Finding plugins have never been easier if you are really your blog on WordPress and you can easily get overwhelmed by all of the options available… Finding The Best WordPress Plugins For Lifestyle Bloggers on the other hand is not easy as you might think. In this post, you’ll find some must-have plugins to help you be a productive blogger!
Of course, keep in mind that every plugin you add has the potential to slow your site down, so you want to make sure you’re using the best options for you. Over the past years since I migrated my blog to WordPress, I tested many plugins. These are the essential WordPress plugins for bloggers. Many of these I have been using throughout my blogging journey!
If you like to have a calendar view of your posts then The Editorial Calendar plugin is the one for you! No matter how regular you post on your blog, it’s important to know what you’re posting and when to provide the best content for your readers.
The Editorial Calendar plugin adds a Calendar page under the Posts section in the admin area that displays all of your posts in a calendar format, with unscheduled posts in the sidebar. From there, you can drag and drop your post drafts, and the plugin will update the scheduled publish date and time to match. This allows you to get a clear picture of what you’re posting and when!
Yoast SEO is a must-have and is the best WordPress blog plugin for optimizing your site for search engines. It adds a full suite of tools to your WordPress admin area for editing SEO data across your site. The interface is user-friendly and Yoast directs you on what needs to be done to ensure that your posts are optimised. It also helps you easily verify your site and add necessary metadata to improve your content’s appearance on social media platforms.
Use Ninja Forms to create beautiful, user-friendly WordPress forms that will make you feel like a professional web developer! If you not a tech-savvy person and want plugins that it not going to take you weeks to figure out. Let’s face it as much as I love WordPress it can be quite overwhelming at times. Easily drag and drop the fields you want to require, so no coding needed!
Seeing as we are on the forms topic, you want to make sure you have a beautiful popup to direct your readers to subscribe to your mailing list or share an important update. Brave Popup Builder is the most powerful and intuitive Popup builder for WordPress. With its unique Canva/Photoshop-like design interface, you can visually create popups, modals, lightboxes in minutes and convert your visitors like there’s no tomorrow.
My husband introduced me to this one and shockingly I cannot believe that it’s not mentioned anywhere! Site Kit is the official WordPress plugin from Google for insights about how people find and use your site. Site Kit is the one-stop solution to deploy, manage, and get insights from critical Google tools to make the site successful on the web. It provides authoritative, up-to-date insights from multiple Google products directly on the WordPress dashboard for easy access, all for free.
Pretty Links helps you shrink, beautify, track, manage and share any URL on or off of your WordPress website. Create links that look how you want using your domain name! Pretty Links is a killer plugin for people who want to clean up their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, their links on Twitter to come from their domain, or generally increase the reach of their website by spreading these links on forums or comments on other blogs.
Shop The Post
Display affiliate shopping widgets in your Home Page feed with the Shop the post plugin from Empress or the Shopr plugin from Pipdig. I use the Shopr Plugin as it allows me to add any link not just affiliate links from rewardStyle, amazon or any other affiliate website. These are a great way to introduce your favourite products, fashion staples or must-haves in a beautiful widget.
Price: Empress shop the post $29 & Pipdig Shopr $39
Public Post Preview
Public Post Preview is popular with lifestyle bloggers, this plugin allows you to create a link to your post draft for public viewing before you publish. This is one of the most essential WordPress plugins for bloggers who create sponsored content. It allows you to send a link of your sponsored post-draft to the brand and/or agency for review before publishing
Insert Headers And Footers
Monetizing your fashion or lifestyle blog with affiliate or social media platforms often requires installing a script on your site. For this, it’s recommended the Insert Headers and Footers plugin.
It’s a simple, lightweight plugin that adds a page to your Settings where you can insert code in the header or footer of your site. Instead of editing your site code directly, as future theme updates may erase your code, and you’ll have to remember to re-install the code if you switch themes which can rather be annoying!
I hope you guys found this post helpful in finding the right WordPress plugins for your lifestyle blog. These will hopefully make your blogging journey a more productive experience.