5 Plugins for Your Blog

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“The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The. willingness to learn is a choice.” Brian Herbert

This little series is well and truly on it’s way. I’m loving it each week and hope you guys are to! If one person can take something from each post I’m one the moon with that!!

Here’s a list of what I’ve covered so far:

Blogging Books

Instagram

Facebook Groups

Blogging Schedule With Angela

Are you Mobile Friendly?

Pinterest

This week I wanted to talk about Plugins

I self host on Bluehost and use WordPress. I also have my own domain. With this set up I am able to install Plugins on my site to help me out in a number of ways.

Plugins are very handy little additions to my site. There is a plugin for everything!!

Do note if you are working off WordPress.com Plugins cannot be installed. Not having them was a big reason why I turned to self hosting. Do let me know if you want a post on how I went self hosting.

Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker Icon

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.

Broken links slow your site down. They also throw up read flags to Google re: SEO. It’s also a crap experience for your viewers. So without having to do much this little plugin runs in the background and keeps you posted on how your links are doing.

Google XML Sitemaps

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.

This is a great aid to your SEO. It gives your site more structure and helps search engines like Google know what your about… quicker! Isn’t that what its all about?!?!

Pinterest WordPress Plugin – AccessPress Pinterest

Pinterest WordPress Plugin - AccessPress Pinterest

AccessPress Pinterest is a feature rich FREE Pinterest plugin for WordPress. In just 1 minute setup you can use:

  • Pin it button on image.
  • Put follow Pinterest button on website.
  • Pin board widgets.
  • Pinterest profile widget.
  • Latest pins feed.

A handy tool to get onto Pinterest quicker. If you use Pinterest for your blog or use it to pin other people’s blog, having this will make everyone’s life easier and pinning quicker!

New User Approve

New User Approve

When a user registers for the site, the user gets created and then an email gets sent to the administrators of the site. An administrator then is expected to either approve or deny the registration request.

I got this little beauty a few weeks back. I had been hacked and was having new users added to my account without my permission. At one stage 6 had been added overnight. All spam name / email addresses. No idea where they came from or who they where. So this plugin has stopped all that and makes my site more secure!

HUMMINGBIRD

Hummingbird

Hummingbird zips through your site finding new ways to make it load faster, from file compression and minification to browser caching – because when it comes to pagespeed, every millisecond counts.

This plugin is a run in the background kind of plugin. I found it after looking into my speeds on Google , see more off that here. With this plugin working on the blog now, it’s helping my figures be a bit more healthier.

So what plugin’s have you guys found that you think are any use? So let me know below. It’s always cool finding news ones!

xoxo

 

13 thoughts on “5 Plugins for Your Blog

        1. You should so have a nose, theres a million of em!! There is practically one for everything!! You can search em by the plugin menu on your dashboard side bar! xx

    1. Oh do let me know how they go for you!! The site map is defo the one id say go for straight away!! Anything for a decent SEO 🙂 xxx

    1. They do come in handy though when you get stuck on something! I am now in the habit of checking there first! Do let me know if you find out any cool ones 🙂 Always good to know whats out there… there is like a gazillion of em xxx

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