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!
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!
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!
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?