Readers often ask us what tools we use to manage and grow our WordPress blogs.
We have listed some of them in our WPBeginner Blueprint, but there are some more that we use on our different projects.
In this article, we’ll share our list of 40 useful blogging tools to manage and grow your blog.
Looking to Start a Blog?
Do you want to start your own WordPress blog? We know that it can be a daunting thought, especially if you’re not a techy expert. But you’re not alone.
At WPBeginner, we have helped over 370,000+ users start a blog. And you can too!
Simply work through our comprehensive step by step guide on how to start a WordPress blog. You don’t need any technical knowledge. We explain everything in plain English.
Once your blog is set up, go ahead and check out these powerful tools that will help you grow your blog.
With All in One SEO, you get an instant score for all your posts, pages, and website. This helps you see how you’re doing and it gives you a checklist of exactly how to improve your SEO.
Its built-in tools let you easily create XML sitemap, markup your pages for rich schema, optimize for local SEO, WooCommerce SEO, and more.
Plus, there’s a powerful Author SEO addon that will help you showcase your authority and expertise. This will make it easier for search engines to trust your content, resulting in higher rankings.
You can get started with the free version of All in One SEO. However, to access more powerful features like SEO revisions, redirection manager, internal linking assistant, and more, you need to upgrade to the premium version.
By default, WordPress allows you to showcase blog posts on your website’s homepage. SeedProd helps you quickly create on-demand landing pages for every occasion. Whether you want to launch a product, run a seasonal sale, capture new leads, or grow your email list.
It comes with pre-built templates that you can quickly customize using an intuitive drag and drop interface. This allows you to create stunningly professional pages without writing any code.
SeedProd works with any WordPress theme and it comes with special blocks like countdowns and call to action buttons, optin forms, and more. It also integrates with all top email marketing services, WooCommerce, and other essential WordPress plugins.
MonsterInsights is the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. It allows you to easily install Google Analytics on your site and see where your users are coming from and what they do on your site.
MonsterInsights shows you the data you need right within your WordPress admin area. Over 3 million sites use it to see important stats about their website traffic.
You can create special reports in MonsterInsights to see things like which categories or authors are most popular on your blog. You can also track affiliate link clicks, see real-time traffic stats, and make Google Analytics compliant with GDPR.
There’s also a free version of MonsterInsights you can use to get started.
ThirstyAffiliates is an affiliate link manager that allows you to easily add affiliate links, cloak links with pretty URLs, and auto-insert links for keywords.
For more details, check out our guide on how to add affiliate links in WordPress with ThirstyAffiliates.
Alternative: Pretty Links
Shared Counts gives you multiple button styles, and you can choose where to show the buttons (before or after the content or manually). You can also enable Shared Counts for custom post types.
Semrush helps you find competitive search data, so your blog can rank high for the right keywords. You can get insights into your competitors’ strategies in display advertising, organic and paid search, as well as link building.
Using all these tools from SEMRush can dramatically increase your website traffic. This means you will get more leads and more customers.
OptinMonster is the best WordPress lead generation tool. It allows you to add beautiful optin forms to your WordPress site and helps you get more subscribers. You can use it to create popups, slide-ins, floating bars, coupon wheels, and more.
OptinMonster comes with page level targeting, split testing, analytics, and Exit-Intent® technology which allows you to display a lightbox popup when a user is about to leave your website.
WPForms is the most beginner friendly contact form plugin for WordPress. This drag and drop online form builder allows you to easily create contact forms, email subscription forms, order forms, payment forms, and other types of online forms with just a few clicks.
We use WPForms on WPBeginner and all of our other sites. There’s a free WPForms Lite version available that comes with basic features and a Stripe integration for collecting online payments.
It is very beginner-friendly and at the same time powerful enough for experienced users.
It comes with a free email builder, hundreds of mobile-optimized email templates, marketing automation features, and more.
MemberPress is the best membership site plugin for WordPress. It lets you easily turn your website into a membership site. This allows you to lock content on your site so that only members can access it by paying either a one-off fee or a subscription.
PushEngage is a powerful push notification plugin for WordPress. It helps you to get more website traffic, boost user engagement, and ultimately make more money.
