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WordPress Plugins and Tools

You’ve got the bones of your site going but when you really want to shine it up and make it super slick and user-friendly, these are our fave tools to do just that. There are plugins to easily generate nutrition info for your recipes, compress your photos for faster loading while still looking delicious and amazing, tools to help make your site easy to search, and more. It’s a win-win for yourself and your audience!

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 use all of the products listed below and recommend them because they are companies that I have found helpful and trustworthy.

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Tasty Recipes

This is the WordPress plugin we use to enter our recipes. It’s easy to use and helps readers find our recipes on both Pinterest and Google. Bonus – our sister site WP Tasty makes, sells, and supports this plugin – as well as Tasty Links and Tasty Pins, which we mention below!

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Tasty Pins

The Tasty Pins plugin helps us to optimize our images for Pinterest. We can add a Pinterest description to our images, easily add a long pin to a post, and disable pinning any images that we don’t love for Pinterest.

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Nutrifox

Nutrifox is the nutrition label generator we use for all our recipes. It works hand-in-hand with Tasty Recipes – all you need to do is enter all your ingredients and copy and paste a simple code into the recipe card to generate the label. Nutrifox is created and supported by the awesome Food Blogger Pro team!

Tasty Links

This is the WordPress plugin we use to making linking more efficient – especially when it comes to affiliate links. All we need to do is type in a word, and it will add an affiliate link to it anywhere on the blog. Super easy!

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Yoast SEO

Yoast is one of the most essential plugins we use on Pinch of Yum. It helps ensure that we’re checking all the SEO boxes for recipes, and that they’re optimized for Google and social media in an easy-to-use format.

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Akismet

Spam comments stink! Akismet is a like a comment guard, making sure that no spamming comments get through to your site.

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AdThrive

We utilize AdThrive to manage all the ads you see on Pinch of Yum – from setting them up to managing ad income. They have excellent customer service and help us ensure we’re optimizing our ad traffic.

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Cloudflare

Cloudflare helps keep things running smoothly and keeps the site safe from not-so-nice, malicious activity.

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CoSchedule

We are a small (and mighty!) team here at Pinch of Yum, but that doesn’t mean we don’t value good organization. We use CoSchedule as our editorial calendar, as a way to publish to different social channels, and for sharing projects with the team.

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OneSignal

OneSignal makes it slick for users to opt-in to browser notifications for new recipes, seasonal content, and to introduce new readers to Pinch of Yum content.

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We love using Pretty Links to make a long, jumbly link into a…well…a pretty link. It makes things a breeze for social media, email, redirects, and affiliate links.

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ShortPixel

We turn to ShortPixel for help compressing and optimizing our images. With optimized images, webpages load faster while keeping crisp, delicious-looking pictures on Pinch of Yum for you to scroll through.

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Public Post Preview

Public Post Preview makes things easy for letting others outside of our team preview a post before it goes live. Super handy for using this for partnerships to give a brand a look into how we’re going to make their product shine before hitting publish.

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OptinMonster

We use OptinMonster primarily for exit intent pop-ups – for example, when you are about to exit Pinch of Yum, a pop-up will appear to ask if you want to receive the best of the best content through our curated email series.

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Ninja Forms

When a reader drops us a note through our contact form or a brand wants to get in touch, we use Ninja Forms to send back an automated response. This plugin makes things super simple and lets the user know we’ll be following up soon.

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Slickstream

We use Slickstream to help readers search for, discover, and engage with Pinch of Yum content. You’ll see little heart icons in the bottom corner of the screen and embedded Instagram stories into posts – that’s all this shiny plugin!

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Jetpack

Jetpack is like a multitool everyone needs in their toolbox. It keeps Pinch of Yum safe and secure, helps with design, and lets readers have a great experience through faster load times.

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VaultPress

We have more than 1000 (!!) posts and pages on Pinch of Yum and we would cry big tears if we lost anything. That’s where VaultPress has been incredibly handy. If we were to lose anything on the site, VaultPress helps us recover any losses and get back up and running.