Choosing and Installing the Right Plugins
The WordPress platform works with plugins so choosing the right ones is crucial to your blogging success. Although, plugins can really improve your workflow and writing experience, having too many plugins can slow the speed and performance of your site.
Some WordPress installations come with Akismet (spam filter) and Jetpack plugins. You may have to update these, just go to plugins and click update. Jetpack includes tracking for your blog site and can automatically create a mobile version of your website just by checking a box.
A good practice is to create a backup of your site before updating the WordPress software version using a plugin like BackWPup. The first plugin that everyone should install is Yoast SEO. This plugin streamlines the SEO for each page or post you create on your site and is pretty much ready to use out of the box.
You may also want to install Google XML Sitemaps and WP Robots Txt. These two plugins will make sure that the search engines can see your site. Don’t install Google XML Sitemaps if you already have the Yoast SEO plugin, they do the same thing.
Google XML Sitemaps is a plugin that sets up a map of your site so Google can easily find information on your website. WP Robots Txt is a plugin that allows you to edit your robots.txt file from WordPress.
With my service I will install the following plugins:
- Yoast SEO
- WP Robots Txt
- EWWW Image Optimizer
- W3 Total Cache (c-panel hosting only)
Yoast SEO is the best WordPress plugin for search engine optimization. It comes ready to use and is easy to follow even for beginners with little SEO knowledge. ‘
With the WP Robots Txt plugin the search engines will be able to access your site and easily find new content.
WP-Optimize gets rid of a lot of the “fluff” that WordPress automatically produces in the background like auto-drafts and revisions.
EWWW Image Optimizer automatically optimizes your images upon import, meaning it makes the file size a lot smaller for a faster loading website.
Akismet comes with most WordPress installations, it helps you combat all the spam online today by blocking and screening any spam comments or registrations.
Jetpack has several features that you can use like an automatic mobile version of your website, extra widgets and stats.
More plugins such as, W3 Total Cache can be installed only with C-Panel hosting because cache plugins do not work well with shared hosting plans. However, there are some that will work well and if this is something that interests you then you could check out Shared web hosting – super fast here (obviously make sure that it does work for you first though).