Are you stuck trying to figure out which WordPress Plugins to use?
Have no fear!
I’ve compiled a list of “must have” WordPress plugins to help you get started.
The best part about them? They are all free!
Let’s dive in!
1) Akismet Anti-Spam
Let’s face it. The internet is full of spam. And no one wants spam on their website.
So, my first recommended plugin is Akismet Anti-Spam.
This plugin does a great job of filtering out and blocking spam on blog posts and pages.
Note: For personal websites, this plugin is free. Otherwise, there is a small fee.
Autoptimize does a great job of optimizing your website’s core scripts. This will enable your website to load at a much faster rate, which will likely help users to stay on your website.
Google loves speedy websites, so this is an awesome WordPress plugin to have.
3) Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 has been around for many years. That’s because it’s a simple to use WordPress plugin that allows visitors to contact you. There aren’t many frills with this plugin, but it does what it’s meant to do perfectly.
4) Disqus Conditional Load
Disqus is a highly popular discussion platform for WordPress sites.
The biggest problem it has? It’s not the most lightweight script, so it could bog down your website speed.
That’s where this plugin comes in handy.
It uses “lazy-loading” to optimize your website’s loading time.
Note: You must create a Disqus account to use this plugin.
5) GA Google Analytics
Not every WordPress theme comes with a Google Analytics option built in.
That’s where this WordPress plugin shines in the midst of darkness.
The GA Google Analytics plugin allows you to use your Google Analytics code with any WordPress theme.
This is a definite must have.
6) Simple Author Box
Free WordPress themes can leave out important features. This can sometimes put you in a bind, since you are left without important features that you may need.
For me, this plugin is used out of necessity.
Simple Author Box is a plugin that allows you to display author information below your blog posts. (Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see it in use.)
It has numerous customization options and I’ve found it to be a great little plugin.
7) Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg
Not too long ago, WordPress introduced its newest content editor, Gutenberg. When it was first released, the WordPress community (me included) had immense disdain for it.
I didn’t enjoy Gutenberg at first, but now I like the simplicity it offers.
Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg gives Gutenberg a lot more horsepower in the customization department.
It’s a game-changer for sure.
8) Webcraftic Robin Image Optimizer
Images can immensely bog down your website’s loading times. Specifically, images that aren’t optimized for the web.
Webcraftic Robin Image Optimizer aims to solve that issue. That’s because it automatically compresses images that you upload to WordPress.
I highly recommend using this, if you aren’t already.
9) WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is a great plugin. It takes the guessing work out of caching your website, so that you can focus on creating content.
This plugin will further optimize your websites loading time, delivering speedy results.
10) Yoast SEO
Last but not least, we are left with arguably one of the most popular WordPress Plugins of all time — Yoast SEO.
This plugin is a must-have for search engine optimization.
When making content, it will give you hints, tips, and suggestions on how to optimize your writing for search engines.
Have you used any of these WordPress plugins?
Are there any that you can’t live without?
Let me know if the comments below!