11 Plugins to Make You a Effortless Efficient Blogger

So you have created a WordPress blog or website or already owned one and want some kind of plugins to help you out to make your blogging life easier. well, your wait ends here.

we have collected some of most vital must have essential WordPress plugins to help you out with that. Be sure to stick to last of plugin.

If you have a plugin in your mind which you think can simplify a blogger’s life feel free to let us know in comments section, who knows we it may come out to be a useful one.

Without wasting time lets just jump right into it.

1.SEO by Yoast


The king (also queen) of all plugins and most downloaded one in WordPress plugin directory. It’s not just a plugin but also a complete all-in-one SEO package which is made by yoast.

Yoast SEO is a no-brainer essential WordPress plugin that you must use on your blog or website. it’s the best SEO plugin out there (get me better one than this & I’ll give some cookies for free)

Above all, it’s a completely value back plugin and it’s free. It also has a premium version but those features are not needed is most of scenarios.
Features & settings of this plugin requires a completely whole dedicated post.

However I’ll sort some of those most important ones for you.

  • it helps in optimizing On page SEO
  • Technical SEO
  • Meta & link elements
  • XML sitemap for your blog
  • RSS optimization
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Edit your .htaccess and robots.txt file
  • Import & export functionality
  • Social integration
  • Can important functionality of other SEO plugins
  • It’s multi-site compatible
  • Text link counter

Hoo… water please don’t worry I’ll make a complete post on its features & a set up guide soon.

2.Akismet


Akismet is one of the industry standard anti-combat spam plugin and also one of most downloaded one. If you are not using it yet, you should now. I mean right now..!!
No matter how new or old is your blog it’s not new to get spam comments.

Akismet can help you as follows:

  • Scans all of your comments and filter out the ones that looks like spam and stores them in pending section for your approval
  • Not only it fights against those spammy comments but also keeps the track record of all your comments to let you know which comments were caught or cleared and which are spammed and histories of comments, soo you can easily moderate them.
  • If a comment contains any kind of URL that links to any sort of misleading or hidden links then it also detects them.
  • It also have a discard feature that blocks worst comments using their IPs, saving your server space
  • It is lite and from Automattic who are parent company behind WordPress. So no reason to not install it.

3. Jetpack


It’s a multi-performance plugin again by WordPress parent company Automattic and one of highly powerful one.

Jetpack basically a plugin that lets you simplify managing your WordPress site by giving you many options like:

  • Visitor and traffic stats in your WordPress dashboard
  • Protect your site from brute force attack and unauthorized logins or login attempts and also tracks your site or blog’s downtime.
  • A centralized panel in your WordPress dashboard for easier management.
  • It also have custom CSS, contact forms, galleries, carousels, notifications, subscriptions, configurable widgets and much more

It is basically a plugin collection of few bunch of plugins which you can manage according to your own taste and need. Just don’t enable all of its modules otherwise it can slow down your WordPress site.

4.Social warfare


Gone are those days where quality only matters for traffic. Social media proofs & traffics play a vital role in blogging.

Social warfare is an another awesome social media plugin for WordPress that is fully dedicated to social sharing. It supports all major social medias (yes, all!!)

It has different sharing tools like easy tweet for Twitter, pinning for Pinterest and you can also configure them according to your need
and some cool configurable icons which are pretty cool to see and easy to use.

You can find complete info here . You can also tryout Mashshare or Easy social buttons , they are also pretty good alternates. As per free substitute you can use jetpack’s sharing feature.

5. Contact form 7


Want to build an email list or membership site or want users to register to do a specific task on your site??

There’s nothing better than a quick easy contact form plugin and when it is free that’s a plus.
The answer if “contact form 7”. Let’s drag out some of the key points about this plugin

  • Easy to use and compatible with latest WordPress version
  • Can manage multiple contact forms
  • Keeps getting regular updates
  • Supports ajax power submitting, Captcha, Akismet spam filter

Premium Replacement: WP FORM

6. jQuery Smooth Scroll


Ever felt annoying when you read out a complete blog post and scrolling up to top through mouse or finger??

Well, that’s when you want a Simple “Go to top” icon.

