12 WordPress Plugins I can’t live without

If you love blogging as much as I do, you also love to pick up any little tips where you can. Today I thought I’d share a few of my favourite plugins for WordPress. I don’t necessarily use these all at once, but I do come back to them for their specific needs…

Let’s go…

Akismet – comment spam prevention for your blog. Always mark comments as SPAM before you delete them so you can teach the Akismet plugin to recognise what you consider to be spam.



Backup Buddy – you’ll need to pay for this plugin, but it is worth it. You can rest a little easier knowing that your blog will be backed-up and safe.



Facebook Like Thumbnail – I still like to use this plugin even though it’s a little old, but it still does the job. This plugin will set the thumbnail used by Facebook to featured thumbnail if available, then fallback to first image of the post and then fallback to a default image as a last resort.



Foobar Notification – The Foobar is a plugin for WordPress that allows you to add a highly customizable bar to the top of your blog or website. You can display different notifications on different pages and define a default bar that will display on all your pages. I use it for my newsletter sign up (ie. I add Mailchimp code to it).



Simple Share Buttons Adder – the easiest way to add social media share buttons to your site. These are the buttons which go under each blog post. As you can see on my blog I created my own buttons to match my site, then used this plugin to make them work.



Simple Social Icons – Simple Social Icons is an easy to use, customizable way to display icons in your sidebar. You can easily align them to the left, center, or right, all from the widget form (no settings page necessary!).



WordPress Editorial Calendar – Self-explanatory for this one, but so useful! You can easily plan out your blog posts, schedule them and walk away. You can even drag and drop your posts if you need to change them around.



Image Widget – This is my lazy plugin, but I love it! Simply add images/advertisements to your sidebar and link to wherever it needs to go.



SEO Yoast – The most complete SEO plugin for WordPress available today offers you everything you need to optimize your site. Plus, I find it handy to easily click NO-FOLLOW links.



Related Posts – The best way to display related content from your site under each blog post.



Contact Form 7 – A good way to allow people to contact you instead of searching for your email address.



Google Author Link – There is a lot of chatter around the internet about the SEO benefits of content that is linked with Google Authorship which will probably help your rankings in the search engine. So download this plugin and link yourself up.



There you have it! My best wordpress plugin tips.

Have you got any good plugins you’d like to share with me? I am always on the hunt for something new and fancy!


  • Tatum Woodroffe

    Thankyou so much for sharing!!! I am finally using WP for the first time and need all the (simple) help I can get! T xx

    • Katrina Chambers

      How are you finding it so far?

      • Tatum Woodroffe

        Kind of bumbling my way through….it is so powerful and I would love to understand what it can do better without spending lots of time. I wish I had so much more time that what I do lol!!

  • Elisha Ross

    That is very overwhelming!!!! Do you know all or some of the equivalents for Blogger that may be helpful?

    • Katrina Chambers

      Hi Elisha, unfortunately blogger doesn’t have Plugins. I have added a few tutorials which might help you in my BLOG TIPS category.

  • julie gibbons

    WidgetLogic! Fab if you want your widgets to appear only on particular pages (such as only showing them on the home page). Other than that, I’ve got lots the same as you – akismet, nrelate, and seo yoast. DEFINITELY essential stuff.

    Thanks for sharing the Editorial Calendar with me – off to check it out now 🙂

  • Kim-Marie Williams

    I can’t live without JetPack. It has some of these plugin functions built in.

  • Mary Martin

    Thanks for sharing the Fantastic WordPress plugin list.
    I would like to add one more plugin which is specially designed for blogs, and it is a Blog Designer Pro WordPress Plugin. This will help you modify blog design and single page layouts with 45+ unique blog templates. It is the best solution for the blog page.
    Visit Here: https://codecanyon.net/item/blog-designer-pro-for-wordpress/17069678?s_rank=2

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