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20 WordPress Plugins You Need To Make Your Blog Awesome

20 WordPress Plugins You Need To Make Your Blog Awesome

Great plugins are awesome. Great and free plugins are even more awesome. WordPress has a directory full of 34,000+. We went through all 34,000 and chose our top 20 WordPress plugins to make your blog awesome. You’re welcome.

For Backend Security & Analytics

1. Anit-spam

Avoid getting spam comments by using the Anti-spam plugin. The best part is your readers don’t have to type in captcha. Anti-spam believes that humans shouldn’t have to prove they’re human.

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    Anti-spam plugin page

    2. WordPress SEO by Yoast

    WordPress SEO helps you write better content. It forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere. This is the perfect plugin to boost your blog’s SEO.

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          3. Jetpack

          Jetpack gives you all the WordPress.com features for you to use on your self-hosted WordPress blog! It’s a quick and easy way for you to check your blog stats straight from your dashboard. It also gives you the option to allow email subscriptions for your blog’s posts and comments.

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            Jetpack plugin page

            4. GA Google Analytics

            This is a simple way to insert your tracking code to view your blog’s stats in your Google account.

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              GA Google Analytics Plugin Page

              5. Google Analytics Dashboard

              Google Analytics Dashboard gives you the ability to view your Google Analytics data in your WordPress dashboard. As long as your tracking code is inserted (via GA Google Analytics), you can see detailed analytics info and statistics such as number of visits, number of visitors, bounce rates, organic searches, pages per visit and more.

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                Google Analytics Dashboard

                For Productivity

                6. Editorial Calendar

                The amazing editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. Drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog!

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                  Editorial Calendar Plugin Page

                  7. Duplicate Post

                  The duplicate post plugin gives you the ability to clone a post or a page. This is very useful for posts or pages that you’d like formatted exactly the same. After cloning a page, you can just add content without having to format the page to match the others.

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                    Duplicate Post Plugin Page

                    8. Organize Series

                    The Organize Series WordPress Plugin helps with the organization and presentation of articles/posts you write as part of a series. It helps make it easier for readers of your blog to discover all the series you’ve written and also to easily find post that are part of the same series.

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                        Organize Series Plugin Page

                        9. CMS Page Tree View

                        CMS Page Tree View adds a tree overview of all your pages and custom posts to WordPress – much like the view often found in a page-focused CMS platfrom. Within this tree you can edit pages, view pages, add pages, search pages, and drag and drop pages to rearrange the order.

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                          CMS Tree Page View Plugin Page

                          10. PhotoDropper

                          PhotoDropper allows you to find and upload images into your content from within WordPress. The plugin contains millions of free & premium images. The best part is – you can find and upload images in just a few clicks, saving you a lot of precious time.

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                                  PhotoDropper Plugin Page

                                  For Engagement

                                  11. Wordpress Notification Bar

                                  Add a quick and easy sticky easy notification bar to your blog with the WordPress Notification Bar plugin. Prompt users to subscribe to your blog or make a purchase with a simple call-to-action button!

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                                      WordPress Notification Bar Plugin Page

                                      12. Click To Tweet

                                      Allow your audience to post your tweetworthy content to their Twitter timeline with the click of a button. ClickToTweet allows you to easily create tweetable content for your readers. Use pullquotes and custom messages inside the body of your blog post to highlight your content for the reader and make it simple for them to share on Twitter.

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                                          Click To Tweet Plugin Page

                                          13. PopupAlly

                                          PopupAlly allows you to create advanced popup signup forms in under 5 minutes, even if you don’t know code. PopupAlly’s visual editor allows you to customize the look-and-feel of your popups with an instant preview, saving you lots of time. This plugin also has a great exit-intent feature which means you can prompt a “But, wait! There’s more!” pop-up when users are about to leave your site. 

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                                            PopupAlly Plugin Page

                                            14. Related Posts

                                            Increase your readers’ engagement with your posts by adding Related Posts in the footer of your content. Automatically added Related Posts can increase your internal traffic up to 10%.

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                                                Related Posts Plugin Page

                                                15. Pay with a tweet

                                                This plugin allows your visitors to download files after publishing a tweet onto their Twitter account. Add “pay with a tweet” links easily with a simple shortcode. When a user pays for content with a tweet, you can recognize and engage with them through your social media.

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                                                  Pay With a Tweet Plugin Page

                                                  Social Sharing

                                                  16. Pinterest Hover Pin It Button

                                                  This is the official Pinterest Hover Pin It button for WordPress. This plugin enables a Pin It button over all of your images that are at least 120×120.

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                                                    Pinterest Hover Pin It Button Plugin Page

                                                    17. Social Share by AddtoAny

                                                    The WordPress sharing plugin to help people share, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, Reddit, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and well over 100 more sharing and social bookmarking sites. AddToAny’s customizable platform and social share icons let you optimize your site’s blog posts & pages for the best social sharing engagement.

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                                                        Social Share by AddtoAny Plugin Page

                                                        18. Simplified Social Share

                                                        Let users share your web contents on over 50 social networks resulting into drastic increase in referral traffic.

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                                                              Simple Social Share Plugin Page

                                                              19. Floating Social Media Icon

                                                              Link customized social icons to your social media profiles. The icons will appear at the bottom right of each page and will stay there even if a user scrolls the page, thus floating.

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                                                                20. Share by SumoMe

                                                                Add floating share buttons on the left side of your blog. Not only does SumoMe make it easy for your readers to share your content, but you can track what’s being shared the most and which social media platform people are using most frequently.

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                                                                      SumoMe Plugin Page

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                                                                      10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                                      10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                                      The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                                      Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                                      Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                                      In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                                      1. Cal Calendar

                                                                        Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                                                        The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                                                        Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                                        Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                                        What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                                        Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                                        Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                                        Available for iOS and Android

                                                                        2. Google Calendar

                                                                          Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                                          Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                                          Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                                          The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                                          Available for iOS and Android

                                                                          3. Jorte Calendar

                                                                            Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                                                            The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                                                            Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                                                            For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                                                            A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                                                            Available for iOS and Android

                                                                            4. Business Calendar

                                                                              Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                                              The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                                              You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                                              The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                                              Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                                              Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                                              Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                                              A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                                              Available for Android

                                                                              5. Calendar

                                                                                Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                                                A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                                                Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                                                Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                                                                6. aCalendar

                                                                                  aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                                                  Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                                                  Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                                                  When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                                                  Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                                                  The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                                                  The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                                                  Available for Android

                                                                                  7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                                                    DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                                                    With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                                                    Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                                                    The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                                                    Available for Android

                                                                                    8. SolCalendar

                                                                                      SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                                                      The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                                                      Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                                                      Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                                                      Available for Android

                                                                                      9. Today Calendar

                                                                                        Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                                                        The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                                        If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                                        Available for Android

                                                                                        10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                                                          Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                                                          Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                                                          The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                                                          This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                                                          If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                                                          At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                                                          Available for Android

                                                                                          Our Verdict

                                                                                          Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                                          Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                                          Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                                          The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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