Last year I shared some of my favorite plugins for lifestyle bloggers including some tips on plugin basics if you are new to WordPress. Since then my list has grown and I now have an even better list of must have plugins for the beyond basic WordPress blogs. These are the plugins that I install and utilize on almost all of my client’s blog designs. Here is a list of even more awesome WordPress plugins for lifestyle bloggers!
See my first list of plugins here.
More WordPress Plugins for Lifestyle Bloggers
SEO- Yoast SEO
This is the industry standard for setting up your SEO on each post! Below your post editor you’ll see a place to edit your snippet, or the preview on search engines, as well as set your keyword for the post and see how your post “scores” as far as SEO is concerned.
Newsletter Sign Up Integration- Genesis eNews Extended
This is a perfect way to set up a styled newsletter integration to your sidebar or other widgetized area. Note: for Genesis child themes only!
Social Media Sharing- Genesis Simple Share
I recently switched to this social media sharer plugin because it has Yummly as an option as well as tons of others!
Instagram Feed Gallery/Grid- Instagram Feed
I love being able to display my Instagram feed in a styled grid at the bottom of my site or on a sidebar.
Custom Social Media Icons- Simple Social Icons
If you want to be able to customize your social media icons but don’t know how to design them yourself, this plugin is perfect!
Find and fix broken links- Broken Link Checker
This is essential! This plugin shows you where there are broken links within your site, which is really helpful if you’ve migrated platforms. It’s also great for keeping an eye on other outgoing links in your posts and making sure they are correct and active.
Display posts in grid form Content Views
Follow my tutorial for setting up your own page like this! It works for recipe indexes, resource libraries, and more!
Scroll to top of page- WP Front Scroll to Top
Get a sleek or custom scroll to top button for your page.
Easily add no-follow code for sponsored content No Follow
You can read more about the importance of this plugin in this post!
With these two combined lists of plugins, your site will be totally set! The best part about these plugins is they are high quality and well designed. I’ve never had any issues with any of them.
A few things to remember about plugins:
Keep them updated! This is the biggest way that your site can be left unsecured and get hacked. Be sure to update your plugins OFTEN!
Use necessary plugins. Don’t overdo it using a plugin for everything. If it can be done with coding you should do that instead as much as possible.