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What I wish I had known about blogging |The Best WordPress Plug-Ins

If you’re not already on a self-hosted WordPress platform it’s a must.  Why?  Besides complete customization these plug-ins make my life a whole lot easier!

Today I’m sharing with you the best WordPress plug-ins that are must haves in my book!

the best plug-ins

Akismet – The best spam filter around without making your readers do complicated math problems.

Comment Reply Notification – If you respond to a comment left on a blog post this plugin will send an email to the person who left a comment with your response.  This is important so that your readers aren’t left in the dark.

Copygram  – A sidebar widget that shows my latest Instagram photos and encourages readers to follow me there.

Coschedule – Coschedule allows you to write and schedule social media messages for Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ along with your blog posts.  This has made my life so much easier in knowing my social media is done ahead of time for each post.

Easy Recipe Plus – My recipe plugin of choice.  I tell you more about why I use this plugin below.

Facebook Like Box  – A sidebar widget that shows my Facebook feed as well.  I love that my readers can follow me there without even leaving the blog.  Since I have installed this I’ve gotten far more Facebook followers than usual.

Social Networks Auto Poster – Similar to Coschedule in that it allows you to schedule social media messages.  Only this one allows you to automatically pin your blog post to Pinterest as well.

nRelate Related Content – Displays related content at the bottom of each post.  Has slashed my bounce rate and keeps readers continuing to click around my blog.

Pinterest Article Rich Pins – Includes extra information on the pin itself.  And, in my opinion makes your pins look more legit.

Pinterest Pin It Button for Images – Places a pin it button right over every image on your blog. – A way for readers to share your posts via social media.  There is also an option to monetize using this which I’ve just started doing.

Vaultpress – I back up my blog using this plugin.  I have had some scares when messing with code or a faulty plugin before and this has saved my tail!

WordPress Editorial Calendar – A plugin that allows you to view your upcoming drafts and posts in a monthly calendar style. One of my favorite plug-ins by far.  I love that I’m able to see drafts of my upcoming posts and exactly how long I have to finish things up.

WordPress SEO – So helpful when it comes to making sure all of your SEO components are on track by giving each post a Good, OK, and Bad rating.


This post is part of a series called What I wish I had known about blogging.  One part one I wrote about How to Set up a Blog.  In part two I wrote about Blog Layout Basics.  Check back for more posts within this series!

  • Sara - Thanks for posting all of these… I know there are all kinds of things in the plug-in realm… but I have no idea how to sift through them and figure out what’s useful!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!