FREE Plugins Every WordPress Blog Should Have

WordPress continues to be the best blogging platform, and their plugins’ creators continually outdo themselves, always making something better than it was the time before. If you’re like me, you love to have as much automated as possible, so that everything runs smoothly. These plugins will help you streamline your blogging experience, so you can focus on creating and not futzing around with other things.

Sidenote: I try to keep my plugins to a minimum, because they can bog the website down.

  1. Akismet – Anti-Spam. This is the most-compatible with Jetpack and WordPress, and does a really great job of keeping attackers at bay. Usually comes pre-installed on your WordPress site.
  2. Jetpack – Connects you to WordPress.Org and tracks your stats, as well as provides various extras, like stripped-down sharing buttons and email subscriptions. Especially useful for first-timers who don’t want to spend a lot of energy learning in the beginning.
  3. WP Smush – “Mashes” your photos as you upload them. For maximum efficiency, your photos shouldn’t be any larger than 72 dpi.
  4. Black Studio TinyMCE Widget – Adds advanced editing features to your blogging box, as well as a great widget that’s more advanced than the plain text widget included with Jetpack.
  5. TinyMCE Advanced – Even more advanced features. Pairs with┬áBlack Studio TinyMCE Widget, and won’t work if you don’t have it installed.
  6. Simple Social Icons – Made by the StudioPress geniuses, this is a great sidebar socials widget, and it’s not just for Genesis users. It has many features, including custom colors and sizes, as well as every social media platform you can think of.
  7. WordPress Editorial Calendar – Keep your publishing schedule straight. Has a drag and drop interface, so that you can move unpublished posts around easily.
  8. WP SuperCache – Stores your site for faster loading.
  9. SEO by Yoast – The easiest and probably best SEO plugin. Its user-friendly interface makes upping your SEO game incredibly easy.
  10. Shareaholic – I have used many social sharing apps over the years, and this continues to be a favorite because it’s friendly and offers monetization options.
  11. Insert Headers & Footers – Does just what it says. You’ll have code that needs to be inserted into your site, and unless you know how to code, you’re going to want this plugin to help you.
  12. Ultimate NoFollow – If you’re adding outbound links to your site, like affiliate links, you’ll want this plugin to add the nofollow attribute to those links.

My site is also AMP ready. If you want yours to be, I created a list of plugins to get that going.

What are your favorite plugins? Let me know below!

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