As some of you know I’m a Web Designer and Developer by day. Blogging is a big hobby of mine and I really enjoy doing it, and do wish I could do it more. It gives me a little bit of a creative outlet when I need it.
I had a long honest chat with a friend of mine, Sam, about how I’d been struggling to find my ‘niche’ with blogging and how I really didn’t want my niche to become web development tips or alike, as I think if I did a lot of those kind of blog posts, I would eventually become a blogger I didn’t want to be. Having this chat with Sam though made me realise that I hadn’t really done any blog posts about design or development. I’m not really sure why, probably just a bit of reluctance for fear of ‘that type of blogging’.
The talk helped me a lot and I’ve decided to blog a little bit about that side blogging / web design and development. You’re welcome. haha.
Before I get cocky, I do want to say that these are only recommendations and should come with a warning of:
A) If you don’t know what you’re doing and try do install / edit / change things where you probably shouldn’t be – then don’t blame me! Remember to always back up your website if you’re planning on making any changes.
B) These are simply my favourite things or tips. Don’t feel like you have to or should use them simply because I said so.
Top 4 WordPress Plugins for Bloggers
These are all plugins that you can find for free and use on your self hosted WordPress install.
In no particular order – please read the “warning” above.
Social Media sharing buttons are pretty important for bloggers! There are millions of these plugins out there, and this one is a pretty good sharing plugin. You can choose where you want them – top of the post or bottom, and then which side, left or right etc. You can also choose which ones you want and what sort of style you’d like.Read more
// Disqus Comment System
Takes over the standard/boring WordPress comments area and replaces it with a nice looking easy to moderate commenting system. It also allows the reader/commenter to log in with social media rather than their name and email if they like. It has a really easy to use moderation and reply area too that helps you keep track of when someone commented on your blog. Read more
// Recipe Card
Great for all the foodie bloggers out there. A very cool plugin for easily displaying recipes in pages and posts, you enter it all in and then display the recipe ‘card’ within a blog post or page. It also has a printer friendly version ready for your readers. The card designs are customisable so you can make it fit with your blog look and feel too. Boom. Read more
This plugin was shared at a #laptoplub by Amanda, it’s got the functionality to share links to old posts on twitter. Great for sharing old content at set intervals, automatically. Get on that! Read more
Have you installed any plugins on your WordPress blog? Which ones do you like?
Not all plugins work well together, some will hold hands and some will spit at each other and kill things.