Well, we already have our blog installed on a WordPress platform, with good hosting.
We have customized our WordPress configuring the menus, and the decided categories. Now we are going to install some plugins, but only the essential plugins.
What Are Plugins
Plugins are small programs that add functionality to your WordPress. And as usual, there are free and paid plugins.
In fact, some of the ones that I am going to recommend have both options, that is, they offer the basic functionality for free and a premium version with more capabilities for a small investment.
In general, you have to first load the plugin and then activate it.
From there, some plugins are already fully operational and others must be configured to our liking and need.
Fortunately, WP itself notifies you when a plugin update is available. It is important to keep them updated because it can happen that if you update your WordPress but not the plugin, you have functional problems.
Sometimes it happens that certain plugins are not compatible with each other or with the template you choose. When the blog starts to act strangely, you have to deactivate the plugins and activate them one by one until you discover the one that causes the problem. Once discovered, you have to uninstall it, delete it, and change it to another.
Other times the functionality of one plugin overlaps with that of another which may or may not cause conflicts, but it is not convenient to have 2 plugins that do the same thing.
On the other hand, an inordinate amount of plugins means bigger doors for unwanted intrusion. Apparently, most of the attacks that WordPress receives are carried out through plugins, so beware!
When you deactivate a plugin because you no longer use it, it is best to delete it next.
There are so many plugins available that sometimes choosing them is quite a task.
As you may have guessed, WordPress maintains a plugin repository at this URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/.
And, as in the case of the templates, each plugin has a tab that explains its functionality, the date of the last update, who is the author, if it is compatible with your version of WP, etc, etc.
8 Essential Plugins To Install In Your WordPress
Akismet comes by default in WordPress. It is an anti-spam to regulate comments and if you are successful and attract a lot of traffic you will also attract a lot of spam, so do not hesitate to activate it.
Although it is installed by default, you have to make sure it is the latest stable version available, you have to create an Akismet account and configure it.
Create the account and click on the button that says “Get an Akismet API Key”, then select the basic plan (free), it asks you to sign up with your WordPress account. com (account that you will have to register at that moment) and after completing that step, you will have to press the Authorize button and receive the API key that you have to copy. We return to our panel in the blog, we go to Akismet and click Activate and when it asks for the API, we paste it. Ready.
Seo By YOAST
WordPress Seo by Yoast: The best plugin to do SEO, it helps you position your content so that Google behaves well with you and shows your articles in the search results…
BackupBuddy: For backups. Although the server makes copies every 4 hours, it is convenient to have your own copy just in case….
WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is for your pages to fly. Speed is today a key factor in positioning. Neither your readers want to wait for your beautiful page to load (especially if they access it from a mobile phone) nor does Google like that and punish you by not showing your page in a good position.
Amazon, with its extensive experience in e-commerce, comments that for every 100 milliseconds of latency ( https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latencia ), it loses 1% of sales. Google adds that if 0.5 more seconds are added to that, traffic falls by 20%. In other words, people who go elsewhere, potential clients that you lose and someone else wins…
Do you want to know the exact numbers? A 100-millisecond drop in page load costs Amazon $1.6 trillion a year. Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/1825005/how-one-second-could-cost-amazon-16-billion-sales
WPForms is the easiest contact form-building system for beginners to set up.
Wordfence Security is essential for the security of your blog. Also in the Performance Setup/Catching section, you can activate: Enable Wordfence Falcon Engine and you have already solved the cache section of your blog (for speed). You lower two birds with the same stone.
Keep in mind that if you activate the cache with this plugin, you do not need WP Super Cache.
Security is another recommended plugin for the security of your blog. It is an alternative to Wordfence, you install one or the other, NOT the 2.
Thrive Leads: It is used to create subscription boxes and pop-ups. It is paid but if you cannot invest now, one of these free plugins can help you in the meantime, you can use a combination of:
Sumome (for Popups) and
Magic Action Box (for subscription boxes).
Disqus It is a system to manage comments. WordPress has its own system out of the box, but it is not very robust. If your blog is one of those that receive a lot of comments, then I recommend installing Disqus.
If you start, do not complicate your life, use what WordPress offers you. And so that you can see how easy it is, in the following video we are going to see how we have to manage comments; and we are going to do it with the internal system that WordPress brings, not Disqus, although it is good to note that comment management is done in the same way.
To start you do not need more, you are more than served with these plugins! Now what you have to do is start writing and posting your notes. This is all? No, but as I told you before, with this you are ready to start your blogging adventure.
And to write your articles, which you already know are called posts, I recommend that you read and reread how to write for the web.
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