WordPress is the most prominent CMS platforms in the digital universe. It features unparalleled versatility and user-friendliness and has over 1600 themes and more than 40,000 plugins.
The website is also a platform for great storytelling, which in the current day and age is blogging. While the art of storytelling will take you far, it will not take you all the way.
Blogs these days, are not restricted to just storytelling. They do much more! What you need to come up is a selection of blogging tools. They address everything from alt tags in images to your publishing calendar.
You are empowered to create a visually striking, responsive, and SEO-friendly blog.
Here is a list of eight blogging tools that will boost your blog in 2017:
An Editorial Calendar
WordPress plugins are indispensable tools in a blogger’s arsenal. They work their magic regardless of your expertise and do not require knowledge of web development. One of the handy tools is certainly the Editorial Calendar.
As the name suggests, this plugin schedules all your posts. You are able to see the status of your content and manage posts from various contributors.
Systematizing content creation and publication in this fashion makes a huge difference and streamlines your activities.
WP-Optimize by xTraffic
Internal linking is one of the major tactics for enhancing a blog. Alas, bloggers often forget to link relevant posts. Then again, that is why we have tools like WP-Optimize: it automatically interlinks specific keywords to focused links, as well as the best individual blog posts. And whenever a particular keyword is used, the internal link to the relevant post is built in.
On top of that, the tool also adds alt tags and title attributes to images.
Comments that come from readers can sometimes overwhelm even the most seasoned bloggers.
Fortunately, tools like Postmatic Basic make your life easier and interactions way smoother. It replaces the conventional WordPress commenting system and enables visitors to read and comment on your posts directly from the inbox.
What’s more, this amazing plugin can dispatch blog posts to people in the form of nice, mobile-friendly HTML emails.
In this day and age, an image is worth a thousand words. However, finding the perfect photo can be a time and energy-consuming endeavor. The good news is that ImageInject does the heavy lifting for you.
In a nutshell, it searches the vast Pixabay and Flickr databases to pinpoint suitable creative commons photos that illustrate your topic. It also helps that the image maintenance plugin is quite easy to install and utilize.
There is a wide array of visual improvements that influence user experience. You can take advantage of the numerous themes, as well as tools in the league of Synoptic Web Designer.
With its help, bloggers are in a commanding position. They can spruce up different aspects of their websites, modify the overall aesthetics, and modify the gallery to look worthy of a graphic design studio.
It is even possible to alter the WP dashboard without any hassle and technological knowledge.
WordPress Distraction Free Writing
Writing is not a walk in the park, especially when distractions plague the creative process.
In case you are swamped with all the options and possibilities on the screen, check out Distraction Free Writing. This amazing tool is integrated straight into the WordPress Editor.
One can access it by simply clicking on the four-way arrow icon in the top right corner of a WP blog post.
The result is instant and impactful: everything that gets in the way of your writing disappears and you can finally focus.
Having a reader notify you of typos in your posts is a peculiar mixture of helpful and embarrassing.
Besides, typos are those little hurdles that undermine immersion and reader experience. So, why not summon technology to help you.
Grammarly can automatically check your text in MS Word or a browser.
Moreover, bloggers may copy and paste the article into the online grammar checker and see how it holds up in terms of grammar, spelling, style, punctuation, and sentence structure.
The synergy between social media and a blog is a power that can facilitate dazzling success.
The filament is a driving force behind it. It is a tool that helps you add a social share button to promote your new website and let the audience see your posts across the social landscape.
This instrument is also much more than that since it also has a host of other handy features. Its apps include Google Analytics tracking, all-in-one profiles, share highlighters, code management, and a MailChimp subscription form.
A blog is the crown jewel of an online persona, but it must be polished to fully shine. Thus, select your tools of the trade and take your blogging to a whole new level.
Fine-tune your website and allow smooth navigation and communication. Encourage visitors to leave more comments, come up with captivating content, and witness a flood of clicks, likes, visits, and shares coming your way.
Ultimately, you get the best of both worlds: you focus on the positive & important and deal with the tedious & draining.
Raul Harman’s is an IT consultant and a writer who has a great deal of experience about innovations in all digital technology aspects and online marketing. IoT and the world of mobile devices have been his focus in the previous years.
Raul is a passionate runner and adventure seeker. Every spare moment he loves to spend in nature. He is a regular contributor on Technivorz.