WordPress plugins

WordPress plugins are built to add a function to your WordPress website. Plugins are little (or bigger) software buddies to your blog. Everyone who runs a WordPress blog (or e-commerce site) will need plugins.

Even just after installing your WordPress you’ll see that they already installed you some plugins.

There are many plugins around. I mean a lot. Most plugins are made by people out of commercial intends. But some are free and remain free, usually made by a WordPress user who missed a functionality in their own WordPress site.

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Most bigger plugins come in a free version. Their paid pro version of the plugin gives you even more functions.

So it’s not that hard to shop in the world of plugins.

There’s a but…

Don’t go crazy on the plugins. The more plugins you use, the more effect it may and will have on the speed of your site. I heard someone say I use no more than a dozen. Others may keep the maximum to 20 plugins.

I have about 17 plugins I use on my blogs. And still, I try to lose one or two. Always questioning myself ‘does my site really need this?’.

And there is always the chance that I might wanna choose a plugin I just discovered that might be just right for my site.

I’ll let you in on the plugins I’ve been using. Please be aware that some plugins are a must for most websites. Other plugins are more based on personal favor or just some function you need (or like) for your blog.

Using WordPress plugins

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What do plugins do for my website?
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The world of plugins is BIG so it can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry, there are a few things you need to know as a beginner with WordPress.

  • How to use a plugin?
  • How to install a WordPress plugin?
  • How many plugins can I use for my site?

Read more on how to use WordPress plugins »

Google site verification plugin

Hello World – Hello Google
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When you add your site to Google, you will be asked to verify the ownership.

(this is why you should connect with Google)

Search Console tools and reports help you measure your site’s Search traffic and performance, fix issues, and make your site shine in Google Search results.

The Yoast SEO Plugin and the plugin Insert Headers and Footers from WPBeginner will connect easily with Google.
Want to connect with Google? Read more about Google verification »

Backup plugins

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Your website is born, but how to keep it safe?
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Your little baby site forces you to think about some technical stuff (again). Because you don’t want to lose what you have made this far.

I don’t know all about the technical stuff around my sites. But I try always to know just enough to be able to make the right decision I think is in place.

  • What is a WordPress backup?
  • Should I do a backup?
  • How to backup my site?

Read more on How to backup a WordPress site »