7 plugins to install on every WordPress blog

At the time of writing there are over 25,000 WordPress plugins in the WordPress Plugin directory. Working out which ones to install can be tricky so we’ve put together 5 plugins that I generally install in every new WordPress site.

1. Swift Type Search

Swift Type

The default WordPress search is embarrassingly average. Luckily SwiftType seriously rocks. Not only will it drop down the best results as a user searches but you can also control what users see (so you can point them to the best pages). The free plan is great but the paid plan gives you better analytics and better ability to send users to specific pages.

Get swift type (free – scroll to the bottom of the page)

2. WordPress SEO (by YOAST)

YOAST SEO

WordPress is well known for it’s SEO strength. However there are some simple things that it doesn’t do out of the box that most sites need (decent management of titles, sitemaps, no-following pages etc). YOAST has become the go-to plugin for these things.

Get YOAST WordPress SEO (free)

3. Disqus

disqus

The default WordPress comments system is ugly and a spam hazard. I’ve seen a lot of commenting systems over the years and Disqus is by far the best. I rarely get spam with Disqus, you can reply via email, it’s looks great and it’s easy for the commenter. Generally sites with Disqus installed have a high quality level of comments.

Get Disqus (free)

4. Digg Digg

Digg Digg

There is no doubting the importance of social media and if you are actively blogging you will want people to share your posts. WordPress doesn’t put social sharing links in by default so a plugin is required to encourage users to share your posts. The main things I like about the Digg Digg plugin is the look of it (a lot of the others are ugly) as well as the fact that it’s on the left of the theme and doesn’t clutter up the rest of the page and scrolls so it’s always visible on the page.

Get Digg Digg share bar (free)

5. YOAST Google Analytics plugin

YOAST Google Analytics

Google Analytics has become the standard for web analytics. The YOAST Google Analytics plugin makes adding it to your WordPress site super easy. You can learn more about setting up Google Analytics in our getting started guide.

Get YOAST Google Analytics (free)

6. Post Snippets

snippets

Adding code into WordPress pages and posts can be problematic. Even if you add it on the ‘Text’ tab, often WordPress will strip out the code and it will break the site. On top of that I regularly find that there are certain bits of code that I want to use over and over again. Newsletter optin boxes are a good example. Both of these issues are solved by the Post Snippets plugin that allows you to set up a bit of code and insert it into any page or post.

Get  Post Snippets (free)

7. Widget Context

Widget context

Still after 10 years of existence you still can’t have a widget show up on one page and not another easily with WordPress. The easiest way I know of to do it is to use the Widget Context plugin which gives you some more advanced settings around when to display and when not to display widgets. There is also the widget logic plugin which might be better if you have some technical skills.

Get widget context (free)

What is your favorite?

What is your favourite WordPress plugin? Let me know in the comments below.

About

Dan Norris is a co-founder at WP Curve and a passionate entrepreneur with an obsession for content marketing.

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