that created these plugins are amazing!

  • Great plug ins! Do you find you need Askimet with Disqus though? I find Disqus does a great job on its own! Pinned for my WP board on Pinterest!

    • Thanks, Anne! I’m not sure about Askimet with Disqus. When I made the switch to WP, the person who helped me with the transfer recommended it. I guess you can never have too much spam protection!

  • Great list! I don’t use Askimet though. I have Disqus and have never had an issue with spam since I have it set to approve all comments first. I love JetPack and Yoast though!

    • Thanks! Makes sense not to have it if you’re approving comments. It’s great that it automatically filters the spam ones out though!

  • I love Yoast SEO!!!

  • I love all of these. I’m so glad I made the switch from blogger.

    • Thanks, Sheryl! I’m glad I made the switch too! What a difference between the two!

  • What are the biggest differences between WordPress and Blogger? Was the switch easy for you, or did you lose a lot?? (Thanks for letting me pick your brain!)

    <3 Have Ashley, Will Travel

    • The switch was super easy because I purchased a new template and the person who installed it also handled the switch for me :) The biggest difference is that WP is self-hosted, meaning you own your own content, whereas with Blogger, Google technically owns your site. With WP there are also tons of plugins which are helpful for growing and maintaining your blog!

      • Thank you so much for your advice and taking the time to respond to this. I really appreciate it!! :)