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When you’re new to WordPress you may not know where to start or what plugins will be beneficial to your website. In this post I’m sharing 10 free plugins that I think every WordPress site should have (or consider using).
There are many SEO plugins out there to improve the searchability of your website, but Yoast’s is probably one of the best. It is chock full of features, easy to use, and will make your blog’s SEO much better.
If your website isn’t loading as quickly as you’d like, this is a highly rated free plugin to add caching to your website. It’s very easy to setup as you just need to check some boxes and go! It pairs well with the Autopimize plugin.
3. Ninja Forms
I was an avid user of Contact Form 7 for years but after having some trouble with it I’ve switched to Ninja Forms and never looked back! If you’ve ever used Gravity Forms (a premium plugin) it’s very similar and easy to use.
This plugin is super important because it will take backups of your website (even automatically) so you never have to worry about losing your content or your website going down forever.
This plugin should be one of the first you install with a new WordPress site. Chock full of features but important for any blog; keep out hackers, back up your website, and ensure everything stays secure.
Autoptimize helps speed up your website by compressing scripts and code and minifying them so your files are smaller. This plugin works great in conjunction with caching plugins.
This is my absolute favorite page builder for WordPress and makes designing your pages or posts super easy! If you want even more features and the ability to design your theme, Elementor Pro is completely worth the investment.
A WordPress standard that not everyone takes advantage of. You do need a free API key but you’ll make use of it because you don’t need spam ruining your lovely comments.
A really effective plugin that cleans up your databases, deletes spam, and basically takes out the trash. Not only is it a piece of cake to use, it can be set up to run weekly.
10. TinyMCE Advanced
TinyMCE adds a ton more editing tools to your visual editor on WordPress so you can customize your posts and pages even more. It works alongside the Gutenberg editor as well!