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10 WordPress Plugins I Love

Ever since I decided to blog it alone and self-host, I have become a little bit addicted to plugins. For those not in the know, plugins are these clever little apps you can upload to your WordPress dashboard and they do all sorts of things – filter out spam comments, make your site run faster, re-tweet old posts, all the way to blocking out those evil hackers who seem to be everywhere at the moment. Searching for plugins has become the blog equivalent for googling every little question that pops into my head. I have a little thought about my blog, and wonder if there might be a plugin to help with that. Invariably there is, as someone somewhere has thought exactly the same and even created a magical little techy thing to help me out!

I’m by no means an expert on this kind of thing, and if anything I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to blogging. But I’ve found a few plugins along the way that really helped in some way or another…at first I thought everyone knew about these so didn’t think I’d mention it. But recently I’ve shared them with my blogger pals and they suggested I extend the love. So here I am, hope you enjoy.

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This one filters out masses of spam comments and gets rid of them right away, saving you time sifting through comments and having to delete them one by one.


This is a commenting add-on so your readers can link their latest post to their comment. Although I believe sometimes this plugin can clash with other plugins, I am a big fan and think it also helps other bloggers’ DA!

Google Analytics Counter Tracker

Believe it or not, I went months before adding a Google Analytics tracking device onto my blog…my advice is do this from day one. You might not think your blog will hit big figures but it’s just so useful for analysing what posts did better than others.

Lazy Load & W3 Total Cache

The one downside to WordPress, as you may know, is that it naturally runs quite slow. When you first start blogging this isn’t an issue so much, but the more you write and add to your site in general, the more sluggish it gets. I actually had a big problem with this, where my site was taking up to 20 seconds to load just one page, so I made it my mission to find a solution for it. These two plugins have been great for giving your blog that boost to run faster and also clearing the cache (which still is a little bit of a mystery as to what that is but hey ho).

MiloTree Pop-Up

I’m not a big fan of pop-ups but this one is used quite often and I think it’s not a bad one to have. It’s only pops up when the reader is scrolling down your page and is very easy to click away. I also like the look of Mailmunch, which I’ve seen on other blogs but I think one pop up is enough. I have my Facebook account on mine and have seen an increase in my followers since setting this up.

Shortpixel Image Optimizer/ WP Smush / WP-Optimize / Resize Image After Upload

I’ve bundled these plugins together as they all helped me find a solution to the large images on my blog that take up a lot of space. This all contributed to it running slow as well! These are easy to use plugins to compress the images by up to 50%, without changing the look of them at all. A real must if you ask me, as the large images can take up so much room.


So let’s talk sharing buttons! I love these ones from SumoMe, there are several different options for layout and style and it’s very easy to set up. They are also the most mobile-friendly ones I’ve seen and don’t block any of the text in the post when they appear on screen. The plugin comes with lots of features, where you can track the use of the sharing buttons.

Wordfence Security

Recently I’m hearing of more people who are having their WordPress hacked into, which is so scary. It’s something that I don’t think about too much, until it happens to someone you know and you realise that you could lose all your work in an instant. Wordfence is a must and comes with a high level of protection for your site, as well as an email update if something goes wrong, or if you need to update your plugins.

WP Hide Post

This is a really small app but I absolutely love it! Especially for those with linkies, you can use this to hide a post that is featured on your home page. You also have the option to hide posts on your category and archive pages too. I find this really useful as sometimes I only want certain posts to show on the front page of my blog.

Yoast SEO

So this goes without saying, right? SEO is actually something that makes me want to scream into a pillow as I don’t understand a lot of it, but this app makes everything very easy. Once installed, the plugin updates to tell you if the readability and SEO of the post are doing okay. Usually I ignore the readability one, but make sure the SEO one is green…hoping I’m not making a fatal mistake doing that!

That rounds it up, my top 10 WordPress plugins…hope it was useful 🙂 Are there any you use that I haven’t featured? Let me know in the comments below…

Diary of an imperfect mum

Cuddle Fairy



  1. October 12, 2016 / 8:50 am

    I love wordpress plugins and I was surprise that I haven’t heard of most of these. Will be checking some out later today #BloggerClubUK

  2. October 12, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Thanks for this! There’s a couple in there that I have yet to try.

