First of all, what are plugins exactly? A WordPress plugin is a software you add to the back end of your WordPress site that provides a certain function. The plugin’s function can vary depending on what you need. It can be for putting a gallery of pics on your site, or protecting it from hackers. It can even be used to compress photos you use so your site works faster.
In all the years we’ve used WordPress, we’ve come across different plugins. We figured out which free ones would be useful for a site. Here is our list of free wordpress plugins you need.
This plugin is popular for millions of users. It protects your blog from spam, basically. It protects your site 24/7 so you can rest easy.
This one is for security protection, for things like malware, login security, database backup, anti-spam and more. It is effective, realiable and easy to use.
The plugin can manage several contact forms for your Contact page. It is easy to customise and looks good too. It supports CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.
A favicon is that little image you see at the beginning of your page’s URL. This one generates the icons for desktop browsers, iPhone/iPad, Android devices and more.
This is a good way to add Google analytics tracking code to your website without changing any of the files. You can log in with Google from your WordPress dashboard and choose the site you want to link. Take your time checking out all the features.
If you use stockphotos, then this plugin is useful for you. It lets you insert a stockphoto from Pixabay anywhere on your blog. The images are safe to use and paying attribution is not required.
This plugin is good if you have a Facebook page too. If you’re doing Facebook ads (and you should) this plugin helps you insert Facebook pixel code on every page of your site with just one click.
This is how you manage your blog posts without having to be on your site all the time. Schedule your blog posts and check out your schedule through the calendar. It provides an overview of your scheduled posts.
The smush plugin will compress all your photos so that your site comes up faster. Make it a habit to upload smaller files. But if there are photos over 2MB the plugin will smush it for you.
You want this plugin. This is a favourite tool for SEO management and it is easy to use. If you get a headache talking about SEO then just use this one plugin for it.
Need help with your site and plugins? Contact 3CD for a free consult!
Kristyn is the Creative Director of 3C Digital. She is a freelance writer/journalist with over 13 years of experience in the industry both locally and internationally. She has previous experience as TV and radio broadcast journalist as well as print and online writer. Her novels, The Girl Between Two Worlds and The Girl Between Light and Dark, are out now.