Since moving to WordPress I’ve been spending some fine getting used to how it all works and making use of the plugins available to me. This post is all about the WordPress plugins I love and find the most useful for me as a blogger and hopefully, you’ll find them useful too.
This plugin is one of the reasons I moved from Blogger to WordPress and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I like having a list to work through for pretty much any task so this is perfect for me. It uses a traffic light system and helps me and my dodgy memory to do everything possible to help the SEO of everything I post including adding alt tags to my photographs which I somehow always forget to do.
If you read my post about how to fix your broken links then you’ll be aware of the fact that I referenced a plugin called Redirection. Since I made the switch from Blogger there are still some pesky internal links with the .html ending which no longer exists and shows as a broken link. The easiest way I’ve found to fix this is by using this plugin to redirect the wrong URL to the right one. Along with Yoast it’s fab for helping with SEO and building up that oh so elusive DA score too.
Although I can code a nofollow link I’m lazy and don’t like doing it for every post so a plugin that can do it for me is bliss. It adds a checkbox so I can make the link nofollow and open in a new tab really quickly. However, being able to code the link – and Holly’s post on the difference between follow and nofollow links helped – I can check if the code is right before I hit publish/schedule on a post.
WP Crontrol & WP Missed Schedule
speaking of scheduling posts, this is something I’ve been having issues with for a while but after reading lots of tutorials and forum threads I finally found the 2 plugins I need to be able to get it to work. I won’t bore you with all the technical stuff but basically, these two work together to scan my site and deal with any posts that have missed their schedule. Think of it a bit like turning Word on to auto save every minute, well this works in a similar way and I have it set to scan fairly constantly too, just to be on the safe side.
The only issue with these plugins is they are not stored within WordPress but a small amount of internet searching and I’m sure you’ll be able to find a download of the .zip file. All you have to do is upload them, activate them and add a Cron Schedule (within Settings) for the time frame of your choosing. Mine is relatively low
How many times have you clicked on a link and you’ve ended up on a page which said the page you’re looking for couldn’t be found? It can be annoying when it happens but if it’s your blog you want that reader to hang around and check out other pages while they’re there.
This plugin means that if a page is not found on your blog you can redirect the reader to a page of your choosing. I’ve set up a page which explains that what they were looking for may have moved but have put images coded with links to all my categories to try and encourage them to head to another part of my blog rather than being annoyed that the link they used didn’t work.
Public Post Preview
If like me, you like sharing your post with your best friend for quality control purposes then this is the plugin you need. After saving your post a draft there will be a tick box in the publish section which when ticked (you need to save the draft a second time) will create a link that you can share. This means you can have someone read a post before you publish and make sure it’s absolutely fantastic.