WordPress is one of the most popular websites for bloggers and even for entrepreneurs. WordPress allows owners to create their own website and manage it easily and maintain the design and content even if they are not that knowledgeable in HTML and coding.
Another benefit of having a blog in WordPress is that you can install plugins to improve your site?s functionality. The same with themes, plugins could be free or purchased. Plugins could enhance what your site can do and provide to its visitors.
WordPress provides different options to bloggers or users. There are several plugins that cater to the same purpose or has the same function. This will allow you to choose what plugin will best suit your needs and give your website the upper hand compared with its competitors.
If you are a new user in WordPress, then here’s the five most essential plugins for your blog.
WordPress installs this plugin automatically. However, you will need an API Key to activate it. Automattic Kismet or Akismet for short, filters spam comments on your blog.
Dealing with comments on your Pending section can wear you out especially if what you are reading are spam comments. But with Akismet, its algorithm determines or detects the spam comment and blocks it. It is recognized as one of the most accurate spam blocking services in WordPress, with an accuracy ration of more than 90%.
To activate Akismet in your blog, all you need is the API key which will be sent to your email right after you register for a WordPress.com user account. They will send it to you, along with the confirmation. But if you have deleted that email, then all you have to do is login to your WordPress account and get to the Global Dashboard. Just choose your profile and you will find you API key displayed on the page.
- Contact Form 7
It is important to allow your blog visitors to contact you, and Contact Form 7 will do that. It is recognized as one of the most efficient contact form plugin. You can display the form in your website
You can easily activate or install the contact form from your WordPress administration panel and choose where in your page you want it. You can have a tab or a section of your page for Contact. You just have to copy and paste this code in your page.
[contact-form 1 “Contact form 1”]
- W3 Total Cache
This plugin allows a copy of your website on the server to improve the performance of your site. When a website is featured in social networks, the server often crashes which is why you need to have a copy of your webpage.
W3 Total Cache will cache your page, and serve it into the viewers instead of having WordPress running the database. It can also improve your browser?s cache settings. Your browsers will have better and efficient local cache, thus avoiding numerous files to be sent each time you have to load a website.
- WordPress Database Backup
You will backup for your blog’s database. The WordPress Database Backup plugin will prepare you if anything goes wrong on your webpage. You can set the database backup to send backup to your email. You can schedule how often do you want to receive backups, it could be every hour, every daily or every week. You can activate the plugin in the Admin section of your site and it will create a directory within the WordPress directory.
- Subscribe to Comments
Viewer’s comment is one of the most crucial aspects of your blog. There are plugins that will let you and your subscribers know if there will be comments posted in the blog. This will help subscribers to be regularly informed on what is happening on the website.
When activating the plugin, just put the code subscribe-to-comments.php into the [wordpress_dir]/wp-content/plugins/. Then you just have to activate it plugin in the WordPress Admin interface.