WordPress is a fantastic blogging platform and I am so glad that I made the decision to move from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress blog in the summer this year. Not only does my blog look a look cleaner in terms of design, but it’s useability has improved ten-fold. One of the most important benefits of using WordPress is the availabilty of Plugins that can enhance the blog in so many different ways. From improving the load time of the blog to offering easy customisation, these plugins make my WordPress blog a better place for me and my readers.
I often get asked for advice on using my WordPress blog, and I am more than happy to share the information and advice I have found. As someone who has spent hundreds of hours scouring the interweb for advice on all manners of blog advice, I certainly appreciate all the help I can get. So in the spirit of sharing and helping I thought it might be useful to share some of my favourite WordPress plugins with you.
A simple plugin that allows your commenters to link their comment to their own latest blog post. It encourages the community aspect of blogging which I love.
Comment Reply Notification
This provides a simple tick box at the bottom of the comment form which allows the commenter to receive an email if, and when their comment is replied to.
Does what it says on the tin. This powerful plugin provides fast and efficient caching of your site.
An easy to use plugin that allows your to use the huge range of fonts available from the Google Fonts directory and pinpoint where they are used on your blog.
This plugin transforms your blog to be viewed easily from smartphones.
Displays your blog archives and past blog posts in simple and easy to use format. See my archives page.
Broken Links Checker
It not something you would readily think of, but for readers looking through your old blog posts, it can be frustrating if you links are broken. This plugin will work through your links and notify you if any have broken.
Adds the small TweetMeme/Retweet button to each page and post. It allows readers to share pages of interest with their twitter followers.
This Sexy bookmarks plugin places a social media footer to your blog posts to allow your readers to share your posts with thier social media networks.
Social Media Widget
This fantastic easy-to-use plugin provides a page for your to add the links to your social media profiles and places the social media widget in a sidebar position of your choice.
Do you use WordPress? Do you have any amazing, awesome, life-changing plugins that I did not mention here? I would love to hear what you think about using WordPress. I am still a huge novice so any sharing of advice and ideas would be fantastic.