As you know, all the WordPress sites are dependent on plugins, just like the widgets in blogger platform. Plugins can help you to do any customization on your blog via drag & drop feature, all you need to do is; download the plugins and install them on your WordPress website. Once they’re installed, you can enjoy all of their features!
Whenever you create a new WordPress site, you’ll find few plugins are already pre-installed on your new site, and you need to add manually one-by-one rest of the (must have) plugins to your blog.
Choosing the best plugins for your WordPress site will help make your work easier to deliver a better experience for your users as well.
So, to make your work easier, I’ve listed out top 10 important plugins you must have on your blog.
10 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Bloggers in 2017
Below are the top 10 essential plugins for new WordPress Bloggers in 2017
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
In WordPress, Yoast SEO plugin allows improving your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. This plugin will guide you through some of the settings needed, for instance by reminding you to enable pretty permalinks.
It will help you to write better SEO friendly contents, technical WordPress search engine optimization, import & export functionality, etc., and the best part about this, it will automatically optimize and insert the meta tags and link elements to make your post more informative.
Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.
2. SEO Image Optimizer
Image optimization is very important for any site, it can provide a good user experience and more traffic to your WordPress site. When it comes to optimizing images, SEO image optimizer is the best plugin!
SEO Image Optimizer is an SEO friendly plugin, it dynamically replaces title and alt tag of images. All changes will be done without affecting the database.
This plugin will also resize and compress the images to boost your site speed. Here’s my another post about optimizing images in blogger.
• How to optimize images in blogger
3. WP-Spam Sheild
WP-Spam Shield is an amazingly powerful and user-friendly WordPress anti-spam plugin that eliminates comment spam, contact form spam, registration spam, trackback spam, pingback spam, and every other type of WordPress spam.
If you want to improve the user-friendliness of your site, this is THE anti-spam plugin you want. This plugin works silently in the background, and simply makes WordPress spam disappear.
If you’re serious about blogging, WP-Spam Shield is the right plugin for your site!
4. MashShare – Social media Share Buttons
MashShare is a free Social Media Plugin, professional and highly customizable ecosystem for social media sharing and optimizing of your valuable content.
Other social buttons are often using external scripts which are increasing loading times.
So, stop slowing down your website and prevent ranking lose.
MashShare is using NO external script dependencies. All code is loaded directly from your website and MashShare ensures yours and your visitor’s privacy!
They offer free Add-Ons for specifying social sharing image, title, description and twitter hashtags and think this is satisfying for most website owners who need a free and effective working social sharing solution.
5. Email Subscribers & Newsletters
Email Subscribers is a complete newsletter plugin which lets you collect leads, send automated new blog post notification emails, create & send newsletters and also manage them all in one single place.
Email Subscribers is a fully featured subscription plugin specially created keeping in mind all the needs and requirements of a regular blogger, website owner, marketer, and developers. It helps you achieve all the things you need to build a list and keep them engaged within a single plugin.
6. Ninja Forms
Ninja Forms is the ultimate FREE form creation tool for WordPress. Build forms within minutes using a simple yet powerful drag-and-drop form creator.
For beginners, quickly and easily design complex forms with absolutely no code. For developers, utilize built-in hooks, filters, and even custom field templates to do whatever you need at any step in the form building or submission using Ninja Forms as a framework.
When someone fills out your form the most natural thing to do is send their data directly to your favorite CRM. Ninja Forms makes this easy with plenty of CRM integrations such as SalesForce, Batchbook, Zoho, Insightly, Capsule, etc.
7. Broken Link Checker
Borken link Checker plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.
With the link checker plugin, you can easily monitor links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional).
Detects links that don’t work, missing images and redirects.
Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.
You can also click on the contents of the “Status” or “Link Text” columns to get more info about the status of each link.
8. Google XML Sitemaps
Use this plugin to greatly improve SEO to create special XML sitemaps which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your site.
With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs.
Additionally, it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
9. Wordfence Security
Wordfence is a security plugin for your WordPress website, it is powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed, our Web Application Firewall stops you from getting hacked.
Wordfence Scan leverages the same proprietary feed, alerting you quickly in the event your site is compromised.
Their Live Traffic view gives you real-time visibility into traffic and hack attempts on your WordPress website. A deep set of additional tools round out the most complete WordPress security solution available.
Wordfence Security is Multi-Site compatible and includes Cellphone Sign-in which permanently secures your WordPress website from brute force hacks.
10. Table Press
TablePress allows you to easily create and manage beautiful tables. You can embed the tables into posts, pages, or text widgets with a simple Shortcode. Table data can be edited in a spreadsheet-like interface, so no coding is necessary.
These are the 10 best (must have) plugins for WordPress bloggers in 2017 These essential plugins are required in every WordPress site to get all the benefits of WordPress Blogging.
Have you been using these top 10 important plugins? Let me know in the comment box below!