With push notifications, you can quickly and easily send out alerts to your site’s users. For instance, you could let them know that you’re running a sale. Here on WPBeginner, we find that push notifications get a higher click rate, engagement, and opt-in rate compared with our email newsletter.
You can get started with PushEngage’s free plan to send 30 campaigns to up to 200 subscribers per month.
By using RafflePress, you can incentivize actions like visiting your social media profiles, sharing posts, watching videos, and much more. Each time a user takes one of the actions you specify, they will get an entry into your prize draw.
Canva allows you to create beautiful graphic designs, edit images, and create posters, with a simple and intuitive drag and drop interface.
It is extremely easy to use to create things like featured images for your blog. Even beginners can create professional-looking graphics with Canva.
Buffer provides a better way to share your content across social media. It allows you to schedule and share your content across Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin from a single dashboard. You could plan your whole day’s tweets and status updates in one go.
See our guide on how to schedule WordPress posts for social media with BufferApp.
Smash Balloon has a set of social media feed plugins that let you easily bring your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube updates onto your website. This is a great way to keep your site fresh with new content.
Using Smash Balloon’s plugins lets you embed your actual social media posts on your site so users can interact with them. You can even create an Instagram shoppable feed to boost your eCommerce sales.
Grammarly is a powerful AI (artificial intelligence) editor for your website posts and pages. You can copy and paste content into the Grammarly website app. However, the easiest way to use Grammarly is to install the Grammarly Chrome extension.
As well as pointing out spelling mistakes, Grammarly will let you know about grammatical errors and stylistic mistakes. The basic version is free, but you may prefer the pro version for help with tone, formality level, and word choices.
MonsterInsights Headline Analyzer is a free tool that lets you optimize the headline for your blog post or landing page. It will give you a score out of 100 along with specific suggestions for improving your headline.
The headline analyzer also includes several helpful lists, such as the list of Power Words and Emotion Words. These can help you make your headlines extra compelling.
WPBeginner Keyword Generator is a free tool that can help you discover new keyword ideas to improve SEO and drive more traffic to your blog.
Simply enter your main topic keyword into the tool and it will instantly generate 300+ new keyword ideas from Google that you can download in a report.
WPBeginner also offers many other free, useful tools for your blog, including:
- Keyword Density Checker – Find the most optimized keywords in any content to fix over optimization. Or, discover the keywords your competitors are optimizing for.
- Blog Idea Generator – Instantly generate 250 new blog posts ideas based on the main topic keyword that you enter into the tool.
- Website SEO Analyzer – Performs an SEO audit of your site, finds critical errors, and provides a free SEO report to fix them.
- Email Signature Generator – Easily design a professional and customizable email signature to build your personal brand and promote your blog.
See the free business tools page to discover more free tools created by the WPBeginner team.
It crawls your website periodically and checks both internal and external links to ensure they’re working correctly, which is important for the user experience and SEO.
When broken links are found, you can quickly fix them right inside of the plugin, instead of having to update each individual post or page.
Formidable Forms is a powerful forms plugin for experienced WordPress users. It offers advanced functionality like the ability to create calculators on your site to help you gather more leads.
WPCode is a simple but very useful plugin. It lets you easily add code to the header, footer, and body sections for your site.
This is something you will often need to do when verifying your site with third-party tools. For example, many people use WPCode to add their Google AdSense code or Facebook pixel in WordPress.
Many WordPress tutorials will also ask you to add code snippets to your theme’s functions.php file. With WPCode, you can easily add custom code in WordPress, without editing that file.
The free version of WPCode has all of the features you need. The premium version offers advanced features like conversion pixels, code revisions, and more.
You can even set up scheduled backups, so your site will be backed up on a regular basis without you needing to do anything. It supports multisite installations of WordPress, lets you clone your website, and more.
There’s also a free version of Duplicator that you can use to get started.
Sucuri is a website monitoring and security service. It provides real time alerts for any suspicious activity on your website. It prevents malware from infecting your site. If your site is already infected, Sucuri can detect and remove malware.
Take a look at how Sucuri helped us block 450,000 WordPress attacks in 3 months.
WP Rocket is the best caching plugin for WordPress. It speeds up your site by storing copies of your website pages. These can be quickly shown to people who visit your site.
