This is the first post in a series I am starting about how I organize, especially in relation to this blog. Being organized is a rather large portion of what enables me to blog. For today, I am going to talk about the plugins I use. I am on self-hosted WordPress and so there are a plethora of plugins available for me to use. I can’t speak about all of the available plugins but I can tell you about the ones I use.
Akismet is one of the most necessary plugins. It helps protect your comments from being continually full of spam.
I use the Broken Link Checker plugin to scan my site for any broken links. When it finds a broken link, I can easily fix the link if I mistyped it or figure out what went wrong if I didn’t.
This little plugin is great because it notifies commenters when their comment has a new reply. People are much too busy to go check each post they have ever commented on to see if there is a reply. An email sent to let the commenter know there is a reply is very important.
I like this plugin as it lets me know which comments I have not yet replied to. It is very helpful to ensure that I am answering all of my comments.
I use this plugin all the time. I have templates for reviews, Friday 56, Top Ten Tuesday, Month in Review, etc. This saves quite a bit of time when it comes to formatting a post the way I want it.
This is a plugin that helps me keep my photos organized. This is very helpful with all of the book covers that I need to keep organized in my media library. While this isn’t my favorite plugin, it is functional. If you have a better suggestion, I am all ears.
I love this plugin! I use these shortcodes all the time for just about everything from spoilers to tabs to columns, etc.
8. Personal Shortcodes
I used the tutorial from Ashley at NoseGraze to make a plugin with my own shortcodes. I made shortcodes for all the things I use frequently such as my signature. I also have a shortcode I edit rather frequently with my all time favorites.
I finally broke down and purchased the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin in November 2015. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it all that much but I really do. I’m actually using the review archives which is something I didn’t think I would. It is a very nice plugin with a ton of functionality and I am so glad that I decided to purchase it.
So there are my nine favorite plugins that are very helpful on my blog. I hope you enjoyed this post and that, maybe, it was helpful.
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