My TOP 10 WordPress Plugins You Should Be Using To Kick Start Your WordPress Blog
There are endless WordPress Plugins that you can use to help you build a fantastic WordPress Blog. Some good and some not so good and some are a must have.
Here are the Infobunny Top 10 WordPress Plugins to boost site security, the aesthetic look and feel of your site. Options to cover SEO requirements, social sharing functionality and more.
I have split my Top 10 WordPress Plugins Article into 2 parts with this being part 1 of 2.
The Plugins listed in both articles are done so in no particular order. We are not affiliated with any featured plugin
We need to start our Top 10 WordPress Plugins list with an essential WordPress plugin and that is BackWPup.
It is an absolute must from day one of owning a WordPress Blog that you back up your work regularly, because if something goes wrong then all is lost. Imagine if you were to spend hours, weeks months, even years creating your website or worse still paying $100s of dollars to someone to build your website for you, only for a corruption to occur or for someone to hack you and make a real mess. All that work is lost.
With the BackWPup WordPress Plugin, you can schedule daily tasks to backup your complete system.
Here is a great article that explains exactly how BackWPup works
Creating Backup Jobs with BackWPup
Backups are one of the best defense against any sort of security threat toward your website.
Regular backups are one thing that every blogger/webmaster should have.
In past we showed you how to keep your content safe with BackupBuddy, and how to manually create WordPress database backups. However, BackupBuddy costs money and manual backups take time.
What if we told you that you can create complete WordPress backup for free? Not only that, you can also store them on the cloud, and schedule to do this automatically.
In this article we will show you how to create a complete WordPress backup for free with BackWPup.
I know that backing up your WordPress is the boring side of WordPress Blogging but please, please, please take the time to secure your content so that if you should you at any point need to restore your website after a corruption or a security breach your covered and can be up and running with minimum downtime and minimum loss of your content.
This leads us to the second WordPress Plugin from my Top 10, and it is another security plugin.
2/ Wordfence Security
Wordfence is a great security plugin that protects and keeps your content safe from potential hacks that can cause havoc on your blog. Wordfence filters live traffic and verifies your sites source code integrity.
The plugin collects data in real time from the thousands of websites that it protects and uses that data to block distributed attacks as they happen.
Wordfence actually gets smarter as attacks happen. So even if you are not being attacked you’re still being protected by the systems learned and life experiences.
One of the great features of Wordfence is that you get emailed every time someone logs in or attempts to log in to the admin side of your blog. So if you or a moderator logs in you get an email to say that someone has logged in. This is great as it obviously shows you if anyone is trying to log in who shouldn’t be, it then gives you the login name they attempt to sign in with and their IP address, and with 20 failed login attempts that user is locked out. You are also notified when plugins need updating.
Wordfence is very much your first line of defense and will keep you from ever having to ever use your BackWPup back up 99% of the time, but it won’t save you from a software corruption. So the rule remains the same back up your WordPress Blog!
3/ TinyMCE Advanced
This is a great addition to your WordPress Plugins. TinyMCE Advanced is a plugin that will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on your Visual Editor Toolbar. It includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on which buttons you use.
Some of the features added by this plugin
- Support for creating and editing tables.
- More options when inserting lists.
- Search and Replace in the editor.
- Ability to set Font Family and Font Size.
And many others.
With the TinyMCE plugin, you will also be able to enable the TinyMCE menu. It is a convenient way to access a lot of features that are not used frequently.
If you really want to get creative with your blog posts then TinyMCE is for you.
4/ Yoast WordPress Seo
Yoast is widely regarded as the number one SEO plugin that is on offer for WordPress. These days you can argue just how useful SEO is with regards to search engine rank. The latest Google search algorithm changes put more emphasis on what you write as opposed to how you structure content.
Where does Infobunny stand on this, well we still see huge merits in working on the SEO side of your blog but now see it as part of the jigsaw to getting great rankings and not the sole solution?
You also need to build up your TrustRank with Google and start paying attention to RankBrain. Google now uses a machine-learning AI (artificial intelligence) system called “RankBrain” to help sort through its search results. RankBrain is now part of Google’s overall search “algorithm,” a computer program that’s used to sort through the billions of pages it knows about and finds the ones deemed most relevant for particular queries.
We also see social media as a huge SEO element along with content relevance along with a relevant internal and external backlinking strategy as well. You can read more about RankBrain and SEO in general in my SEO Guide For 2018.
You can visit the Yoast Website Here
5/ AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages
As we know the load time of your site is an important SEO ranking factor so caching your pages is very important to prevent visitors from bouncing back out. Caching remains important for desktop versions of your site. However, if you are looking to really speed up your site for mobile then you can look to move your blog over to AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages)
Put simply, AMP is a way to build web pages for static content (pages that don’t change based on user behavior, that allows the pages to load (and pre-render in Google search) much faster than regular HTML. The problem is that functionality is often lost, the design can suffer. It is just not as flexible as a normal version of the site.
AMP is quite controversial within the blogging community because it is basically a very stripped down, but fast loading version of your site. AMP is a Google-backed project with the aim of speeding up the delivery of content through the use of stripped-down code known as AMP HTML.
David Leonhardt wrote a great related guest post that you might want to consider checking out called Is your website ready for mobile.
That’s it for part 1 of our WordPress Plugins Top 10. Now it is time to move onto Part 2 of our Top 10
If you have any questions then please leave them in the comments section below
That’s all for now… To your continued success! –
Regards Dexter Roona