Do you have favorite blogging plugins you’d hate to have to do without? Here are five of them I’d probably fight to keep.
From time to time, I try to take stock of the plugins I run just to make sure I’m not slowing things down and making the most of what I need to do.
Here are five plugins I’ve been using for a while now that I’m really happy with and that you might enjoy as well.
1. WordPress Editorial Calendar
An editorial calendar can be a tremendous help to a blogger who’s trying to set a schedule for posting and stay ahead of it. This one gives me an at-a-glance look at what I have scheduled in advance and allows me to start posts on specific dates ahead of time so I can work on them as time permits ahead of schedule.
2. Yoast SEO
Yoast makes SEO, or search engine optimization, much easier by giving you an easy-to-read “scorecard” to grade how well you’re working to make sure your blog gets found by more search engines. There are more complicated ways to do it, of course, but Yoast seems to make the entire process much easier to process while helping you learn to think SEO from the moment you begin writing a post.
3. P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
The great thing about this plugin is that it keeps a watchful eye on all the other plugins on your blog, monitoring them to see which ones have the biggest impact on how quickly (or slowly) your blog loads. That way, if you notice a major slowdown on your blog, you can run a performance scan with P3 and it will show you with an easy-to-read graph what’s causing the hold-up. From there, you can re-evaluate how much you really need that plugin or determine if there’s an alternative that might speed things up.
Akismet is a great tool at weeding out comment spam. I’ve found it doesn’t do as well as some people seem to believe it does, but it still kicks out at least 75% of comment spam that you’d otherwise be subjected to, and that’s still an impressive result.
I’m not wild about plugins that involve monthly fees, but this one might just be worth considering. With CoSchedule, you can schedule social media posts ahead of time as you write your post. The default schedule is posting to Twitter and/or Facebook on the day of your post, the day after, one week later and one month later. But you aren’t obligated to keep such a schedule: you can schedule social media posts at any time and as many times as you like. Its built-in analytics also help you track which posts best resonated with your social media audience.
One of the five would certainly have been Livefyre a few months back, but last month it announced its WordPress version was being retired and would no longer be available at all in February, which forced me to look for other options.