When I started my blog, finding plug-ins for my WordPress blog was seemingly overwhelming! On the other hand, it was quite fascinating to me that there were so many different plug-ins available to help you with such a wide variety of things. It seemed like the possibilities were endless when it came to plug-ins and customization.
After seeing some other bloggers talk about what their favorite WordPress plug-ins are and their blogging experiences, I’ve realized that depending on what plug-ins you have, your experiences with blogging and running a website can vary greatly. I thought it may be useful to others and other bloggers if I share some of my favorite plug-ins I’ve been using.
Besides all of that, I am also a rather curious person…
Posts like these where people share what they are using and what’s working for them are always so interesting to me. I figure I can learn from other people’s mistakes and experiences! I thought I’d share my experiences then in case there is anyone else out there who feels the same way!
I will mention what plug-ins I’ve been using successfully and which I only recently downloaded. I would hate to misrepresent how much experience I have with each plug-in.
Here are some of my current favorite WordPress plug-ins…
I will list my experiences with some of them.
- Ad Inserter– “Ad management with many advanced advertising features to insert ads at optimal positions.” I use this ad inserter with my Google Adsense ads.
- AddtoAny Share Buttons- Social media sharing buttons.
- Akismet Anti-Spam– Blocks spam comments on your blog. It’s so far caught every spam comment. It did filter out one comment from someone from a different country that was not actually spam. So make sure you check it but it has been so helpful to avoid tons of spam comments.
- All 404 Redirect– You can use this plug-in to redirect any 404 error pages back to the front page of your website. This way the potential viewers may pick another post to read if for some reason the page they were trying to get to had failed.
- BackWPup– Just a backup plug-in.
- Classic editor– I downloaded this plug-in when WordPress forced everyone to use the new block editor. I have heard that it’s not necessary now since WordPress has a place to choose which editor you want to use for now. I will have to look into that.
- Contact Form 7– “Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.”
- Cookie Notice– This is a GDPR notice plug-in that will help you make your blog compliant to those new rules.
- Google Analytics Dashboard for WP– Displays Google Analytics stats on your dashboard.
- Hello Bar- “The Original Popup Software (Top Bars, Exit Intents, Sliders, & More to Grow Your Email List!)” I just recently downloaded this but I heard that it was the best popup plug in around to grow your email list… We will see!
- Insert Headers and Footers- “Allows you to insert code or text in the header or footer of your WordPress blog.”
- Jetpack by WordPress.com- “Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.”
- jQuery Pin It Button for Images– This lets me set up a Pinterest button that appears on my images. I set it up so when someone hovers over my Pinterest images that a Pin button shows up. I wanted to try to make it more convenient to pin images especially for someone who doesn’t have the Pinterest browser extension or for people of their mobile devices.
- Meks Smart Author Widget– This is what I used to put a picture and short bio in my sidebar. I downloaded a few and this is the one that had the most customization and was the most aesthetically pleasing yet still FREE. Because that is important to me!
- Pretty Links- “Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website!”
- Printful Integration for Woocommerce- “Calculate correct shipping and tax rates for your Printful-Woocommerce integration.”
- Regenerate Thumbnails- “Regenerate the thumbnails for one or more of your image uploads. Useful when changing their sizes or your theme.”
- ShortPixel Image Optimizer- “ShortPixel optimizes images automatically, while guarding the quality of your images.” I only recently downloaded this and have yet to really use it. It was highly recommended in a blogging Facebook group I’m in though.
- Woocommerce- A plug-in for your Woocommerce store, kind of self-explanatory…
- Woocommerce Paypal Checkout Gateway- “A payment gateway for PayPal Checkout.”
- Woocommerce Services- “Hosted services for WooCommerce: automated tax calculation, shipping label printing, and smoother payment setup.”
- Woocommerce Stripe Gateway- “Take credit card payments on your store using Stripe.”
- Wordfence Security- “Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan”
- WP Snow Effect- “Add nice looking animation effect of falling snow to your WordPress site and enjoy winter.” This is what I’m using currently on just my homepage. I thought it was a nice little winter effect… I’m sure it’s slowing down my blog but I thought the cuteness factor was worth it!
- WP Super Cache- “Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.”
- WP User Avatar- “Use any image from your WordPress Media Library as a custom user avatar. Add your own Default Avatar.”
- Yoast SEO- This plug-in helps me with search engine optimization. It’s kind of an SEO guide for each of your blog posts.
*Any description in italics was copied straight from the plug-in’s description
I just wanted to create this post because I love when people are transparent with their blogs or their businesses. I love seeing what they’re using and what’s working and how much they’re profiting etc. I always learn something new from those reports. Maybe you’ve learned something new from this post even! Maybe seeing what my current favorite WordPress plug-ins are will help you with your blog somehow!
For those pro bloggers, do you see any plug-ins I may be missing? Any that could be particularly useful to me that I’m missing? Care to share your current favorite WordPress plug-ins? Please let me know! I did start this blog months ago but I am still learning new things daily. Keeping up with everything and taking in all of this knowledge is a little overwhelming sometimes but I’m trying!