Starting a wordpress blog, looking for Warriors must haves with WordPress.

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I am going to start a Wordpress blog, and I am looking through all of the plugins, possible tools etc and I am building a list of what I think is essential. I am curious, though since I have been out of the WordPress realm since before the latest update, what you guys consider to be the best, and must have plugins and tools.

Thank you.

I'll start:

Yoast SEO - https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

Grammarly's Chome Addon - https://app.grammarly.com/

WP to Twitter (Posts instant Tweets with your article) - https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-to-twitter/

Revive old post (Tweets old blog entries based on a schedule) - https://wordpress.org/plugins/tweet-old-post/
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  • Profile picture of the author Boris Qs
    I think you have the basics to start. Any other will depend on the individual and type of blog the individual want to build. although I think the Optin Forms plugin,Author Box plugin and some more social plugins are essential.Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author sagwa02
    hey i usually install these two with every fresh wordpress install:

    PHP Text Widget - Extends the default WordPress text widget making it able to execute PHP code (and html and css too. i use it to put adsense and analytics code in the site easily)
    WP Super Cache - Very fast caching plugin for WordPress. (helps your site load faster after a user's first visit and also is the simplest one for free)
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  • Profile picture of the author Gail Rahn
    I'd also recommend: UpDraft Plus for backup of your blog.

    It has a lot of backup options and can save you from a lot of heartache and frustration in case something should ever go wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    With WordPress... Less is more.

    ;]

    I stick mostly to the Genesis framework and use their recommended plugins because... Quite frankly if your site is overburdened with excess code, you won't be doing yourself any favors.

    So, for WordPress "must haves", simplicity and speed are the best. So pick a premium theme, and keep your plugins <= 10.

    :]

    Just my humble advice, been a blogger for years.
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  • Profile picture of the author furkan199x
    Seo, Page Speed, Optimizing Pictures, Backups, Link Cloaking, Website Security and maybe a contact form plugin, thats mostly all you need
    It depends on you what you need but you must have the basics to run a blog efficiently.

    My list of plugins that i use (they are all for free)
    Seo - Yoast SEO
    Image Optimizer - EWWW Image Optimizer
    Link Cloaker - Pretty Link Lite
    Page Speed - W3 Total Cache
    Security - Wordfence Security
    Google - Google Analytics by Yoast
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Wordfence for security

    Yoast SEO

    Anti-Spam

    Pretty Link Lite

    And there's a little-known plugin called WP Author Slug to make replacing your public blog post author name with something other than your actual login name...good for security. Otherwise, hackers quickly have half your login combo.
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    • Profile picture of the author Highway55
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Wordfence for security

      Yoast SEO

      Anti-Spam

      Pretty Link Lite
      I like these as well. Anti Spam is great because you don't need an account (unlike Akismet)

      I also use:

      1. Mashshare share buttons plugin for large share buttons
      2. JQuery Pin it Button for sharing images
      3. Shortcodes Ultimate for making callouts on posts
      4. Q2W3 Fixed Widget - for banner scroll effect in sidebar
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  • Profile picture of the author adamzanber
    Dont add too many plugins. There are only few of them which are necessary if you are only blogging.
    Contact form 7, WP seo, wordfence and one social plugin like share this plus get a responsive theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author SFNY
    Word of advice, I would hop on to one of the main frameworks like studio press or thesis. Reason being is over time, you'll learn to build sites on these platforms and you'll never have to buy another theme again. Plus, they usually have a better support system and are also built with cleaner code then some of the others. I'm a thesis guy...Some like studio press...Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author SFNY
    And another thing, the less plugins the better. Thesis is built with SEO in mind and you won't need Yoast for that.
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    • Profile picture of the author OliviasDad
      Plugins I would install:

      For security - WordFence (Free version is great to start with)
      For SEO - You have many choices, Yoast, All-In-One SEO to name 2
      For spam - Akismet is brilliant for this
      For making clean links - Pretty Link Lite

      I would echo others by saying the less plugins the better. The more moving parts, the more chance of stuff getting broken.

      I do like the Genesis theme myself, it's clean and well-supported and a great way to start.

      Also, lately I've been recommending Shane Melaugh's Thrive Themes. His suite of plugins and themes is quite good for marketers and I have been planning on creating some new web properties using his stuff sometime soon.

      Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author AuthorityBuilder
    This is a list of essential plugins to setup a fully-functional blog:

    SEO by Yoast
    WP Super Cache
    Monarch plugin for social media sharing buttons
    Google XML Sitemap
    Enhanced WordPress Contact form
    GoCodes
    Really Simple CAPTCHA
    FD Feedburner Plugin
    No Self Pings
    Akismet
    CloudFlare plugin
    Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin
    OptinMonster
    Subscribe to Comments
    WP-DBManager
    WordPress related post

    These are not essential but may be used for advanced level security.

    WangGuard to stop spam registration
    VaultPress for WordPress Backup
    Ultimate Nofollow to quickly add Nofollow link attribute.
    Simple Parse Push Service to enable Push notification for my Android app
    SEO Smart link business for automatic internal linking
    Roost Web push for push notifications
    Q2W3 Fixed Widget for making sidebar widget fixed
    Post Expirator for deleting a post after specific date

    Originally Posted by Eternal View Post

    I am going to start a Wordpress blog, and I am looking through all of the plugins, possible tools etc and I am building a list of what I think is essential. I am curious, though since I have been out of the WordPress realm since before the latest update, what you guys consider to be the best, and must have plugins and tools.

    Thank you.

    I'll start:

    Yoast SEO - https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

    Grammarly's Chome Addon - https://app.grammarly.com/

    WP to Twitter (Posts instant Tweets with your article) - https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-to-twitter/

    Revive old post (Tweets old blog entries based on a schedule) - https://wordpress.org/plugins/tweet-old-post/
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  • Profile picture of the author marubish
    Dont forget this https://wordpress.org/plugins/captcha/
    it will prevent your site from spam and brute force attacks
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  • There are a lot of good recommendations here, but I will add one more that will help your site speed by optimizing your database regularly. WP Clean Up Optimizer
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