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10 Best WordPress Plugins

Use these WordPress plugins to protect your site and make your content easy to share.

Use these WordPress plugins to protect your site and make your content easy to share. Find out what the 10 best WordPress plugins are from a blogger and blog reader perspective at jillconyers.com.

Anyone in the mood to chat about blogging? A subject that is forever growing and a work in progress.

What plugins do you use and recommend? Me?

The plugins I wouldn’t blog without primarily come down to 2 purposes: protecting my website and making the experience at jillconyers.com conveniently engaging and reader friendly.

Shared content is a lifeline to successful blogging. Wouldn’t you agree? So lets protect your website and make your content easy to share.

10 Best WordPress Plugins

Akismet The best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. Link to plugin – Akismet

All In One SEO Pack Optimizes your WordPress blog for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Link to plugin – All In One SEO Pack

Contact Form 7 Give your readers (and potential clients/brands) an easy and convenient way to contact you. Make it highly visible. Link to plugin – Contact Form 7

Wordfence Security Anti-virus, Firewall and High Speed Cache. Everything you need to protect your website from hacks and malware. Link to plugin – Wordfence Security

Google Analytics by Yoast Track your blog easily and always stays up to date with the newest features in Google Analytics. Link to plugin – Google Analytics by Yoast

Click To Tweet Create tweetable content for your readers that makes it easy for readers to share your content. Link to plugin – Click To Tweet

Shareaholic Again, make it easy for your content to be shared. This is an all-in-one content amplification and monetization platform, that includes related content recommendations, promoted content, social sharing, following, site monetization apps such as affiliate linking, and social analytics. This module makes it a snap for any website — big or small — to engage and grow their traffic, market their content, gain insights, and monetize their traffic, all from one powerful but easy-to-use dashboard. Link to plugin – Shareaholic

Instagram Feed Display Connect and engage your readers with a variety of social media platforms with beautifully clean, customizable, and responsive Instagram feeds. Link to plugin – Instagram Feed Display

jQuery Pin It Button For Images One more plugin that makes it easy for readers to share your fabulous content. This plugin highlights images on hover and adds a “Pin It” button over them for easy pinning and it’s customizable. Link to plugin – JQuery Pin It Button For Images

Ziplist Recipe Plugin A plugin that adds all the necessary microdata to your recipes, so they will show up in Google’s Recipe Search Link to plugin – Ziplist Recipe Plugin

Are you a blogger and/or blog reader? As a blog reader, what would you recommend bloggers have on their blog for a better reader experience?

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  1. Hello to all, the contents present at this website are genuinely awesome
    for people knowledge, well, keep up the good work fellows.

  2. I definitely marked this to revisit later. There is so much to learn in the world of blogging. New information daily, there is always new changes all the time. Thank you so much for the information.

  3. Wow! What a lot of great information packed into this post. I have not heard of some of these and will certainly look into. I am more inclined to add several that I’ve been considering now that you’ve discussed them.

  4. Awesome post!! Perfect timing these all sound like plugins I need! Going to book mark this page.

  5. Thank you so much for this – I really need to give my plugins an overhaul so will use this list as a starting point 🙂 x

  6. This is great information! I dont use WordPress, but might switch to it when my year is up with who I have now!

  7. Jill, this list is quite helpful! I’m a big fan of Click to Tweet, and I can’t imagine blogging without Akismet. I’m also a fan of SumoMe and Squirrly for SEO. I haven’t installed an Instagram plugin yet, so thanks for the recommendation!

  8. I have all of these with the exception of a few. I would add the comment reply notification. I comment on so many blogs but can’t continue the conversation because I don’t have the time to go back and check if they replied. This way you get an email if the blogger replied to your comment!

  9. I use lots of these plugins! I need to check out that anti-virus one, though. That is probably a really good one to have!

  10. Great list! I have most of these, but am getting tired of the current Instagram one that I have. I will check out the one you recommended because I keep having to update mine! Very annoying. Pinning this!

