As far as blogging is concerned WordPress is the best platform for anyone with less or without any web development knowledge. WordPress is an open source project, and anyone can start running a blog or website quickly. WordPress comes with many customization options; changing blog view with various paid and free themes, adding widgets, serving ads, and there are so many plugins that can be used for various purpose. So today we will talk about some best WordPress plugins that you can add on your blog.
Best Free WordPress Plugins for your websites or blogs
1. Clef Two-Factor Authentication
Clef Plugins enable you to make your WordPress blog passwordless login. You will require to have a smartphone, and every time you login, you need to scan with Clef app installed on your smartphone. So it works like two factor authentication where anyone cannot login without the smartphone. Please read our article about Clef to understand it well.
2. PirateForms (Best Free Contact Us Form Creator)
Each and every website or blog must have Contact Us option. It enables you to receive feedbacks and suggestions from your visitors, and it also gives you an opportunity to earn when an Advertiser contacts you. PirateForms plugin is the one of the best WordPress plugins to create a customized contacts us form with Google reCaptcha code to prevent spam contacts. Once the plugin is added to your WordPress blog, you can simply add a new page Writing Title as “Contact Us” or anything your want, and add short code code in the body of that page. However, don’t forget to customize from its plugin settings. Read step-by-step guide in this article : WordPress Plugin to Create Contact Us Form.
3. JetPack by WordPress
JetPack is the best WordPress plugin that you can’t live without. It makes your sites faster once you activate to load images from WordPress server. So Jetpack upload the images on WordPress server, and your hosting gets lesser load, and that makes your website faster. Apart from this features it has many other features, like adding social sharing icon, sharing your post on social media automatically, Switching your website to a Mobile Compatible device when it is being browsed via Mobile, adding related posts, creating short links, creating image gallery, and there are much more to do with this.
4. Disqus Comment System
If you want to use the best WordPress plugin for comment, Disqus Comment System is the solution. It is the most popular comment plugin that is used by so many bloggers on their blogs. Users won’t require to create and account and follow so many procedure to comment on your website. One Disqus account allow them to post comments on all websites and blogs those use Disqus plugin.
5. WP Edit
WordPress editing comes with a limited editing tools. If you want to do more with WordPress editing, you must install WP Edit. Once installed, go to WP Edit settings and add more tools to WordPress editing by dragging and dropping them, and save. It allows to do many stuffs, like adding paragraph, header 1,2–6, changing text color, adding emotions, Changing text size, embedding videos, and there are many other features.
6. Yoast SEO
Along with writing and publishing article, you should also take care of your writing strategy. Search Engine Optimization is very important for any blog or website. Yoast SEO is one of the best WordPress Plugins that allows to target Keyword, add search engine friendly title and meta description etc.. It also gives you suggestion where you have done wrong, and what you should improve for better optimization.
7. Quick Adsense
Having trouble serving ads on your blog Or you don’t know where to put the ad tag to show the ad in the middle/end/start of each and every article? Quick Adsense is the solution for you. Don’t judge it by its name. Along with Google Adsense, it supports almost all kind of tags from various advertiser. Its job is to implement the code without considering it is from Adsense or some other advertisers. Once you add the plugin, you can go to Quick Adsense Settings, and put the ad code, where you want the ad to be displayed in the article, and save the settings.
A must have plugin for those who don’t have knowledge about CSS, JAVA etc.. This plugins help you in optimization of CSS, JAVA and HTM codes that can improve the website performance, and will also decrease the load time. Please read this article, and check point number 3 for more information on optimization.
9. WP Super Cache
I have tested many caching plugins, but I like WP Super Cache very much. This is the easiest caching plugin you can find for WordPress. Just install the plugin, and go to its settings, and activate. There isn’t much to do, and it serves its purpose very well. Visit this page, and read option number 2 for more information on this plugin
10. EWWW Image Optimizer
If you deal with a lot of images and want to optimize them to improve website performance, EWWW Image Optimizer is the plugin need. This plugin optimizes images and reduce their size to make them load faster on web pages. After installing the plugin, it will optimize all the images automatically when you upload to your website or blog. You can also choose to optimize all the existing images.
11. Google XML Sitemaps
Creating an XML sitemap is very necessary if you want Google and other search engine to index your website properly. Google XML Sitemaps let you create Sitemap for your blog quickly, and then you can submit the Sitemap URL to Google, Bing and other Webmaster tools.
12. External Links
This plugin let you manage external or outbound links. You can choose to make all external links No Follow, and it also allows to add exception domains or subdomains. Along with making link No Follow or Do Follow, you also can manage their behavior, like opening the link in the same window or a separate window, convert text URLs to a link automatically etc..
13. AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages)
If you are not using AMP, you are missing a lot of traffic driven by Mobile Devices. Google has recently implemented this in its Search Engine as well as Webmaster Tool. All you have to do is install the Plugin to your WordPress blog and activate it, and you are done. If you haven’t still setup AMP for your WordPress blog, please read this article; How to setup AMP Pages.
14. Facebook Instant Articles & Google AMP Pages by PageFrog (Ads and Customization for AMP)
The name is quite long, isn’t it? However, this plugin is very useful if you have already setup AMP pages. AMP plugin doesn’t let you serve ads or customize the page, so you can use this plugin that let you customize AMP pages, add logo and serve Adsense Ads on AMP Pages. If you are receiving error notification from Google about AMP page, this plugin will fix it automatically. Need More information on AMP Pages Ads?
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16. Any Mobile Theme Switcher
Do you want to add two separate themes for computer users and Mobile/Tablet users? Any Mobile Theme Switcher Plugin allows to Select Separate theme for desktop view and mobile view. It recognizes automatically when a smartphone user visiting your blog, and changes the view according to the theme you have selected. There is no need to use this plugin if you are using a WordPress theme that is already optimized for mobile devices.
17. Publish to Apple News
FlipBoard used to be very popular news app that you could find on many Android and and iOS devices. However, many iPhone and iPad users have now switched to Apple news, because it’s a native application, and well optimized for iOS devices. So you should not miss a chance to get your content published on Apple News. If you face any trouble you can read our article how to publish your content Apple News.
18. Simple Page Sidebars (If Needed)
By default WordPress comes with the option to add widgets on your blog, but there are some WordPress themes that creates trouble. When you apply such themes, Widget option gets disappear automatically, and you won’t get it unless you change the theme. However, in such situation, you can add Simple Page Sidebars plugin to enable the Widget back.
19. Google Language Translator (If needed)
Do you want the visitors around the world to read your content? Google Language Translator plugin is what you are looking for. There is no software or plugin in the world that translate any language perfectly, but visitors can at least understand what the content is about. This plugin can be added as widget on your blog’s sidebar, or you can add it at the top of the page implementing its short code to WordPress theme code/file.
We have informed you some of the best WordPress plugins that users must have installed on their blog (depending on their usage). However, if you need a WordPress Plugin for any specific purpose, please let us know in comment. We will reply as soon as we can.