If you read my 2018 goals post then you may have seen one of my goals was to move to WordPress, this is something I actually achieved only a couple of days into 2018 when I decided to just do it myself, and I have to say it was 150% the best decision I made. That being said, when I first moved across I didn’t realise how incredible the plugins are on WordPress, so today’s post is all about 5 WordPress plugins you need to get you started.
This is probably the only plugin I had really heard of before moving to WordPress, so it’s super amazing to actually have it. It’s a plugin that helps with all of your SEO (search engine optimisation) needs, with the aim of the game to essentially turn a little traffic light green. It’s all about figuring out a keyword for your post and optimising your post according, with the aim of ranking higher in searches, including Google searches. It’s a plugin that alone really makes the move to WordPress worth it, I really don’t know how I coped without it before.
This is going to sound daft but I can’t even remember the social sharing buttons I used on Blogger other than the sharing buttons at the side, but this was one of the first things I looked into when I moved over to WordPress. There are so many choices when deciding which social sharing plugin you want to use, but Social Warfare was the one I decided to stick with in the end. I wanted something that could be linked to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest and that would remain static as you scroll. Social Warfare allows this and stretches the sharing buttons to fit your page without looking super ugly or too big.
GOOGLE ANALYTICS FOR WORDPRESS BY MONSTERINSIGHTS
To ensure you have accurate analytics for your blog it’s important to link your blog to Google Analytics, and there are several ways to do this but Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights plugin was the way I decided to do it. This plugin makes it incredibly easy to set up, as in literally two steps, and you’re ready to go. This plugin also allows you to view all of your analytics within WordPress itself, which while this isn’t a feature I use very often it’s incredibly useful to have. Everything is so easy to understand in an incredibly easy to understand format, for example, your page views, top posts and pages, top traffic sources and top countries are instantly viewable from the plugin dashboard.
REL NOFOLLOW CHECKBOX
A basic, but an essential plugin. If you happen to have just moved over from Blogger where you simply tick to create a no follow link when you add a link, this WordPress plugin basically adds the tick box to do just that. There were quite a few various plugins available that enable no follow links on WordPress and if I’m honest I’m not sure how this one differs, but this one does exactly what I need it to, and probably what you need it to too.
SEO BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS USING 301 DIRECTION
This one is only relevant if you’re on Blogger and planning to move to WordPress yourself but I thought I would include it as I was a little clueless on setting up my 301 directions when I transferred my blog. You can add the relevant code through your hosting provider’s C panel and Blogger, which is what I was planning on doing until I came across this little plugin, which has worked amazingly for me. I’m not sure there’s much more I can say but it does the job, is so easy to activate and I haven’t had any issues with re-directions.
If you’re on WordPress what are your favourite WordPress plugins? If not, have you ever considered moving to WordPress?