See Why 6 Awesome Plugins Help Online Blogging For You

See Why 6 Awesome Plugins Help Online Blogging For You

Plugins Help Online Blogging

Plugins Help Online BloggingThere are so many plugins available today for online blogging. There are over 42,000 plugins in the WordPress directory today. What can plugins do for you and your blog?

Plugins can add extras features and functionality for your wordpress blog. It makes it easy for those that do not know how to write code.  It’s a quick few clicks and a plugin can do all kinds of wonders for your wordpress site. These plugins can make your website look better, run faster and drive more traffic to your site

These plugins that help online blogging can also hinder it. You must be very careful of which plugins you choose to use today.

What Do You Look For In A Plugin Today?

  1. Check the update’s date. Be sure it’s not a very outdated plugin. Most plugins have updates every couple of months. (Be sure to update them when they do!)
  2. Read how many others have installed the plugin. If many are using it with success it must be doing something right!
  3. Look for recommendations of others that you trust. People who have been using the WordPress platform for years have probably tried and tested many plugins.
  4. Always be sure a plugin offers some sort of support, either through chat or email.You want to be able to count on help if something does go wrong.
  5. Be sure the plugins help online blogging for you today. If it will not be a helfpul to you why use it? You don’t want too many plugins if you can help it. They can slow down your website.

Not all plugins will work with your WordPress theme. If you remember I loved Shareaholic for quite a few years but when I updated this site back in the beginning of 2017 it did not work with this theme. Since then they have made some updates to Shareaholic and it may work for you well now.

Learn How These 6 Plugins Can Help You With Your Blogging Online Today!

You will love these plugins below!

Under Construction Page

This is a fairly new plugin (since 2016) with over 80,000 users already. It’s a beginner friendly plugin that is easy to install. They offer 2 new designs each month. This plugin offers support for most caching plugins – no need to manually purge (nice!). They have over 400 5-star reviews and offer email support.

Under Construction creates a maintenance/under construction/coming soon page and puts the site in the maintenance mode in just one click so that people don’t see a broken site while you’re working on it. You know how awful those broken sites are to land on! There are more than 20 themes you can use. You can add Google Analytics to it, set an end date, and even add social icons.You can check out their video below to learn more about this awesome plugin:

Be sure to check out Under Construction today for your blog today to promote your coming soon pages and keep people coming back with an under construction fun page. After I read Erik Emanuelli’s review of Under Construction‘s review on their site I was sold on it’s awesome features.

Social Warfare Pro

This is one of latest plugins I have installed and love! I loved it so much I became an affiliate for the Social Warfare plugin. Not only does it show your share counts for each social network but it gives you a total at the end of the share button. (You can view mine here at the end of this post.) If you have a small number of shares it hides them until the shares increase.

These share counts are great for showing social proof to your readers. People love interacting when they see you have a lot of shares going on at a blog post.

Social Warfare also includes a great click to tweet feature where you can choose from various styles of tweets. This is how Plugins help online blogging today. I love this click to tweet feature and the choices if offers.

In addition there is a Pinterest image area where you can add in a larger image for pinning. Pinterest images are vertical and must be a certain size to gain attention there. I’ve noticed an increase of Pinterest shares since using this plugin. Try out Social Warfare today!

Yoast SEO Premium

I’ve used the free version of Yoast for years and I recently wanted to kick things up a notch here so I went premium. I love how it helps you craft posts with SEO in mind and offers suggestions for internal linking. It saves me a lot of time! I no longer have to count headlines or paragraphs. Yoast SEO does it all for me. (I reviewed Yoast a few months ago when I first when Pro with their services.)

Yoast premium saves me a lot of precious time! Click To Tweet

WP Smush

Images today are key in content. People love images. You have to be careful that your images are seen well on mobile too. WP Smush handles it for you. Automatically too!

Those Large image files may be slowing down your website without you even knowing it.WP Smush uses WPMU DEV’s super servers to quickly smush every single one of your images and cuts all the unnecessary data without slowing down your site. They do also offer a pro version of this plugin for you.

It will provide a faster auto-smush.It helps photographers keep EXIF data – image information data attached. It’s great for anyone who uses images on their blog posts and websites.

Revive Old Post – TwitterTwitter tips

This is a great plugin to share your old blog posts via Twitter. You can choose how often to tweet them out from this plugin. You just set it up and exclude some topics or dates. You are then ready to go.

