Top WordPress Plugins for Beginners

Posted in How To on January 29th, 2013 by

If you have a website or blog on WordPress, you’ll notice a section in your dashboard that says “Plugins.” This section is crucial for your website, as plugins can add extra capabilities and features to your site. If you have a self-hosted WordPress (i.e. on WordPress.org, not a free site on WordPress.com), then you have access to over 22K different plugin options! These plugins are always being updated and modified, so make sure you update your plugins whenever WordPress prompts you to (whenever you see this on your dashboard).

I found a great infographic that lists the “top 30 most popular plugins available to give your blog a real boost.” Most of these popular plugins are great because they help improve your blog or website’s security, analytics, social promotion, and overall design and layout. Read more under the infographic for a few other plugins that I personally love using!

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A few other plugins you might want to try:

Slick Contact Forms: I came across the Slick Contact Form plugin after looking for a better way for users to contact my client on her website. I love this plugin because it creates either a floating, drop down or sticky, sliding tab on every page of your site – perfect for anyone that wants to put that extra effort out for users to contact you. Just download the plugin and edit the contact form you want in the Widget section of your dashboard!

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Facebook Social Plugins:  Whether you want to add a “Like Me On Facebook” option or a section in your widget bar for your audience to see your Facebook Page activity, the Facebook Social Plugins is super easy to install and use as a widget for your site. Check out how I use this widget on my own blog below.

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Hover Pin-It: If you have a lot of great graphics or photos on your site, adding a Pin-It buttons is a great idea for users to easily add your images to their own Pinterest boards (and thus creating more traffic for your site). Another similar plugin is the Pinterest Image Pinner From Collective Bias which allows you to also create a hover “Pinterest” button to your photos. If you’re feeling real saucy, you can make a custom design for your “Pin-It” button by checking out this tutorial by designer Elembee.

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All in all, plugins can either make or break your site (literally). Keep up with the essential plugins listed in the infographic above, but also take a look around and find some cool plugins that can differentiate your site or blog from the others!

Have any other plugins that you love that aren’t mentioned in this post? Comment below or tweet me at @RingTheAlam to let me know!

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