The Best Free WordPress Plugins
WordPress has come a long way over the years. This blogging platform now offers the most popular and widely used Content Management System for building websites. It’s a free, open source CMS based on MySQL and PHP. There are literally thousands of plugins in its database. WordPress plugins offer custom features and functions that allow users to tailor their websites for specific purposes. The customization’s range from content displaying features to SEO enhancers and widgets.
Here is an overview of the best free plugins right now.
Contact Form 7
This plugin is designed for the management of multiple contact forms. The form and mail content can be customized. Contact Form 7 comes with support and information with an FAQ, documents, and so forth. It supports CAPTCHA, Ajax-powered submission, spam filtering with Akismet, and more.
Facebook “Like” Box
This widget is a nice little social plugin that enables visitors to Facebook “like” any page on your site. It allows you to see how many visitors to your site have “liked” on Facebook, and if their friends have liked it or read recent posts without even visiting the page.
If you need a gallery plugin, then this is the most popular, with more than ten million downloads. NextGEN gallery is essential a powerful search engine that allows you to upload and manage image galleries. It enables batch uploads, meta data importing, thumbnail editing, image sorting and deleting, and many other helpful functions. There are two front-end display styles: thumbnail gallery and slideshow.
Offered by the Yoast team, this plugin helps users to optimize their websites/blogs to the fullest. It’s designed to improve all aspects of search engine optimization by performing page analysis and helping you write better content. It checks everything, including image tags, meta tags, subheadings, etc.
Google XML Sitemaps
This popular plugin, which has over fifteen million downloads, generates a special XML sitemap for helping search engines index your site/blog efficiently. Crawlers are able to see and complete the structure of a website with this type of sitemap. As a result, your pages can be retrieved more easily. Google XML Sitemaps supports custom URLs as well as every type of WordPress generated pages, and notifies Google and other top search engines whenever you create a post with new content.
Cookies for Comments
This is a good, free alternative to Akismet. It helps get rid of spam by setting a cookie on a random page URL on your site with the use of an image or stylesheet to the html source code. Whenever a comment is posted on that random page, the cookie is checked. If it is missing, the comment is automatically marked as spam. It also keeps track of how long the user takes to enter their name, email, and the comment. If everything is submitted very quickly (more quickly than what is humanly possible) it’s probably spam.
W3 Total Cache
With this plugin, page speed and user experience are improved. It’s THE must-have performance optimization framework for WordPress. Top web hosts such as DreamHost, Host Gator, and Go Daddy recommend it, and companies such as Mashable and AT&T trust it. W3 Total Cache is compatible with all types of servers, including shared hosting and virtual private or dedicated servers.
No matter what kind of website or blog you run, these are among the best and easiest to use free WordPress Plugins.