In this post, I want to share some great WordPress plugins I use on my website www.hellocalvinlee.com, which is based on WordPress. The goal is to share with you some useful plugins I’ve found useful, and if you have a website you can consider them.
In the first month of my website, I have developed a basic WordPress website. My website had the basic essentials such as a home page, an about me page, a page for my free eBook, a page featuring the books I wrote, my blog page, my podcast page, and a contact page.
Now that all the basic features are in place, I decided to spice it up. This week I installed quite a few great WordPress plugins. I checked out other blogs and looked at what features they had on their websites, and then I implement them into my own website.
1) WordPress Related Posts plugin
Many websites had blogs and at the end of the article, had links to related posts. I experimented with two plugins. The first one is called Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARRP). However, after experimenting with this plugin, I notice that I cannot select what related posts to display. The plugin itself has an algorithm to choose what to display. Sometimes it wouldn’t display anything or just one related post. Due to this inflexibility, I decided to disabled that plugin and install a new one.
The second related posts plugin I installed and am still using is called WordPress Related Posts plugin. This plugin automatically chooses six related posts at the end of my blog articles. It also allows me to pick and choose what related posts to show. So far this plugin is pretty good.
2) WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin
Next I installed the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin. This plug in allowed me to visually see in a calendar format all of my published posts as well as my scheduled posts. This will help me organize my blog posts as I set up a schedule of regularly posting of blog articles.
3) Yoast SEO plugin
SEO stands for search engine optimization. Recently I had a discussion with a friend who is a SEO guru. I started to realize how important SEO is. I have been listening to podcasts on SEO and watched a few video tutorials on SEO.
I wanted to make sure that my blog posts and my website in general is SEO friendly. This will help search engines such as Google to find my content so that people who are searching for my content can find it.
Yoast SEO plugin has many great features. It has given me a lot of recommendations on how to improve my keywords, tags, titles, etc.
4) All in One Favicon plugin
I notice that the little icon for my website in a web browser is a generic one. I installed this plugin so that I can change and customize the little icon.
5) PopupAlly plugin
When I was browsing through some other people’s websites, I notice that when I move my mouse cursor out of the window with the intent to close the window there is sometimes a pop up that asks me to insert my e-mail address. Before I even built my website I’ve already understood how important it is to build an e-mail list. I installed this plugin to grow my e-mail list.
Sniply is a nifty little tool that I learned about that can help drive traffic to my website. It basically creates a link to share on social media such as Twitter or Facebook and allows me to display a banner at the bottom of a third party website that encourages people to visit my website.
I didn’t really like the default comment box provided by WordPress. I looked at how other blogs did their comment box and noticed that people can use their Facebook accounts to leave their comments. I wanted a simple comment box where people can just simply leave a comment with an option to also display a link to my website article on their Facebook. This helps to share my content so that more people can benefit.
8) Shareholic plugin
I was using the Floating Social Media plugin for a while. However, I did not like the design of the social media buttons. I found a new plugin called Shareholic and I liked the designed better. It is now easier to share my content on social media with the click of a button.
9) SumoMe plugin
I saw on another website that had a sticky bar at the bottom of the webpage that moves when the visitors scrolls the page. This allows them to collect e-mail subscriptions to their newsletter and/or download a free eBook or other materials. This plugin has many interesting features I’m experimenting with.
What plugins and tools do you use?
The above are some of the plugins I use. What are some plugins you use on your website? Please leave a comment below to share with me.