I hope you have installed a WordPress blog on your domain name and web host.
If you have already installed your WordPress blog, then congratulations!
Now, you’re officially ready to blog.
Just before that, you got to add some plugins to make your blog even better, speedier, and safer.
In this email, I’ll talk about the 8 must have plugins for your blog.
1. W3 Total Cache
Google is obsessed with speed. It wants your blog to load in seconds.
And it’s not only Google. Your audience too.
If your blog isn’t loading in seconds, no one going to wait for it.
That’s why you need W3 Total Cache.
It’s designed to increase the page load speed of your WordPress blog using browser caching, object caching, and more.
It’s a must-have plugin.
2. iThemes Security
We live in scary times.
Your WordPress blog is under constant threat from malware and hackers attack.
I’ve heard horror stories about how blogs have been hijacked and how painful it was to clean up the mess.
You wouldn’t want that to happen and securing your blog is essential.
And iThemes Security can help you to fix common vulnerabilities in your WordPress site and protect it from potential automated attacks.
You’ll never know when your blog could go down or you need to migrate it to somewhere, or you want to restore it.
And backing up your blog regularly is a good idea and can save you countless headaches.
BackupBuddy comes handy and is unbeatable when it comes to backups. If you want to migrate your blog, all you need to do is run a full backup and then import it to the new server. You won’t even have to install WordPress.
BackWPup: This is a great free alternative to BackupBuddy that is simple to use, and you can upgrade to premium if you want access to their support.
4. All in One SEO Pack
Everyone wants free organic traffic from Google.
But, it’s not easy to rank to the top of the search results and get the lion share of the search traffic.
Even though WordPress is SEO first platform, still many things that need to be optimized for Google. There are several plugins to help you with that. But not all provide you the same benefits as the few top ones.
All in One SEO Pack is probably the first plugin I used, and it’s still going strong. With more than 1 million installations, regular updates and a premium version it remains the top SEO plugin.
The best thing I like about this plugin is the feature manager that allows you to pick the features you want to use and turn off the rest [other than the general settings]
I know what you are going to ask.
5. WP Smush
If your blog is image heavy [or not], then you need this plugin. It smashes the pictures, compresses them without sacrificing the quality.
Image size optimization is crucial for the site speed optimization which makes this plugin an important one.
There is a premium version available which is even more powerful and allows you to do more.
It’s a default plugin that comes with your WordPress installation, and you shouldn’t launch your blog without activating it.
Comment spamming is one of the most significant pain every blogger has to deal with, and Akismet can make it easy to handle it.
Jetpack offers a set of powerful features for your WordPress blog – from improved security to better site performance to a variety of content tools to visitor engagement features you get a lot from this plugin.
And the best part is it’s free and developed by the WordPress creators.
This is another powerful suite of features from Appsumo creators that is focused on list building and marketing.
There is both a free and premium version of this plugin. While the free version is good enough for most of the budding bloggers, the premium version offers quite a lot of the experienced.
Well, that’s all you need for now.