A great way to do a little automation along the way. You can even add hashtags to certain topics automatically.

Broken Link Checker

This plugin helps scan your website and lets you know what links and/or images are broken so you can easily fix them. You can monitor the progress and tweak various link checking options in Settings -> Link Checker.

You can have notifications sent to you via email or when you log into your dashboard to see your broken links. I see many broken today from bloggers that have quit. Having no broken links will make your blog better when readers come to your site.

Most of the time when I have broken links I unlink those old links. If other broken links go a active main website but a page was moved I will correct in the URL. This broken link plugin makes it all very easy! You could do via your Google webmaster tools but it takes longer to do there.

And of course Google will love your blog for having links that work! 

And of course Google will love your blog for having links that work! Click To Tweet

Plugins Help Online Blogging Easier When Used Correctly

Plugins help online blogging today easier for bloggers to work with their own self-hosted WordPress sites. Not everyone can spend a lot of time coding their own websites today. Just be careful which ones you use.

Be sure to update your plugins regularly. When you update your WordPress site be sure to deactivate all the plugins first and then activate them one by an one and check for any issues. This is the best way to prevent a plugin from causing your website any harm.

How many plugins do you use? Which plugins help you the most?

I’d love to know about your favorite plugins today!

 

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 6 years experience in content marketing, social media, blogging and SEO.

46 comments On See Why 6 Awesome Plugins Help Online Blogging For You

  • Hi Lisa,

    Nice informative Post!

    Yes, plugins are a great help. We should avoid poorly coded plugins as it affects the load time. Moreover use minimum number of plugins as too many plugins slows down the website.

    Yoast SEO definitely saves time. WP smush is a must for travel blogs, as travel blogs use a lot of high quality images.

    I didn’t use Broken Link Checker previously but considering it’s features i am going to use it.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Hi Manish, thank you. Oh yes, I’m going through the process of elimination now to be sure my site is speedy. I love how easy the broken link checker is to use. Thanks for coming by and for sharing this post Manish. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Hi Lisa,So sad to note that, How I missed this informative piece.
    The tools we use online can do a lot of things to us especially in relation to our time. Most of the tools or say plugins take care lot of activities we need to do. The plugins you mentioned in this post are really worth usable and except one or two all I use. The most often used one is SEO by Yoast and even its free version is doing a wonderful service. Broken link checker is, I am having a bit doubt about it, as it sometimes even shows the good urls too as broken one, and when we check the links it works well. I wonder how come this happen. Anyways i think that too is an important one to find our broken links automatically.
    I am glad to know about Revive Old Post, looks like an amazing one, will surely check this.
    Thanks Lisa for sharing this.
    I just curated this on some of the IM platforms like Inbound, Bizsugar, Klinkk etc.
    Thanks Lisa for sharing this information. Keep sharing. Have a great rest of the week.
    Best
    ~ Phil
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    • Hi Philip, It’s never too late. I love things that can save us tine but I also don’t want the site to slow down as people don’t like to wait for anything today so I try to keep that in mind too. A double edge sword.
      I love YOAST and the premium even offers more bells and whistles. I used the FREE for years too. It was great. But the extras are worth it to me at this point.
      I would agree and I may be double checking my broken links as well through Google webmaster tools.
      Thanks for the extra curation Philip and have a wonderful rest of the week.

  • This is a fantastic list of plugins. I’m currently using 4 out of the 6, so I’ll have to check the rest out soon. Thanks for sharing Lisa

  • Hi, Lisa. A great list of plugins. I’m also a big Social Warfare fan. It’s the best. I no longer have to add the large Pin image to my posts.

    I don’t use Smush it but do use Tinypng. I’m going to compare the two see what the difference is.

    I have 20 plugins. Not all are necessary. Once I add the code necessary to the backend I can get rid of some of them. (301 redirects and 404 errors)

    For cleaning up the database I like Optimize database after deleting revisions.

    For backups, I use UpdraftPlus and backup to the Cloud.

    I actually use IFTTT and Google Calendar to put my posts on auto promotion. (instead of revive old post)
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    • Hi Sarah, thank you. Yes, I love that Pinterest feature, makes it so much easier! Let me know if you like Smush better. 20 is not a bad number of plugins Sarah. I use that one too to clean up the database. I backup right on my cpanel. IFTTT is a great tool – I love the tweet from Instagram one so your Instagram images can show up on Twitter. Love it! Thanks for coming by Sarah and have a wonderful weekend!
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  • Hey, Lisa!

