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Best Free WordPress Plugins

As one of the most popular content management systems out there, WordPress is utilized by many people to handle everything website-wise. More than enough famous websites, from Time.com to the New York Observer, use WordPress, too.

But once you’ve decided what your website is going to look like, you’ve picked a theme, and you’ve even created a content calendar, you should install some plugins. Many are free WordPress plugins, but for others, you will have to pay. 

In today’s post, we’re looking at the best free WordPress plugins for blogs or websites. 

Must-have free WordPress plugins

  1. Jetpack

Jetpack is, without a doubt, one of the best free WordPress plugins out there. It’s been installed by more than four million users, after all. This tool comes with everything you might need from social sharing to statistics, and it helps you prevent any website attacks.

There are some features that you aren’t going to be able to benefit from if you decide to use just the free version. The paid one comes with daily backups, spam protection, as well as a variety of SEO tools. 

Best of all, Jetpack is made by WordPress and hosted on their server, so that’s one less thing to worry about in terms of your website functionality. 

  1. Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet is another great option, especially if you are worried about receiving spam comments on your site. Also a part of the category of free plugins for WordPress, Akismet is reliable and effective, and it has been downloaded more than 35 million times. 

Furthermore, it is relatively easy to install, and once you’ve set it all up, you don’t virtually have to do anything. The plugin works all on its own, but we’d still advise you to check your comments once in a while just to be sure that none have been wrongly marked as spam (when they were actually genuine). 

  1. WPForms

Everyone needs a contact form, but how should you go about things when creating one? If you don’t want to deal with too much hassle, WPForms is the right plugin for you. It’s user-friendly and powerful, and it simply lets you create forms by dragging and dropping the sections you need. 

You can then save templates that you can use for your future forms. There is no specific limit as to how many forms you can make with this plugin, so that’s one less thing to worry about. 

Plus, it even has built-in spam prevention. Naturally, there is a premium version available, and it gives you access to a variety of additional features that range from file uploads to multi-page forms. 

  1. MonsterInsights

There are a variety of WordPress free plugins that you can use to consult data about your site or blog, but none of them are as useful as this one. 

MonsterInsights is a plugin that gives you all of the Google Analytics data in your WordPress dashboard, which means that you don’t have to go in a different tab, log into Google Analytics, and then make your way through all of the confusing settings. 

The plugin lets you see detailed reports on your traffic and the way your website visitors interact with your content. There is a paid plan available and it costs just under $100, but you can also use the free version to get a taste of the basic features. 

  1. Google XML Sitemaps

Every website needs to have a sitemap submitted to the search engines that it needs to rank on. If you don’t regularly upload one, your ranking can suffer significantly, and the info that search engines can show can be too old. 

But having to remember to upload your sitemap to the Google Search Console on a regular basis can, in all honesty, be a bit of a hassle. If you can’t be bothered with dealing with this, there’s one easy way of fixing the problem — the Google XML Sitemap plugin. 

The plugin automatically creates a sitemap for all of the most important search engines that people use — from Google and Bing to Yahoo. It also lets you select some features that can allow the plugin to notify the search engines about any updates that you have made to your website. Google XML Sitemap saves you both time and effort. 

WordPress free plugins – Honorable mentions

It would be unfair to mention just 5 free WordPress plugins and leave it at that. There are lots of others, in different categories, and that can help you achieve a variety of things. 

Here are several examples:

  • Elementor
  • WooCommerce
  • TablePress
  • Envira Gallery
  • Broken Link Checker
  • MailChimp for WordPress
  • Autoptimize
  • Smush Image Compression and Optimization

 

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Craig Campbell

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