WordPress plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site.
The beauty of WordPress is that even if you’re not technically minded, it doesn’t take too long to get yourself started and create a blog. Also, plugins make your blogging life easier.
In this post, I have given 6 recommended WordPress plugins you should consider installing on your new blog.
However, you should know that the more the plugins you install the slower your blog/website becomes so be careful.
6 WordPress Plugins to Install On a New Blog
Note: In the download page of each plugin, there’s always an “how-to-setup” tab. For example for the first plugin here you can learn how to use it here.
1. AccessPress Social Share
AccessPress Social Share is a Free WordPress plugin to allow anyone easily share website content (page, posts, image, media) on major social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Digg ) by the use of the latest APIs on your website!
A perfect plugin to make any content on your website social-share-friendly, and increase your social reach dramatically!
2. TinyMCE Advanced
If you find that there are too few features when you write an article? This plugin is for you: it adds a new range of features to choose from to best lay out your valuable content.
I use this plugin to add colors to my font. For example, the download button was hyperlinked and given that blue color with the Tiny MCE advanced plugin. Just highlight first, then pick a color.
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
At first, when you don’t have visits, there are also no comments at this time it is not necessarily useful.
But when one day, you log and discover twenty comments with suspicious links, which really are probably for advertising for products (probably fake). You might need to install it.
Disqus is the web’s most popular commenting system trusted by millions of publishers to increase reader engagement, grow audience and traffic, and monetize content.
The Disqus for WordPress plugin lets you and developers easily add Disqus to your sites, replacing the default WordPress comment system.
5. Contact Form 7
This plugin quickly helps you set up a contact form to receive messages from your blog visitors.
It supports CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering, so your mailbox isn’t flood with spam.
There is nothing much more to the plugin, it just functions and that’s all you’ll need to start out. And with this contact form people will be able to get in touch with you.
We use Contact Form 7 on Oasdom as well and a sample contact form can be found here
6. Google Analytics by Yoast
Having an analytics solution in place is key to understand your visitors’ behavior.
With Google Analytics by Yoast you can check the most important performance indicators for your site directly from the WordPress dashboard. It also has one of the easiest setups
There you go. 6 free WordPress Plugins to install. However, that doesn’t mean you have to or install all of them. Pick what seems useful, test it and keep it if it makes sense.
How can you install a WordPress plugin? Learn the 2 ways to do that here.
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