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WordPress Blogging Tools – What we Use on A Magical Mess

Here is a list of WordPress blogging tools that we use on our blog. If you see something you like on our site, chances are good that it’s a plugin or other tool that I will list below. I will try to update this list as much as possible. If you are a blogger, you probably know that plugins are great until… they are not. So, sometimes a plugin that works well for a while, will eventually need a replacement. If you catch something on this list that’s not up to date, please let me know!

Wordpress Blogging Tools - What we Use on A Magical Mess

WordPress Blogging Tools – What we Use

Why am I telling all our secrets? Well, because to me, they are not secrets. If anyone messages me asking me what we use, I tell them. This just speeds things up. 😉

WordPress Theme and Hosting

We use Genesis themes from Studiopress. Our current child theme is Seasoned Pro.

As of May 2018, we are with BigScoots on a fully-managed WordPress package.

Writing Tools

Jaaxy for SEO keyword research. Tool we use to find competitive keywords for better chances at ranking in search engines.

SEMrush for deeper keyword research. See which keywords you rank for, positions in google, similar blogs, and so much more. We run site audits to help improve our blog, as well.

Grammarly to check our blog posts. Sometimes proofreading just isn’t enough!

Easy Product Displays for inserting products into blog posts in an organized way.

Photography Tools

Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for editing. Take this course to learn how to use Photoshop and Lightroom.

PicMonkey for quick photo edits and/or to add text to images.

Social Media Tools

Tailwind to schedule pins, join tribes, and manage our Pinterest account.

Missinglettr to trickle out posts on twitter and Google + for a year.

Camtasia for detailed videos. We now use Animoto instead of Magisto for a more affordable 1080 HD video option.

Gleam to run giveaways.

WordPress Plugins we Use

The ones that aren’t linked are free, and you can just type their names into the search bar in the add a new plugin section.

Akismet Anti-Spam – Filters spam. Pretty sure everyone has this.

Ad Inserter – Insert ads or images into blog posts. We use it for our disclosure image.

Cookie Consent – A must to be GDPR compliant.

ConvertKit – We use ConvertKit for our newsletter. The ConvertiKit plugin allows you to embed your subscription box into posts, pages, and widgets. If you have multiple newsletters, you can change the form on each post.

Frame Buster – Some traffic sources show your site in a frame. I don’t fully understand it, but when they do this, they block your ads and add their own. There are several reasons you want to block frames. This plugin still shows your site; it just stops the referrer from displaying it in their frame.

Genesis Simple Hooks – Easiest way to insert code when you use a Genesis theme.

Google Analyticator – Adds the script needed to enable Google Analytics.

Pretty Link Pro Developer Edition – Shorten, track, and share any URL. Create prettier and shorter links to share on social. You can add affiliate links and choose keywords. The plugin will add a link to those keywords throughout your blog. No need to go into every individual post to add links. Also, works for interlinking to your own blog posts. This is another nonnegotiable plugin for me — refuse to do without it.

Simple Social Icons – Displays our social icons with links.

Social Pug – Social sharing plugin.

WP Missed Schedule – Without this plugin, our scheduled posts usually do not publish when they are supposed to.

WP Recipe Maker – Recipe card plugin for all recipe posts. We are using the pro version.

Yoast SEO – Must have SEO plugin. Once we do our keyword research using Jaaxy, Yoast is the tool we use to make sure we use our keywords properly to help increase our chances of ranking in search engines.

There are the WordPress blogging tools we use to run our business. Feel free to ask questions!

Shafi Khan

Friday 15th of December 2017

I heard about Jaxxy for the first time and it looks like a neat tool for keyword research.

I use few of the tools mentioned in the list regularly while few are alienated for me. Thanks for the share.