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.