Top 9 FREE Best WORDPRESS Plugins for your site (2021)

Hello and Welcome to my blog guys. Today I have the list of the most amazing and the most essential plugins that will make your wordpress sites 10 times better. If you read this blog till the end then I can guarantee that you will install 4-5 of my recommended plugins. Earlier I ask to use Wp-rocket as my speed plugin. It’s a paid plugin out there. It’s a super amazing plugin and it is super easy to configure. All you have to do is upload it, install it and it will make your website ultra fast.

1- SG Optimizer

Recently i had shifted to SG Optimizer, it’s a free plugin provided already by the siteground hosting. So if you are already using siteground hosting you can install this plugin. You can see it here i have already install edit on my website. It has all the functionality that a good speed plugin should have, it has as you can see all the image optimization for the front end optimization i have minify, HTML, JAVA Script, minify CSS all the options are enable this is making my website extremely fast. If you don’t have the siteground hosting or you don’t have the money to invest in wp rocket then you can go for W3 Total Cache. It’s a very popular speed plugin out there in the wordpress plugin department. So once you install it just play with the settings or watch youtube tutorial on how to configure it and your website will be extremely fast. So having a speed plugin is a mandatory requirement. If I must tell you the faster your website the better SEO for your website. The faster your website is more traffic you will be able to drive because people will be happy with your website and google also prefer a fast loading website so I highly recommend a speed plugin. Just a side note, whenever you are installing a speed plugin and whenever you are enabling the options such as minify, the html, minifythe JAVA Script and combine CSS whenever you are enabling any option just make sure you open your site because sometime what happen is that website behave abnormally to certain settings. So just make sure you enable setting one by one and then see the response of your website if everything is loading fine then its working perfectly.

2- Updraft Plus

The next extremely important plugin every wordpress website owner should have is a backup plugin and the plugin i use for creating backup of my website is Updraft Plus. This is a free plugin again, it has a pro version but even its basic free version is more than enough. Now if you are using a siteground hosting like me then the siteground hosting it selfs takes a regular backup of your website on a daily basis. So you don’t have to worry about backup but just for precaution i also take manual backups using this updraftplus plugin. It is one the most popular plugin one it comes to backup as you can see the 5star rating here. 2.879 votes of 5stars rating. It is a very popular plugin and so many wordpress website are using it and the plugin deserves applause because it have so many amazing features the best part is that you can schedule your backup and you don’t have to do it manually and you can store your backups from Google drive, Amazon S3 server or even by the membership of updraftvault and you can store your backups there.

3- WP Smush

Just like I told you earlier that the website speed matters a lot and one other plugin that really help you speed up the website is the WP Smush Plugin which was earlier called as WP Smush its not Smush Image Compression and Optimization. As you can see the star rating here it also has 3.841 star rating because what it does is whenever you are uploading an image to your webpage you are adding size to your web page. Similarly this is an image, the more images your page will have the slower it will load and you don’t want a slow loading page because you want your visitors to be happy. Because people are impatient now they don’t want to wait 5 to 10 seconds for a webpage to load they will press the back button. So you want your webpage to load as fast as possible and one such way to do it buy compressing the images and this is where Smush Image Compression and Optimization plugin comes into play what it will do is will automatically compress the images. So let’s say if your images of a size 100kbso by using this particular plugin it will reduce the size of your image by 30 to 70% without impacting much in the quality of the image. So, just like on this article i have so many images out there so just by using the WP Smush Plugin I can save the size of all this images and hence my webpage will be loading at a much faster rate. Although I was using it earlier but now a days I don’t use this plugin rather I use this website called compress jpeg.com so whenever I have an which i need to compress so all I do is just select the image here and upload it here. So the 4.7mb image was reduced by 81% and the quality of the image has not being compromised much this is why I use this website call compress jpeg.com the one reason why I have stopped using WP Smush Image Compression is because the more plugin that you will install on your website the slower your website will become this is why i recommend to have as low plugin as possible but using this particular website is a manual process because you have manually upload the image and download them then upload them to your wordpress server.

4- Yoast SEO

The next plugin needs no introduction it is one of the most popular plugin out there and when we talk about SEO. It’s called the Yoast SEO. You can see the star ratings here 25 thousand+ 5 star rating. It is one of the most popular SEO plugin out there and i use it myself the best feature is that free you don’t have to buy it, and the features are tremendous so whenever you are adding an article, let say i’ll just show you one of my article here and income report here and so whenever you want to add the meta title all you have to do is, once the plugin is installed you can add your own meta title,you can add your own meta description, you also have other options like whether you want to add the facebook title whether you want to allow search engines to index the page or not, whether you want the search engine to follow the links on your post or not, so all these functionalities given by yoast seo plugin its free to use and its one of the best plugin out there. I think i don’t need to explain this plugin more because already its very popular out there and as for the features i’ll recommend that you turn off the readability analysis of this plugin , go to yoast seo plugin here- go to the general settings, disable the readability analysis because i have seen that its not that effective so i don’t use it and also it provides the xml sitemap so you don’t have to install any other plugin to generate the sitemap. This again helps you in saving one more plugin so you just enable the sitemap and you can also submit the sitemap to google webmaster just using the plugin itself similarly you can go to search appearances of this plugin setting, here you can play with the settings which type of content you want to get indexed and which type of content you don’t want to get indexed, like i am using thrive plugin so i don’t want them to get indexed, i only want my post and pages to get indexed. Similarly when we talk about taxonomies i don’t want my categories pages to be indexed because that a good seo practice to not get your categories or tags pages indexed because that a good practice to not index your tags and categories pages because that leads to duplicate content similarly i have also disable the author archives that again results in duplicate content, so you can play with the settings here. So yoast seo is a highly recommended plugin and a must have plugin for every wordpress website owner.

