7 Practical WordPress Plugins You Shouldn’t Do Without

Ah WordPress plugins. What would we do without ‘em?

A few people have asked me about the different plugins that I use for Credible Copywriting, so I’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog post to the handful of plugins that I use to keep this site running smoothly.  Do note that I’m not advertising any of these extensions; I honestly just think they’re really great.

By the way, if you know of other helpful WP plugins, feel free to share them in the comments below. I’d love to try them out!

To Gain Email Subscribers

Aside from the form on the sidebar, I use the following to remind people to subscribe to my newsletter:

WP Greet Box – See that “Hey there!” message on top of this blog post? That message box is made possible by this plugin. WP Greet Box lets you display a welcome message on each blog post. You can use it to pretty much display any type of message. In my case, I use it to invite readers to subscribe to my newsletter.

WP Super Popup – As its name clearly states, this plugin allows you display a popup box on your site. It’s really simple to use, and you can easily adjust its size, timing, and behavior.

Now a lot of people feel iffy about popups, so adding them to your site can *maybe* do more harm than good. It really depends on your site and your audience, so I suggest that you test, test, test.  I myself have received some negative reactions to this site’s popup, but judging from the amount of subscribers that I received because of it, I’d say that its benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

To Weed Out Spammy Comments

Disqus Comment System – I like Disqus because it’s very effective (zero spam comments since I activated it), lightweight (it doesn’t slow down my site), and easy to use (which is something that I always look for).

To Share the Love

SexyBookmarks (by Shareaholic)Those sexy social buttons at the bottom of my posts are courtesy of this easy-to-use, no-frills plugin.

Misc.

PC Hide Pages – I use PC Hide Pages for my exclusive and “subscribers only” content. It hides certain pages so that they won’t show up on your site’s menus, blog searches, and search engines. The only way that people can access a hidden page is if they have the exact URL.

UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore I’m fortunate enough to have never experienced a site crash or wipeout, but I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about people losing their whole website just like that. I’m not the type to take chances, which is why I make it a point to back up my website on a weekly basis.

This plugin allows me to do just that. It automatically backs up my site to Google Drive (it does support other cloud services) every week and I can breathe easy knowing that my site is safe and sound.

WEBphysiology Portfolio – This no-frills plugin provides a simple portfolio listing that lets me add images and details. Click here to see it in action.

Your turn. What are some of your favorite WordPress plugins? Comment below!

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