WordPress Plugins for BeginnersAuthor: Jamie | Filed under: Web Design
WordPress started out as an open source blogging platform and has grown into an incredibly popular and flexible content management system.
Many small business owners choose WordPress for their online presence, but it’s not just a case of making your site live and doing nothing. You can enhance your site with Plugins which have a wide range of functionality. In this article, I’ll share five I’d recommend for beginners.
How to install a plugin
When you login to your WordPress dashboard, you will see a Plugins menu on the left hand side, and underneath this you can select “Add New”.
You can then type in any of the plugin names below to find and install them. There will be an option to ‘install now’ displayed under the plugin description (see below).
All in One SEO Pack
The All in One SEO pack makes it easy for you to optimise your pages and posts by adding meta titles, custom URLs and also write meta descriptions, which can help improve click through rates from the search engine results. The All in One SEO Pack is a very popular and reliable plugin.
If you’re looking to build up a community of commentators around your blog, the CommentLuv plugin lets them leave a link to their latest blog post at the end of each comment they make on your site.
This can work on your favour too if you leave comments on other CommentLuv enabled blogs as it will create more links and generate traffic to your own website.
From the same author as CommentLuv, G.A.S.P. stands for Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin and puts a simple checkbox next to your comment field so that any spambots can’t leave comments.
With Google+ having an influence on search engine rankings, it’s a good idea to have a +1 button on each of your blog posts to encourage people to share your content.
This is another sharing plugin. Sharedaddy allows you to configure which sharing boxes should be displayed at the end of each blog post.
You may want to display a long list, or just select a couple such as Twitter and Facebook.
If you have any questions about these plugins or would like to add one of your own to the list, please comment below.
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