Anyone else have a hard time getting going on a Monday? I took Saturday off but worked the entire day on Sunday, so today feels more like Tuesday to me. But still – Mondays are never easy! (If you need a little kick in the butt, check out my post about working SMARTER, not HARDER!)
I have a very specific learning style. In order for me to truly learn something, I have to EXPERIENCE it. I can learn by reading only to a certain extent. When I read, it makes sense in theory, but I won’t truly understand unless I do it myself. Because of this, I tend to rush into things a lot. My “doer” personality is partially about productivity and partially my attempt to learn. Do you know your learning style? This is a super simple quiz you can take to clarify.
All of that being said, when I started my blog, I really didn’t have much of a grasp on WordPress. I dove in, spent all afternoon creating something that would have inevitably embarrassed even my littlest cousin, and hired someone to rush in and fix it. I’ve learned a lot about the backend of web design and WordPress over the last few years, and today, I want to share five of the best basic plugins that ANY website or blog should have.
In the lat few months, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to wrap my head around SEO. here’s what I know: I don’t know much. Haha – in all seriousness, SEO is a multi-faceted, ongoing, and complex web of tactics used to build your website’s credibility and visibility. If you’re not ready to hire someone to build out your SEO, I highly recommend download the Yoast SEO plugin. This plugin acts as a page/post SEO analyzer. It checks for keyword use, external and internal links, image attributes, and other basic things that will help add gusto to your posts and pages. I love this plugin because it’s like having an SEO tutor standing over my should and reprimanding me when I’m not doing it correctly. Once you’re done writing, Yoast will take you through its checklist and alert you to missing SEO components.
Ever wonder how bloggers/stores get their instagram feed to show up on their website? wonder no more – there’s literally a plugin called “Instagram feed.” This super simple, easy to use plugin allows you pull your instagram feed directly onto your website and updates live. Each time you upload to instagram, your website will fetch the new information and update as well.
This is another plugin that I wish someone had told me about sooner. The smush plugin helps compress images, which helps your site to run more quickly and in turn, aids in SEO as well. It’s the easiest plugin ever. It’s constantly running in the background. When you click over to the smush dashboard, it will alert you as to the number of images that need smushing. All you have to do is click “smush now,” and it gets to work!
You guys – run, don’t walk to this plugin. If I had known to download and activate the akismet anti-spam plugin, I wouldn’t have had to go through and delete HUNDREDS of spam comments that were pending on my blog. Seriously – this is bas level. Do yourself a favor and get this baby up and running right away!
sassy social share
Love this plugin. I learned far too late that each of your pages and post should have the option for readers to quickly share to their socials. sassy social share is a great, free, and straightforward plugin that allows you to select which social icons you’d like to feature on each page/post. When readers/customers click the icons, sassy social share automatically generates a link to your page/post for them to share to that specific social account. Hey – it never hurt to make it easy for something to go viral!
What are you favorite plugins? Sound off in the comments!