Last Updated on March 27, 2019 by David Bryan
20 Free WordPress Plugins Your Website Can’t Be Without in 2019
Right now, WordPress has over 54,281 plugins. Sampling one per day would take just shy of 150 years, so we’ve zeroed in on the cream of the crop to show you what you can’t be without in 2019.
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast is a plugin you probably already have. If you don’t, remedy that right off. From title optimisation to readability score, it’s top dog for SEO.
Building an email list is vital, and MailChimp streamlines that process. Active on over 1 million sites, it helps build lists, send emails, and improve what you’re putting out there.
Slow sites turn visitors away and anger the Googlebots. Autoptimize combines separate files (concatenation) and removes unnecessary characters from your code (minification) to optimise your site and speed things up.
4. Broken Link Checker
Many a venerable site picks up broken links as time passes. When links aren’t going where they’re supposed to, Broken Link Checker catches them and prompts you to update.
5. Nivo Slider
Nivo Slider has over 3 million downloads. Why? Because it’s one of the best at what it does: creating sliders, slideshows, and carousels to display multiple images.
8. Akismet Anti-Spam
WordPress is popular, obviously. But with popularity comes spam. Fight back with Akismet Anti-Spam – it screens all incoming comments to keep your site clean and unaffected.
9. Ninja Forms
A simple tool for creating forms, this drag-and-drop plugin is perfect for beginners lacking even an ounce of coding knowhow. Ninja Forms is active on over 1 million websites, and there are plenty of more advanced features for professionals.
10. W3 Total Cache
Caching temporarily stores data to ensure faster loading times the next time a user opens the same page. W3 Total Cache makes something tricky feel effortless – expect reduced bandwidth needs and faster loading times.
VaultPress is ideal for the security-minded. Automated backups are created whenever you create content, be it a post or a page. If you need to restore what you had, all it takes is a click.
Another performance booster, Smush uses lossless compression to compress and resize images uploaded to your WordPress site without any loss of quality.
13. Login Lockdown
Brute force attacks can compromise your digital security. Login Lockdown lets you set the number of login attempts a user can make and how long they get blocked out after failing.
14. Rich Snippets
Providing extra info on SERPs is huge right now. Rich Snippets lets you create those golden nuggets through one simple plugin.
15. Revive Old Posts
Unimaginatively named but wonderfully useful, Revive Old Posts takes your old content and shares it across social networks. It’s a simpler way to boost traffic, and why let your greatest hits gather dust?
16. Pretty Links
Tired of links longer than your arm? Pretty Links beautifies them by snipping away anything unnecessary. You’ll be left with the shortest and neatest URLs.
17. Social Icons
Social media offers everything from social proof to word of mouth. Foster your following by adding Social Icons.
19. Envira Gallery
Another plugin with over 1 million downloads, Envira Gallery is popular among photographers and web developers thanks to its simple operation and ability to build a gallery with multiple images.
TablePress is tables. For WordPress. Simple enough, but you’ll truly relish how easy it is to use. Even with no coding experience, you can create attractive and practical tables.
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