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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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                                  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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                                                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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                                                  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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                                                    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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                                                        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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                                                                      25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                                                      25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                                                      Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                                                      Or even better:

                                                                      What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                                                      You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                                                      Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                                                      How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                                                      The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                                                      In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                                                      • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                                                      • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                                                      • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                                                      As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                                                      Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                                                      Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                                                      But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                                                      his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                                                      5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                                                      Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                                                      But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                                                      1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                                                      2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                                                      3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                                                      4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                                                      5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                                                      Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                                                      There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                                                      • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                                                      • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                                                      • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                                                      • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                                                      Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                                                      With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                                                      25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                                                      Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                                                      1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                                                      If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                                                      2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                                                      If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                                                      If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                                                      3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                                                      Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                                                      =sum(

                                                                      …and then press F3.

                                                                      When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                                                      4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                                                      Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                                                      =match(

                                                                      …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                                                      When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                                                      But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                                                      5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                                                      If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                                                      • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                                                      • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                                                      • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                                                      • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                                                      • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                                                      6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                                                      By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                                                      The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                                                      For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                                                      A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                                                      7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                                                      When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                                                      8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                                                      When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                                                      9. Use filtering

                                                                      Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                                                      It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                                                      To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                                                      10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                                                      Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                                                      Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                                                      To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                                                      11. See formula results with F9

                                                                      If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                                                      Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                                                      12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                                                      If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                                                      13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                                                      Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                                                      =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                                                      =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                                                      14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                                                      Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                                                      =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                                                      =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                                                      15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                                                      TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                                                      16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                                                      In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                                                      17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                                                      When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                                                      And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                                                      18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                                                      If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                                                      19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                                                      Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                                                      You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                                                      20. Use data validation

                                                                      This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                                                      • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                                                      • Create drop-down lists;
                                                                      • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                                                      21. Use conditional formatting

                                                                      It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                                                      22. Use formula auditing

                                                                      This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                                                      The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                                                      23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                                                      Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                                                      It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                                                      24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                                                      INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                                                      25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                                                      OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                                                      The bottom line

                                                                      As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                                                      That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                                                      If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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