WordPress powers millions of blogs on the web. However, not all of those blogs are taking advantage of the plugins that WordPress offers. There are countless plugins available, but not all plugins are created equal. I have used numerous WordPress plugins, and these are the 5 plugins that have helped me out a lot.
- Acurax Social Media Widget: This plugin allows you to create buttons that lead people to your social networks. There are many themes to choose from and many choices for which social networks you would like to promote. I promote my Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, GooglePlus, YouTube, and LinkedIn accounts with the Acurax Social Media Widget.
- P3 Plugin: This plugin (Plugin Performance Profiler), allows you to see which plugins are slowing your blog down. When I first used this plugin, I was amazed to discover that I was not using many of the plugins that were slowing my blog down. By deactivating the plugins that I was not using (and that were slowing down my blog), I was able to dramatically increase the speed time for my blog.
- Pinterest Pin It Button For Images: Bloggers can no longer ignore Pinterest. There are many people who are eager to share blog posts on Pinterest. In order to make it easier for people to share your blog posts on Pinterest, use this plugin. When someone moves the mouse on the image, they will be able to see a “Pin It” button. Clicking this button will allow the person to pin the picture. This is an easier way to get more people to share your blog posts.
- Social Metrics. Do you want to know how many times your blog posts are getting shared on various social networks. With the Social Metrics plugin, you can do just that. This plugin organizes all of your blog posts and shows you how many times your blog posts are being shared on different social networks. With this plugin, you also have the option to share your own blog posts straight from the WP Admin page!
- Widget context. This plugin allows you to choose which widgets appear on what pages on your blog. Not all widgets are suitable for all areas of your blog. Widget context allows you to choose where the widgets can appear.
I am commonly using these WordPress plugins. They have brought good results to my blog, and if you are looking for ways to make your blog better, these WordPress plugins are the best ones for you.