Essential WordPress Plugins for Blogging

Over the past few years of blogging using WordPress I’ve found a number of essential plugins for the platform. I’ve written this post to provide as a resource for myself and others and will try to periodically update it if I find new/better plugins.

Plugins I’m using at the moment:

  • WP Super Cache: caches your site (basically makes it run faster and use fewer resources)
  • Jetpack (Website analytics, will need a WordPress.com account to use)
  • Google Analytics (Don’t really need now I have Jetpack but still like to take a look at the data it collects)
  • Akismet: Spam filtering (Will also need an account on their site to use)
  • WP Smush: Image compression and resizing functionality
  • All in One SEO Pack
  • Fancier Author Box: Adds a box after articles with information about the author
  • SyntaxHighlighter Evolved: syntax highlighting for code
  • Tabby Responsive Tabs: Add tabbed sections to posts

Plugins I’m not currently using but come recommended and may use in the future:

  • Simple custom post order: reorder posts
  • Yoast: SEO tool
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Computational biology PhD candidate at the Australian National University. I love writing (both articles and software), learning more about the world around us, and beekeeping. I also write for BioSky.co

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