7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

Hey guys, 

In this Article, I’m going to tell about 7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins.

I’ve been using WordPress myself for about 1 year now and throughout this time I’ve used a ton of free plugins some of these plugins have been great and some of them have been terrible, but The Seven plugins in this list are some of my favorite free must-have WordPress plugins.

They’re all plugins that I personally use myself on almost every website or blog I create with WordPress and I really think they’re going to help you they’re all available to download for free from wordpress.org/plugins or directly from within our WordPress dashboard before we get into the list and also I have given Download Links to download Every Plugin below.

Though I just want to quickly mention that WordPress plugins are only available for wordpress.org and aren’t going to work on wordpress.com 

So without making you wait any longer here’s what I consider to be seven of the best free WordPress plugins.  

1. WP Smush 

7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

WP Smush

A website or blog is nothing really without some nice images to bring it to life, but the problem with this is that after a while these images start to take a toll on our resources and cause our site to run slower than it could.

Google has even stated in the past that site speed will have a direct impact on how our site is ranked in the search engines. 

So it’s important to make sure that our sites running as quickly as possible, that’s where the WP Smush plug-in comes in handy this plug-in takes all of our different images and compresses them to their lowest possible file size without taking away from the images quality. 

Using this plug-in on a website or blog with lots of images can make a huge difference to our site’s overall speed and it only takes us a few minutes to set up and run once. 

After the plug-in has been installed and activated on our site we can hover over where it says media on the left side of our dashboard and then click WP Smush then to compress our images, we just need to click the bulk smush button the plugins then going to compress all of the different images on our site and once it’s finished its going to show us how much space we managed to sieve this is normally pretty damn impressive and all without taking away from our images quality. 

Then there’s even an option to auto-compress any new images we upload which means we never really need to worry about our image file sizes in future after the initial setup this is an awesome free plugin and I would highly recommend it even if we only have a few images on our site it should still make a noticeable difference to our sites loading times. 

Download Here

2. WP Limit Login Attempts 

7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

WP Limit Login Attempts 

This is a simple but super effective security plugin 

Basically, it lets us set a limit for how many times someone can attempt to log into our site with the wrong details. 

Before being locked out, you might be under the impression that you’re the only person trying to log in.

But after installing this plugin you might be shocked at just how many people and BOTS are trying to gain access to your site, I’m not trying to make you paranoid or anything most of the time it’s just BOTS or visitors thinking it would be funny if they managed to guess the password. 

But one day it could be a real hacker and you’ll be glad that you installed the plugin. 

To set it up after it’s been installed and activated, you just need to hover over where it says settings in our left dashboard menu and then click limit login attempts at the top.

you’ll see how many times the plugins been triggered then under options, we can set how many field attempts we allow before the lockout and how long the person will be locked out for. 

Then you just need to click the Save button at the bottom just be sure not to set the plug-in dial I only one field attempt as we all miss type our passwords sometimes and it can be a little bit of a headache to get back into your site if we get locked out.

But other than that the limit login attempts reloaded plug-in is definitely a good one to have installed and it’s going to help make our site a lot more secure.

Download Here

3. Insert Headers and Footers 

7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

Insert Headers and Footers

Sometimes we need to add some codes, known as tracking codes to our WordPress site for setting up things like Google Analytics or Google Adsense ads. 

These tracking codes need to be added to your WordPress theme files which can be a little bit risky if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.

So instead of risking potential disaster by adding our WordPress theme files directly, we can use the insert headers and footers plugin. 

This plugin once installed allows us to quickly and easily insert these different tracking codes into our WordPress site without ever having to go near our theme files after the plugins been installed. 

We just need to hover over where it says settings on the left-hand side of our site and then click insert headers and footers, now we can just paste in any of the tracking codes we’re wanting to add to our site.

Download Here

4. Black Studio TinyMCE  Widget

7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

Black Studio TinyMCE  Widget

This is another simple but effective free plugin and that highly recommended. 

If you’re just getting started with WordPress, so this plugin might have a really long name that’s kind of hard to remember at times but it’s actually a super handy plugin which I end up using all the time. 

It basically allows us to have all the functionality and options of the WordPress post editor in our widget areas. 

This means we can easily add images, HTML code videos, clickable links and anything else we would normally be able to add to our pages, to our sidebars and other widget areas. 

After installing and activating the plug-in you’ll see that we have a new widget called ‘visual editor’, and all we need to do is drag this new widget into one of our available widget areas and we’ll see that we now have the same options that we would have when adding a page or post.

Download Here

5. Yoast SEO 

7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO

Just in case you’re not already aware of this SEO or search engine optimization, it is basically the practice of trying to get our website or blog to rank higher in the search engine results. 

So, for example, trying to get to page 1 of Google for our chosen search term. 

The Yoast SEO plugin adds a whole heap of different functionality to your site, and it’s basically the go-to SEO plugin for WordPress with over 1 million people using it. 

This plugin has a lot of different parts to it so it would make this Article a little too long to go through them all right now but, I’ll write another article on my Website, which will show you how to set up the Yoast SEO plug-in in detail. 

Download Here

6. Revision Control 

7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

Revision Control 

Every time we update a page or post on WordPress WordPress will go ahead and see if a revision copy of it. 

The revision copy is basically the original page or post before we update it, this is a really good feature as it means that we will always have the ability to go back to a previous version of a page If we realize the new version sucks. 

But there’s no real need to save a revision copy every time. we update a page or post this can end up being quite a lot in the long run and each of these revisions is going to take up resources that could otherwise be helping make our site run a little smoother and faster.

The revision control plug-in allows you to set a revision limit which means that only a certain amount of revision copies will be saved once the plugins been activated.

You just need to hover over where it says settings on the left side of our dashboard and then click revisions then here we can set how many revisions you want to be capped for posts and how many we want for pages.

I usually have mine set to 3 copies for each as you never know when we might need to go back to a previous version then we just need to click Save Changes at the bottom and now going forward WordPress will only keep that many revisions 

Download Here

7. BJ Lazy Load 

7 best free Must Have WordPress Plugins

BJ Lazy Load

When we visit a page on a website or blog, all of the images on that page load up as soon as we land on it and this is normally the main cause of slow loading websites. 

What the BJ Lazy Load plugin allows us to do is make it that only the images that will be visible right away load up at first, then the other images will start to load as the visitor Scrolls further down the page, only loading the images when they start to come into view. 

Just like with the WP smush plugin BJ Lazy load can dramatically increase our site speed, which in turn can help us with our search engine rankings. And what makes this plugin especially awesome is the fact that there are zero setups involved. 

We just simply install and activate the plug-in and all of our images will be lazy from now on, to be honest, the BJ Lazy load plugin is probably one of my favorite plugins on the list just because of how effective it is and how easy it is to set up. 

Download Here

So that’s us now at the end of this list and that was what I consider to be 7 of the best free WordPress plugins. 

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