6 must-have plugins for beginners

We asked Kate who is runs the popular website MyCareerTools.com for GED students about her recommendation on WordPress plugins. Here is the list. We were all new to WordPress at one time and most of us can remember searching through the endless amount of free plugins. Some we still use, some we don’t. Some even broke our site altogether – sending us all into panic mode. Yeah, those were the good old days weren’t they?

WordPress just wouldn’t be WordPress without the ability to add so many diverse plugins. While browsing the thousands of plugins can be fun, there are at least a few that on my list that I feel every new WordPress user must utilize. Here is my list of the 6 best WordPress plugins for the WordPress newbie. If you’d like to know if creating websites is your cup of tea, you can always take a free career quiz.

Take also a close look at this video that explains how to install a WordPress plugin:

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Some love this plugin and some not so much. With a 5-star rating from over 3,000 users, it’s hard not to give them a shot. WordPress SEO by Yoast forces you to choose a focus keyword or phrase when you’re writing an article and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere. It’s simple to use and can greatly enhance your website and its content on search engines.

WP-PageNavi

Here’s another great plugin for any serious blog writer. WP-PageNavi adds a more advanced paging navigation interface to your website. Get rid of that old and boring “← Older posts | Newer posts →” links and replace them with something a little more modern and diverse. You can easily change the overall look and feel of the Page Navigation according to your needs.

Subscribe To Comments Reloaded

This is one of my personal favorite plugins. Subscribe to Comments Reloaded allows commenters to sign up for e-mail notifications of subsequent replies. The plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenters can use to unsubscribe to certain posts or suspend all notifications. A great way to interact with your visitors. And also MIT’s open coursework will be very beneficial!

Shareaholic

Shareaholic is like a 3-in-1 plugin. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to grow your website traffic, effectively engage your audience, gain insights and even monetize your website. With the importance of social media sharing, every blogger needs a good plugin capable of blasting out your awesome content.

Simple Backup

So you think you know what you are doing and decide to enhance your WordPress site with a little modifying of your directory or theme. What could go wrong there? You’ve made your modifications and hit update … POOF! Your site won’t load or your content was sucked into the blogosphere’s unforgiving black hole. Simple Backup Plugin for WordPress creates and downloads a backup of your WordPress website. It’s kind of like car insurance, useless until that irresponsible driver blind-sides you.

WP Super Cache

Here is a must-have plugin for any webmaster expecting to generate a large number of visitors. The WP Super Cache plugin will generate a static HTML file for your articles and even scripts. When a visitor comes to your site the generated HTML page will be delivered instead of processing the heavier PHP scripts from scratch. Now that’s just awesome, right?

The use of these plugins can boost your website’s performance and even change its look. As a new WordPress user, I recommend you try multiple plugins. Plugins are a great WordPress feature. Some are useful and others make you wonder why they were even created at all, but you’ll quickly learn which serve your website best. Hopefully, this list will get you off and running. Happy blogging!