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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Best Free WordPress Plugins
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.
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.
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Social Warfare – Social Share Buttons – This is the social share plugin that I use for this website and startbloggingpros.com, and highly recommend it! It is very easy to use and works great on both desktop and mobile.
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.
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