Building a website on WordPress is like shooting a fish in a barrel and it is one of the most rewarding things you can do to escalate your online presence and grow your business. Having been on the Internet for a while, I know how significant it can be to have a platform wherein you can document your work to the best of its potential in order to make it last and reach a wider scale.
If you’re a beginner and are unaware of what Plugins are / how they work. Plugins in simple words are an extension of your site. You install them on your WordPress site and they’ll add certain elements to your site that you can use to make your site more functional and handy.
For instance, you can install plugins to do various things such as create a subscription form, link your social media pages, manage SEO, and so much more.
Trust me, managing your WordPress site isn’t any Rocket science, it is easy and you get the nub of it once you practically start using it.
Listing down a few useful plugins that have helped me so far in order to ensure a well put together site, hoping this turns out to be useful for you too and you do not end up downloading all sorts of random plugins and making your site speed slower.
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress plugins. Understanding SEO is not something that many budding bloggers are interested in, but it is really important if you plan on having long-term success with blogging. SEO is so much more than what comes with the Yoast plugin, but it does help to get you started and understand the basics of it.
Jetpack is another useful plugin that helps in spam filtering, malware scanning, and brute force attack protection. So, unwanted intrusions are prevented from entering your website. It also helps with real-time backups and pushes notifications and emails about website downtime. These are all some of the non-glamorous but most effective features to have on your blog websites.
Being content creators, social media is a way we reach out to the masses – therefore we want our content to be shared on each and every platform that we’re on so that more eyeballs land on our site. For which it is incredibly important to make sharing your content as easy as possible. A great way of doing this is to use a social share plugin so that readers can share your content without having to copy-paste anything. Social pug has a user-friendly interface and It lets you add highly customizable social share buttons that integrate beautifully with the web site’s design, leading to increased interactions and social media shares. So it’s a win-win, isn’t it?
Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress by Exact Metrics
Believe it/not it is extremely important to keep a track on the analytics of your website in order to understand your site’s performance better. This Google Analytics for WordPress plugin enables you to track your site using the latest Google Analytics tracking code and allows you to view key Google Analytics stats in your WordPress install. In addition to a set of general Google Analytics stats, in-depth Page reports and in-depth Post reports allow further segmentation of your analytics data, providing performance details for each post or page from your website.
Nextgen Gallery Plugin
Pictures add beauty to your text and make it look good and interesting for the reader. Nextgen Gallery Plugin allows you to batch upload photos, import metadata, add/delete/rearrange/sort photos, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and much more
That’s it for this blog, I tried making it as insightful as I could. Let me know what do you think about it in the comments section below. Until next time, XOXO