10 Best WordPress Plugins for Blogging

WordPress is the most widely used Content Management System (CMS) for website construction. More than 26% of the world’s websites are made with WordPress, and when you consider the plugin architecture that makes WordPress so flexible, it’s easy to see why so many people choose this system to develop their site.

Behold, the ultimate list of WordPress plugins to help you start, run, and grow our business, blog or hobby website.

1. Blog Designer PRO for WordPress

Blog Designer Pro is an effective and user-friendly way to beautify your blog pages on your websites. It’s very popular plugin for website’s WordPress blog to attract more clients as well as more blog visitors. Blog Designer makes your blog section more intuitive with no coding skill. Blog designer plugin bundled with precisely designed 36 templates for various category.

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Features: 

  • Fully responsive blog templates
  • Cross browser compatibility
  • Support of custom post type
  • Preview of blog layout
  • Import & export blog layouts
  • Archive & single post layout options
  • Pagination with load more
  • Inbuilt popular social share
  • Google font support
  • Post like feature for blog viewers

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2. SumoMe

SumoMe is a collection of marketing apps that you can pick and choose between. And all packaged within a single plugin. SumoMe is one of the best plugin that helps in generating more leads and subscribers. It is a free plugin that helps your readers to tweet your content and also adds pop up opt-in signup form on your website. It is an amazing plugin loaded with useful tools for your WordPress website. With SumoMe you can manage an option form, a contact form, floating social share icons, a top notification bar, and many other things.

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Features:

  • Easy integration with any WordPress theme
  • Simple email integration with MailChimp, Aweber, constant contact, and campaign monitor.
  • Customize template to make your email pop-up look amazing.
  • Quickly growth your email newsletter list.

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3. Shareaholic WordPress Plugin

Shareaholic is a versatile free WordPress plugin that offers social media sharing buttons and related content blocks. It is the world’s leading all-in-one content amplification platform, which includes related content recommendations, social sharing, following, social analytics and site monetization apps such as promoted content, native ads, and affiliate links.

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Features:

  • Social share count recovery
  • Google analytics integration
  • Promoted content
  • Post-Share follow button
  • Floating share buttons
  • Localized in 15+ languages

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4. Akismet

Akismet is a comment spam filtering service. It will check your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. It ensures that spam doesn’t mess with your search engine rankings, and gives you more time to connect with your readers, instead of laboring through page after page of spam.

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Features:

  • Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
  • Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
  • URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
  • A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.

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5. Contact Form Clean and Simple

This is a simple WordPress contact form with Google reCAPTCHA option for your WordPress site. This plugin is pretty easy to setup and you can place it on a post or page with a simple shortcode. It is a clean and simple AJAX contact form with Google reCAPTCHA, Twitter Bootstrap markup, and Akismet spam filtering.

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Features:

  • Minimal setup
  • Ajax enabled.
  • Integrate seamlessly into your website
  • Twitter bootstrap
  • Fully supported and updated
  • No clunky captcha.
  • Shortcode support.

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6. Contextual Related Posts

This is a powerful plugin for WordPress that allows you to display a list of related posts on your website and in your feed.The list is based on the content of the title and/or content of the posts which makes them more relevant and more likely to be of interest to your readers. It is one of the most feature rich plugin.

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Features:

  • Manual Install
  • Shortcode
  • The algorithm
  • Caching
  • Custom Post Types
  • Thumbnail Support
  • Styles
  • Customisable Output
  • Extendable code

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7.Popup Ally

If you’re looking to grow your list, then PopupAlly is the no-fluff free WordPress popup plugin for you. With built-in advanced features, this light box pop-up plugin allows you to build your list as people are about to exit your website. It allows you to create advanced pop-up signup forms in under 5 minutes, even if you don’t know the code.

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Features:

  • Mobile friendly popups and opt-in forms
  • Horizontal opt-in forms
  • Time delay and exit-intent popups

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8. Pretty Link Lite

Pretty Link enables you to shorten links using your own domain name. Pretty Link is a killer plugin for people who want to clean up their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, their links on Twitter to come from their own domain, or generally increase the reach of their website by spreading these links on forums or comments on other blogs.

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Features:

  • Generates random 3-4 character slugs for your URL or allows you to name a custom slug for your URL
  • Tracks the number of clicks per link
  • View click details including IP address, remote host, browser, operating system, and referring site
  • Exclude IP addresses from stats
  • Organize links into groups

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9. Scroll Triggered Boxes

Scroll Triggered Boxes is a lightweight plugin for adding flexible call-to-actions to your WordPress site. Boxes can slide or fade in at any point and can contain whatever content you like.

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Features:

  • Create boxes containing whatever content you like: shortcodes, links, custom html, anything really.
  • Show boxes automatically after scrolling down based on a percentage point or a certain element.
  • Show boxes using a button or link.
  • Choose the box position: centered or in any corner of the screen.
  • Choose between a fading or sliding animation for showing the box.
  • Customize the box appearance using a few simple color & dimension controls.
  • Only load the box on certain pages, posts, etc.
  • Control how long dismissed boxes should stay hidden.
  • Control whether boxes should show on small screens.

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10. Yoast SEO

Yoast’s WordPress SEO is a comprehensive solution for all your on-site SEO needs. It allows you to add SEO title, meta description, and meta keywords to each post and page of your site. You can also write a custom title for your main site, archives, category and tag pages.

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Features:

  • Page Analysis
  • Meta & Link Elements
  • XML Sitemaps
  • RSS Optimization
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Social Integration
  • Multi-site Compatible

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