My Favourite WordPress Plugins – 2016 edition

It’s been a while since I last shared my favourite WordPress plugins and as they are something that change over time I thought it would be worth sharing the latest favourites with you.

One of my absolute favourite things about being self-hosted on WordPress is the impressive range of functionality I can add to my blog with just a few plugins.

Without further ado …

favourite wordpress plugins

Favourite WordPress Plugins

SumoMe

SumoMe is awesome. It’s pretty hard to sum it up. But basically SumoMe allows you to a number of things that help you grow your website. I mostly use it for the list building functionality. The pop up and scroll box appear with SumoMe and encourage my readers to subscribe to my mailing list. It is super easy to set up, looks great and syncs easily with my mailing client.

There are loads of other options SumoMe offers including Heatmaps, Welcome Mats, Contact Forms, Smart Bars, and more.

There are free versions which offer basic functionality or the premium versions offer the full shebang.

MailChimp for WP

MailChimp for WP is a nifty plugin that I mainly use to offer the tickbox at the end of a comment box to offer my readers a chance to sign up for my mailing list.

I like that it’s easy to install and reminds readers in another way, that’s non-invasive, that I have a mailing list.

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is essential to keep my blog running efficiently. With well over 1000 posts now and LOADS of photos it’s important to have a cache plugin to keep the resource limits and page load times as low as possible. This was the plugin recommend to me by my hosting company Krystal.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is a powerful plugin that helps you improve the search engine optimisation of your website. The plugin is a fantastic way to help you analyse your content and tweak it to help your post reach a wider audience through search listings.

Every time I write a post I check the Yoast SEO box to see where I can optimise the post further. The result is that I have learned loads of basic SEO techniques from a single plugin.

Yoast SEO also provides an XML sitemap and notifies the big search engines such as Google and Bing. It also has social integration to help you control the open graph information for Facebook, etc.

Editorial Calendar

Editorial Calendar┬áis still one of my favourite plugins and I’ve been using it for years. It’s simple yet super effective. It essentially adds a visual calendar element to help you plan and schedule your posts. Simple.

Cookie Law Info

Cookie Law Info is another simple yet super effective plugin that easily allows you to add a cookie law information bar pop up onto your website. As this is now a legal requirement I highly recommend you get this installed as soon as possible.


 

That’s just five of my favourite wordpress plugins, but the ones I am most happy with at the moment.

Do you use WordPress? What are your favourite plugins?

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