If you’re a blogger then you should know all about the importance of plugins and how much of a difference they make to your blog.
Choosing the right plugins for your blog is extremely important! It might seem daunting but the good news is that there are many awesome free plugins out there for you to use!
What are plugins?
Plugins are essentially what makes up your blog and keeps it looking/behaving as it does. Plugins can determine how certain areas of your blog is laid out, how well your site is protected, how your site performs and many other things. Typically the more plugins you have installed on your blog the slower your site will run. Having too many plugins can also mean that certain ones won’t work together which can lead to problems. It’s important to remember to install and activate one plugin at a time to test it works as it should before installing a second.
Here are the free plugins that I have tried and tested and personally use on this blog, that I would 100% recommend.
Spam will always find it’s away around the internet. No one knows how it gets there but we all find the odd spam comment has made its way onto one of our posts. Keep spam comments away with this plugin that will filter through any comments left and keep out any suspicious looking messages. Then you can approve or delete them when you’re ready. Keep your site looking professional and spam-free!
Can you imagine your site being attacked, and waking up to find it’s gone. Everything. All your time and effort building a beautiful site gone down the drain because you haven’t backed up your site. This plugin is for WordPress users and if you haven’t yet backed up your site and kept a record of your data, don’t even think about it – download it now!
If SEO isn’t your strong point, then this plugin has you covered. It tells you how well your keyword will be found, how easy your post is to read and what improvements you can make to help your post perform better. Yoast SEO is a free plugin and there is a paid option if you would like to upgrade. I currently use the free version but one of the benefits of upgrading is being able to track and optimise more than one keyword. This is great if you want your post to be seen under various different searches. (For further SEO tips, check out my helpful SEO post!)
Over time, your media library will be full of images that you’ve uploaded which of course take up space. Smush reduces the file size of your images as you upload them and you can bulk smush existing images to clear up some much-needed storage space. Smush is free to download and use and there is an option to update to a paid membership if you want more options.
It is now a legal requirement for bloggers to have a legal disclaimer on their site. Whilst most of us don’t really know what that means or what we have to say, it’s quite alright because this plugin does it all for you. Just download the plugin, have a read through the copy to ensure it covers what your website is all about and display on a dedicated page. Make sure you’re protected.
If you’re looking for other super handy blogging tools, check out this post. Are there any free plugins that I’ve missed that you’d recommend?