Best Essential Free WordPress Plugins 2017

January 8, 2017
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Just started WordPress? Looking for the best WordPress Plugins? Check out the Best Essential Free WordPress Plugins! Want to know how to power up your WordPress blog without crashing it? Check out the Important Essential WordPress Plugins you need to know! Many of the following featured plugins are important to master and optimize WordPress or boost your SEO.

Best Essential Free WordPress Plugins 2017

Did you ever thought about which WordPress plugins you really need to install? What are the the real must-have WordPress plugins? Time to get a overview about useful and powerful free WordPress plugins.

If you are not running at least a few of these plugins you maybe do something wrong!

Based on years of experience with WordPress every new WordPress Blog should have at least a few of these plugins. This collection about the best Essential WordPress Plugins. At the beginning many bloggers are overwhelmed of thousands of free and premium plugins, which promise a lot, but are they really needful? No matter if you are blogger or want to kickstart your portfolio or business page. You will find a list of my favorite and proves its value! Basic WordPress system plugins, commenting and contact forms, social media, anti-spam, eCommerce, download manager and plugins for advertisement.

 

Best Essential Free WordPress Plugins 2017

List of the most pouplar, useful and powerful free WordPress Plugins

Here is a list of plugins which are allows you to run WordPress with powerful features to be more successful! Powers up your WordPress site like a pro and make use of these recommended plugins! We made very positive experience using all these plugins in different projects.
 

WordPress SEO

Yoast SEO

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO. This was true when Joost wrote his original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (updated every few months) and it’s still true today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further! This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this Yoast SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.

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Google Analytics by MonsterInsights

Google Analytics by MonsterInsights

The Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights allows you to track your blog easily and always stays up to date with the newest features in Google Analytics. MonsterInsights is the most popular Google Analytics plugin for WordPress with roughly 11 million downloads.

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Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Increase your traffic, view your stats, speed up your site, and protect yourself from hackers with Jetpack. Supercharge your WordPress site with powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users. Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com. Jetpack simplifies managing WordPress sites by giving you visitor stats, security services, speeding up images, and helping you get more traffic. Jetpack is a free plugin. Jetpack tells you how many visits your site gets and helps you get more traffic with tools like Related Posts, Publicize, Enhanced Distribution, and Sharing. Jetpack protects your site against brute force attacks and unauthorised logins. We also monitor your site for downtime and keep your plugins updated. With Jetpack comes a centralized dashboard on WordPress.com. Manage plugins and menus, publish posts, and view enhanced site stats for all of your sites. Jetpack includes other features that help you customize your site including Custom CSS, Contact Forms, Galleries and Carousels, Notifications and Subscriptions, Configurable Widgets, and many more.

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W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache

Search Engine (SEO) & Performance Optimization (WPO) via caching. Integrated caching: CDN, Minify, Page, Object, Fragment, Database support. 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. The only web host agnostic WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework recommended by countless web developers and web hosts. Trusted by numerous companies like: AT&T, stevesouders.com, mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, kiss925.com, pearsonified.com, lockergnome.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, css-tricks.com and tens of thousands of others.

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Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Compress and optimize image files, improve performance and boost your SEO rank using Smush WordPress image compression and optimization. Resize, optimize and compress all of your images with the incredibly powerful and 100% free WordPress image smusher, brought to you by the superteam at WPMU DEV! Now with image resizing! Set a max width and height and large images will scale down as they are being compressed.

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Google AdSense

Google AdSense

The official AdSense Plugin, written by Google. Provides support for AdSense as well as Webmaster Tools. The AdSense Plugin enables you to easily use Google’s products – including Webmaster Tools – with your WordPress site. This plugin lets you place AdSense ads using a simple point-and-click UI rather than manually inserting snippets yourself. To insert AdSense ads without the plugin would first involve generating the AdSense snippet and then pasting the Adsense snippet into either the text of the site or directly into the PHP. Google automatically determines potential placements for AdSense ads, suggests an initial ad layout, and allows you to lay out ads on your site.

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Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post

Duplicate and clone posts and pages with one click! A super helpful tool, which saves you ton of time if you are creating many blog posts!

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Nofollow for external link

Nofollow for external link

Automatically insert `rel=nofollow` and `target=_blank` to all the external links into your website posts, pages or menus. Support exclude domain. Just simple, if you use this plugin, rel=nofollow and target=_blank will be inserted automatically, for all the external links of your website posts, pages or theme menus. Also you can set exclude domains, not to add rel=nofollow for the selected external domain links.

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Page Links To

Page Links To

Lets you make a WordPress page (or other content type) link to an external URL of your choosing, instead of its WordPress URL. This plugin allows you to make a WordPress page or post link to a URL of your choosing, instead of its WordPress page or post URL. It also will redirect people who go to the old (or “normal”) URL to the new one you’ve chosen. This functionality is useful for setting up navigational links to non-WordPress sections of your site or to off-site resources.

