Welcome to the second edition of Five Friday Favorites! Last week, I gave you a list of my 5 favorite financial blogs that I follow and enjoy reading all about money and finances. This week, I’m sharing my 5 favorite WordPress Plugins!
For me, my WordPress Plugins are a lot like my phone apps, I have downloaded many, but only really use a few!
I’ll make this one number one because I really do think it’s my absolute favorite! This is an AMAZING plugin for managing your comments. It filters spam, notifies you of a comment, allows for easy replying and I also really love it when other sites use it as well! I find it so much easier to follow comments from other blogs if I want to see the conversation. It’s super easy to set up and use too!
I had mentioned in a blog post before that I like to plan and write my blog posts ahead of time so that I can be more organized and it takes away a lot of the stress of getting out blog posts in a timely way. This is the best way to do this for me because I can see the calendar view and fill in any empty spaces! It’s very easy to use and makes planning out your posting schedule super simple and quick!
Have you noticed that after each post I publish, there is a list of related posts to the one you just finished reading? This is all thatnks to YARPP! Yet Another Related Post Plugin is a head above the rest because it’s simple, as lots of options and gets the job done! You can display your related posts as a list like I do, as thumbnails or you can customize it even further if you’re good with coding!
You always want to make it as easy as possible for people to like and share your content. I had been looking for a good social network sharing plugin for months when I was pointed to this one and I’m so glad I found it. The newest social networks are always being added so you’ll never fall behind and it’s very customizable so you can add however many buttons you want, where you want them!
While I do use Google Analytics to monitor my stats, I really like this plugin for quickly seeing stat details from my dashboard. A really cool feature is it’s ability to report in real time, so if you’re browsing my site, and I happen to be checking, I can see that someone is reading and what post they are on. Sometimes Google Analytics can confuse me, but this is really easy to figure out and I like that!
So there you have it! I’ve been a long time WordPress user and lover and these are the plugins that I couldn’t live without. They make blogging easier, more efficient and do a lot of the heavy lifting for me, which is good because sometimes I can get pretty lazy and need all the help I can get!
Do you have any favorite WordPress Apps that I should know about? Let me know!!
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