  11. This was super helpful!! I just went self hosted and I downloaded a bunch of these.. I’m having trouble figuring out how to actually use click to tweet, but I’ll get there!

  12. Great tips but I have yet to make the move over to WordPress. I am still with Blogger. i was thinking of transitioning over in the next year but wouldn’t even know were to start. Any recommendations?

    1. Hi Daisy. Are you comfortable with doing it yourself or looking to hire? I started with googling and you tube videos and learned as much as I could before I started. There’s a steep learning curve but it’s so worth it. I’m happy to help as much as I can.

      1. I’ve tried looking at videos and read about it online but my brain just doesn’t understand “computer jargon.” So I’ve just decided to make it easier on myself and hire aomeone. Not really sure when I’ll make the plunge but maybe by next year. I know if I pay someone it can get really pricey 🙁

    1. Hi Melanie. Both of those plugins are must haves for easy sharing. Make it easy for your readers 🙂

  13. Great list! I will have to look into the ones that I don’t currently use. Thanks!

  14. I use some of these but never heard of others. Thanks for sharing! I love wordfence and how it alerts me when someone is trying to log in…who are these people anyway??!

    1. I know! People from all over the world. It’s crazy. And even crazier is the number of times they have to try before they’re locked out and I get the email notice. They’re relentless!

  15. I love posts like this, so helpful especially for new bloggers!! We have been scaling down our plug ins but still use many of these on this list!

    1. Hi Sam. You have to be careful with plugins. How many and which ones to install. Both can affect blog performance. You already knew that didn’t you 🙂

  16. So many great plugins! I just installed an Instagram plugin that I love so far…but will have to check out the one you mentioned a well since IG can take up a lot of page load time for a site.

    1. Hi Elena. You have to be careful with plugins. How many and which ones to install. Both can affect blog performance.

  17. Great list! There are a few that I haven’t heard of that I need to check out.

  18. I am about to make the switch to WordPress, so this is much needed, thank you!!

    1. Good morning Jessica. There’s a steep learning curve with the switch it’s so worth it. You’re going to love the creative freedom with WP. I’m happy to help with the switch if I can 🙂

  19. Thanks you SO much for this post, Jill! Just downloaded a few of the plugins you listed. It’s so great when bloggers help other bloggers!

    1. Hi Leslee. So happy this was helpful. What plugins did you install? Are there any you would add to the list?

  20. I learn something new every day! Adding to my list of things to do when I go self hosted. I have been wanting to add the click to tweet for a long time now. Maybe I can find a widget substitute, gotta do some searching. I want all the plug ins!

    1. If you find a click to tweet substitute I’m sure others would love to know about it. Have a fabulous Thursday Autumn!

  21. Thank you so much. I really needed it. Will use most of these on my blog today. Ihave bookmarked your post.

  22. I will have a look at the security plugin you recommend. The one I had was totally messing up with my website.
    Thanks a lot for putting together such a great list and fo the link party.

    1. Happy to share Debbie. I tried a lot of security plugins and this one is the most comprehensive and has email notifications of possible problems. You can never be too safe.

    1. Hi Kristy. Add tweet this now. I definitely saw an increase in content being shared and I get to choose the verbage. That’s a win win!

      Have a wonderful day.

  23. I also think Comment Email Reply is awesome for notifying people of comment replies.
    So many great options for making blogging better.

    1. Hi Ange. I have comment reply notification and love it but when I checked on WP it says the plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. I’ve never had a problem but I hesitated to recommend it until I knew more about using a plugin that old. Thanks!

  24. Awesome plugins!! I agree that it’s so important to keep your site safe – once I moved to self-hosted I couldn’t believe all the junk that was trying to make its way in!! :O

    1. Hi Ariana. It’s crazy how much spam never makes it’s way onto the blog. Thanks to Akismet. And the number of users that are blocked from signing in as admin scares me a little. Mind blown!

