6 Vital Plug Ins to Tune up Your WordPress Blog

If you want your readers to enjoy your blog and easily navigate through your pages, you need to keep on top of maintenance and ensure everything is running smoothly.  Website competition is fierce and readers will make up their minds about your site in a matter of seconds.  A broken link, a comments page full of spam or an empty front page could turn your hard earned and valuable traffic away for good.

Of course not everyone has the skills or experience for website maintenance.  But WordPress makes it easy, with essential plug ins that do most of the work for you.  As soon as you’ve downloaded your free website builder program, install these 6 essential maintenance plug ins from our resources page.  They are completely free to download and give you peace of mind that your blog is running smoothly and your visitors can easily enjoy your great content:

  1. Redirection: this plug in deals easily and effectively with broken links, which are really annoying for your visitors and lead them to blank pages or a 404 error message.  Broken links can be created for many reasons, the most common is when you change a webpage file name, perhaps to improve search engine optimization.  This changes the URL address, which means that any search engine with the old URL address will direct visitors to the broken link.  This might annoy your visitors but also affects your search engine ranking.  The Redirection plug in is so easy to use and redirects visitors who click on broken links to a different page on your site.  For more information on how to use this plug in and repairing broken links, this article about fixing broken links is packed with information.
  2. Maintenance Mode: from time to time you may need to do some front end maintenance that means shutting down your website for a short period.  This plug in creates a splash page that informs your visitors that the site is under maintenance and for how long, which will encourage them to come back later rather than simply going away for good.  While you’re working on maintenance, as blog owner and administrator you can see the site and check how your updates look.  
  3. WP-DB Manager:  this is a really useful plug in that helps you to protect your valuable customer information.  It allows you to back up, optimize and manage your database with a simple tab in the admin panel.
  4. Akismet: one of the most annoying things for visitors and bloggers is spam.  No one wants to read a comments page full of it and it’s a real pain to remove and check your site regularly.  That’s why WordPress is such a great free website builder program, giving you plenty of plug ins and tools to deal with spam.  Akismet is a favorite of bloggers worldwide, taking the hassle out of spam prevention and keeping unwanted code at bay.
  5. Antivirus:  another really useful plug in for security and maintenance.  It checks your blog daily for malicious code that could inject spam or even worse a virus.  Security is a huge issue you need to be aware of and if you don’t protect your site you could end up losing hours of work.  As soon as you’ve downloaded your free website builder, install a plug in such as Antivirus to protect your site.  This plug in gives you an alert message if code is inserted and tells if you a virus is suspected.
  6. Theme Tester:  part of maintaining your blog is ensuring you keep the content fresh, up to date and with an impressive visual impact that grabs your visitors quickly.  There are hundreds of themes released every month and you don’t want to change your theme too often.  However every once in a while you may want to give your website a fresh look.  This plug in is a perfect addition to your free website builder program.  It allows you to test a theme without changing it permanently on your site, giving you time to decide whether you like it before you install it. 
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Melanie Citron

Melanie Citron is a freelance writer and self proclaimed “techie” who lives in Denver with her husband, Glenn, and their three dogs Ralph, Sam and Billy. Melanie has become the “go to person” for creating online businesses for her friends and family. “I do it every day so I may as well write about it” Her knowledge has appeared on websites, in local newspapers and in person as a public speaker. In her spare time Melanie loves the outdoors and hikes and cross country skis.

1 Comment to “6 Vital Plug Ins to Tune up Your WordPress Blog”

  1. Wonderfully written article. It’s always nice to see someone help cut through the many questions most beginning bloggers have about how to set up WordPress. Done right it’s wonderful messed up it can be a disaster. Your thoughtful insight into everything from security to maintainance is most appreciated.

    Frank Woodman Jr
    twitter @kstaxman

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