    I love your list and have to say, they are all pretty awesome plugins! You know I’m very fond of Social Warfare already. I was recently turned onto Under Construction Page. It is simply amazing! While I’m building and designing my client’s websites, I always use a Coming Soon page. This Under Construction one is much better than what I was using! Now, I use it instead!

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    Have a great day!
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  • Hey Lisa,

    The plugins listed above can help many people. With the premium features of Yoast SEO plugin, people can unlock a door to the better search results.

    Social Warfare is a cool plugin.

    And how can someone forget about the broken link checker?

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    ~Ravi
    Ravi Chahar recently posted..Step By Step Guide To Move Your Blog From Wix To WordPressMy Profile

    • Hi Ravi, yes, yes, that’s why I love the paid version of Yoast. It does a little more for a little money 🙂 Well worth it and the customer service is better with premium version too. I’ve experienced that.
      I love social warfare, it’s just awesome!
      You are welcome Ravi, what is your favorite one? Thanks for coming by on this one.
      Lisa recently posted..See Why 6 Awesome Plugins Help Online Blogging For YouMy Profile

  • Hey Lisa,

    It seems that this a very poplar topic, I have seen a lot of posts on favorite plugins. I even wrote an article myself on my favorites.

    The under construction plugin is a good one if you are working on a live site. This is something however that I hardly ever do and don’t recommend it. I prefer to work in a local development environment, or a staging site that can be pushed to live. This prevents any damage that could accidentally happen to your website while your working on it.

    I really love the Social Warfare plugin, and I do have the pro version as well. It is a great plugin that can encourage a lot of social sharing of your site.

    I use the free version of Yoast, it just seems to do the job and I have not had any reason to upgrade.

    I have not used the broken link checker, but I made need to check it out. Thanks for mentioning this one.

    I had heard about the revive old post plugin, but never used it. It sounds like it would really work well to promote old posts without much effort.

    Lisa, I will have to kindly disagree with you on the number of plugins on a site slowing it down. I have 28 plugins installed on my site and it still loads in just over a second. In my opinion, its not the number of plugins, but the quality of the code in plugins that could cause problems. After all, plugins are just PHP code, and if the plugin using good clean quality coding, then it should have any effect on the speed of a site. Theres a great plugin to test this called P3, yes another plugin to test plugins, but it really works and it with let you see the plugins that are using the most resources.

    Lisa, again, enjoyed your selection of plugins and I appreciate you sharing this with us.

    I hope you have a great holiday weekend!

    –Rob
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    • Hi Rob, I like it Rob because it gives them a reason to come back if you can’t finish up on a page etc. Great for promoting something new too.
      I love the premium Yoast, it as a few extras and more customer service 24/7. That’s important to me as I don’t like to wait too long on technical issues.
      The broken link checker is much easier to use than going to your Google webmaster tools.
      You probably are right on the plugins, but the average blogger has a hard time knowing which are the best PHP codes, a little complicated so I advise to keep them to a minimum to avoid any issues. I almost lost a whole site once to one bad plugin.
      You are welcome Rob and have a great long holiday weekend yourself!
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  • Hi Lisa,
    I never heard of the Smush plug-in. Thanks for letting us know about it. I do use many of the others though, happily.

  • Hey Lisa,

    Great post. Couple things.

    I’ve heard so many people say not so nice things about Broken Link Checker. I know that when I tried it, it didn’t actually scan and reveal ALL of the broken links I had on my old site. I had to eventually install a Chrome extension to do that.

    Other than that, I LOVE social warfare, LOVE Yoast and LOVE Smush. Reven heard of the revive old posts one, so I’ll have to look into that.

    Great post.

    – Andrew

  • Hey Lisa!

    I love your list and have to say, they are all pretty awesome plugins! You know I’m very fond of Social Warfare already. I was recently turned onto Under Construction Page. It is simply amazing! While I’m building and designing my client’s websites, I always use a Coming Soon page. This Under Construction one is much better than what I was using! Now, I use it instead!

    Great list as always. There must be a bug because I’m working on a similar post. 🙂

    Have a great week! B

    • Hi Brenda, Thank you my friend. You were the one that inspired me to use Social Warfare 🙂 I love it. I am so glad you like the Under Construction Page. I am looking to use it for my new eBook, I got the cover done and am awaiting the editor to finish editing it. Did you catch the bug from me? LOL. Thanks for coming by Bren and I think your name still provides a link back to your site with this CommentLuv bug. Have a terrific Thursday!
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  • Hi, Lisa!
    It’s a helpful blog post. I’ve known some of the plugins from this list but the Revive Old Post plugin seems to be a new one, and I haven’t had a chance to check that out.

