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OK! You established your domain name, downloaded WordPress …now what?
It’s time to download the best plugins for your blog!
You may be asking, What the heck are plugins?
Plugins are downloadable extensions available within WordPress that allow you to set up specific functions within your website and WordPress itself.
These functions allow you to customize your WordPress-website to make it easier to protect, promote, and, allow for smoother functionality.
There are many plugins to choose from. Word of caution though, you have to be careful with the plugins you download. Some plugins may have poorly written coding (in other words, “low quality”) that may clash with other plugins. This will weaken your website. This will your blog will become vulnerable to viral attacks.
Don’t worry, I have made it easy for you! I compiled a list of the best plugins for your blog that is absolutely needed to be successful in your blogging journey!
But first, If you have not read my previous post, I suggest you should!
Some features include:
This plugin is my favorite. It gives you the opportunity to place every component of your website wherever you want.
Elementor is technically free, but there is a Pro version. Elementor Pro allows you to unlock different applications, not available in the free version, making it easy to design way more freely. Just do your research on which website template WordPress offers that best synchronizes with Elementor.
Yes, good hosting and well-coded plugins are a must for fast preforming websites. Most importantly you want a plugin that helps increase your potential in ranking higher in search engine websites. Luckily, one of those plugins is W3 Total Cache. This is a performance optimizing plugin that improves SEO, which leads to higher ranking in search engines like Google. This is extremely important because a lot of plugins (you’ll see what I’m talking about) are geared towards helping with your search engine ranking. Higher ranking = more readers.
Trusted by some of the most known sites like Princeton University, NBA, Forbes and many more!
These are some of features this plugin offers:
These buttons tell you if your SEO is Good, Ok, or if it Needs improvement.
With this you can instantly see if your blog post needs tweaking all for your website ranking. See how ranking in search engines is becoming an important thing.
But most importantly, this plugin allows you to customize your individual blog post AND pages descriptions for your Search engines to display.
Pretty Links is extremely useful in shortening links (especially your affiliate links) you include in your website. This plugin also allows you to track your link clicks.
This is how Pretty Links can help you:
Cookies by DFactory Every blogger needs to show a cookie disclosure on their website. You see the little pop up that appears at the bottom of my pages? That is thanks to this little app.
All you have to do is download, activate and your good to go.
That is all for now folks. These are plugins I am currently using to maintain and up keep your website.
I hope this helps with narrowing down your plugin lists. Let me know in the comments below, what is the best plugin you have for your site!