      1. Yes!! I was so scared the first time I saw a blocked login! 😉

  25. These are great Jill! I recently made the switch to WordPress this summer and am still figuring out which plug-ins to use, so this is such a great tool to have some plug-ins to add to my blog 🙂

    1. Happy to help Brie. Are you loving the new platform and happy you took the leap to WP?

    1. Happy to share Kathryn. If and when you decide to make the switch I’m happy to help if I can. Just shoot me an email if you have questions 🙂

  26. I love anything that helps me be a better blogger. I haven’t switched to WordPress because I love the ease I have with Blogger…I can make all my own changes without help. Plus when I had a medical blog, and it was on WordPress I was trolled so badly…

    1. Hi Wendy. There is definitely a learning curve with WP but having more creative freedom was worth making the switch. That said. You do an excellent job with Blogger. Akismet is awesome with trolls!

  27. What a great list of plug-ins! I use most of those but will have to look into the security one.

    1. Hi Jen. Nice to meet you. I’ve tried several different security plugins and this one seems to be the most comprehensive. And, I love that you get email notifications of possible problems with your blog.

      I love the design and colors of your blog 🙂

  28. Thank you for this post! I’ve been meaning to start using the pin it and click to tweet plugins but have been procrastinating. Will definitely be installing those asap.

    1. Hi Chrissy. Those 2 plugins are recommended by the blogger and blog reader 🙂 It makes sharing your great content so easy.

    1. OMG. Deborah can you imagine the mess without akismet. The amount of spam it stops is mind blowing. There is a satisfaction in deleting the vast quantity of spam caught by this plugin. Or is that just me? haha

  29. I have many of these but there’s a few I don’t that I’ll check out! In the beginning it was so much trial and error with plugins, sometimes it feels like it still is. Great and helpful post!

    1. Hi Michele. Happy to help. So much of blogging continues to be trial and error when you decide to make changes. You do a wonderful job with your blog.

    1. Hi Nichole. Customizing the pin it button is fun. It’s the little things right 🙂

  30. Hi! Thanks for sharing these and for hosting – first time linker-upper here since I’m a pretty new blogger. Look forward to following along! Take care!

    1. Hi Nancy. Nice to meet you and welcome to the #fitfam! If you have any questions about blogging I’m happy to help. Just shoot me an email.

      I tried to visit your blog but the page isn’t loading.

  31. These are great! I need to look in the Instagram feed one, since that is one thing we are missing on our blog!

  32. I’m a “blogger” blogger and dream of one day switching over to wordpress! These plugins sound great. The whole changing over process from blogger to wordpress just intimidates me a little :s

    1. I was the same way Amy. WP scared me a little haha. You will love the creative freedom you have with WP. Not a single regret after making the switch. I’m happy to help in any way I can 🙂

      1. Did you switch your blog over on your own or hire someone to do it for you? It seems like quite a process! Any tips are greatly appreciated!

  33. Such a great list – thank you for sharing, Jill! I have some of these installed, but others I haven’t heard of and will need to look into now. WordPress plug-ins are lifesavers for blogging!

    1. I agree Laura. Each plugin creates the big picture of our blogs and it’s so cool how many options there are. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

  34. Great list! I have some of these installed, but others I haven’t tried yet. I’ve been wanting to add recipes to my blog so I was happy to see the Ziplist plugin. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Danielle. It’s so nice to meet you. By the way, I loved your mommy tantrum post.

  35. I currently use some of these but not all so thanks for sharing! Although I don’t have it, I like when blogs have the click to tweet plugin – so easy to share!

    1. Hi Diane. I wish everyone would use click to tweet. It’s a win win if you ask me.

  36. I have some of these plug-ins, but others I will definitely have to look into! Especially shareaholic I am particularly interested in.