  3. October 12, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Ooooh such a good post! I have most of this apps but not the hide one! I need to look into that. Aslo Sumo is that what has given you the sharing buttons on the side? I love them. I am still undecided about milo. Also I only installed google analytics last week! Can you believe that! I am a plonker. I can see that my MIL does read my blog, even though she makes out she doesn’t! Haha! #BloggerClubUK

    • October 12, 2016 / 7:16 pm

      Lol to the MiL, sneaky!! I love the hide one and yes the sharing buttons I have are called SumoMe – they are awesome x

  4. October 12, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Ps Is you Yoast working? Mine hasnt for ages!

    • October 12, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Hmm I *think* yoast is working as there is a traffic light thing on the right hand side when I write (below the publish button)….

  5. October 12, 2016 / 11:24 am

    Great list here Bridie. Some of these I have & others I don’t. I am in the process of installing wordfence & yes there are way too many hackings going on! It’s frightening. Thanks so much for sharing your list with #BloggerClubUK x

  6. October 12, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Fab list – there are some great ones on here that I already use, but lots that I don’t so definitely going to look them up! I am like you and am a little bit obsessed with plugins. Question about the photo re-sizer ones – do you use all of them? I’m currently using WP Smush, but will look at the others if they will give me some benefit #BloggerClubUk

    • October 12, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      I do use all of them, but not sure if you need them all tbh. I think Smush is awesome so I’d stick with that one!

  7. October 12, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Oh fab list! I have most of these but this cache-clearing ones sound well worth a look. One I discovered recently is called NoFollow for WP (or something) and it adds a checkbox every time you insert a link, to make it no follow if you want to. Also I’ve just installed a plugin that makes all my images pinable, I love that too.

  8. October 12, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    I need to get more on the ball with plug-ins. I’ve got Askinet and Tweet Old Posts, and Yoast. But I should get a security one I guess, and the pop-up one sounds better than one I’ve got. Useful post – thanks! 🙂

  9. October 12, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Really useful list, Bridie. I have many of them but not lazy loader, the hide post one or some of the other image size ones…I have WP Smush IT….Do I need any others on top of that to help with page speed and image size? #BloggerclubUK

    • October 12, 2016 / 7:23 pm

      The Lazy Load one really helped me, as even when my images were smushed (!!) it still ran slow. I think it’s often dependent on your theme too…but WP Cache is great too so you don’t have to remember to clear your mysterious cache xx

  10. October 12, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    FAB post and exactly what I have been looking for!! I am saving this for later when I get a child free moment! I’m utterly clueless about plugins so this is a life saver! #BloggingClubUK

  11. October 12, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    You consider yourself a newbie? I am absolutely clueless compared to you. Thinking of going self-hosted, hearing the word plug ins, and even thinking of where to begin actually scares me. It’s a lovely post to refer back to for when I’m brave enough and indeed clever enough to do this myself! #bloggerclubuk

  12. October 12, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    OK so I don’t have a wordpress blog but I saw you in the linky and wanted to give you blog linky loving! Also I am thinking about converting to the darkside so this may well come in handy in the future! Anyway hello lovely friend! haha! Xxx #BloggerClubUK

  13. October 12, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you! I’m bookmarking this to come back to as you have a few beauties on here I’m going to look into! Shared on Twitter too! #bloggerclubuk

  14. October 12, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Coincidentally your top 3 are my top 3! Need to check out the others, always good to hear recommendations from others. #BloggerClubUK

  15. October 14, 2016 / 3:24 am

    Thanks for the list, I’m going to look into some of these right away.

  16. October 14, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    This is a really good list. I use quite a few of these but some I don’t so I will be busy installing them over the weekend. Thanks for sharing your blogging knowledge 🙂 xx #ablogginggoodtime

  17. October 15, 2016 / 8:06 am

    This is a great post, thanks for sharing Bridie. I have some of these but quite a few I’ve not heard of so I’m going to bookmark and look at them ASAP. I need to get my head round images and what works best in my theme. I just find it all so very time consuming!! #ablogginggoodtime

  18. October 15, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    I haven’t entered the world of self hosted and plug ins, it is too scary for me!! I like your sharing buttons as I do most of my reading on my phone and the ones which cover the text really annoy me. It’s great that you are sharing your tips- I bet they will be super useful to other WordPress users! #ablogginggoodtime

  19. October 16, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Great list of plugins! I’m like you and love a good plugin, even been known to do a happy dance when it makes things look or work better #bloggerclubuk

  20. October 18, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    I need to spend some time on plugins as I am hopeless! I just find it all so complicated but I am hoping that once my baby brain has passed I will be able to focus a little more. #ablogginggoodtime #bloggersclubuk

  21. February 17, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    You’ve actually picked many of the same ones I use! Wordfence is a must after all the issues with hacked blogs recently.

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