It’s been a while since I shared my WordPress favourites. I frequently receive emails and questions about WordPress, from migrating over from Blogger to the best plugins etc. I have just shared a lesson at the Big Blogging Bootcamp about WordPress and realised that it might be helpful to share a list of my WordPress advice to date.
I have been using a WordPress self-hosted blog since 2011 and I have learnt a ton since those early newbie days.
When I made the migration from Blogger to WordPress I shared a lessons learned posts, but some of my advice has changed since then, particularly my hosting recommendations.
I have also blogged about my favourite WordPress plugins but as I am continually re-evaluating my blog, it’s functionality and needs change over time. So I’m going to include my current favourite here. Some favourites remain the same and there are a few new ones.
I moved over to Krystal six months ago and they have been brilliant. They are a UK-based hosting company, they are super-quick with any questions and have been incredibly helpful when I’ve made mistakes, crashed my site, or just can’t quite find the right button/option in my cpanel. Their rates are great value and I run five sites with them now.
I invested in a premium theme from the beginning of my WordPress journey. After plenty of research into suitable themes I found that the free themes weren’t quite customisable enough for my needs. I have used Thesis theme since 2011 and found it really easy to use and adapt to my needs.
There are thousands of useful plug-ins that make your blogging experience easier, more convenient and add great functionality to your blog.
Smart Archives Reloaded – archives page – useful for neatly displaying your full archives on one page.
WordPress Editorial Calendar – visual drag and drop post calendar – my number one favourite plugin
Tweet Old Post – tweets through your archive – useful for sending twitter traffic to your older posts.
WordPress SEO – built-in seo guidance – this is a great tool for learning what makes a post optimised for search engines.
Nrelate Related Content – shares relevant posts underneath each post – much better than linkwithin in that it keeps traffic on your site and doesn’t redirect through their site.
WP Smush.it – reduces files sizes of images – very useful if your blog is image heavy and you haven’t resized your images. This plugin does the hard work for you!
For more inspiration on plugins check out this super nifty site called PluginTable.