5- LIMIT LOGIN ATTEMPTS RELOADED

The next useful plugin that I will recommend is the LIMIT LOGIN ATTEMPTS RELOADED PLUGIN so what’s this does is it makes your website more secure because generally all the website owner have their wordpress dashboard in this particular URL that is your website name slash wp-admin, so what LIMIT LOGIN ATTEMPTS does is, so whenever someone enters the username and password wrong for three to four times,its just blocks the IP so they won’t able to login, because in the end your website is in online real estate your investing your time, your energy, your hard work, your money onto your website. So you want to keep it safe from hackers. So this plugin will really help you in that. I will also highly recommend you guys to install this particular plugin for your website security.

6- Affiliate Link Manager

And the next plugin is for the people who have already have an established website and who are driving enough traffic on their website so that they can make money from your website. so this is where Thirsty Affiliates AffiliateLink Manager comes into play. I have the pro version of this plugin and i have already installed it in all my websites. So affiliate marketing is when you refer other people products to your audience and when your audience purchases you make a commission out of it. So one of the major problems that affiliate marketers face is the handling of the links so what this plugin does is you can also go to the website thirsty affiliates.com they cloak very long ugly url, affiliate url so if you have very long ugly affiliate url you can cloak it by creating a beautiful looking url you can also track the number of clicks on a particular url on a particular affiliate link on how many clicks happen and also you can check reports, comprehensive reports like you can see here these are my affiliate link report so I’m an affiliate of Aweber, Bluehost, Digitalocean, Drip etc.

7- Disqus

So the next plugin that you can installed is a Disqus comment system. Disqus is a very very popular comment system and is used by so many popular websites out there the best part is it automatically blocks the spam and thus, Because if you’re using the normal comment system of your website,you’ll see that so many spam comments will be automatically becoming onto your websites which are not relevant to your content at all so this adds on too extra work and also your comment normal comment system doesn’t look that clean and that good looking but Disqus comment is really nice looking it also highlights the top comments and it is used by all the top popularize out there so I’ll highly recommend you guys to check this out it’s not a mandatory plugin and i think i only recommend disqus for people who are actually driving good traffic to the website because they’ve actual engagement in the comment section if you just started out or much have that traffic then installing this comment system won’t help you guys much so if you’re driving good traffic then i’ll highly recommend you guys to check disqus it’s free version is more than enough you don’t have to buy the pro version or you the pricing, you don’t even check the pricing because the free version is enough for you.

8- Signal Push Notification

Another next amazing plugin that i’ll highly recommend is the one signal push notification, you can installed the plugin you can just go to the add new plugin session, here search for one signal and install the plugin for this you also have to create an account on one signal here. what one signal does is it gives you push notification. you’ll see that so many times if you’re using OYO rooms or any other websites or flipkart or amazon, you’ll see whenever you open the website there’s the pop up which says do you want to subscribe to the push notification,you can add the same functionality on your website as well. So you can see I’ll just search for One signal. You can see the One signal- web push notifications100,000+ Active installations 4 star ratings above, so i’ve not activated on my website because right now we’re not driving much traffic to this particular website but on my other affiliate website we’re using the One signal push notification. You can create an account here and also you don’t have to pay any money if you’re not crossing any line so you can use the free version if you’re not crossing the 30k subscriber mark. Yes there is the pro version and starter the pro version which offer more functionality so if you’re driving a good amount of traffic to your website then you can think of purchasing a pro or a starter plugin and then you can think of purchasing a pro or a starter membership and also push notification is an amazing way to keep your subscribers coming back to check your website so let ay if you publish a very high quality post on your website then all you have to do is send a push notification to all the people who have opted in and they will be coming on to check your article and they will be than sharing your article and this will drive in again more traffic.

9- Woo-commerce

So a must have plugin for and last but not the list is the woo-commerce, i think you might know about this plugin it’s the most popular plugin if you want to sell something on your website, if you want a shopping card, if your want flipkart like functionality, if you want checkout pages, if you want the payment processing all of that will be provided by Woo-Commerce, it’s a very very popular plugin you can see about 2800+ 5 star rating , it’s a so many functionality that i’ll have to create a separate video just to explain how amazing this plugin is. So you can use this plugin if you are selling something, if you are selling membership or a product or a book etc. even if you are not only focusing on SEO if you are driving paid ads and driving people to your website using that then again you can create a card system on your website , you can even track. So it offers a complete e-commerce solution all the functionality that you can think of it is available on woo-commerce, You must checkout this particular plugin woo-commerce also.

 

Before i end this Post i have some tip for you guys that try not to install many plugins on your website only install the necessary plugins on your website because higher the no. of plugins that i install on your website and activated the slower your website will become, and you want a faster website so try to keep the plugins to minimum to bare necessities the plugins that are extremely vital for your website only keep them in the active state and rest either i‘ll recommend you to uninstall all the plugins that are not necessary or not directly adding value to your website,So guys all the plugins that i have mentioned in this post are mostly of them are free.

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