4 Must Have Plugins For Your WordPress Blog To Run BetterHi guys, thank you for making your way back to It’s True Blog. Remember when I wrote about why you should move from Blogger to WordPress? Well today I actually want to do part 2. Today I’m going to talk about 4 Must Have Plugins For Your WordPress Blog To Run Better.

1 –  Jetpack

The first plug-in I would recommend is Jetpack. Most of you WordPress users would have the plugin MonsterInsights which actually imports the data from Google Analytics. However I feel like the data synchronized onto the WordPress platform is just way too minimal. That is the reason why I downloaded Jetpack so that I also have in-depth information of the statistics on It’s True Blog. If I really want to keep tracks of certain conversions created, I would then head off to Google Analytics to have more information on that. But I love to have access to all the important information at one place.

2 – Yoast

Okay so this has been an eye opener for me ever since I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress. As a blogger, we all know how tough it is at times to know how SEO friendly our articles and website are. I have been struggling with this for years! On the platform Blogger, there is no such thing as a plugin that will help you boost you SEO friendliness for your articles and website. Since I implemented the plugin Yoast, I’ve learnt about the factors that should be paid attention to in order to make your articles SEO-proof! If you want more features within Yoast, there’s also a Premium version you can subscribed to for a monthly fee. Yoast is very easy to use and it’s very effective. I would recommend this plugin to everyone using a WordPress website.

4 Must Have Plugins For Your WordPress Blog To Run Better

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3 – Elementor

Elementor is another plugin that I recently discovered. Have you come across blogs that are just super creative in the lay-out of the articles? Well one way to do it is via Elementor. Elementor gives you that freedom to actually go all the way with how you want to arrange your articles. From colors, to fonts to extra columns to arranging pictures and a whole lot more.

4 – WPMU Dev

WPMU Dev is the overall name of the platform that offers many plugins for a faster and better working WordPress website. One of their popular plugins is WP Smush. This is perfect if you have a lot of images on your website. We all know that images need optimization to prevent your website becoming slow. What WP Smush does is, it compresses your images for you all in one click without losing the quality of the images. My website has been loading faster ever since.

Another popular plugin is Hummingbird. Hummingbird helps you optimize the website page speed  by Gzip file compressing, minifying, combining and optimising files. I personally have so little knowledge of what goes behind closed doors in order to make your website SEO/user-friendly and to improve page speed. So it’s brilliant that I can ”outsource” this part of the work.

I’ve been using these two plugins from WPMU Dev for more than 2 months now and I couldn’t be more satisfied. As mentioned, they have many more handy plugins to discover to help your WordPress website perform better. The plugins can be downloaded separately or you can try their premium service which will give you access to all of the premium features of each of their plugins. I’m still in my 30 days trial which is completely free of charge.

So that’s it for today it for today guys. These were the 4 Must Have Plugins For Your WordPress Blog To Run Better. Let me know if you find this article handy and make sure you subscribe to this blog as well! Which plugins are your go-to plugins at the moment?

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  1. Mal
    13th November 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I love the Yoast Plugin! I will have to check out the rest. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. 13th November 2017 / 1:10 pm

    I already use Jetpack and Yoast. I don’t know what I was doing before Yoast – it’s so helpful!

    I like the idea of Elementor though – I’ll have to check it out 🙂

    • Trudy Danso
      13th November 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Hahaha I feel the same way!

  3. 13th November 2017 / 1:18 pm

    A plugin like Elementor is something I have been looking for but with no luck, so thanks for sharing!

  4. 13th November 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Interesting reading, thanks for sharing!

    • Trudy Danso
      15th November 2017 / 9:47 am

      You’re welcome Sabina x

  5. 13th November 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I use Jetpack and Yoast – two plugins which I think are vital. I also have WP Fastest cache which helps speeds up my blog. I will have to try WPMU dev. It sounds really good. x

  6. 13th November 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Thanks for these recommendations! I love Yoast, and am excited to try the others — especially anything that will make my site run faster.

  7. 13th November 2017 / 9:00 pm

    This is a nice roundup of Plugins. I already use jetpack and your. Did you pay for the premium versions or do you feel the free one offers enough?

    • Trudy Danso
      15th November 2017 / 9:47 am

      To be honest, I don’t think I will go ahead with the premium version at this point in time. I think for me, the basic version offers enough.

  8. 13th November 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I am already using the first too but I am excited to try out Elementor. Seems like a great plugin. Btw, I love the look of your blog. Beautiful design!

    • Trudy Danso
      15th November 2017 / 9:50 am

      Ahh thanks Sofie!

  9. 13th November 2017 / 10:04 pm

    This is really helpful – thanks for the recommendations 🙂 I really like the sound of Elementor and i’m checking it out now.

    • Trudy Danso
      15th November 2017 / 9:47 am

      You’re welcome Gaby x

  10. 13th November 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Oh how I love blog post that tell me how to up my blogging game. I have 3 out of the 4. I heard about Elementor. I think I read up on it, can’t remember. I’m about to change my blog for 2018. I’m going to look into that again. Thank you for sharing. Pinning now. Charlene – https://faithtoraisenate.com

  11. 14th November 2017 / 12:40 am

    Very helpful tips, thank you so much for posting! I will be implementing these on my blog for sure!

    • Trudy Danso
      15th November 2017 / 9:51 am

      Glad I could help Kristen x

  12. 14th November 2017 / 3:20 am

    Truly essential plugins. I use all of them and gladly.

    A suggestion – Elementor is a wonderful plugin but it works only with select themes. Maybe you should add that as a disclaimer.

    • Trudy Danso
      15th November 2017 / 9:51 am

      Thanks for the tip Mala. Wasn’t aware of that.

  13. 14th November 2017 / 10:55 am

    Using most of this, learned some new ones especially the Elementor plugin. Thanks

  14. 14th November 2017 / 9:38 pm

    some great tips here! Made simple 🙂 thanks so much for sharing!

    • Trudy Danso
      15th November 2017 / 9:52 am

      You’re welcome Monika! x

  15. 15th November 2017 / 4:02 am

    This is such a helpful post! I use Jetpack and Yoast but didn’t know about the other two. Thanks for sharing!

    • Trudy Danso
      15th November 2017 / 9:52 am

      Glad I could help Somto!

  16. Jacqueline
    15th November 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Great post!

    You have a nice blog!

    Would you like to follow each other? (f4f) Please let me know on my blog with a comment! ;oD

    Have a great day!

    xoxo Jacqueline

  17. 16th November 2017 / 4:33 am

    Great read! Very informative and I will using what I learned. Thanks!

    • Trudy Danso
      21st November 2017 / 11:03 am

      Glad I could help Paige!

  18. 16th November 2017 / 3:47 pm

    What a great list! I love Yoast and Jetpack and have heard of Hummingbird but I am so excited to check out Elementor! It sounds amazing. Thanks so much for posting!

  19. 11th December 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Thank you for this list! I am going to try Elementor!

  20. 11th December 2017 / 8:08 pm

    I have one, yoast, but need to definitely check out some of the others.

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