With almost 50,000 plugins in the WordPress Plugins repository, how do you go about finding the best plugins for your blog? There are the obvious ones that everyone shares (and that I’d never use, but we’ll save that post for another day), but today I want to share 5 underrated WordPress plugins that I use on my blog, and you should use on yours.
- Better Internal Link Search – The default “insert/edit link” dialog box let’s you search your posts and pages by entering in keywords. But what if you want to link to a category or tag page or even a custom post type? That’s where this plugin shines. I use this to easily reference ingredients (which are setup as custom taxonomies) when I write my reviews. No more entering the ingredients link manually!
- Comments Not Replied To – I try to reply to every comment, but sometimes I lose track of which comments have been replied to. This plugin adds a new view and column to the comments page in WordPress admin to let you know which comments are still missing replies!
- Disable XML-RPC Pingback – XML-RPC is a commonly exploited feature by hackers, so best practice is to disable it if you’re not using it. However, some plugins like Jetpack use XML-RPC, so you don’t want to disable it completely, which is why you need this plugin. It basically disables the methods used by hackers while leaving open what’s needed by other plugins. You just install and activate it, no configurations required!
- FV Top Level Categories – By default WordPress will add a “category” prefix to all your category links, eg.
https://www.geekyposh.com/category/beauty. That looks damn ugly imo, so I installed this plugin, and now the link is just
https://www.geekyposh.com/beauty. Much better, yes?
- The SEO Framework – Everyone and their mamas recommend Yoast SEO, and while I used that before, I hated how bloated it was. Luckily I found this plugin after reading Nose Graze’s post, and it’s perfect. Same powerful features, no extraneous bells & whistles, much faster load time, and there’s even a plugin to help you migrate your settings from Yoast SEO!
For more plugin recommendations, check out my website blueprint to see a full list of the plugins and tools used on this blog!
You’ll notice that most of these plugins are adding feature to the WordPress admin side and improving your blogging workflow, which are just as important as providing good user experience on the front end. Sadly most people seem to focus on these “public-facing” plugins (think sharing buttons, comment plugins, etc) which is ironic because the more of those you have, the more bloated and slower your site becomes. On the other hand, these behind-the-scene plugins have minimal impact on the speed and performance of your blog while still improving your blogging workflow – win win!
Hope you found this post helpful, and if you’re interested in more WordPress related topics and how you can improve the performance of your blog, let me know!