WordPress.org without Plugins isn’t that powerful. Plugins have revolutionized the core system of WordPress. It is impossible to value WordPress without Plugins.
There are lots of things & features we can’t use on our WP blogs without Plugins. When we set up our blog & upload a theme then the next thing we do is activate some important & helpful plugins on it to make it SEO-Friendly, User-Friendly, add lots of new features & much more.
WordPress isn’t by default SEO-Friendly but you’ll need to make it for better result & ROI.
In this post, I’ve gathered some of my favorite & recommended free WordPress Plugins For every Webmaster & starter.
- Round Up Of Best Free WordPress Plugins
- 1:- iThemes Security(formerly Better WP Security)
- 2:- Yoast SEO
- 3:- W3 Total Cache
- 4:- Google Analytics Dashboard For WP
- 5:- JetPack By WordPress.com
- 6:- Contact Form 7
- 7:- UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore
- 8:- WP Smush – Image Optimization
- 9:- Broken Link Checker
- 10:- Shortcodes Ultimate
- 11:- ThirstyAffiliates
- 12:- WP-Optimize
- 13:- Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) by BestWebSoft
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Round Up Of Best Free WordPress Plugins
1:- iThemes Security(formerly Better WP Security)
As we know WordPress isn’t SEO-Friendly by default so in that way, this is also not secured by default but there is no doubt that you can secure it with your own hands & free of cost in no time.
iTheme Security plugin is a simple but very Powerful plugin that makes your wp blog secure using different ways & enables you to permanently ban users & hosts that try to log into your blog with wrong passwords & usernames.
2:- Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO or SEO By Yoast or WordPress SEO plugin is an essential & a recommended plugin for all the WordPress users. The plugin makes your site search engine friendly, tells the search engines whether or not your blog should be indexed, gives you text boxes to choose title & meta description for your blog, generates sitemaps for your blog by just click of a button, brings your .htaccess & robots.txt files under one editor & much more.
3:- W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is the superb plugin that decreases the loads time of your WP blog by installing & configuring it on your blog. The more your blog loads faster the more visitors & readers you’ll get & you’ll also see a great down in your bounce rate.
After setting up your blog, make sure to use one of the cache plugins such as w3 total cache, wp super cache & others.
This plugin brings the entire analytics dashboard from your google analytics account to your WordPress dashboard which you can easily check how much bounce rate is of your blog & how much visitors are currently viewing your blog.
Jetpack brings powerful features of WordPress.com to your self-hosted platform. The plugin is able to show share buttons on your blog, shares your blog posts to different social accounts, helps you track your visitors, secures your blog & much more features are also available.
The plugin is a must-have plugin & I recommend it for all the webmasters.
6:- Contact Form 7
Adding a contact page or form to your blog is very important. The contact form not only gives your visitors a way to contact you but you can also make your own custom style forms using the plugin.
Your blog data & databases are very important to you. There are many reasons you can lose your blog. So it’s very important to keep any backing up plugin on your blog to take backup of your entire blog & keep it safe.
The UpdraftPlus plugin does the same for you. At AndroidCoolTricks.com, we use this plugin & it has made the job quite easier for us. We can easily take backup of our entire blog & can keep it safe in different locations & sites such as DropBox.com, FTP Servers etc.
8:- WP Smush – Image Optimization
WP Smush is a powerful & must-have plugin for all the webmasters. The plugin reduces & optimizes the image sizes & makes your site loads faster than before which can help you get more visitors & more views.
Broken Link Checker is my favorite & a recommended plugin that tells & notifies you about dead links & images on your blog which can help you to resolve them or unlink them from your site.
10:- Shortcodes Ultimate
This fabulous plugin has a mega pack of shortcodes that enriches the quality & style of your blog by just adding some characters of shortcodes.
If you promote affiliate links on your blog then ThirstyAffiliates is a must-have plugin for you. The plugin makes your ugly affiliate links into small & quality links & makes your brand & blog more professional. Also, it shows you the analytics of your affiliate links.
WP-Optimize cleans & optimizes the entire database of your WordPress blog in no time & you can also make it run on a schedule base to clean your blog database.
Google Captcha plugin allows you to add google reCAPTCHA to your blog registration forms, login forms, comment forms & others.
If you want to get rid of Softwares & tools that try to register, login, comment on your blog then this plugin is a must-have plugin for the safety of your blog.
The plugins we mentioned above are quite useful that help you take your blog to the next level. We’ve compiled a very short list but you might be using others so share your ideas & comments in the comments below about the plugins mentioned above or those you’re using on your blog.
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