That’s been one week since my last post in the same series, I don’t make any other post. That’s because the Iedul Fitri holiday season where I am out of the grid 😆 I only online from my phone.
And now I’m back here to continue the series, today I want to write about WordPress plugins. Every one using WordPress know that one of WordPress’ most powerful feature is plugins. Where it can extend its capabilities to do almost every enhancement and new functionality you want your blog to have.
I won’t write about what plugins you must have to change your business blog into an eCommerce site or the like. I will share you about several free WordPress plugins I have been using that I find helpful.
I want you to have the same experience with me and make your blogging activities easier. So here is; 7 Free WordPress Plugins You Must Have for a Hazel Free Blogging
1. Jetpack by WordPress.com
The latest version of Jetpack is really a complete collection of plugins that you will regret if you never install it. The most useful for me is WordPress stat which allow me to see how my blogs works for my reader so I can improve it. The next feature is its’ embed functionality, allowing to add videos, sound clips, power point documents and more.
I also like to use the subscriptions and sharing function. One another function that make my day easier is After The Deadline, it will check any typo and grammar mistakes before I press publish button. Useful, as I don’t use English on my daily conversation.
2. WordPress SEO
Living on the online business atmosphere, you can’t never ignore SEO. Although WordPress itself is good in SEO, but installing WordPress SEO will make your blog even better. It will also teach you some SEO best practice to drive more exposure to your blog from search engine i.e by creating blog sitemaps.
It will make your page meta consistent even you change your themes and add page title manipulation to reflect keywords you use to the page. Once you decide your focus keyword it will measure your SEO score so you can improve your post by seeing the page analysis.
3. BulletProof Security
You will never want any trouble in your blog because some body else hack your blog. That’s why you need to keep it secure. I use BulletProof Security after reading Locking down WordPress. I also do some security enhancement, but installing this plugin will add more security and comforting.
4. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin
The bad guy is every where, some try to hack your site, some other will make you busy taking care of spams. That was a waste of time, you must let Growmap Anti Spambot plugin block them and focus more to create more useful content to your comunity.
5. Facebook’s WordPress Plugin
The official Facebook’s WordPress plugins is useful to set up a connection from your blog and it’s Facebook fans page. Adding all Facebook social plugins seamlessly, so reader can like, subscribe your blog on Facebook or share and like your post.
It will also drive more engagement by allowing them to comment using their Facebook account or show them a recommendation bar.
6. Google Drive for WordPress
This is a must have plugins to make sure that you will always have a copy of your site, both files and the database. The worst scenario is your server get collapsed and you need to move your hosting. When you have this copy you will get your site up and running again quickly.
Google Drive for WordPress is easy to install and setup, it will make a backup of your blog and then send it to your Google Drive folder.
PressTrends WordPress plugins is a new statistic plugins that will compare your blog with other blogs all around the world and blogs with the same category.
This new approach to show comparative statistic data rather than the data of your blog alone is claimed to be a better way to get to know how well you doing things right.
Current analytics platforms such as Google Analytics, KISSmetrics, and others focus on providing metrics for our sites, though leave out benchmarking. Which leaves all of us guessing as to how well we’re doing. They also leave the insights up to us to figure out in hopes we can all learn to be data analysts. Now, we highly recommend these platforms, though see the need for something more.
This plugin available for Themes and Plugins developer too. Developers will see sites using their themes and plugins by month which allows them to identify trends in usage and overall life spans. Some that I already using it WordPress SEO by Yoast (mentioned before) and Woothemes.
PressTrends is thrilling and brings motivation to me to create more content after knowing that my post is too small compared any other fellow bloggers out there.