Once you have learned how to install a plugin you will need to populate your blog with a few necessary ones. Here is my top ten plugins that you need to help you get started.
1. Coming Soon / Maintanence Mode Ready
The first plugin you should install. This allows you to create a splash page on your website so you can work away in the background behind the scenes.
Is one of those plugins that you cannot do without. Download it and explore all the different options. Included are some powerful features such as facebook likes, email newsletter sign-up forms, recent tweets and lots more!
3. Yoast SEO
This plugin is your all-in-one SEO analysis plugin. With this tool you can generate great posts and incorporate all the on-page SEO attributes to enhance your blog.
4. Acurax Social Media Widget
Allows you to add widgets to your sidebar and enables different styles of icons for the social media platforms that you use.
5. Backup WordPress to Dropbox
This is a most necessary tool. As your blog grows, your content grows too so be sure you have this plugin set up, which automatically backs up your database to your dropbox folder. On cloud storage for your backup ensures that even if your website fails and your laptop blows up, your database is safe.
6. Footer Putter
A handy plugin that allows you to add your footer details, your address, number, trade-mark and whatever other important information on the bottom of your blog.
This is a great tool allowing you to set your profile and author bio. Just add your mugshot and details about yourself and they will be shown at the bottom of each blog post that you write. Other users also have the option to create their own autor bios too!
8. Regenerate Thumbnails
A handy plugin that helps to regulate the image sizes on your thumbnail posts or featured image widgets. Doesn’t make sense? Just download it and if you have any trouble with image sizes, try toggling the plugin and it may just be the troubleshooter you needed.
9. Contact Form
Embed a nice contact form onto your website, contact page. This allows customers to contact you there and then without them opening their email to contact you. You can also activate a captcha which ensures that users are human and not robots. This will help reduce spam too.
10. WP Front Notification Bar
This plugin allows you to collect sign ups for your newsletter or data base. You can see I have placed it on the top bar of my website above. You can customise colours and fonts and basically design it to suit your the look of your website. The plugin itself requires you have a subscription with one of the newsletter clients, such as Mailchimp.
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