WordPress: My Resources List

It’s been a while since I shared my WordPress favourites. I frequently receive emails and questions about WordPress, from migrating over from Blogger to the best plugins etc. I have just shared a lesson at the Big Blogging Bootcamp about WordPress and realised that it might be helpful to share a list of my WordPress advice to date.

I have been using a WordPress self-hosted blog since 2011 and I have learnt a ton since those early newbie days.

When I made the migration from Blogger to WordPress I shared a lessons learned posts, but some of my advice has changed since then, particularly my hosting recommendations.

I have also blogged about my favourite WordPress plugins but as I am continually re-evaluating my blog, it’s functionality and needs change over time. So I’m going to include my current favourite here. Some favourites remain the same and there are a few new ones.

Resources List

Hosting – Krystal Hosting

I moved over to Krystal six months ago and they have been brilliant. They are a UK-based hosting company, they are super-quick with any questions and have been incredibly helpful when I’ve made mistakes, crashed my site, or just can’t quite find the right button/option in my cpanel. Their rates are great value and I run five sites with them now.

Domain Registry – 123-Reg

I’ve used 123-reg for all my domains since 2011. Their control panel is really easy to navigate and the support documentation is really easy to follow.

WordPress Theme – Thesis

I invested in a premium theme from the beginning of my WordPress journey. After plenty of research into suitable themes I found that the free themes weren’t quite customisable enough for my needs. I have used Thesis theme since 2011 and found it really easy to use and adapt to my needs.

Plugins

There are thousands of useful plug-ins that make your blogging experience easier, more convenient and add great functionality to your blog. 

Smart Archives Reloaded – archives page – useful for neatly displaying your full archives on one page.

WordPress Editorial Calendar – visual drag and drop post calendar – my number one favourite plugin

Tweet Old Post – tweets through your archive – useful for sending twitter traffic to your older posts.

WordPress SEO – built-in seo guidance – this is a great tool for learning what makes a post optimised for search engines.

Nrelate Related Content – shares relevant posts underneath each post – much better than linkwithin in that it keeps traffic on your site and doesn’t redirect through their site. 

WP Smush.it – reduces files sizes of images – very useful if your blog is image heavy and you haven’t resized your images. This plugin does the hard work for you!

For more inspiration on plugins check out this super nifty site called PluginTable.

Past WordPress Posts

Blog Chat: WordPress vs. Blogger

My Fave Plugins

My Favourite WordPress Plugins

Welcome to WordPress

How to Move from Blogger to WordPress

Have you found a great WordPress plugin recently?

I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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5 Comments

  1. 16 January 2014 / 5:53 pm

    Ace! Thank you for the Smush it tip – in dire need of sorting my images : ) xx

    • 17 January 2014 / 3:43 pm

      I couldn’t believe the difference in space I saved after using it. Ooops! That was over three years of too-large images to resize.

  2. 17 January 2014 / 11:57 am

    I absolutely love WordPress Editorial Calendar. It’s helped me so much to organise and plan in my post to have regular content. Best plugin around!

    FoodNerd x

    http://www.foodnerd4life.com

  3. 19 January 2014 / 9:05 pm

    Thanks for the tips on plug-ins. I’m new to WordPress having just moved from Blogger and there are so many plug-ins to choose from! I’m currently Smushing my images.

  4. 21 January 2014 / 4:55 pm

    YES Archives. I was so excited to find that. Installing the others now!

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