WordPress doesn’t need any introduction as it is one of the most famous and leading Content Management System in web development. Myriad of WordPress plugins are being created by developers to enhance the usability and functionality of websites, such WordPress plugins empower users to optimize their websites rapidly and easily. What most people don’t realize about WordPress is just how much of it you can change – by implementing just a few simple plugins to your theme, you can basically create any kind of content-based website you’d like.
In this article, I have gathered 40 Free Must Have WordPress plugins for users which will help them to easily maintain their blogs and websites. If you are aware of some other best wordpress plugins which are useful for users, do let us know by commenting below in the comment section, we hope you find this list helpful. Enjoy !
1. Wordfence Security
Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security plugin that includes a firewall, anti-virus scanning, cellphone sign-in (two factor authentication), malicious URL scanning and live traffic including crawlers. Wordfence is the only WordPress security plugin that can verify and repair your core, theme and plugin files, even if you don’t have backups.
2. Better WP Security
Better WP Security takes the best WordPress security features and techniques and combines them in a single plugin thereby ensuring that as many security holes as possible are patched without having to worry about conflicting features or the possibility of missing anything on your site.
3. SEO Internal Links
SEO Internal Links plugin provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more configurable options. SEO Internal Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog. In case the plugin finds more of once the same word in a post, it will only change the first one. This is to avoid black seo and inconveniences to the users.
4. All in One SEO
All in One Seo Pack automatically optimizes your wordpress blog for search engine and provides google analytics support, advanced canonical urls, fine tune page navigational links, nonce security, and many more.
5. WordPress SEO by Yoast
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
6. W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
7. WP Super Cache
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
8. Auto Image Resizer
The “Auto Image Resizer” is a state of the art WordPress Plugin which reduces your uploaded images to the maximal used image dimensions of your WordPress website. If the uploaders (author, member, whoever) browsers supports HTML5, gears, flash or silverlight the images will be resized directly on the client otherwise the server will do that. So the plugin works in every case regardless of the clients browser or OS.
Hammy takes your regular content images (within posts and pages) and regenerates a number of smaller sized images. When a person visits your website, it then automatically provides them with the most appropriate image (or the smallest one possible). This makes for a better experience, especially on mobile. This uses the new WP 3.5 image code.
10. WP Smush.it
Smush.it offers an API that performs optimizing JPEG compression, converting certain GIFs to indexed PNGS, stripping the un-used colors from indexed images (except for stripping JPEG meta data) automatically, and this plugin seamlessly integrates Smush.it with WordPress.
11. Quick Chat
Quick Chat plugin supports private chat, chat rooms, avatars, user list, words filtering, smilies, caching plugins and more. Quick Chat is self hosted chat solution. This means that your chat messages are stored inside your local WordPress database and are totally under your control.
12. Zopim Live Chat
Zopim is an award winning chat solution that helps website owners to engage their visitors and convert customers into fans!
Sociable Skyscraper is the ultimate advanced and feature-packed plugin for setting up a rating system on your WordPress blog. This plugin allows you to set up different rating systems for posts, pages and comments with a great degree of customization.
14. Digg Digg
Digg Digg is useful wordpress plugin that help users to include different social networking buttons wordpress blogs. It supports almost all popular social sharing buttons with count, such as Twitter, Buffer, Facebook Share, Facebook Like, Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dZone, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Sphinn, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage and Serpd, Pinterest.
15. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
16. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs.
17. WP Google Analytics
18. Google Maps Widget
19. Disqus Comment System
Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.
20. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 allows you to flexibly design the form and mail. You can manage multiple contact forms as well. In addition, it supports many features including AJAX submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering, file uploading, etc.
21. WP Visual Pagination
WP Visual Pagination is an advanced pagination theme framework built on top of the popularWP PageNavi plugin pre-loaded professionally designed pagination themes. WP VisualPagination allows you create or customize simple CSS pagination themes or complex image based pagination themes.
Take your site down from public view with a click of a button hiding the site when you need to change a few things or run an upgrade, making it only accessible by login and password. There is also an area to add a custom message which will be shown to the users while your site is down. Users stay on the same page when they input wrong initials.
24. WP-DB Manager
Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.
This wordpress backup plugin (aka Backuper) allows you to backup your entire web hosting account using cPanel and the built-in backup feature. Some users will not be able to use this plugin (if your not using cPanel), we are very sorry about that but we have not been able to find a stable method to backup websites without cPanel.
27. jsDeliver: WordPress CDN
The official plugin of jsDelivr.com, a free public CDN. An easy way to integrate the service and speed up your website using our super fast CDN.
28. Clean Save
30. Easy Digital Downloads
Easy Digital Downloads is a complete e-commerce solution for selling digital products in a light, performant, and easy to use plugin. Rather that attempting to provide every feature under the sun, Easy Digital Downloads makes selling digital simple and complete by providing just the features you need.
31. Easy Table
Easy Table is a WordPress plugin that allow you to insert table in easy way. Why it’s easy? Because you don’t need to write any complicated HTML syntax. Note that this plugin is not a graphical user interface table generator, so you can simply type your table data directly in your post while you writing. No need to switch to another window nor click any toolbar button.
32. Limit Login Attempts
Limit the number of login attempts possible both through normal login as well as using auth cookies. By default WordPress allows unlimited login attempts either through the login page or by sending special cookies. This allows passwords (or hashes) to be brute-force cracked with relative ease. Limit Login Attempts blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible.
33. HTML5 jQuery Audio Player
This trendy looking music player lets you add a single audio track or a full playlist to your WordPress site using shortcode. You can customise the colours of the player, and also display ratings, album cover art, and buy/download link if needed. This audio player is different from others on offer because it works on all major browsers, both PC and Mac, and on mobile devices including iPhone/iPad. Plus it looks really cool!
34. TypeCase Web Fonts
Typecase makes working with web fonts on WordPress a glorious experience. With over 500 fonts from Google Web Fonts, Typecase is a unique and easy-to-use typography plugin that allows you to quickly browse, find, and select fonts to apply to your website.
35. Mini Twitter Feed
The plugin “mini Twitter feed” puts Twitter on your WordPress blog, you can add your tweets or the tweets from the folks you like, lists, queries. You can display up to 100 tweets within 7 days (limit set by Twitter’s Search API). It displays tweets from your feed or from the Twitter Search, from a list or from your favorite users. It is very flexible and modular.
36. Duda Mobile Website Builder
The DudaMobile WordPress plugin makes it incredibly easy to create a mobile-friendly version of your WordPress website. Fast, reliable and (most importantly) FREE, the DudaMobile plugin has tons of mobile templates to choose from and works with all WordPress themes! Your regular WordPress site won’t be affected in anyway.
StatComm (shortened from Stat/press Community) provides Realtime Statistics on your blog, collecting information about visitors, spiders, search keywords, feeds, browsers, OS and more. Once the plugin has been activated, it will immediately starts collecting information. StatComm provides many views to analyze the incoming users on your blog, and also spy tools to find out their procedence. For users of other StatPress plugins variations, it provides a well known feature set and information.
39. Easy Rotator
EasyRotator for WordPress helps you create beautiful, responsive photo rotators and sliders for your WordPress site in seconds. Add rotators to posts and pages, or add rotator widgets to your theme. Choose photos and set links, select a layout, make customizations, and everything else is handled for you. Photos can come from your local computer, your WordPress Media Library, or Featured Images of recent posts.
40. Wow Slider
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