Top Free WordPress Plugins That You Must Use
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. PirateForms (Best Free Contact Us Form Creator With Google reCaptcha)
Each and every website or blog must have the Contact Us option. It enables you to receive feedback and suggestions from your visitors, and it also gives you an opportunity to earn when an Advertiser contacts you. PirateForms plugin is one of the best WordPress plugins to create a customized Contact 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, mention title as “Contact Us” or anything you want and add the shortcode in the body of that page provided by PirateForms. However, don’t forget to customize it under the plugin’s settings. Read the step-by-step guide in this article: WordPress Plugin to Create Contact Us Form.
2. 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 the WordPress server. So Jetpack upload the images on WordPress server, and your hosting gets a 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, generate XML sitemap, allow visitors to comment using social media account, and there are much more to do with this.
3. 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 suggestions where you have done wrong, and what you should improve for better optimization.
4. 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. It also supports CDN if you use it as well as the preload mode. Visit this page, and read option number 2 for more information on this plugin
A must-have plugin for those who don’t have much knowledge about CSS, JAVA, etc.. This plugin helps you in the 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 follow point number 3 for more information on optimization.
6. Google Authenticator
If you want to save your website from hackers and bots, Google Authenticator is a must to have plugin. This plugin enables 2-step verification for your blog and anyone cannot log in until they put the code generated by Google Authenticator that refreshes every few seconds. You can read the detailed article on how to enable 2-step verification for WordPress blog.
7. Cookie Notice
There are times when you delete a post or page from your blog and that causes 404 error on your page and Google Search Console. You can avoid those error by redirecting those deleted posts’ URL to a relevant page or homepage. The Redirection plugin is free and gives you full control over redirection.
9. Ad Inserter
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? Ad Inserter is the solution for you. It supports almost all kind of ad tags from the various advertisers. Once you add the plugin, you can go to Settings option under WordPress Dashboard and click Ad Inserter option to check all its settings. Put the ad code and select the option where you want the ad to be displayed in the article, and save the settings. There are many ad slots and even customization option. You can also disable auto insertion and select the shortcode option to display certain ads only where the shortcode is placed. If this plugin makes you confused because of so many options, you can install “Quick Adsense” Plugin rather.
10. WP Edit
Note: You must be using WordPress Classic Editor to make this Plugin work.
WordPress editing comes with limited editing tools. If you want to do more with WordPress editing, you must install the 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 change text color, text background, text size, embedding videos or flash, selecting header between 1 to 6, selecting the inline content type, and there are many other features.
Some Optional Plugins to use situationally
11. Any Mobile Theme Switcher (If you want to use a different theme for Mobile Devices)
Do you want to use different themes for computer users and Mobile/Tablet users? Any Mobile Theme Switcher Plugin allows to Select Separate theme for mobile devices. It recognizes automatically when a smartphone user visits 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.
12. Google Language Translator (If needed)
Do you want 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 a widget on your blog’s sidebar, or you can add it at the top of the page implementing its shortcode 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 a comment. We will reply as soon as we can.