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Custom Sidebars

Custom Sidebars

Display custom widget configurations for every page or post on your site. If you’d like to be able to choose what widgets display on each page or post of your site, then this is the plugin you need. Screen space is limited and you can quickly run out of room when trying to pack every widget for every page of your site into one sidebar and a few widgetized footer areas.

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WP-PageNavi

WP-PageNavi

Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface. Want to replace the old ← Older posts | Newer posts → links with some page links?

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Akismet

Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

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AdSense Plugin WP QUADS

AdSense Plugin WP QUADS

Quick Adsense Reloaded! Quickest way to insert Google AdSense & other ads into your website. Google AdSense integration with Google AMP support! This free Google AdSense plugin is a fork of the discontinued Quick AdSense ads plugin with more than 100k installations. Its rewritten from scratch with a solid code base and will be maintained and updated to be compatible with all future WordPress versions.

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Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

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WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize is WordPress’s most-installed optimization plugin. With it, you can clean up your database easily and safely, without manual queries. WP-Optimize is an effective tool for automatically cleaning your WordPress database so that it runs at maximum efficiency.

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OnePress Social Locker

OnePress Social Locker

Helps increase social media presence by asking visitors “to pay” for your content with a tweet, plus one, or a like. The Social Locker locks your most valuable site content behind a set of social buttons until the visitor likes, shares, +1s or tweets your page. It helps to improve social performance of your website, get more likes/shares, build quality followers and attract more traffic from social networks.

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Cookie Law Bar

Cookie Law Bar

Cookie Law Bar show bottom or top bar to inform users that your website uses cookie according to EU law. A simple and lightweight cookie law WordPress plugin for show information that your website uses cookie. Perfect for implementation of EU cookie law!

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EU Cookie Law

EU Cookie Law

EU Cookie Law informs users that your site uses cookies, with option to lock scripts before consent. Light + Customizable style. EU Cookie Law is a light, elegant and powerful solution that allows your website to comply the European cookie law by informing users that your site has cookies, with a popup for more information and option to lock scripts before acceptance.

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Password Protected

Password Protected

A very simple way to quickly password protect your WordPress site with a single password. A very simple way to quickly password protect your WordPress site with a single password.

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Disqus Comment System

Disqus Comment System

The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus. Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

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Download Monitor

Download Monitor

Download Monitor is a plugin for uploading and managing downloads, tracking downloads, and displaying links. Download Monitor provides an interface for uploading and managing downloadable files (including support for multiple versions), inserting download links into posts, and logging downloads.

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NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

Automatically publishes blogposts to profiles/pages/groups on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Blogger, Tumblr and more. This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to your Social Network accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, Tumblr, Flickr, LiveJournal, Flipboard, Instagram, Telegram, DreamWidth, Delicious, Diigo, Instapaper, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, ok.ru, Pinterest, Plurk, VKontakte(VK.com), YouTube, App.net, Scoop.It, WordPress, XING etc. The whole process is completely automated. Just write a new post and either entire post or it’s nicely formatted announcement with backlink will be published to all your configured social networks. You can reach the most audience and tell all your friends, readers and followers about your new post. Plugin works with profiles, business pages, community pages, groups, etc. Messages are 100% customizable and adopted for each network requirements.

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Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Downloads

The easiest way to sell digital products with WordPress. Easy Digital Downloads is a complete e-commerce solution for selling digital and other non-physical products in a light, performant, and easy to use plugin. Rather than attempting to provide every feature under the sun, Easy Digital Downloads makes selling digital simple and complete by providing just the features you need.

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WooCommerce

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Beautifully. WooCommerce is a free eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, beautifully. Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, WooCommerce is the world’s favorite eCommerce solution that gives both store owners and developers complete control. With endless flexibility and access to hundreds of free and premium WordPress extensions, WooCommerce now powers 30% of all online stores – more than any other platform.

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Simple 301 Redirects

Simple 301 Redirects provides an easy method of redirecting requests to another page on your site or elsewhere on the web. Simple 301 Redirects provides an easy method of redirecting requests to another page on your site or elsewhere on the web. It’s especially handy when you migrate a site to WordPress and can’t preserve your URL structure. By setting up 301 redirects from your old pages to your new pages, any incoming links will be seemlessly passed along, and their pagerank (or what-have-you) will be passed along with them.

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Rename wp-login.php

Change wp-login.php to anything you want. Rename wp-login.php is a very light plugin that lets you easily and safely change wp-login.php to anything you want. It doesn’t literally rename or change files in core, nor does it add rewrite rules. It simply intercepts page requests and works on any WordPress website. The wp-admin directory and wp-login.php page become inaccessible, so you should bookmark or remember the url. Deactivating this plugin brings your site back exactly to the state it was before.

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Regenerate Thumbnails

Allows you to regenerate your thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes. Regenerate Thumbnails allows you to regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. This is very handy if you’ve changed any of your thumbnail dimensions (via Settings -> Media) after previously uploading images or have changed to a theme with different featured post image dimensions.

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Open external links in a new window

Opens all (or specific) external links in a new window. XHTML Strict compliant and search engine optimized (SEO).

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