Once you’re done setting up your WordPress website viz. registering your domain name and purchasing web hosting, it is time to customise it and add functionalities to suit your niche needs. One of the easiest ways of adding functionality to your website without the hassle of coding is to install plugins.
A plugin is essentially a piece of software code that runs on your website. All you need to do is install the plugin in your WordPress backend dashboard and the functionality is added to your website. For instance, if you want to add social share buttons on your website you can either manually code and insert the links or you can install a plugin and link to your social media sites.
Plugins, in short, save time and reduce your coding efforts thereby letting you run your website more efficiently. There are two types of plugins viz. free and premium. Moreover, you can install plugins directly from the WordPress plugin repository or install a third-party plugin from web marketplaces.
Depending on what your website offers to customers, your plugins may vary. If you are running a blog, and have multiple writers just like our blog, here are some of the plugins that we believe might be helpful to run your website easily.
4 Best WordPress Plugins for Writers
- Yoast SEO
A good SEO (search engine optimization) strategy is important when it comes to boosting your website’s ranking on search engines. Yoast SEO is a popular WordPress SEO plugin. This plugin helps improve your search engine rank by offering meta title, slug URL, and meta description templates to help your content rank better consistently. Along with this, the plugin also performs a readability analysis, insights, SEO score and more to help you identify what needs to be fixed, and what is good. Yoast SEO not only improves your SEO score but also enhances your user experience.
This plugin is available in 51 languages and trusted by 5+ million active users. If you’re a beginner you can opt for the free version of the plugin, and can switch to premium when the need arises.
Feedback, as well as, commendation is crucial to any writer. As a writer, if you post content on your website, it can be assumed that you even allow comments on your blog posts. However, since your website is public there might be malicious bots and spam comments that could end up in your comments section or contact form.
Akismet is a plugin that helps prevent spam and malicious content by moderating and filtering it out. Presently, this plugin is available in 72 languages and has over 5 million users.
- Copyright Proof
The online world is huge and it is important as a writer that you maintain the originality of your content. Copyright Proof is a plugin that helps you copyright your content and protect it by proving your ownership using a digital signature.
Along with copyrighting, this plugin helps you insert combined certification, licensing, and attribution notice at the end of every blog post that is published. This is an open-source plugin.
- Editorial Calendar
As a content writer, having your editorial calendar in place is the best way to organise and maintain your content publishing schedule. However, if there are multiple writers and blog posts that you’ve to manage, it can prove to be a hassle. Editorial Calendar plugin helps you give an overview of all blogs scheduled to be published.
With the help of this plugin, you can easily maintain and manage the blogs that are scheduled to go out each month. Moreover, you can also edit the title, content or change the publication date. The plugin is open-source and available in 10 languages.
Although selecting a plugin for a new website can be tough and more so if you’re looking for niche plugins, make sure you select the ones that suit your needs and aren’t heavy.
We hope this article helped you figure out the best WordPress plugins for writers. Do you prefer any of these plugins? If yes, do let us know in the comments section below.
For more information, head to the WordPress Tutorials page and browse through a large repository of helpful resources and blogs.