7 Must Have Plugins/Widgets For WordPress Blog/Website

Must Have Wordpress Plugins

7 Must Have Plugins/Widgets For WordPress Blog/Website

      There are millions of WordPress blogs in the internet and the primary advantage of WordPress is its plugins/widgets . There are tons of plugins/widgets from WordPress as well as other developers which makes it so easy to improve the WordPress blog in terms of user interface, SEO and performance. This post is all about some of the must have WordPress plugins which makes the blogging easier for both readers and authors.

Enhanced Text Widget

      In many cases we will be in situation to have our own custom code (HTML, CSS, Javascript) in the blog page, particularly in the place of widgets. Thats where Enhanced Text Widget comes in! So Enhanced Text Widget is a widgets which is used to write custom code with which we will be able to implement small module of the blog such as search bar, social network buttons(Facebook Like, Google+ etc) etc. E.g. You will find search bar(top of the page), Follow Us(Side bar widget), Headlines which are coded using Enhanced Text Widget.

 

Google XML Sitemaps

Wordpress SEO - Google XML Sitemap

WordPress SEO – Google XML Sitemap

       First you should know what is a Sitemap. Sitemap is a XML file which contains the information about the post/articles present in the blog. The sitemap contains the URL, date etc of each post which will be used by the search engines to know about your blog in easier way. This is a part of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Do we need to write and update the XML file each time we post an article? NO. Google XML Sitemaps does it. You just need to install the plugin and it takes care of everything. Note that this plugin will be useful if the blog is self hosted.

 

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack for WordPress

Jetpack for WordPress

      It is all in one solution which serves many purpose such as Publicize (Social Sharing Buttons), WordPress.com Stats, CommentsSubscriptionsSpelling and GrammarContact FormShortcode EmbedsMobile Theme and many more.  WordPress.com Stats can be used to know details about page views, back links etc. Publicize is another advantage which is used to insert social sharing buttons to each post including category and pages.

 

Recent Posts Slider

Recent Posts Slider

Recent Posts Slider

      This plugin will have a  placeholder with featured image of the posts sliding side by side. This make the page to look better and gives professional design which attract more users. There are a lot of configuration to such as to set the size of the plugin placeholder, number of post to slide, sliding duration etc which makes it very flexible to configure based on our need.

 

Social Sharing Toolkit

Social Sharing Toolkit

Social Sharing Toolkit

      This plugin is used to display social sharing buttons which I personally prefer compared to other buttons. This plugins includes more than 15 buttons of various social networking site. There are various option to configure which are used to display the buttons with counters(Like, Tweet etc). There are also Share and Follow buttons which can used along with the normal buttons.

 

WP-PageNavi

Page Navi

Page Navi

      The default setting of the blog will have only Older Post and Newer Post link to navigate from one post to another. But the pagination (page number buttons) will ,give the users better user experience to use the blog. This plugin will add page number buttons/links to the bottom of the page and it can configured to many designs with different colors using CSS.

 

WP Parallax Content Slider

WP Parallax Content Slider

WP Parallax Content Slider

      For any website or blog, the home page is the first thing to concentrate either in terms of design or content. So a banner( logo, images related to blog) can be used to enhance the design of the blog. Even better approach is to use WP Parallax Content Slider which slides images with title of the articles for the given number of post which is configured in the admin panel. This plugin will slide the images with parallax effect.

       Apart from using these widgets, there are other small tips and guidelines which can be followed to get better design and content in the blog. You can also improve the performance of the blog using .htaccess (browser caching) file.

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