For me, the biggest advantage of having a blog on WordPress is the fact you can install plugins and themes. On WordPress, there are a lot of free plugins that allow us to power up our website. For example, add a form, put the Pinterest button on your photos, add a newsletter, etc. Everything is done in a few clicks and without having to learn code.

Here are 5 plugins that I think are essential when you are new to WordPress.

1. Akismet

This plugin is installed on WordPress base but it is not enabled. It allows to automatically filter through a powerful algorithm all comments unwanted or spam . To enable it, you must obtain the key by following the link in the plugin. Choose the basic option and put the money right at zero, then you will get your activation key.

2. Yoast SEO

This plugin is the best SEO plugins on the world. Have You already heard about the importance of SEO? Well, thanks to this plugin you will be able to optimize the maximum.

The plugin shows on every page and every article, to change things for the article is well referenced. It’s also a big plus is that you can customize what will appear on Google. This will allow you to put super catchy headlines and have a clean description that will attract users to click on your article.

3. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

When installing WordPress, basic, no monitoring statistics and it’s still annoying. I recommend the plugin Google Analytics Dashboard for WP, it is very simple to install and you can watch your audience directly on your dashboard.

4. MailPoet Newsletters

Having a newsletter is a real asset for your visitors who may be informed of the release of an article directly in their inbox. This plugin creates a nice newsletter easily from the WordPress interface to manage its subscribers and to integrate a registration button in widgets. For those who already have a newsletter on MailChimp, there is a dedicated plugin.

5. BackupWordpress

A final essential in my opinion, it is a plugin for backup! You’re never safe from a bug, a blank page, a 404 error that we couldn’t understand the problem. This plugin allows you to create a backup to the desired frequency on our server and thus retain our entire blog in case of problems.

Did I miss any cool WordPress plugins that are best for new WordPress blog? Leave it in the comment box below!

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