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5 WordPress plugins to make you an even better blogger

5 WordPress plugins to make you an even better blogger

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If you have a WordPress blog then you’re probably already familiar with plugins.

If you are new to blogging though, a plugin is:

A piece of software that can be added to a WordPress site to extend functionality or add new features.

The beauty of a plugin is that you can really easily add features to your website. You don’t really need any technical knowledge. Expensive development time is a thing of the past. Hurrah!

I’m a massive fan of plugins for making my blog more efficient.

So what could a plugin do for my blog?

There are literally thousands of WordPress plugins that are free.

On the WordPress plugin directory, you can find tools to do everything from adding a sign up form to adding snow to images for Christmas or cat quizzes to your sidebar.

Yes, really.

You can also find premium paid for versions a lot of plugins if you want addition pro functionality.

So here are the top 5 plugins I use on my blog and why I love them.

My top 5 WordPress plugins

Enable Media Replace – Replacing an image that is embedded in multiple posts is such a ball ache. If you want to update an image, you might think that you have to hunt through your site and edit each instance, manually removing and uploading a new one. Fear not, the Enable Media Replace allows you to quickly overwrite an image so that it is automatically updated with the new file.

replace media plugin

Yoast SEO – I may be preaching to the converted, but if you don’t already have this one, get it. I can’t stress how helpful this plugin is for optimising your content for SEO. Giving suggestions of how to improve SEO for your blog or a post’s readability, it’s a must-have for taking your blog to the next level.

yoast plugin

Duplicate Page and Post – This one is ideal if you’re running a series of posts where you want to keep the same kind of format, such as my interview with a blogger series. You can use this tool to clone it and then really quickly make the changes to turn it into a new draft. Thanks to this plugin, so much time can be saved from copy and pasting!

cloned post

WP Drafts for Friends – This is a great plugin if you need approval of a post, or simply just want to show it to someone else before publishing it. A handy one if you are working with a brand and need to show a PR a draft version. You can also set an expiry e.g. share for 2 days.

drafts for friends

WordPress Editorial Calendar – This is a great tool to help you easily schedule your posts in a grid format. It allows you to drag and drop unscheduled posts and assign a time that you’d like them to be published.

editorial calendar

What plugins would be in your top 5?

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Intrepid bebe
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I am new to blogging (only started at the end of January) so this sounds slightly overwhelming but I will keep coming back to it as I know they’ll be useful once I get my head around them! #blogcrush

Wendy
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I have some of these but not all, yoast is so useful for SEO. I like the sound of the one where you can show someone a preview of a post before it is published, that would be so useful when working with brands. Thanks for linking this up to #BlogCrush xx

Fran Back With A Bump
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Drafts for Friends is fab and I use it alot for MarvMondays. I have started using Yoast but not sure I get it!! Thanks for sharing for #marvmondays

Aleena
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I use Yoast and the editorial calendar (lifesaver!) but I’d not heard of the others, so I’m going to go and have a look. #MarvMondays

Sam - Stressy Mama
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This is great. I really need to put more time and effort into my website. My hosting company has had server issues but they seem to be ok now. This means that hopefully I can actually start adding and using a few more plugins. I like the idea of the drafts and editorial calender plugins so I’ll be sure to have a look at these. #marvmondays

Chloe
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Hi, I use WordPress but not the .org I really need to move over as it allows you to do a lot more. Especially using those plugins, Chloe #MarvMondays

Christina Pilat
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These are great plugins! We already use Yoast, which is amazing. But the others, I’ve never heard of. Thanks for the great ideas!

Tabitha Siklos
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Wow, I use WordPress but seem to have avoided plug-ins (other than the snow at Christmas one which I liked!). I must get over my technophobia and start to look into it. Thanks for the inspiration! #marvmondays

Jaki
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Wow I thought I knew most of the essentials but clearly I don’t! I’ll be bookmarking this for future reference. Thanks for sharing 🙂 #MarvMondays

Moipone Islam
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Wow amazing tips love them #MarvMondays

mrs mummy harris
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These are some really good plug ins. I really love Yoast, i also love Revive old post too. its a brilliant plug in that retweets old posts driving traffic back to your site! #marvmondays

Super Busy Mum
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What great plugins! I use a few already but I have never thought to use the calendar. It could be just what I need. Thanks. #MarvMondays

Savannah
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I really need to learn to optimize my SEO, definitely going to look into the Yoast plugin! It’s amazing how just one plugin can help with so many different aspects of blogging! Thanks for sharing <3

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