The Best Free WordPress Plugins for Your Blog
Written in collaboration with Fontsy
A plugin is a piece of software that can extend your (self-hosted) website’s functionality or add new features. Plugins can make everything from small tweaks to massive changes to your site. There are over 54,000+ free WordPress plugins available. In this post we’re going to be looking at the best free plugins available to WordPress users.
Install a New WordPress Plugin
It’s easy to install a new plugin on your site. To do this, just search the WordPress.org plugin directory. You can do this directly from your WordPress dashboard (Plugins → Add New).
Before installing a new plugin, be cautious and do your research. A faulty plugin could be catastrophic for you blog; causing errors, slowing down and infecting your site with malicious code.
To avoid problems when installing a plugin:
- Only use plugins from reputable developers.
- Read reviews and star ratings
- Check for the last time a plugin was updated
Once installed, it’s also essential that you update all of your plugins to keeping your site functioning and secure. You can update WordPress plugins directly from your WordPress dashboard.
Now you know how to choose, install and update plugins here are 5 that you might want to consider downloading.
The Wordfence security plugin is the most popular firewall and security scanner. Installing this plugin will protect your website from most hacks and malware. It has over 3 million active users, has amazing reviews and is rated 5 star’s.
Features included in the free Wordfence Security plugin:
- Identifies and blocks malicious traffic
- Checks core files, themes and plugins for malware
- Checks your site for known security vulnerabilities and alerts you to any issues
- Login Page CAPTCHA to prevent bots from logging in
Yoast is a powerful tool that can help you to make your site as search engine-friendly as possible. If you’re hoping for your website to rank highly on google you need to ensure that you focus on SEO. Good SEO practices also improve the user experience and usability of a web site, meaning that your readers are likely to revisit your site.
Here are some the Yoast SEO plugin features:
- Allows you to optimise your site for keywords
- Preview how your page will look on Google
- Content quality check as you write
- Always updated for Google’s algorithm
- Takes care of technical configuration automatically
Fontsy is the all-in-one web font management plugin for WordPress. If you’re looking for a plugin like Styleguide, Fontsy is your go-to. Choose from a library of over 1000 fonts or upload your own. By using Fontsy you can use a beautiful combination of different fonts on your website to improve typography and user experience.
Fontsy features include:
- Upload or select your own fonts
- Download fonts a library of incredible fonts
- No coding experience required
Click here to get the Fontsy plugin
Elementor Page Builder
Elementor allows you to create stunning pages for your site with a drag-and-drop interface that doesn’t require any coding. This page builder allows you the freedom to customise the look of your website. There’s a free and pro version of Elementor.
The free version of Elementor includes:
- Over 300 designer made templates
- Shortcut cheat sheet
- An icons library
- 100% responsive mobile editing
- YouTube, Soundcloud and Google maps integration.
ShareThis Share Buttons
Sharing your content on social media will help you to grow your blog traffic. Therefore, allowing the option for your readers to share your content on their social media is a smart blogging move. The ShareThis Share Buttons plug displays easy to use social media buttons making it easy to share your blog posts on a whole host of social media channels.
ShareThis Share Buttons plug-in features:
- Mobile optimised
- Customisable (decide which social media outlets best fit with your audience)
- Select from 9 different languages
- Simple insights into what is working well
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These plugins will help you to design, optimise, promote and secure a great website.