Last updated on July 31st, 2018
Best Free WordPress Plugins
The best free WordPress plugins, which I install on all of my websites, are listed here!
One of the many great things about blogging with WordPress is that you have access to so many great plugins. Plugins are like apps that you install on your site to improve its functions.
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These are the best free WordPress plugins that I use most and recommend to anyone starting a blog.
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Read on to see the best free WordPress Plugins that offer SEO, design, social share buttons & more.
Best Free WordPress Plugins For Your Blog
Yoast SEO – Yoast makes setting up SEO (Search Engine Optimization) on your website super easy. It suggests ways to improve your posts so that you rank higher in search engines like Google – aka so you can be found online and gain more readers.
JetPack – JetPack may be one of the best free plugins out there, as it combines several must-have blog features that you would normally have to pay for elsewhere. JetPack offers analytics, anti-spam & security, social share buttons, and so much more.
W3 Total Cache – Cache plugins are used to speed up your site. This one is great because it saves a static HTML version of your website, instead of generating pages one by one. This takes less strain on your server, creating a faster more user-friendly site, and ultimately better search rankings.
Broken Link Checker – Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies via email if any are found. Crucial for affiliate links!
Bamboo Columns – The easiest way to line up images and other content in columns, instead of having to created HTML tables. This plugin provides several shortcodes for organizing your content into multi-column layouts. It supports two, three and four column layouts and allows for content to span multiple columns if required.
Instagram Feed – Easily add your live Instagram feed to any page or post without any coding. Here’s what it looks like with mine:
Pretty Links – Pretty Links enables you to shorten links using your own domain name (as opposed to using tinyurl.com, bit.ly, or any other link shrinking service)! In addition to creating clean links, Pretty Links tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, os and host. Pretty Links is a killer plugin for people who want to clean up their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, their links on Twitter to come from their own domain, or generally increase the reach of their website by spreading these links on forums or comments on other blogs.
AddToAny Social Share & Follow Buttons – Use this to add a floating bar of share buttons. It is clean and out of the way, yet impossible to miss at the same time. Exactly what share buttons should be!
With AddToAny your readers can easily share your content across pretty much every social network – which is awesome! Plus with simple tweaks, you can customize the look of the buttons however you like.
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Mashshare Share Buttons – This is what I use for my FB Share, Twitter Tweet, and Toolkit Access buttons at the bottom of every post. What I love about this plugin, is that in addition to these share buttons. Similar to Yoast, Mashshare allows you to input images and keywords for each post as you’d like it to appear when shared on Facebook and Twitter, but also Pinterest. They have a handy site for tips on how to customize the buttons to suit your brand – Here
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UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – Backing up your site is a must, and this free service allows you to backup and store the files to a storage app of your choosing such as Google Docs, Dropbox and more.
Coming Soon by Supsystic – While you are working on your website, its good to have a ‘coming soon’ page that visitors can see and interact with before you go live with your finished site. I used this plugin to have an image and a ‘subscribe’ box up on many of my sites before I was ready to launch.
Easy Google Fonts – A simple and easy way to add custom google fonts to any WordPress theme without coding. This plugin integrates with the WordPress Customizer (under a tab called ‘Typography’) so you can preview Google Fonts on your site in real-time.