If you’re serious about having a blog as part of your business or author platform. The best blogging platform out there that I’ve tried so far has definitely got to be WordPress (hosted not free). There is so much you can do with WordPress whereas other platforms like Squarespace or Blogger or WordPress.com all have a lot of limitations, especially on the free platforms. Having a blog or website nowadays is essential for any author or writer.
What’s one of the best things about WordPress? Plugins of course!
When I moved over a to self-hosted WordPress a couple years ago, I didn’t know what a plugin was let alone how to use one. Now I can’t imagine not using them!
What is a plugin?
A plugin is a piece of software that makes your blog do different things. On WordPress, there is literally a plugin for anything you can imagine.
Here are the 10 best plugins for writers and bloggers. Most of them are free too.
- Jetpack by WordPress.com developed by WordPress themselves. Jetpack is a great plugin as it connects your site to wordpress.com (the free WordPress platform) and does a lot of different things. Jetpack can schedule posts and out them on social media for you, it gives you follow buttons, a gravatar widget for your about me feature and so much more. It even monitors your site in case it ever goes down.
- Akismet. Akismet is a great little plugin that comes preinstalled when you first setup your site on WordPress. Akismet is a spam plugin that protects your blog or site from comment spam which can be really annoying to have to keep going through by yourself.
- Google Analytics for WordPress. Google analytics can track every person who visits your site. Perfect for writers who want to track every single posts or bloggers who want to see where the most traffic is coming from.
- Social Media Feather is a great plugin that gives you social media buttons for readers to follow or share your posts on social media.
- Coschedule. This is the only paid WordPress plugin I use. Coschedule is a WordPress editorial calendar. Not only can I plan out and schedule my posts on it but it also automatically publishes posts and promos to your social media accounts.
- Image Widget Deluxe. I love this widget, I use it for both putting my book covers on the sidebar of my author site and a signup form for my newsletter.
- Sumome is a great plugin that you can use to get readers to signup for your email newsletter.
- Just Writing is a great distraction-free writing plugin that you can use for just writing text on posts instead of getting distracted by anything else.
- Contact Form 7. Awesome plugin to use for your contact form so you don’t have to give out your email address if you don’t want to. It also has special features that stop spammers from contacting you.
- Compress Jpeg and PNG images. Like pictures and high-resolution images on your site? Photos take up a lot of room and can slow your site down. This brilliant plugin compresses the images down and stops them from making your site run slow.
What are your favourite plugins?
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