Must Free Plugins For Your WordPress Blog
If you are looking for the best free WordPress plugins which will help you to grow your blog we have an answer for you.
Around 57000+ official free WordPress plugins are available, and the tough part is to select the best ones.
In addition to available free plugins, there is the same number of commercial plugins available from third-party developers.
In this article, I will cover the best essential free plugins that are required for every blogger.
By the way to increase the speed of your WordPress these 18 simple steps to be done after installing WordPress.
What is a plugin:
A plugin is a software that adds extra functionality to your blog/website without changing the existing features.
For example, a plugin will help you to restrict spam comments in your blog without adding any code.
You can install/uninstall a plugin right from your dashboard. You can even download and install third-party plugins.
This is going to be a list of top free WordPress plugins which I use of this website.
If you are not sure how to install a plugin please check our article on starting a blog.
How to choose a free plugin:
Any plugin that you choose normally finishes the task but you need to check for quality.
While choosing the plugin of your choice ask yourself, number of downloads, the latest revision, support availability, and rating.
It’s important to choose wisely which ones fit for you as most of these plugins are free we can not expect support.
Best free WordPress plugins
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WPForms Lite is one of the best WordPress plugins which will help for every WordPress beginner to create a contact form.
It has a drag-and-drop interface feature which helps you to design your own contact form.
The best part is pre-build templates are available which you can edit easily.
This plugin does not limit to just having a contact form but also includes order forms, donation forms, survey forms, etc.
Once you finish designing your form you can embed it in any place.
MonsterInsights plugin helps you to connect with Google Analytics right from your WordPress dashboard.
By using this plugin you can keep track of the number of visitors to your blog, number of page views, bounce rate, etc.
You can even get all these data from Google Analytics but you can not track all user interactions.
For example, if you can afford for the pro version you will have access to user behavior like form submissions, download tracking, eCommerce transactions etc.
Yoast SEO is an awesome plugin that helps you in creating search engine friendly content.
This plugin plays a major role in structuring your posts. For example, it helps you to add a meta description, a title for the page, etc.
It has features to improve your ranking on search engine results and bring more traffic to your blog/website.
This plugin constantly checks your content and suggests you with possible improvements.
Our recent article about On-Page SEO can be useful for you to improve your ranking.
Pretty Links help you to create customized URL link the way you like using your own domain name.
It helps you to track each hit your visitors made using these customized links.
For example, your URL will look like this after customizing ‘www.yourwebsite.com/ref/product_name’.
Mainly used for creating customized affiliate links.
Antispam Bee blocks spam comments and e-mails admin immediately.
Beautiful plugin to stop spam comments.
One day I got roughly about 120 spam comments and this plugin helped to filter the comments.
All of them are identified as spam by this plugin and it saved a lot of time.
Easy Table of Contents
Easy Table of Contents allows you to create a table of contents for your posts and pages.
By using headers it automatically generates a table of contents.
For example, you can specify which headings (h1, h2, and h3) are to be displayed as a table.
All In One WP Security & Firewall
All In One WP Security & Firewall reduces security risks by applying WordPress recommended techniques and security practices.
Security features that this plugin provides are endless few to list backup functionality, security scanner, file system security, etc
EWWW Image Optimizer
EWWW Image Optimizer by optimizing your images on WordPress this plugin helps to increase page speeds.
The best feature that’s available in this plugin is it automatically optimizes any new images that are uploaded. There is no need to optimizes newly uploaded images.
Inline Related Posts
Inline Related Posts plugin helps you to place related posts information in attractive boxes within your content.
This helps to reduce bounce and increase your visitor engagement with your blog/website.
Link Whisper Free
Link Whisper Free suggests you contextual internal links which will enable you to link your previous posts easier.
Depending on the number of posts you have link whisper suggests you for internal links.
You need to copy the suggested link and paste at the desired place where suggested.
WordPress Social Sharing Plugin – Social Warfare
WordPress Social Sharing Plugin – Social Warfare is a user-friendly plugin which helps you to get more social shares.
Social warfare plugin carefully designed to give user-friendly look and best speed.
You can choose most of the top social sharing buttons using this plugin and also you can show up buttons the way you like.
WP Revisions Control
WP Revisions Control plugin helps you to limit the number of revisions that are stored.
Every time you press save in WordPress a revision is stored and every in 60 seconds your WordPress saves a revision automatically.
Imagine how many post revisions are stored before you finish writing a post and how much space it consumes.
So you need to control the number of revisions that are allowed before you finish you’re editing.
12 Must-Have WordPress Plugins
When I started my blog I was totally now sure on what are the most essential free WordPress plugins that I need to keep my blog run smoothly.
Now you have a list of free essential plugins that improve optimization and thus increases your SEO.
If you still in confusion on which platform to choose for blogging either WordPress.com or WordPress.org our post will clear all your questions.