There are lots of useful features in WP Rocket, such as built-in lazy loading of images. This helps speed up your site even further, which is better for users and for your Google ranking.
Alternative: WP Super Cache
Uncanny Automator is a clever automation plugin that lets WordPress plugins and even different WordPress sites ‘talk’ to one another. For instance, you could use it to sell products on one site but create user accounts on another.
It works like Zapier, but for WordPress. Uncanny Automator is a fantastic way to automate repetitive tasks that would otherwise take a lot of time to handle.
ChatBot lets you create an automated chatbot on your website. This means users can get instant answers to their questions at any time, 24/7. It’s a much cheaper option than hiring extra support team members.
ChatBot is powered by AI (artificial intelligence). It integrates with your WordPress site and with live chat software so that the conversation can be easily transferred to a live person if needed.
LiveChat is the best live chat software on the market. It works seamlessly with your WordPress site. Your support team members can access the live chat through apps on their computer, tablet, or mobile device.
We use LiveChat on our eCommerce website. It’s very fast, works on all devices, and offers a great user experience. Make sure you use our LiveChat coupon to get 30% off your first payment.
Tailwind is a social media automation tool for Pinterest and Instagram. It lets you schedule 10 pins with a single click.
You also get Tailwind’s analytic tools to help you figure out what’s working best. That way, you can schedule your content for times when you will get more engagement.
To encourage conversations, you can add up-votes and down-votes, reward users with badges, allow social sharing for individual comments, show featured comments, and more.
WP Mail SMTP is a free plugin that allows you to easily send WordPress emails using any SMTP service provider. This replaces the default WordPress mail function and fixes the WordPress not sending email issue.
With WP Mail SMTP, you can ensure your important WordPress email notifications actually get delivered.
The free version connects with all popular SMTP service providers. WP Mail SMTP Pro comes with extra features like white glove setup, email logs, email tracking, and more.
Shutterstock is a huge stock photography library that lets you buy high-quality images to use on your website. It’s cheaper per image if you get a monthly subscription.
We use Shutterstock’s images here on WPBeginner. They have a wide range of vector graphics, photos, and much more.
Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) is Google’s set of connected tools. It includes Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Chat, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and more.
Many companies use Google Workspace as a key part of their systems. It’s suitable for even small companies as it’s priced per user.
Alternative: Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365)
The basic version of Asana is free and can be used by up to 15 teammates. This is a good option for individuals or small startups.
Camtasia is screen recording software available for Windows and Mac. It’s extremely useful for sites where you need to walk users through a process step by step.
With Camtasia, you can easily edit your videos, add graphics, animations, arrows, sounds, subtitles, and more.
LastPass is a password manager that stores all your passwords in a single secure vault. This means you can easily avoid the temptation to use insecure passwords, or to use the same password for multiple sites.
After installing LastPass, you can use it to autogenerate strong passwords and save them in just one click. Check out our guide on securely managing passwords for more details.
Google Trends is a free tool that lets you see what topics are popular on Google. You can compare different keywords to see the interest in them over time.
The ‘Trending Searches’ option gives you a real-time view of what people are most commonly searching for. This lets you create content that’s likely to get traffic. You can filter Google Trends by country, too.
Quora is a huge questions and answers website, and is a form of social network. Anyone can post a question and anyone can answer it.
You can drive traffic to your website by looking for relevant questions on Quora to answer. This helps you position yourself as an expert. Plus, if you see a question coming up frequently, that could make a good topic for a blog post.
Google Search Console was previously known as Google Webmaster Tools. It allows website owners to check how Google sees their website. You can see the most commonly used queries where your site appears.
It offers a comprehensive set of tools that show reports on duplicate titles, crawl errors, search queries, indexed content, and more. Take a look at our guide on adding your WordPress site to Google Search Console for help getting started.
BuzzSumo helps you analyze what content performs best for any topic or even for your competitors. You can find key influencers to promote your content, monitor your brand mentions, and so much more.
This tool is a must have for all serious bloggers. You can search for topics by region, language, time period, and more.
With Nextiva, you get lots of useful extras like a free local or toll-free number, call forwarding, custom greetings, text messages, online faxes, and much more.