    1. Hi Becky. Shareaholic is a must in my opinion. Make sure to format the wording for the shares. So many don’t. Have a wonderful day.

  37. Thank you for this! I just switched from Blogger to WordPress, so I’m just starting to investigate all the different plugins that are available.

    Have you noticed an increase in tweets for your blog posts after adding the click-to-tweet plugin? To be honest, I’ve never been sure how I felt about them, but I’d be interested in trying it if people have noticed an increase in posts being shared on Twitter because of it.

    1. Hi Crystal. As a blogger and a blog reader, install click to tweet NOW. As a blog reader, it makes it so easy to share the good stuff and as a blogger yes I saw an increase in content shares.

      I was hesitant at first too. I just didn’t like the way it looked in a post. Now I don’t publish a post without it.

      What do you think of being on WP? Are you self hosted? I love chatting about this stuff 🙂

    1. I’ve been happy with ziplist Megan. I have to admit I’m a little curious about Recipe Card. I wonder how they’re different.

  38. So excited that you wrote about this! I have been needing some direction about reputable widgets. And, I can’t believe I haven’t ever added a click-to-tweet. Thanks for the help. #fitfamlove

    1. Happy to help Jess. BTW, you rocked this week’s topic!

      Go install click to tweet. Now. xoxo

  39. These are all great plugins. I am working on moving to self hosting soon and these will help. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Antonio. Nice to meet you. I’m happy to help. Good luck with the move to self hosted. Once it’s done you will be so glad you did. I’m not an expert but if you have any questions I’m happy to help if I can.

  40. For some reason, my stumbleupon sharing option just disappeared… So I need to look into that Shareaholic. I know if Have an account… Hmmmm!

    1. Gigi, as a blog reader, shareaholic is a must have. It makes it so easy to share the good stuff.

  41. Good one, Jill! I just starting using “Click to Tweet” and am very pleased with the results so far. Thanks for putting all of these plug-ins in one place!

  42. Such great info here Jill! I have most of these but definitely need the Instagram plug-in!! Thanks for such a comprehensive list!

    1. Happy to help Allie! On another subject. Woohoo! I got my flight info for RW. Can’t wait!

  43. Love, love, love click to tweet….it has made my life easier and so much easier for my readers to share my content!

    1. Hi Annmarie. I wish everyone would have click to tweet. It’s one of my most recommended plugins.

  44. Thanks for this list! I’m still using Blogger (plan to eventually transition to Word Press) so the plug ins aren’t really available. Although, with a little html knowledge I have some of these going on my blog 🙂

    1. Hi Amanda. You’re doing a great job with your blog. It’s crazy how much more creative freedom you have with your blog after switching over to WP. Have an awesome day friend.

    1. Happy to help Rachel. Do you have any plugins you recommend? Thanks and have an awesome day.

  45. Great info! I think I have most of these going…I am looking to install a comment reply notification plugin too.

    1. Hi Michele. I have comment reply notification and love it but when I checked on WP it says the plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. I’ve never had a problem but I hesitated to recommend it until I knew more about using a plugin that old. Thanks.

  46. All awesome options. I love shareholic and use it all the time. My latest favorite is Sumo Me for email address collection and list building!

    1. Hi Jenna. I need to check out Sumo Me. I’ve heard of it but not exactly sure how it can be used. Is it something your readers subscribe or more for organization and distribution? Thanks.

      1. Hey! It’s a plugin that pops up whenever you set it to. Its a gentle reminder for folks to join your email list and a chance for you to offer them an incentive.

  47. I have WordPress and I’m thankful for this helpful information.

  48. I was so looking forward to this post, great info, thanks for sharing! I feel like I still have so much to learn! I took good notes, thank you your blog always looks so nice! I installed my first recipe card plug in- took me hours- LOL- but I am getting the hang of it!

    1. Mary Beth I needed the info you shared on coschedule. You convinced me to stop thinking about starting to use it and actually start. Which recipe plugin did you install?

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