Top Ten Free WordPress Plugins for 2017

Top Ten Free WordPress Plugins for 2017

Top Ten Free WordPress Plugins for 2017

WordPress Plugins are essential to improve the functionality of your WordPress website. There are thousands of plugins available but you need to choose the best ones that can meet your goals and needs. From the wide list of plugins available, you should pick them using the following criteria; Stability, Popularity, Suitability, Price and Compatibility; note that you can find plugins for every feature and function that you could ever need for your website but remember the more plugins you add the larger the load on your website resources. So limit the amount to essentials only !

Here are our recommended Top Ten Free WordPress Plugins for 2017 to use on your website:

  1. Jetpack –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/

This is one of the most powerful plugins and one that should definitely be considered. Jetpack offers a wide range of features that can boost and improve the performance of your website. It can be used to boost your security, traffic growth, website appearance and image optimization. Just remember to disable any unwanted features as there are some parts you just do not need enabled and jetpack can be heavy on resources when not used correctly.

Jetpack for WordPress

  1. Akismet –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/

This plugin is also developed by the people who are behind WordPress and it works like default plugins for your website. It initiates anti spam actions and filters out all undesired comments from your site.

Akismet

  1. Yoast SEO –  https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/

Yoast SEO can guide you to develop better content for your website so that it can achieve higher ranking on search engine results. It focuses on audience friendly content so that you can gain trust from users. It is really simple to use with its traffic light system helping you identify why each page or post is ranked good or bad in SEO terms.

Yoast WordPress Plugin

  1. All in one WordPress Security and firewall –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-security-and-firewall/

One of the most essential tasks that every website owner needs to do is to keep their website safe from hackers. This security-enhancing plugin can provide proper monitoring over logouts, logins, 404 errors, humans, and robots and firewall plus much more.

All In One Security WordPress security

  1. Contact Form 7 –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

Contact Form 7 is one of the most downloaded contact form plugins. It takes a little while to understand but its simple once you get the hang of it. It stays secure and is updated regularly which is a must when choosing plugins.

Contact Form 7 WordPress Plugin

  1. EWWW Image Optimizer –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/ewww-image-optimizer/

Images are an asset for your page or post as they capture the attention of readers. EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin allows website managers to easily optimise their images without sacrificing quality. It will run in the background when you upload images but you can also do a mass scan of theme files when you make updates to your theme. This will reduce load time speed of your website.

EWWW Image Optimizer

  1. WP Optimize –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize/

WP Optimize is rated as the best tool for cleaning unwanted database entries from WordPress so that it can be optimised to perform better. This plugin ensures improved functionality of your website as it can manage lots of things automatically. Remember to always do a backup of your files before performing an optimisation.

WP Optimize

  1. Mail Chimp for WordPress –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/mailchimp-for-wp/

Mail Chimp is one of the most recognised and reliable source for newsletter services. This plugin connects your newsletter with your website meaning you can gain subscribers from your website and keep on top of your mailing lists.

Mail Chimp For WordPress

  1. All-in-One WP Migration –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration/

Taking a backup of your website before you update any plugins or core WordPress files is a must as when you run updates it is easy to break something or corrupt your database if something you are updating is not compatible. This plugin is easy to run and makes it easy to import and move websites. It takes a complete backup of all your files and database.

WP Migration

  1. Redirection –  https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/

This plugin is capable enough to manage all 404 errors and 301 redirection issues. You can also update 307 and 302 directions to it manually. Google does not like 404 pages so use this to stop it happening when you delete an old page or post, or when you rename content !

Redirection

Hope you have found our Top Ten Free WordPress Plugins for 2017 guide useful, please comment below with suggestions to be added to the list or what you agree and disagree with!

 

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4 Comments
  • Simon Pearce
    Posted at 13:07h, 31 August Reply

    Thank you! Very useful list I may need to incorporate some of these into my own site.

  • Danial Wilson
    Posted at 05:46h, 30 September Reply

    Your list contains really helpful plugins.
    You should try one more freemium WordPress plugin for security enhancements. User Activity Log is one of the best plugin to track all the activities of your user from admin quickly. It provides a very easy user interface to manage site’s user roles and informs about WordPress core updates, post updates, user activities etc. See more: https://wordpress.org/plugins/user-activity-log/

    • poppydesignstudio
      Posted at 11:10h, 07 October Reply

      Thanks Danial, We will give it a try and see how it performs 🙂

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