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20 Helpful Plugins for a WordPress Blog, for Ecommerce

Writing a blog can be a good way of providing your shoppers with useful product information while also establishing your expertise.

Here is a list of helpful plugins to customize a WordPress blog. There are plugins to manage your content, improve your site speed, optimize your pages, engage your readers, and add ecommerce solutions.

Plugins for a WordPress Blog

Editorial Calendar. This editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and your publishing schedule. Drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog, including posts from multiple authors.

Editorial Calendar.

Editorial Calendar.

YARPP. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) displays pages, posts, and custom post types related to the current page, leading readers to other relevant content on your site. Customize settings by post titles, content, tags, categories, and custom taxonomies. YARPP finds related content from across your site.

Yoast SEO. Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast search-engine-optimization plugin. Yoast SEO analyzes your page and checks the essentials, including keywords, images, tags, and more. Export your settings for multiple blogs.

Jetpack. Jetpack simplifies managing a WordPress site by providing visitor stats, security services, faster images, and more traffic with tools like Related Posts, Publicize, Enhanced Distribution, and Sharing. Jetpack includes other features that help you customize your site including custom CSS, contact forms, notifications and subscriptions, and more.

Jetpack.

Jetpack.

Disqus. Disqus is a tool for web comments and discussions. It replaces your WordPress comment system with comments hosted by Disqus. Disqus features comment indexing, spam filtering, subscribe and RSS options, and more.

Google XML Sitemaps. This plugin generates a special XML sitemap which helps search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com to better index your blog. Make it easier for crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.

Akismet. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.

Akismet.

Akismet.

Membership Pro 2. Turn your blog into a membership site. Provide access to downloads, online content, videos, forums, support, and more through a flexible membership system. Employ set-and-forget automated recurring payments.

WP Smush. Reduce image file sizes, improve performance, and boost your SEO using the free WP Smush.

All In One WP Security & Firewall. Add security and firewall to your site by using a security plugin that enforces many good security practices. It reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities and implementing recommended WordPress security practices and techniques.

All In One WP Security & Firewall.

All In One WP Security & Firewall.

BackUpWordPress. BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site, including your database and all your files, on a schedule that suits you. No setup required.

Google Analytics by Yoast. The Google Analytics by Yoast plugin for WordPress allows you to track your blog easily and always stays up to date with the newest features in Google Analytics.

ShareThis. Use free sharing tools to implement and increase traffic and engagement on your site. Select your preferred layout and over 80 social channels including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, and more.

ShareThis.

ShareThis.

Safe Redirect Manager. Safe Redirect Manager is a HTTP redirect manager for WordPress. The plugin uses the wp_safe_redirect function, which only allows redirects to whitelisted hosts for security purposes.

Seriously Simple Podcasting. Seriously Simple Podcasting is an easy-to-use podcasting solution for WordPress that is powerful and simple. It uses a native WordPress interface and has minimal settings so as not to distract you from publishing your content.

W3 Total Cache. This plugin is designed to improve user experience and page speed. W3 Total Cache improves the user experience by increasing server performance, reducing the download times, and providing transparent content delivery network integration.

W3 Total Cache.

W3 Total Cache.

Gravity Forms. Gravity Forms is a WordPress plugin for contact forms. It allows site owners to create forms to collect information. Gravity Forms can be used for contact forms, WordPress post creation, calculators, employment applications, and more.

Page Builder. Here is a tool to build responsive page layouts with a simple drag-and-drop interface and live editing. Page Builder works with standard WordPress widgets and with any theme you want. It also features a selection of free themes that work well with Page Builder.

WP Easy PayPal Payment Accept. Here is an basic payment plugin to accept PayPal payments for a service, product, or donation in one click. Create payment buttons on the fly, and embed them anywhere on your site using a shortcode.

WooCommerce. If you need a full ecommerce solution on your blog, here is the popular WooCommerce plugin. Sell physical and digital goods. With premium extensions, you can offer bookings, memberships, and recurring subscriptions. More than 140 region-specific gateways integrate with WooCommerce, including popular choices like Stripe, Authorize.Net, and Amazon Payments.

WooCommerce.

WooCommerce.

Sig Ueland

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Comments ( 7 )

  1. Dennis March 14, 2016 Reply

    Hey Sig,
    thanks for the great list. I use Blog2Social instead of Jetpack. I can customize my posts and I can publish on Xing, that’s very important for me.

  2. Carlos Rivera March 15, 2016 Reply

    Great list! A lot of these are true gems. Thank you!

  3. Kelly Brock March 16, 2016 Reply

    Awesome list of plugins. I have a WordPress site for about a month and I didn’t know that I can backup my site using a plugin. My host – http://www.rosehosting.com offers free weekly backup which is awesome but it is really good to have my own backup. I will definitely try the BackUpWordPress plugin to make my own backup.

    Thanks!

  4. John Peterson March 31, 2016 Reply

    I would add Gostats wordpress plugin to the list too.

  5. Adam Williamson April 8, 2016 Reply

    Hi Sig,

    Really helpful list.

    I already started using W3 total cache, Yoast SEO and backupbuddy plugin. As for contact form. I found WPForms Lite to be easier than Jetpack. Check it out:

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpforms-lite/

  6. Brad April 23, 2016 Reply

    It’s informative, thanks for sharing.
    But i would like to recommend one Plugin you might find it useful and it is Blog Designer: http://goo.gl/n8rB8B. It makes the blog page ready in just a minute.
    I hope it helps others.

  7. rajendrankumar September 23, 2016 Reply

    I already started using W3 total cache, Yoast SEO and backupbuddy plugin.