5 Useful Wordpress Plugins

5 WordPress Plugins For Your Kick-Ass Blog

If you Google “Best WordPress Plugins” you’ll see tons of results, often recommending the same set plugins over and over again, and all you need to do is pick which one to install for your blog. Today, I’m going to do the same: share my own recommendations of WordPress plugins but I’ll veer away from ones often featured, such as WordPress SEO by Yoast and Akismet. These are the plugins that I really thought made a subtle difference on my blogging journey.

1. CoSchedule

I signed up with CoSchedule for a 14-day trial last February and I got hooked ever since. I even wrote a review a few weeks ago. CoSchedule, in a gist, is an editorial calendar plugin that automatically shares your entries on social media. What I love about this plugin is that it takes good care of my blog even when I’m out exploring the big world. While this plugin isn’t free ($10/month), I believe it’s still a great investment for those who are interested in stepping up their blogging ante to the next level.

Note: Since I know $10 is expensive for us third-world citizens, you can sign up for a 14-day trial first. Test the waters and see if it’s for you.

2. Enable Media Replace

This plugin definitely deserves the spotlight. There are times where I need to change the photo featured on a blog post. Instead of deleting the existing photo and upload a new one, this plugin allows me to just replace the existing photo. Not only does this plugin save time, but also precious web hosting space!

3. UpdraftPlus

This plugin can create a backup of your WordPress and save it on various backup services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon S3. You have, however, to pay extra for other features, often ranging from $10-$30.

4. Drafts for Friends

This plugin generates a unique link which allows me to share a draft post to my friends before it gets published. I also use this plugin to share drafts with my clients and exclusive content with my readers who are subscribed to the mailing list.

5. Redirection

The purpose of this plugin is simple: to manage all of my redirects and monitor 404 errors. This is a passive yet incredibly useful plugin for bloggers who moved to WordPress and would like to redirect their users to the new and updated permalinks of their blog posts.

Update: This plugin won’t work earlier. I’ve switched to SEO Redirection.

Bonus — 6. Jetpack

Jetpack offers various features that were only once available for WordPress.com users. The beautiful thing about Jetpack is that it’s like an all-in-one plugin, offering Shortcodes to Carousel (gallery) to Related Post and even has their own Site Stats! Although Site Stats can’t replace Google Analytics, it’s still an informative analytic resource that can help you grow your kick-ass blog.

Bonus — 7. WPide

This plugin is the bomb dot com for designers and developer alike. This is an IDE plugin where you can edit HTML, PHP, CSS, and JavaScript files in your dashboard. No need for a FTP client or third-party editor! But I only recommend installing this plugin if you know how a little bit of coding. :)

Due to the lack of update, WPide might not work for everyone. So suggest installing Synchi as an alternative.

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  • Reply
    Kayla Hollatz
    March 6, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Great post! I really like the sound of Drafts for Friends. I haven’t heard of it before but I’ll have to try it if/when I ever transfer my blog to WP. Thanks for the recommendations!

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      Kisty Mea
      March 7, 2015 at 10:47 AM

      Thanks, Kayla! Yeah, Drafts for Friends is a great plugin. You can even set the time how long the link is available, so you’re sure it won’t get leaked or something. :)

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    Mikyu Maglasang
    March 7, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Of all the plugins you listed, I only currently use the bonus ones. Hahaha!

    * I use WordPress Editorial Calendar + HootSuite to schedule my blog posts and social media posts.
    * I manually replace the existing feature photo in the back end, through FTP, then regenerate thumbnails. Hassle, right! But it’s okay.
    * I use the WP Backup plugin to backup my posts and database.
    * I think I should do the redirection, but there won’t be major use for it anyway as I took down the rest of my posts from the previous blog ‘coz I’m planning to rewrite them. Hahaha!

    I would also recommend the following plugins: Comment Reply Notification, Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions, and Regenerate Thumbnails. :)

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      March 7, 2015 at 8:53 AM

      I know how you feel about the replacing the featured photo, that’s why I included Enable Replace on my list.

      I use Regenerate Thumbnails too! But I recently found out that if you change the sizes, the old thumbs won’t get deleted and you need a plugin like Image Cleanup to remove the excess to save hosting space!

      Gonna try that Comment Reply Notification. :D

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        Mikyu Maglasang
        March 7, 2015 at 8:08 PM

        For regenerate thumbnails, I found a code somewhere that you can just add to the plugin for it to delete the unused sizes. :)

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    Arianne Shane
    March 8, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    I’ve only used Jetpack. Hehe Will definitely try the other ones when I start posting on my blog more often and see what works for me. Anyway. I do love Jetpack. But after installing it, there are some odd characters sometimes appearing along with my blog url. :(

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    March 8, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    This post just made me realize that I should move to wordpress. But then again, I’m not familiar with everything and would need a bunch of lessons to understand the hosting side of everything. Ugh haha

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    March 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    I always have a love-hate-relationship with wordpress that I kept coming back to Blogger (I used wordpress when I have my own domain, but when it expires, I moved back to blogger XD) but seeing your posts and the interesting plug-ins you shared, I feel like I want to go back and try WP again XD

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    March 9, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Great list, Kisty! I try to minimize the plugins that I have since my theme already requires a LOT haha! Anyhow, this is very helpful. Keep it up!

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    March 10, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Been contemplating moving to wordpress but i’m such a noob i still find it hard! Hah. Thanks for the tips, i have this on my favorite tabs now! x

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    March 27, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Hi Kisty! I’m looking for plugin to redirect my old urls to current one. Thanks for sharing these helpful plugins.

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    August 8, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    These are good plugins. I am using CoSchedule and love it. Another one that I really liked was SNAP Auto Poster. I have the pro version and I can share to ALL my social accounts! I used to use Jetpack but found I wasn’t using it that often so I removed it.

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