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Evolved Mommy | April 26, 2015

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Fancy Up Your Blog With Plugins - Evolved Mommy

What is a plugin:

It’s a piece of code, written by someone who knows how to do that sort of thing.

Add a plugin to your blog to make it do fancy things such as:

  • allow readers to “like”, “digg” and/or “tweet” your article
  • allow readers to follow you on twitter
  • automatically respond to first time commenters with a heartfelt “Thanks!”
  • block spam commenters
  • make your blog more likely to appear in search results
  • See that cute little twitter bird at the top right of this page? Or the social media buttons to the right? Those are plugins.

    Plugins allow writers to what they do best. Most writers have no desire to get an advanced degree in programming just to make their blogs look decent and act professional. We are grateful to those who do.

      WordPress Plugin Screen

    Whether you are using Blogger or WordPress there are plugins available. In WordPress you’ll see a “Plugins” option on the left sidebar. Under that option select “Add New” and from there you can search for anything. It’s ridiculously simple.

    Whatever it is you are after is probably out there. Also, look at other blogs you like. If there’s something fancy going on it’s probably a plugin. You can contact that blog. Some will tell you what they have. Some will not. But if you search you’ll probably find it anyway.

    Here’s a good list of  MUST HAVE plugins to get you started:

    (These are WordPress plugins)

    1. Akismet This one is your spam comment blocker. I don’t have any idea how it works. It just does.
    2. All In One SEO Pack This is your search engine optimization (what SEO stands for, after all). With this plugin you can add details that don’t necessarily appear in your post, but might help readers find it.
    3. Contact Form 7 This is a usefully simple contact form

      Contact Form 7

    4. WP Super Cache This is super fast caching (Caching helps your readers move quickly through your blog)
    5. WordPress Database Backup Don’t learn this lesson the hard way. Back up your blog.
    6. Subscribe to Comments This one allows commenters to elect to be notified when new comments post
    7. Google Analytics This is how you know how many visitors you had in given period of time, what they looked at and where they came from. You may think that story was interesting, but it may turn out that no one else did.
    8. Comment Redirect Use this to thank users for leaving their first comment. Make them feel loved and welcome.
    9. Feedburner This creates an RSS Feed of your blog.
    10. TweetMeme This one allows readers to tweet your post.

    If there’s a great plugin that I’ve left off please feel free to share it in a comment. Or if you need detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to add a plugin just use the contact button at the top of the page. I’ll be glad to help.


    In my eagerness to complete this post I forgot that I wanted to give credit to the person that taught me the most about plugins. Check out my new favorite genius in this post.


    1. Julie, I’m so glad you like them. I find new ones that I “need” almost everyday. It’s exhausting. lol.
      Erica, I’m no expert either. So much to learn with so few hours in the day. If I see a good SEO article I’ll send it your way.

    2. Thanks for the list. I use most of them, but I really need to understand this SEO thing. One more thing to add to my to do list. I’ll be back. I love your site. Gadgets, the internet, knitting..yeah.

    3. Julie

      Just added the Contact Us form, wow so easy and looks fab! Thanks.

    4. Julie

      Thanks for the list of must have plugins. I’m always looking for new ones (I’m a geek), but am leary about trying random plugins. Going to check out Contact Form 7 and WordPress Database Backup now.

    5. Thanks for the feedback regarding the comment button. That is now on my list.
      Also, since you are on Blogger…Do you use plugins? Since I’m a WordPress girl my Blogger knowledge is limited. Would you be interested in writing a guest follow up that explains how to add plugins in Blogger and what some of the best/favorite ones are?

    6. Just visiting from 31DBBB. One nice thing about WordPress I have found is that the pluggins look so nice. I am on blogger. (Don’t want to change now.) But wordpress does look nicer :)

      There was no comment button on the front page. I could only comment when I click the title of your post. I don’t know if you want that. It makes it more difficult for your readers to leave you comments.

      Blessings! Enjoy your Sunday evening.

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