There’s some debate as to how many WordPress plugins to use on your blog.
Some say that a just a few is fine, and to limit your plugins to just a handful. Then, there are others that say use as many as you want, but make sure they’re well-written and good quality.
My stance is that you have to decide what you want to achieve with your plugins. I agree that having less is easier to maintain, but as long as they’re written well, having more is not a bad thing.
What type of functionality do you want your blog to have through the use of plugins?
One of the most important types of plugins to incorporate on your blog is social media sharing. If you only run one plugin, make it a social one. The reason? Social media is essential to any blog’s growth potential. It can significantly decrease the time that it takes to get your blog noticed.
Another plugin that may be useful to you is an analytical one. By tracking where your traffic comes from, you can then target your promotion in that area. Focus your promotion strategies in the areas where you’re already getting traffic. You’ll soon find that your traffic statistics will start to steadily increase.
Do you want to set up a store, an affiliate program, prevent spam comments?
All of these things are accomplished through plugins. Read through the descriptions of the plugins you want to install. There are plugins available from different authors and each author writes programs a little differently. Find ones that you can incorporate seamlessly into your present design, but are simple and easy to configure.
It’s also important to set up your widget section to give your blog extra functionality or advertising. Use this section to incorporate an email sign-up or advertise your products.