Top 10 [ FREE ] WordPress Plugins Used by Professional Websites

By: Sunil Kumar |  In: WordPress  |  Last Updated: 2018/05/28

As a WordPress user, you must be knowing that WordPress is a features rich CMS where you can do almost everything on your website. But still, there are some functionalities which are missing or not as per the level. the best way to come over this gap is using the right plugin for your website.

As there are a lot of plugins available in the market you can easily get confused while choosing a plugin.

So here I listed top 10 most widely used free WordPress plugin that you should be installed after setting up your WordPress for better performance-

1.Yoast SEO

yoast-seo

Need some help with your search engine optimization?

Need an SEO plugin that helps you reach for the stars?

Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users, ranging from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results. Yoast: SEO for everyone.
Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. How? Below you’ll find a small sampling of the powers of Yoast SEO:
Free Features-

  • The most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality at the push of a button.
  • Set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content. Never have to worry about Google penalties again.
  • Title and meta description templating for better branding and consistent snippets in the search results.
  • The snippet preview shows you how your post or page will look in the search results – even on mobile

Premium features

  • Redirect manager- Easily redirect old URLs to new ones. So you don’t lose visitors because they get stuck on a 404 Not Found page.
  • Internal linking suggestions – Get suggestions for links to other pages on your website, as you write. No more headaches to create internal links.
  • No duplicate content – Avoid confusing Google with duplicate content, by setting canonical URLs. No duplicate content means no Google penalty.
  • Control over Breadcrumbs – You can set a primary category for your post, and determine the taxonomy for every single page on your website.
  • Updated Google’s algorithm – The plugin is updated every 2 weeks, so you’re sure that your website is optimized for the most recent Google algorithm.
  • Preview of your page – Check what your page will look like if you share it on Facebook or Twitter, in addition to Google preview.
  • Readability check – We analyze the readability of the copy you wrote and calculate the Flesch Reading Ease score.
  • Technical Stuff – Yoast SEO makes sure your technical configuration rolls out the red carpet for search engines.
  • Keyword Optimization – You can pick up to 5 focus keywords. These are the keywords you’d like your post or page to rank for in the search results.

2. Contact Form 7

contact_form-7-min

Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular WordPress contact form plugins.
You can create and manage and design multiple contact forms using this plugin.
Once installed, you can manage it in the WordPress Dashboard > Contact > Contact Forms > Edit:
It’s super easy to create and manage contact form using Contact Form 7. And at acmeextension.com I am personally using this plugin and it’s awesome.
Currently, it has more than a million active installs, with more than 30,000 people downloading it every day.

3. Google XML Sitemaps

google-xml-sitemap

With a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.
This plugin automatically generates an XML sitemap for your website
If you have installed Yoast SEO then you can generate XML sitemap using that also.

4. Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet is yet another plugin developed by the people behind WordPress (Matt and his team at Automattic).
It is one of the default plugins of WordPress that comes with every new WordPress core installation.

Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content.
Major features:

  • Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
  • Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
  • URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.

You’ll need an Akismet.com API key to use it. Keys are free for personal blogs; paid subscriptions are available for businesses and commercial sites.

5. W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache
Speed is one of the most important aspects of any site from SEO point of view as well as user experience.
According to study, a user is going to leave your page if it is taking more than 4 seconds to load.
W3 Total Cache allows you to serve compressed and cached files to your visitors. This reduces the load on your server and your website becomes faster.
W3 Total Cache improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing website performance, reducing download times via features like content delivery network (CDN) integration.

6. iThemes Security

iThemes Security

On average, 30,000 new websites are hacked each day. WordPress sites can be an easy target for attacks because of plugin vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software.
iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site.

7. BackUpWordPress

backupwordpress

BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you.
You can manually back up your site or you can schedule to backup your site on regular basis.
The best part is the backup can be stored outside of your hosting like on Dropbox or google drive which is more secure than storing on the same server.
8. Jetpack
Maybe you are tired of using a lot of plugins for the different purpose on your WordPress website.
Jetpack is pack of different valuable tools for your website.
Jetpack offers a suite of powerful features for your WordPress site. Enhanced security, improved site performance, plenty of content tools, and visitor engagement features are all part of this plugin.

Additional features include spam-free Comments, Social Sharing, Related Posts, Post by Email, and much more.
Jetpack even offers a mobile theme option that is lightweight and responsive, designed for phones and tablets.

9. WP Smush

WP Smush
Today’s websites are media-rich websites. People use a lot of images to make the content more appealing and attractive.
But this increase the page load time on your website. And Website speed has become an increasingly important search engine ranking factor, so much so that Google has made it one of the more important factors in its ranking algorithm.

WP Smush meticulously scans every image you upload – or have already added to your site – cuts all the unnecessary data and scales it for you before adding it to your media library.

How to improve page-speed of your website

10. WooCommerce

WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a free plugin that integrates easily with your existing WordPress site, turning your site into a fully functional WordPress e-commerce website with just a few clicks.

Automattic (the owners of WordPress.com), acquired the plugin and its parent company in 2015 – it was their biggest acquisition to that date, and it has continued to experience explosive growth in the years since.
It currently powers over 99% of WordPress e-commerce websites in the US, Canada, and the UK (Source: BuiltWith.com.)

Conclusion

And they were best WordPress plugins that every website needs in my view. As stated above, these plugins provide the basic features, improve the site SEO, optimize speed, harden security and help to market your content and products in a better way.
If you are already using them, write your feedback in the comment box below.
Did I miss any plugin that you think is essential too? I would appreciate if you suggest me any.

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I am the owner of acmeextension. I am a passionate writter and reader. I like writting technical stuff and simplifying complex stuff.
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