If you want a more enriching blogging experience, don’t overlook the use of plugins for your blog. Plugins enable more functions for your blog and can be so helpful in so many ways that you’d think how you ever got on without them in the first place.
Some plugins are so good that you just gotta have them. Here are five essential plugins that you can consider installing on your self-hosted WordPress blog.
1. Jetpack by WordPress.com
With the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin, your WordPress blog is “supercharged” with its “powerful features”. Among the features are simple stats, email subscriptions for your blog’s posts and comments and a social networking enabled comment system.
2. WordPress SEO by Yoast
By using this plugin, your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) will be improved as you keep writing great content. It also runs a page analysis to ensure that your content is search engine-friendly.
With the Akismet plugin, it checks the comments on your blog to see if they look like spam or otherwise. It also allows you to review the spam that it has identified. This way, your blog will only show credible comments.
4. Contact Form 7
Make it easy for your blog visitors to get in touch with you by installing a contact form plugin. The Contact Form 7 plugin promises a simple but flexible way of using it.
5. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
This plugin enables the display of pages and posts that are related to your blog entries and your blog reader will get to know the other types of content that are available on your blog. It eases their exploration of your blog’s content.