When I transferred my blog to a self-hosted WordPress, I was excited. There were so many things I wanted to do with my blog, but I didn’t know where to start. I began reading other blogs and paid close attention to design elements I liked. Then, I found plugins that would help me add these to my blog.
Here are my favorite plugins:
1. Jetpack by WordPress
Jetpack by WordPress was my first WordPress plugin. The WordPress Jetpack plugin allows a self hosted WordPress blog user to have features that WordPress.com users enjoy. In other words, ”Jetpack is a plugin that connects to WordPress.com and enables awesome features, powered by our cloud infrastructure.” See Jetpack.me
I use the following Jetpack features often:
- Publicize: The sharing tool that adds social media buttons to the bottom of my blog posts. On the little buttons, it shows how many times a post has been shared on a social media channel.
- Subscriptions: The sharing tool that allows a reader to subscribe to my blog.
- Proofreading: A tool that checks my spelling and gives me grammar suggestions.
I love commentluv because it links back to the most recent post of the person who commented. This is one of my favorite plugins because it “gives back” to the person that has commented on my blog. I appreciate all people who take the time to comment, and this is a small way of me showing my appreciation.
3. Google Analytics for WordPress
I love my Google Analytics for WordPress Plugin. It made adding Google Analytics to my blog a piece of cake and enabled extra goodies for me to play with such as: downloads and outbound tracking.
New Plugin Find:
I just installed LinkWithin. Linkwithin is a blog widget, not a WordPress plugin. In order to add it, you must go to the LinkWithin website, download the widget, and upload it into your plugin section (I tried to find it in the plugin section, but was unable to find it).
LinkWithin is helpful because, according to Jo-Lynne, from Musings of a Housewife, “[It] recommends similar posts from your blog and increases the time readers stay on your site.” I can’t speak to this since I just installed this widget, but I am excited to see if this increases my pageviews.
For more information on WordPress plugins and what plugins can help you, here are a few resources I found:
- Musings of a Housewife: 10 WordPress Plugin Every Mom Blogger Needs
- Pugly Pixel: My 12 Favorite WordPress Plugins
- PCMag.com: The 30 Best WordPress Plugins
Do you any favorite plugins that I have missed that you would like to share? Is there a plugin that really helped to increase your page views or engagement? I’d love to hear about it!