I am by no means a WordPress or blogging expert. With that being said, I started my blog last year from scratch and I have learned a lot. I have worked through all of my blog problems by googling my way out of them. So I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about optimizing my WordPress blog with plugins. Here are the 5 WordPress plugins I think you should be using:
1) Yoast SEO
Search engine optimization is so important. It basically means that when someone is searching for something, your blog post will rank well in that search. There’s a whole science to it, but this plugin is the first step to understanding and utilizing it. And it makes it so easy.
So, I’m a photographer and it was always ingrained into me to keep my image files as large as possible. But this is not a sustainable process for blogging. And my website showed it. It took forever to load just a basic page. And it was because my images were way too big. I first created a smarter image workflow that made for smaller images to start with. Then I installed the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin which automatically optimizes your images so that your site runs a lot smoother.
In the same vein as the image optimizing plugin, this plugin helped my site be much much faster. Honestly, I’m not 100% exactly sure what this one does but here’s an explanation from their plugin page:
“This plugin allows your WordPress site to use the content distribution network side of Google’s AJAX Library API, rather than serving these files from your WordPress install directly.”
I know that it helped speed up my site and that a fast site means that people won’t leave. I know if I go to a website and it takes too long to load, I leave. I am very impatient and I know I have better things to do than wait for a blog to load, so I don’t expect anyone to wait on mine either.
4) Comet Cache
This is a great plugin to also speed up your site. Obviously mine was in dire need so I downloaded all of the speedy uppy plugins. (That’s a technical term. Speedy Uppy.) It basically takes a picture of your site so that all of the little details don’t need to load every single time a user visits that page during a visit. So it makes it a lot faster. It’s great.
This one is a fun one. It displays all of your Instagram images wherever you put the widget. You can have them scrolling, or in a line, or in a grid like I do. It adds so much personality to your page, connects your viewer with your social media and doesn’t take up too much space. It’s great. And really easy to use.
So these are the WordPress Plugins I’ve been using for a while and I have found them all indispensable. There are a million plugins to choose from to optimize your blog or website, but make sure to do your research and only install plugins that are really going to help. It doesn’t hurt to find a tutorial on the best way to optimize the plugin too. Some of them can be pretty confusing with way too many options.
What are your favorite plugins?
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