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog post and found an interesting WordPress plugin. I have a bunch of favorite plugins, and I keep mentioning the relevant ones in my blog posts.

    Thanks for writing this blog post, though.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I use all the plugins you use, except the Under Construction page. I am still on the free version of the Yoast SEO plugin. I seem to do fine with the free version, but then I’ve never read your review on the Pro version.

    I also use the Social Warfare plugin and I love it. Before I started using the Social Warfare plugin, I was using the Monarch plugin. I can honestly say that I love the Social Warfare plugin better.

    The Revive Old Posts makes it easy for me to continue to promote those old posts without lifting a finger. I can’t imagine not having it on my blog.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite plugins. Also, nice to see that I am using the same ones as you.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  • Hi Lisa,

    Just another amazing post for both newbie writers and seasoned bloggers. Plugins are breathtaking in that they make blogging a lot easier and more stress-free. From sites enhanced functionalities to increased engagements, plugins are every bloggers BFF.
    As you pointed out, you upgrading to Yoast premium which is packed with remarkable features, but I’m still enjoying the free version…and like Emenike remarked, I haven’t heard of the “Under Construction Page” plugin, and the fact that it’s your first choice from the rest on the list, actually got my attention. Guess I will give it a try.

    In all of these, one thing is noteworthy, you stressed out what to look for when choosing a plugin(s) which is amazing.
    Thank for sharing.

    • Hi Moss, thank you Moss. I had used the free version of Yoast for years but I finally went Pro and am glaad I did with the extra bells and whistles. It really makes it easier when crafting a post here now. Yoast saves me valuable time!
      Yes, do try Under Construction Page out – I tested it and will use for new eBook coming out. They offer a lot of creative choices.
      Thanks for coming by Moss and have a wonderful Wednesday!
      Lisa recently posted..See Why 6 Awesome Plugins Help Online Blogging For YouMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    Fantastic list of plugins. I was happy to see the top one, as I discovered the Under Construction plugin late last year myself.

    I strongly disagree with Adrian, as I personally found this plugin extremely useful. Reason being is that I’ve built websites for several multi-million dollar companies who needed to have their site online for internal and marketing purposes, but did not want the public to be able to see it on the front end. This plugin proved to be more than useful for this.

    Also when you’re working with clients who have a lot of buyer traffic coming to their website that is under construction, the last thing you want to show them is a website that’s half built. With a plugin like Under Construction, you can let them know what’s going on, and even redirect them to something like a temporary service page, or contact page.

    I used to use Social Warfare Pro, though I’ve not reduced a lot of the plugins I use on my blog, so for now I’m only using the free version.

    Great list Lisa, thanks again.

    • Hi Fabrizio, thank you. I’m happy to hear about your experience with the Under Construction Plugin. I can’t wait to use it for my new eBook, I’m awaiting an editor’s approval and may launch within a few weeks. Once I have a date in mind I’ll use that page for it prior to it being on Amazon, etc.
      I love the redirect options it offers and social sharing as well.
      I love Social Warfar Pro – The Pinterest image with it has grown my Pinterest following and sharing there. And of course I love the click to tweet options it offers too.
      You are welcome and thanks for coming by with your valuable input on this one Fabrizio. Have a wonderful day!
      Lisa recently posted..See Why 6 Awesome Plugins Help Online Blogging For YouMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    Big fan of Revive Old Post here. It is a smart tool for building traffic passively. No need to strain and strive by bending over backwards to promote old posts. Let the plug in do it for you, 24-7. I also dig my Author Box plugin for creating a neat little bio at post’s end. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

  • Hi Lisa

    You are right plugins with regular support are the actual ones that could be relied. The criteria for selecting a plugin you mentioned at the beginning of the post is just amazing.

    I have been using almost all these and getting great results. It is also wise to go for a premium option if someone affords a little investment because free can’t give as much results and the premium one can.

    Thanks for sharing these very precious resources to do online blogging like a pro.

    Have a great rest of the week
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  • Hello Lisa,

    This one is a Saviour 🙂

    Indeed while promoting our business on the INTERNET we need to be perfect and check whether what are we lacking of.
    As the digital world is full of competitions and we need not make ay mistakes which will let our clients run away
    from us.

