Turn on, plugin
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
What plugins would be in your top 5?