There are over 18,000 WordPress plug-ins. How are you supposed to know which WordPress plug-ins you should be using?
That’s what we are going to help you with in today’s post. All of the below plug-ins we use ourselves and we highly recommend that you use them too.
Let’s dive right in.
What if you woke up one day and all the work you’ve done on your website or blog was gone? Talk about worst nightmare.
The most important WordPress plug-in that we use (and you should too) is Backup Buddy. It is not a free plug-in, but it is worth way it. It can save you a ton of time and headaches if something goes wrong with your site.
This plug-in will backup through WordPress the different parts of your website daily.
How often do you sit down at your computer with no plan on what you are going to write, spew something out in an hour, and publish just because your audience expects an article that day?
Why not create a plan for your upcoming posting schedule, with a cohesive theme, and stick to it? When you are trying to have your own unique selling proposition, you need to plan out your content further ahead than 24 hours.
At Expert Enough, Think Traffic, and on my own site Pocket Changed, we use an essential plug-in for WordPress called Editorial Calendar. With this plug-in you can set drafts or scheduled posts and view them live on a calendar within WordPress. You no longer have to keep a separate content calendar.
If you want your blog to have a professional feel to it, the last thing you want is spam in the blog comments. The plug-in that we use to control this is Akismet. Without this plug-in we would get 50 to 100 spam comments a day on Think Traffic.
This plug-in will automatically mark comments as pending or immediately puts them in the trash based on your specific settings.
For example, you could automatically put comments that have more than two links to other websites into pending or the trash. You can do the same thing with specific words or phrases too.
Yes, it will catch some legit comments, but you can still moderate them to ”approved”. Install this plug-in and take the time to set it up correctly and you won’t regret it.
When you create a pretty link, an ugly URL that is super long or clearly an affiliate link can turn into yourdomainname.com/yourtexthere.
Pretty Link will also do two huge things.
1. Allow you to track how often people click on specific links.
2. Save you a ton of time.
Pretty link tracks each time each of your links was clicked. For example, you could create 10 custom links to the same URL and place them in 10 different places and track which one is clicked more.
Let’s touch on part two now. If you place an affiliate link on a blog post, resource page, in your side bar, and a ton of other places, what happens when that URL changes?
Instead of having to manually go through and first find, then update all of the links, you can just update it within Pretty Link. Major time saver.
Everyone wants a huge influx of traffic from going viral, but how many people’s websites and web hosts can actually handle it?
W3 Total Cache can be the difference to keep your website up and running when you have get a huge influx of traffic (think StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, etc.).
What WordPress plug-ins are essential to you and your website? We’d love to hear in the comments below.