I have spent several months casually working on my blog. Since I have experience using WordPress naturally it only made sense for me to go with that platform for my blog. These last several weeks, I have become more serious about blogging and I have been trying to post more and more content. I am hoping that as I learn more and more about blogging and I find tricks and advice to share with my readers.
The Top 8 WordPress plugins for blogging beginners
So hopefully you have installed WordPress and purchased a great theme. You really don’t have to spend much, I think my theme was $30 or so and I love it. I even have web development experience and still recommend getting a theme. Ok enough about themes, now about Post Grid. There are tons of options for automatic grid layouts but I am really enjoying Post Grid. With Post Grid, you can create grids like below. It is very easy to use, you can pick the type of layout you want, you can sort by taxonomy, terms, posts, etc. Once you specify what you want in your grid it gives you shortcode and that shortcode can be put on any page.
To me this a such an easy plugin to help with Google Analytics. It is so simple to just add your analytics code into your header or footer. To be honest, this is not a critical plugin since you can access your header and footer without this app but (as someone with web development experience) why go look into more complicated code to add your analytics or other things when you have such a simple and easy plug in. All you have to do is copy and paste your analytics code or any other information you want in these boxes.
Another simple but awesome plugin. Why try to code a “float to top” or “back to top” button when you don’t have too. This is a really great plugin as you can see in the corner of this page (if you are on a desktop).
Although, I am not currently using Mailchimp but I hope to add in mailing as an option for my readers soon. Since I am still new to this blogging thing this list is really helping me get organized for my next steps. And this is definitely on my to do list.
Also, since we are new bloggers, MailChimp is free for Up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month which is great for newbies like you and me.
Sidekick is a great resource if you want to have wordpress tutorials in your dashboard. Sidekick highlights a lot of important tutorials that you need to know being a beginner in wordpress. For example, its covers topics such as: Posts, Pages, Themes, Categories, Website Settings, Users and More.
SEO is such an important part of having a successful blog (or so I am learning). I love Yoast SEO, I actually use it at work too in addition to my blog. Yoast SEO gives you notifications when your SEO is having any issues. You can even check the readability of each post (Hopefully this post does well).
Edit Flow is a great editorial calendar. You may not need it yet but its better to have organization and control before all your posting and content gets crazy. Best part is Edit Flow is pretty customizable.
Jetpack is really a functional time saving plugin. Jetpack brings together SEO, Social media, protection, backups and more all together in one plugin. Finding this has really helped me optimize my site and make sure its protected and backed up.
I hope you enjoy this list. These so far have been really helpful and interesting to me as I am building my blog more and more everyday. I hope this saves you some time and gets you set up quicker and with less of a headache.
Stay strong in your goals and let’s do this together!