Plugins are a way to add functionality and style to your blog, and they are one of the top reasons why WordPress continues to reign supreme in the blogging world. Plugins can protect your site from hackers, create gallery slide shows, build your newsletter subscriber list, and share your post on social media or with your friends, seriously, there’s a plugin for everything! There are SO many plugins available that the number of choices can become overwhelming, so I’m sharing my top favorite plugins that I think every new blogger needs!
UpdraftPlus (Backup and Restoration)
you absolutely must backup your blog on a regularly scheduled basis, and UpdraftPlus does a reliable job. It automatically backs things up and makes it easy for you to restore a previous backup if necessary. The premium version gives you more backup options, but I’ve found that the free version works well enough for my needs.
Limit Login Attempts
no matter how big or small your blog is, you’re likely to get threatened by hackers time and time again. Limit Login Attempts deter hackers by temporarily blocking their ip addresses after a specified number of retries. This plugin hasn’t been updated in over two years, but I use it, and it is still working fine as of my latest WordPress update.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Track your page views and more with this plugin that integrates your Google Analytics data into your WordPress dashboard.
spam comments run rampant on blogs, so using a spam blocker like Akismet to filter out the garbage is a necessity! Akismet has caught and discarded over 45 thousand spam comments from my blog in just the past six months alone!
Comment Reply Notification
This plugin sends an email to your readers when you reply to their comments left on your blog.
WordPress Popular Posts
Easily create a gallery or list of your most popular posts to display on your sidebar or footer. Lots of customization options!
You’ll need a social sharing plugin, and there are LOTS to choose from. I am currently using Flare, and I love that it has an extensive dashboard that enables me to track all of my social shares.
jQuery Pin It Button for Images
Adds a Pinterest pin-it button that appears upon hovering over your post images. Allows custom icons and graphics to be used for the button.
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Share “related posts” at the bottom of your screen, and allow readers to quickly see related content and ideas. Great for reducing bounce rate and keeping readers on your site!