As soon as I saw this as a prompt, I knew I’d be talking about blogging apps. Even more specifically, plug-ins that I’ve been using that help me manage my blog that I think everyone should know about!
First off, in order to use these awesome plug-ins you’ll need to be self hosted, so that means you’re working with wordpress.org and not wordpress.com and you’re paying a company to host your website for you.
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I host through BlueHost and have hosted through them when I had a different blog as well. Right now I’m on the inexpensive shared server plan, but there are many different options out there for you.
Now that you’re self hosted, what plugins should you use?
This plugin is my anti-spam plugin. I’m not a fan of “captcha” codes on blogs for comments because half the time I can’t manage to type the damn letters/numbers in correctly, so this does the work for me.
On occasion a not spam comment will get sent to spam, but I do my best to review my spam comments once a day or so to keep it manageable.
This is possibly one of my favourite plugins, and I highly recommend it to anyone with a blog.
Anytime I reply to a comment, this takes care of sending an email to the person who commented. I know I don’t have time to go back to blogs I’ve commented on to see if there’s a reply to my comment, so when a blogger has this installed I’m always pumped to read an email reply.
I just started using CoSchedule this week and I’m already in love. With all the posts for #blogtober and all the other random stuff floating around in my brain, it’s nice to have a place where I can organize it.
Even if I don’t write immediately, I at least have a title and a topic and can write/schedule when I have time.
jQuery Pin It Button
That nifty “Pin It” mouse over on my images?
That’s from this stellar plug-in. Just do it.
For the times when I decide to post a recipe (which I hope to be more frequent) I love this plugin. It makes it look all awesome and professional. Something I don’t think I’d be able to do on my own.
There are many (many!) more plugins out there and many more that I have installed, but these are definitely in my top 5.
What’s your favourite plugin?
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