    I have gone through WP Smush and looking forward to try out the Yoast SEO premium, as it is one of the most
    used and preferred plug ins out there.
    Under construction page looks promising as I am learning first time about this from your page.s

    Thanks for the share

    Shantanu.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Improvement is the key to stay alive in the business even when the competition is too high. WordPress allow us to use various plugins to not only optimize our blogs but also to improve user experience in every possible way.

    There is no doubt that the plugins you have shared here is to help bloggers make their blogging more effective. Thanks for sharing.

    Gaurav
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  • Hi Lisa,

    It’s a pleasure meeting your blog today. I just read something new on your blog now that made me feel like a newbie despite being 5 years already in this game and just 8 months with WordPress.

    Guess what it is?

    It’s the number one plugin your dealt with here, “Under Construction Plugin”.

    Until now, I never knew it comes as a plugin. Wow! We keep learning every day.

    Thank you so much for sharing. Good to see my friends are here already.

    Keep it up.

    Emenike Emmanuel

  • Hi Lisa,

    Out of all these plugins, I am in love with Yoast. It always guides me when it comes to SEO. Saving so much time not only with keywords, but also content, title and all the rest. I wouldn’t press “publish” unless it gave me the green light.

    What I find interesting here is the “under construction” one. It gives a great look and tells people with a nice image that you will be back soon so they don’t forget you lol.

    Thanks again for a wonderful article,
    -Donna

    • Hi Donna – yes, I’ve had that one for 6 years. I just went Pro recently with them. It does save me time with a lot of “stuff” before hitting publish. I like that too and will be using it soon for my eBook, it’s been proofread now – I finally will get it published soon 🙂 You are welcome and thanks for coming by Donna – have a great day.
      Lisa recently posted..See Why 6 Awesome Plugins Help Online Blogging For YouMy Profile

  • Hi Lisa,

    I use all these plugins. I have a lot of favorites but what I look for in a plugin are multiple features so there are less plugins I have to use. Like Social Warfare Pro, it has the click to tweet feature so I no longer needed the click to tweet plugin.

    My problem right now is I have about 25 plugins. I go through the list to see which ones I don’t need but I use them all and it hurts my site’s load time. Still working on it though. 🙂

    And thanks for sharing what we should be looking for in a plugin…that’s a very important step.

    Have a great week Lisa! Sharing this one for sure!

    Cori
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I was amazed seeing that “Under Construction Page” was your first choice for “6 awesome plugins.” Skipping the fact that from visitor’s perspective and needs, there’s no real difference between a blank page and any “Under Construction Page,” who needs such a plugin anyway?

    Maybe the people who buy a domain name, don’t post any content on it but start a heavy promotion of the “nothing” posted on that domain name. Smart people 😛

    Or maybe no one promotes that domain name but visitors keep coming to it out of nowhere (really, is that easy?), so the owner needs to show them a nothing nicer than the regular nothing.

    Or maybe the plugin is needed for the people who have an idea, didn’t put it in practice yet but they would like to announce it in order for the competitors to be able to steal it without any problem and put it in practice quicker that than the original guy…

    Etc, etc. Lots of sarcastic thoughts jumping out of my head 🙂

    Sorry, I don’t see the point of using such a plugin unless the users have no idea what they’re doing and they need something to clean their mess. So it’s not completely useless – the amazing number of proud users proves it! – it’s just me not understanding why you considered it that awesome that you included it in a post that refers to really useful and awesome plugins such as Yoast SEO or Social Warfare.

    You know, it’s like making a list of awesome scientists: me, Isaac Newton, Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Really? Isn’t someone who doesn’t belong to that list? 😛

    Just another bla bla from Adrian. Enjoy your week, Lisa! 🙂
    Adrian Jock recently posted..How to Switch WP Blogs to Https Without Losing Social ProofMy Profile

    • ThanksHi Adrian, the reason I really like this plugin is that it makes it easy to have a nice looking under construction or coming soon page. I was playing with it myself for something I want to have coming soon I have not published it yet as I’m not ready but it made it so much easier,
      As you know I’m not a great coder I can get by on a little HTML like many other bloggers out there.
      (I know you are great with the coding Adrian. )
      It also makes a great page for someone who is having their site done under maintenance.
      It gives the user something nice to look at with a reason to come back.
      Thanks for coming by Adrian with your input have a great day!

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