However, with over 40,000 plugins available for download in the WordPress Plugin Directory itself, for a beginner, choosing the right WordPress plugin can be quiet a tough task. Also, as a beginner one may not want to spend too much money for buying required Plugins.
So in this guide am going to list out the Top Most Essential WordPress Plugins which are free to use.
1. WordPress SEO By Yoast Plugin
WordPress Seo By Yoast is one of the most downloaded WordPress plugin. It takes care of most of your On-Page SEO Optimization needs. Apart from this, it also generated XML sitemap for your blog and integrates the Google Search console to keep track of any 404 errors or other issues with your website
2. Jetpack by WordPress.com
Jetpack is one massive plugin developed by Automattic which contains 35 free modules within it to enhance your WordPress experience. You can always disable the modules which you do not require. The ones which I use at Bloggerz Arena are
- Jetpack Comments
- Contact Form
- Extra Sidebar Widgets
- Gravatar Hovercards
- Site Stats
For rest of the functions, I use different widgets which provide better functions than Jetpack corresponding Jetpack modules. You may however use Jetpack for everything.
With more than 1 Million Current Installations, Akismet is one of the most popular WordPress plugins. Akismet, filters out spam comments from good ones. It is very essential because a lot of people, in order to get back-links and more traffic, spam comments section in other blogs. If not moderated, it can drive your visitors to their blog increasing your bounce rate and in case you are using do-follow links, it can even lead to Google Penalizing your blog.
Akismet is by default downloaded along with a standard WordPress Installation, so you just have to activate it from the plugins option in your WordPress dashboard.
4. Contact Form 7
If you are not a fan of Jetpack’s contact form Widget, Contact Form 7 is a must download plugin for you. It is the most popular Contact form WordPress Plugin and is very simple to use. You can customize it the way you want. It also supports Akismet and CAPTCHA filtering.
5. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is one of the best Caching plugin for WordPress and is used by the likes of AT&T, Mashable, Yoast and mattcutts.com among others. You can drastically reduce your Page load times by tweaking advanced settings in W3 Total cache which includes browser, page, object & database caching, minfying CSS & JS and integrating Content Delivery System.
6.Limit Login Attempts
By default, WordPress allows unlimited login attempts. This makes your WordPress account prone to Brute Force attacks. As the name suggests, Limit Login Attempts limits the number of login attempts from an IP Address to a specified number and for a specified period of time. It also logs the IP address of the person who tried to break in to your account.
7. Copy Link
Whenever someone copies text from your blog for sharing through email or posting on Social websites,Copy Link plugin automatically adds a link to your blog post at the end of text thus creating easy links for you, to generate more traffic.
UpdraftPlus is the most popular WordPress Plugin for backing up data. It backs up your data to Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google drive and many more. Restoration too is very simple with a single click.
9.Advanced Most Recent Posts
Display most recent posts from selected categories or current category or all posts with thumbnail images (optional).
Enables Google Analytics on all pages.
11.Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
Quick Adsense offers a quicker & flexible way to insert Google Adsense or any Ads code into a blog post.
13.tagDiv Social Counter
Social counter for wordpress. Widget and visual composer block.
14.WP No Base Permalink
Removes category base or tag base (optional) from your category or tag permalinks and removes parents categories from your category permalinks (optional). Compatible with WPML Plugin and WordPress Multisite.
15.WPBakery Visual Composer
Drag and drop page builder for WordPress. Take full control over your WordPress site, build any layout you can imagine – no programming knowledge required.