I’ve seen so many people going self-hosted with their blogs recently that I thought this was the perfect time to do this post! I went self-hosted with Dreams&Lashes back in January, but aside from this post, I haven’t really talked about my experience. Let me know if you still want to know how it went!
This week, however, I’m here to talk about all the WordPress Plugins I’ve been using (and loving) ever since. Some of them I can’t live without, others just make my life so much easier! Whatever the case is, I think every blogger should have these WordPress Plugins installed!
1. Yoast SEO
This was the first plugin I installed back in January! I had heard amazing things about this so I’m pretty sure everyone knows about it but I couldn’t not include it on this list! This has helped me a lot with how I write. It not only gives you help with SEO itself (keywords, meta descriptions, alt attributes…) but also has a ‘Readability’ tab. The Readability tab helps with things like paragraphs that are too long, too many long sentences, using transition words, avoiding passive voice… You name it. These things are not only important to get a good google score to your posts, but also to make your posts easier to read!
I kind of regret not sharing this experience on the blog, as I think it would’ve been useful for other bloggers, but a few months back my blog suffered a brute force attack. I won’t get too much into detail, but it’s basically when lots of bots try to log into your blog (as an admin) trying a million different password combinations. Not only is this scary because there’s a chance they might figure out your password, but this also leaves you powerless. All that activity was too much for my server to take and I couldn’t even log in to try and do anything about it. I called my host provider (GoDaddy) and this was one of the WordPress plugins they told me to get. It basically adds a captcha to your login page, so no bots can try to get in. I now have a bunch of others for security so let me know if you want a post about that!
Jetpack has proven to be super useful! So much so that I uninstalled it (because I’ve heard it can be quite heavy) and had to install it back a few days after. Not only does it give you your website’s analytics (visitors, where they’re from, pages they visited, links clicked…) but it also lets you access all that from your phone. I have the WordPress app installed on my phone, which you need to have Jetpack to have ‘remote access’ to your account! Even though I have been using Google Analytics for years, I’ll still use Jetpack to get quicker stats, reply to comments, or maybe even start a blog post on the go!
If, like me, you need someone to read your posts before you publish them, this is the WordPress pluginsfor you! I am always very picky about my photos, my wiring (I’m not the best at it!). So I usually feel the need to have my boyfriend read my posts before I publish. This plugin lets you get a link through which someone can have access to a non-published post. This can also be great if you’re working with a company and want them to approve a blog post!
I only found out about this one recently, and I think not many people know about it. The way I came across this plugin was because I was annoyed that WordPress didn’t let you justify text. Like, how is that possible? It’s 2018! TinyMCE changes your ‘text editing’ bar, making it look more like Microsoft Word. That way you can do things like change font size, underline text, make tables… You name it!
Do you have any of these WordPress Plugins? Will you be trying any? I have a few more to recommend that are security-related so let me know if you want me to share them here!