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The best WordPress plugins can make our lives easier because they add functionality to our WordPress site. I want to share which plugins I currently use on Christoph’s Content Corner to help me create better content.
What’s a WordPress plugin?
A plugin adds to your base WordPress install and allows you to do extra things. That could include:
- SEO checks
- Image optimization
- And more…
One danger with plugins can be that new ones aren’t compatible with existing ones on a site. In the worst case, that can crash a site. So make sure, no matter which plugins you use, make sure you have a good process to get that done safely.
On my site, the dev team installs all of the plugins and ensures there are no problems.
My best WordPress plugins
Let’s dive into the 9 best WordPress plugins in my book.
1. WordPress Classic Editor
A few years ago, WordPress rolled out the new Gutenberg block editor. However, I still find the classic editor – which used to be the standard – easiest to use, and WordPress lets me keep using it with this plugin.
2. Click to Tweet
The Click to Tweet plugin allows me to give readers an easy way to share a soundbite. For example, I can pre-write tweets that appear directly in the copy. Then, with the click of a button, readers can share that snippet to their Twitter accounts.
3. Google Analytics
The GA Google Analytics plugin makes it easy for me to add my Analytics code. This, of course, is important to see how content is performing and what content performs explicitly well.
4. Header Footer Code Manager
I use this plugin to add two items to my site:
- Email newsletter signup popup
- Google Ads code
This plugin gives me several options on where to show the content. For example, I set it to display ads – which bring in some revenue over a year – on certain pages.
The Jetpack plugin is a plugin with many other plugins underneath it. It offers:
- Site stats
- Email list
- Social posting
- And more…
6. Page links to
This is not a high-use plugin for me, but when I use it, it’s super helpful.
7. Web stories
The web stories plugin might be the easiest way to create this new content type with the start of web stories. I’ve made a few web stories so far.
9. Word Count
The Word Count plugin tells me how many words I’ve published, my average for a month, and more. Of course, it’s unnecessary to create content, but it’s neat to see.
Best WordPress plugins wrap
What WordPress plugins you need to install depends on your site’s setup, your goals, and how you create content. For example, I produce articles directly in WordPress, making the classic editor and Yoast crucial to my workflow.
These are the top WordPress plugins that I currently use, and that help me optimize my workflow to make my life easier while creating content that has a chance to be relevant to my audience.