Here’s are the first WordPress plugins I installed and think every WordPress blogger should consider (in no particular order):
Posting Calendar – WordPress Editorial Calendar is my favorite plugin for keeping my posts organized and knowing what’s coming up next. It was the first plugin I installed on my new blog. Here’s a video about how it works.
Stats Tracking – Knowing how much traffic you’re getting, where it’s coming from, and what posts/pages are most popular is valuable info. Check out JetPack & WP Stats Dashboard for simple stats tracking.
Better Comment Options – Install Subscribe to Comments Reloaded and CommentLuv to get more from your comments area. Also be sure your theme supports threaded comments (where replies show as replies right below the original comment so conversations are easier to follow) or install a plugin that creates threaded comment support.
Easy Contact Form Builder – Contact forms make it easier for readers to get in touch and protect you from the spam that happens if you put your email address on your website. I use Contact Form 7. There are lots of choices so just pick one you like.
Tomorrow I’ll share more of my favorite plugins that take you beyond the basics and into even better blogging.
What are your favorite plugins? What’s missing from my list that every WordPress blogger needs?