There are now hundreds of thousands of plugins available for your wordpress website and many of the best are free.
The following list showcases our pick of the 00 best free wordpress plugins , and includes plugins for SEO, security, performance and more.
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast
Yoast SEO (formerly known as WordPress SEO by Yoast) is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin that exists today for WordPress.org users. It incorporates everything from a snippet preview and page analysis functionality that helps you optimize your pages content, images titles, meta descriptions and more to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.
2. W3 Total Cache
The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed.
Recommended by web hosts like: Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost, MediaTemple, Go Daddy, Host Gator and countless more.
Trusted by countless companies like: AT&T, stevesouders.com, mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, yoast.com, kiss925.com, pearsonified.com, lockergnome.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, css-tricks.com and tens of thousands of others.
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.
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.
The Disqus for WordPress plugin seamlessly integrates using the Disqus API and by syncing with WordPress comments.
VaultPress is a real-time backup and security scanning service designed and built by Automattic, the same company that operates 25+ million sites on WordPress.com.
The VaultPress plugin provides the required functionality to backup and synchronize every post, comment, media file, revision and dashboard settings on our servers. To start safeguarding your site, you need to sign up for a VaultPress subscription.
ThirstyAffiliates empowers website owners with the tools they need to monetize their WordPress website with affiliate marketing.
It lets you administer your affiliate links, assists you with inserting them into your posts, pages and comments and gives you a central location in WordPress to manage all of your affiliate links.
ThirstyAffiliates will create pretty links from ugly affiliate links (aka link redirection or link cloaking) all the while giving you the double benefit of protecting your commissions from theft.
AdSanity is a light ad rotator plugin for WordPress. It allows the user to create and manage ads shown on a website as well as keep statistics on views and clicks though the following set of features:
- Add and manage local image-link ads or external network ads via the WordPress Dashboard
- Optionally set publish and end dates for ads
- Create and manage ad groups
- Insert ads or ad groups into the sidebar using included sidebar widgets
- Monitor views and clicks of ads (excludes some network ads)
- Quickly export custom view/click/ctr reports for advertisers
AdSanity was born from a need to find a simple and fast ad rotating plugin. Not being able to find a plugin that fit our needs, we built our own. We use a custom post type and WordPress core functions to keep the plugin fast. We avoided adding any tables to the database helping keep the impact light.
JetPack is yet another Automattic plugin, the developers of WordPress. The plugin is a combination of plugins and offers tons of different features related to the WordPress website.
Prime examples are parallax support, the spelling and grammar support, social-network posting and much more. It also offers email subscription and CDN service.
Anyone who is blogging for the first time should try the plugin as it offers all the major functionality in just one place.
8. iThemes Security
No security plugins until now. Well, here is one. iThemes Security(formally known as WP security) is a popular security plugin. It offers both basic and advanced features for protecting your website against hackers.
With a lot of websites being hacked each day, this plugin keeps everything intact and offers various functionality to combat hacking attempt by bots and hackers.
Few notable features of the plugin are 2-factor authentication, password expiration, strong password generation, user action logging and much more.
It also offers Google reCAPTCHA to protect against the spammers.
9. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
10. WP Smush
WP Smush strips hidden, bulky information from your images, reducing the file size without losing quality. The faster your site loads, the more Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines will like it.
If your top free plugins aren’t covered, tell us all about them in the comments.