5 Must have WordPress Plugins for Photo Blogging
Regular blogging needs a lots of efforts and also need a lots of research to generate a new blog post week after week to attract regular readers, it is not possible if you are not a full time blogger.
Photo Blogging is now a days is very popular and its comparatively easy to generate new blog post if you have a nice DSLR and a Wallpaper WordPress theme.
Wallpaper WordPress theme can help you to generate your Photo blog within few hours with its built in auto post after image upload plugin which can generate a new post for every uploaded image.
But these plugins can enhance the overall performance of your photo blog a lot, Please note that these WordPress plugins for Photo blogging are not in any specific order, You can install them in any order.
1. Force Thumbnail regenerate
As each theme display images in different format thus it is quite possible that they have some custom image size defined inside the theme code. Once a theme is activated it will create that custom image sizes for all the uploaded images but it does not automatically adjust the image sizes of the previously uploaded images.
When a custom image size is not available to WordPress engine then it pick up the largest size available and resize it via CSS at the run time. This way it consumes lots of bandwidth while rendering your webpage.
Force Thumbnail regenerate plugin will delete all the image thumbnail sizes that is not required by the current theme and will recreate all the image size which current theme required.
Extra Tip : You are advised to use this plugin at-least once after you changed the theme of your blog. Storing un-required images is a very bad idea for your service and site too.
2. SEO friendly Images
SEO Friendly Images WordPress SEO plugin automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.
ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your images to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match.
TITLE attribute play lesser role but is important for visitors as this text will automatically appear in the tooltip when mouse is over the image.
remember one thing very clearly – Improperly installed SEO friendly Image plugin can break your website SEO a lot.
Here is a checklist what to do
- The ideal setting for Alt tag is %name and %title for title tag
- Do not upload your images like DSC0023.jpg instead of that always provide a proper name to your image like ‘WordPress-Wallpaper-red-color.jpg’
- Try to reduce as many as bytes from your images as possible.
3. WP Smushit
Resize and optimize all of your images with the incredibly powerful and 100% free image smusher, brought to you by the superteam at WPMU DEV!
Now with image resizing! Set a max width and height and large images will scale down as they are being compressed.
Our servers do all the heavy lifting. Strip hidden bulky information from your images and reduce file size without losing quality.
Large image files may be slowing down your site without you even knowing it. WP Smush uses WPMU DEV’s super servers to quickly smush every single one of your images and cuts all the unnecessary data without slowing down your site.
4. Yoast SEO for Image Sitemap and all other SEO
We are using this plugin on almost every WordPress site to tell the entire major search engines what we are doing on this site and how they must consume the information from my site.
The plugin not only help you to concentrate how you should write a blog post but also help you to optimize your blog post as per the requirement of the SEO.
The purpose of introducing this plugin for photo blogging is totally different, most of the time photo bloggers are not so much tech savvy, Yoast SEO plugin will help them to verify their website on major search engine like Google, Bing, Yandex and alexa.
Besides verification the plugin will also generate different type of sitemap for the whole website, for photo blogging it is the media that must be consumed all the way.
4.1 How to submit sitemap on Google Webmasters
Since, we all are very well aware that WordPress is a blogging platform that generate all its pages from the database tables, thus it takes lots of time to query the information from the database and then assemble all its parts again and again to give you the same result.
W3 Total cache watch all these steps and save the most common information in a separate files on your server and on your computer using HTACCESS files and some other techniques. Thus the load on your server reduces a lots and your readers receive their desired information in less time.
Though there are lots of caching plugin available on the WordPress repository but none of them are as complete as w3 Total cache.
If you are new and want a complete Video Tutorial on W3 Total cache then follow this video on w3 Total cache by WpLearning Lab
Extra Tip : Less time is also a ranking factor in most of the search engines.
Bonus plugin : Bulk Image Up-loader
This plugin is not a part of standard WordPress plugin repository, we have specifically developed this plugin for our very own Wallpaper WordPress theme. Using this plugin a user can generate a full functional money making photo blog within few hours.
Few of you might be amazed that I have not added lazy load plugin and base 64 based Image rendering in this list, as these two are the part of all Wallpaper Themes thus removed these two plugins from this list. I am very much sure these WordPress plugin for Photo Blogging will enhance your Photo Blog a lot.
Do you have any other plugin? Do not hesitate to share with us