Jquery Smooth Scroll is a simple plugin which let you add an Up arrow which let users to directly jump to top of the page.

Why this particular plugin as there’s plenty of many?

Well, this one is the most simple and lite one I’ve ever found. Some of this plugin’s features are as follows:

  • Smooth scrolling for all if your pays & posts with a nice transparent back to the top icon on the bottom right-hand side.
  • It is easy to customize and also provided with simple CSS/js code to edit.

One of the nice things is that it have well optimized CSS & JS which helps to get a higher score in Google page speed score.

7. WP Super Cache


Again one of the another powerful feature pack plugin from Automattic.

Google already said that site speed is one of the most important factors in ranking & that’s where cache plugin comes in.

Yap it’s a cache plugin to make your site faster like a zap, OK not like a zap but pretty fast.

There are lots of people have a debate about WP super cache vs w3 super cache. However, I’ll describe why I went for this particular plugin over w3 super cache:

  • Easy user interface with advanced features
  • Unlike its complicated competitor, it’s simply plug & play
  • Compatible with the latest version of WordPress
  • Made by WordPress parent company Automattic & gets regular updates
  • Downloaded more times than w3 total cache 😉

8. Wordfence Security


As you guys already know how important web security is in now a days. Same goes for your WordPress site or blog. Wordfence is a security plugin with a variety of accessories to protect your WordPress site. Some of them are

  • WordPress firewall
  • Real-time blocking
  • Tracks wrong login attempts
  • Blocks IP and also lets you block IPs manually
  • Malware & security scanning
  • And much more which you can easily learn upon after installation or on their official website
  • Premium version of wordfence lets more powerful extras like geographical blocking, remote scans, advanced comment spam filter, cell phone sign in & premium support etc

If you can afford you should defiantly try out iThemesSecurityPro  for more robust security features.

9.UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore


Ever thought what will happen if you lost all of your data if something wrong happens to WordPress site or during any kind of coding tweaks you doing to your blog??

(*NIGHTMARE*)

You can’t always relay on your web host provider for backing up your site no matter how good they are, although there are some good ones like CloudWays who regularly full backups your site and provides one click restore but still it’s a good idea to have extra precaution.

That’s where WordPress backup plugins come handy. Updraft is one of the best free backup plugin I’ve came across.

We also using this plugin here on AlphaTed.

Even though this plugin has a premium version the free mode of it more than enough to handle from new to mid-core sites. This WordPress security plugin is fully feature loaded.

Even though this plugin has a premium version the free mode of it more than enough to handle from new to mid-core sites. This WordPress security plugin is fully feature loaded.

  • Supports major cloud storages like Dropbox, google drive, google cloud storage, amazon s3 and much more
  • Supports FTP & also have it’s own backup vault
  • Quick, hassle free restore
  • Scheduled automated backup
  • Your WordPress files and database can be backup separately
  • Supports all current PHP versions
  • Debug mode(you can find all your backup log here)

Premium alternate: BackupBuddy .

10. Redirection


Finding and fixing link errors is one headache things for wordpress bloggers.

The name itself says it all. This plugin simply tracks and manage all of your 301 and 401 links.
What can you do with it?

  • This plugin mostly helps when you migrate pages or posts from any existing or old website or a blog and if any sort kind of link breaks during the process.
  • Helps in monitoring or capturing 404 errors and redirecting them to 301s.
  • This plugin also have custom “pass through” redirections that helps you pass a URL through to another page or website
  • Redirection also logs all of your redirected URLs
  • It also can redirect all of working URLs instead of redirecting “none exists” and broken one

11.Wp-optimize


WordPress uses MySql to create and store data in WP database, hence in over time, you’ll get lots of unnecessary files & data in your database.

Wp-optimize is a must have plugin that helps you to minify those data SQLs and reduces your blog’s database size & load which directly helps you in speeding up your site.

Some of this plugins feature are as follows:

  • Delete spam and unapproved comments.
  • Optimizes overall database size
  • Clean auto-save post and revisions
  • Optimize database tables

Wrapping it up

hopefully, you will use (you should) these essential and some of coolest WordPress plugins to simplify your blogging journey.

Found any of these plugin helpful?? or want us to cover a specific topic??
Do let us know in the comments below.

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