5 underrated WordPress plugins you need for your blog

With almost 50,000 plugins in the WordPress Plugins repository, I want to share 5 underrated but amazing plugins that you should use on your blog

Author: Jenny Wu
Jenny Wu

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  1. Great post as usual jenny! So helpful. I’m going to look into switching from yoast as I agree, it’s bloated. Also I get so annoyed when it gives me a red light on readability. I like to use elevated language when I damn well please and and I’m not gonna dumb it down for a stupid robot.

    • Jenny says:

      So glad you enjoyed it Camilla! Ugh, I totally get what you mean about the readability rating. Do my choice of words honestly even have anything to do with SEO? ┑( ̄Д  ̄)┍

  2. Tara says:

    I should look into the category plugin LOL I, too, am not fond of the /category/xxxx thing, but I just sucked it up and lived with having it, but now I may look into this one!

    Thanks for sharing your plugin choices! I agree that there are so many plugins out there, that it’s hard to know what is good and what you need. I try not to use too many plugins, though, because too much isn’t good either.

  3. Loren says:

    Thanks you sharing these plugins. I agree with the previous comments, your blog is beautiful and easy to navigate, your pictures are also pretty. Do you use a theme or did you make it from scratch?

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you so much Loren! I built my theme from scratch, and I’m actually creating premade WordPress themes that’ll be available in the near future!

  4. Excellent post and some great plugins that I’ve never thought of using. I will check out a couple of these that you suggested. Thanks for this article. xx

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  5. Emily says:

    Umm I NEED number 2 and 3 in life omg! Thank you for sharing these. I always get overwhelmed when I can’t tell if I’ve replied to a comment or not. I have anxiety about missing comments haha. And I totally agree that the category thing is so ugly. I am totally going to go install these now. :)

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Jenny says:

      No problem, glad you found these helpful! I’m surprised WordPress doesn’t haven’t a better comment management system, considering that’s a major component of the CMS! D:

  6. Katherine says:

    I’m excited to transfer to WordPress and have these plugins soon!

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

  7. Hmm! I’ve been considering changing from Yoast for a while after reading that NG post but haven’t really made the jump! I’ve recently installed Disable XML-RPC Pingback as well – oh man! The little things make such a difference! Your ingredients list is exemplary – kudos to you for keeping such a meticulous track of this information ;-)

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you! I figured since I talk so much about skincare ingredients it only makes sense to track them :)

      These helper plugins are the only type I install now and they just make managing my blog so much easier!

  8. Gloria says:

    Your blog is so beautifully designed and organized, I wish I had the knowledge you do with web developing! Over the years I’ve managed to figure out some basic things, but I’ve still stuck to Blogger because self-hosting on WordPress always seemed daunting. I really like the way you have your review page set up like a table of contents, I’ve been trying to set up a page like that for my reviews as well but I can’t figure out how. I’d love to see more posts on HTML coding that can be used on any platform, if possible. I still remember the first time I visited your blog and I was shocked by how flawless it looks!

  9. Cat L. says:

    Jenny, such a great post! Very educational and informative. I tried to leave a comment just a moment ago, but I’m not sure if it published or not. So there it goes again…
    I’m not currently using any of the plugins you recommend but I will definitely be looking into all 5 of them. I am using Yoast SEO and really like it but I think I would like to explore other options as well.
    Great post Jenny! I’d like to read more articles such as this one!

    ~ Cat L.

    • Jenny says:

      Sorry Cat, not sure what happened with my comment system and why it thought you were spam! Silly Akismet. So glad you enjoyed this article! I’m not sure how many of my readers actually use WordPress or are interested in these more “geeky” posts, so this feedback really helps!

  10. Would you consider doing one of this post for us who are on Blogger? I know WP seems to be the popular choice for many but I’m happy with Blogger…or more likely I really couldn’t be arse trying to learn new things at WP. LOL!

    • Jenny says:

      Aww, I wish I could, but I’ve never actually used blogger so I’m not familiar with its functionalities :( Since blogger is a hosted platform, I’m guessing it’s going to be similar to WordPress.com where they limit what plugins you can install on your site. Sorry :(

  11. Elisa says:

    nice tips! this could optimize a wordpress blog for the better. i know i no longer use wordpress but i’ll note this down for future reference.
    the SEO i used was Yoast too and i saw quite an increase in the number of people who visited my blog (and in return, i get to discover more cool blogs too) which is why when i migrated, the yoast SEO was the plugin i missed the most.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you! I’m curious, does blogger have any built-in SEO configurations or are there any comparable plugins? I would imagine because blogger is owned by Google they automatically insert all the necessary meta tags and markups?

  12. Krystal says:

    That “Comments Not Replied To” plugin is a good one! I’m installing that right now. This will help me keep track and ensure I reply to all my comments.

  13. Andreanne says:

    Thank you so much for this post Jenny! I’m actually in the process of moving from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress and this makes me so excited for all the new possibilities I’ll soon be able to play around with!

    • Jenny says:

      You’re welcome Andreanne! There’s definitely a lot more you can do with WordPress, the possibilities are literally endless :D Best of luck with the blog move!