WordPress plugins :-
WordPress has a huge advantage. WordPress can be equipped with many new functionalities.
This is possible using the so-called plugins. These are small snippets of code that can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin archive.
This 7th part of the blog start series is intended to show which plugins are useful for starting a new blog and what you should generally pay attention to with WordPress plugins.
Blog start plugins
I install the following 8 plugins immediately when I set up a new blog. They add functions to WordPress that, in my opinion, are fundamentally important for the success of a new blog.
This is a spam protection. Using a central database on the Akismet server, spam messages are filtered very reliably. There are also statistics on the volume of spam. I prefer this plugin over Captcha solutions, which are very unfriendly to readers.
The paid plugin wpSEO * * is my favorite when it comes to WordPress search engine optimization . Alternatively, there are also free SEO plugins , such as “All In One SEO”, which, however, cannot match wpSEO in terms of functionality.
- Related Posts
The WordPress “ Related Posts ” plugin shows similar articles under each article. Not only is this useful for visitors to your blog who can use it to find and read more interesting articles, but it also helps with search engine optimization. Internal linking is very important.
- WordPress Database Backup
Nothing is worse than losing a blog and all articles to a server crash. The “ WordPress Database Backup ” plug-in manually backs up the database on request, but can also back up the database at specified times (e.g. every Monday morning) and send it to you by email, for example.
- Google XML Sitemaps
As you can see, search engine optimization is important from the start. With the “ Google XML Sitemaps ” plug-in , a sitemap is automatically generated, which Google and Co. read out and thus guaranteed not to miss any article.
German blogs have to struggle with umlauts in the URLs. The “ WP PermaLauts ” plug-in encodes them correctly.
- Preview Frame
” Preview Frame ” creates a preview window below the input field for new articles, which is updated each time it is saved. You no longer need to open the preview in a separate window. For me this saves time and nerves.
- Google Analytics or
It is very important to measure exactly how many visitors you have right from the start. This is the only way to follow and analyze the development of the blog. “ Google Analyticator ” automatically builds the necessary lines of code into the WordPress blog and also outputs the statistics directly in the blog. If you don’t want to use Google Analytics, you can also use the WordPress statistics service: ” WordPress.com Stats “
These are the plugins that I consider absolutely necessary. However, I install a few more, but they are certainly not absolutely essential.
Where can I find more plugins?
There are thousands of WordPress plugins out there. It’s hard to find your way around.
A sorted overview can be found directly in WordPress and the plugin directory . There you can also find ratings and user comments.
On Blogprojekt.de I have already published a few articles about plugins:
This is how you install / update plugins
There are basically 2 ways to install WordPress plugins.
With method 1 you simply select “Install” under the menu item “Plugins” in the admin. Now you can look for a plugin there. Once you’ve found it, just click install.
To update a plugin, you can see under “Plugins” -> “Manage” whether there are any updates. If so, then simply click on “Update automatically”.
However, I am someone who still goes the classic way. I save the plug-in on my hard drive, unzip it and then upload it to my server using an FTP program. Then I activate it in the plugin menu.
The WordPress developers did a really good job here. Installing new plugins is now relatively easy for beginners with the first method.
Depending on the plugin you have to make settings, for example. But this is usually included with the plugins.
What should you watch out for with WordPress plugins?
One should be very careful. Firstly, in terms of the number of plugins that you install. The more there are, the slower the blog becomes. Most bloggers use fewer than 10 plugins . I don’t see it that closely. 🙂
On the other hand, you should also look carefully to make sure that the plugin is trustworthy. Have other users tested it? Has it been recommended on a trusted website?
There are also plugins that are simply badly programmed and place far too much load on the database (e.g. many tag cloud plugins).
So you should ask yourself with every plugin whether you really need it. And when you’ve tested one and found that you no longer need it, you should deactivate it and delete it.
So it goes on
The next article in the blog start series really gets going.
How do you write optimal posts?
What do you have to pay attention to when choosing a topic?
How do you write ideal texts for readers as well as for search engines?