One of the main reasons I moved my blog to WordPress was to take advantage of their seemingly endless trove of plugins. Over the past six months, I’ve discovered some that are now integral to the successful, behind-the-scenes running of my blog. So today, I’ve rounded up what I consider the 7 best WordPress plugins for bloggers.
Askimet—Hate comment spam? Me too. This plugin has protected A Touch of Teal from over 800 spam comments this month, and its software is constantly evolving to protect your site against new spam strategies and tactics.
EWWW Image Optimizer—This plugin reduces the file sizes of your images which means your site will run faster. After you’ve installed it, the plugin automatically takes care of optimizing any new image you upload and you can easily fix previously uploaded ones.
Jetpack by WordPress.comcWant all the perks with having a .com WordPress site, but are self-hosting? Want no more—this plugin will give you all the capabilities given to free WordPress users.
Wordfence Security—I love this plugin so much that I paid for the premium version. This plugin keeps my site secure, and allows me to block specific IP addresses by number or location if they attempt too many failed logins to my site.
WordPress SEO by Yoast—The most recommended SEO plugin across the board, it makes it so easy to set keywords, write meta descriptions, and see how well your content is optimized for search engine crawlers.
WP-Optimize—If you love cleaning, you’ll love this plugin. (If you don’t, you’ll still probably love it.) Essentially, it allows you to delete all your previous post revisions and anything else taking up space that’s slowing your site down unnecessarily.
WP Super Cache—This plugin allows you to delete your blog’s cache with the click of a button. I use this a lot when I am updating my sidebar. Sometimes my changes there take a while to show up, but whenever I delete my cache, they appear right away.
Fellow WordPress users, what are your favorite plugins?