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Essential WordPress Plugins for Food Blogs

In this post, I’m showing you 15 Essential WordPress Plugins for Food Blogs, that make life and blogging easier! From site and image optimization to caching, backups, social icons, and SEO help – in this list you’ll find everything you need!

Essential WordPress Plugins for Food Blogs

This post is part of my Blogger Resources series. If you don’t have a food blog yet, head on over to my How To Start A Food Blog-page first.

Food Blogging can be quite a daunting task. And while WordPress definitely does make things easier, there are thousands of plugins out there. Keeping an overview can be quite hard.

Here are my favorite plugins that I can recommend and which I am using for my own blog. As things always change of course, I will be updating this post every now and then to keep you in the loop!

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I have used all of the products listed below and recommend them because they are helpful and are companies that I trust.

Broken Link Checker – Checks your site regularly for broken links and missing images. This helps with you with the maintenance of your blog.

WP Recipe Maker – This is the recipe plugin I’m using. Makes recipes formatting super easy!

Incoming Links – Lets you know which sites are linking to you.

ShortPixel Image Optimizer – Optimizes your images so the site loads faster! Signing up using this link will give you and me 100 free images per month!

Simple Social Icons – Displays your social media icons.

Social Pug – Social Share Buttons to increase shares and exposure.

UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – This plugin lets you back up your site’s files and database automatically. Saved me more than once!

Wordfence Security – Adds an anti-virus, firewall and malware scan to your site. Limit login attempts and see how many people wanted to log in on your site!

WordPress Editorial Calendar – You can schedule your posts in a calendar format. Adds so much more overview!

WP Rocket – Caches your site and improves site performance.

WP-SpamShield – Eliminates comment spam. I can’t remember when I had last seen a spam comment on my site.

Yoast SEO – Helps you with your site’s SEO and tells you exactly how to achieve the green light. Upgrade the plugin so that you can do site redirects as well!

Things to keep in mind. Having installed a lot of plugins can slow down your site, so only install the plugins you really need. Regularly check your plugins and deactivate and deinstall the ones you’re not using any longer.

I’d love to hear your favorite plugins for food blogs in the comments!

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Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Hi Bianca, really good list. Definitely social buttons, a bright theme that is simple but elegant and easy to read. Need a cache plugin to help regulate the site and then of course you need the xml sitemap. Thanks for sharing.

Naman Modi

Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

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