17 Free Wordpress Plugins You Should Use

WordPress is one of the most used and most advanced content management systems (CMS) in the world with more than 60 million websites using its framework to run their sites – including my website. WordPress began as a tool for bloggers and quickly became the most popular blogging system on the internet, and is arguably one of the best platforms for a websites onsite SEO available. Since then it has grown, and now entire websites rely on the software with 18.9% of the top 10 million sites in the world running WordPress.

WordPress is open source meaning all the code is freely available for developers to modify meaning a large number of templates and useful plugins/add-ons have been created for people to add on and enhance their website or blog with. Many of these plugins have an online marketing focus and can help to improve your website either by increasing conversion rates, improving SEO rankings or just improving the usability of your website.

I have tested a wide range of free plugins, here are the top 17 that I recommend you implement and test on your WordPress website which will help you with your overall online marketing efforts:

404 Page

Define any of your WordPress pages as 404 error page to allow the use of custom pages.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/404page/

Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/

BackWPup

Schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation. Decide which content will be stored (Dropbox, S3…).
http://wordpress.org/plugins/backwpup/

BAW Manual Related Posts

Allows you to set related posts manually and easily and display them after.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/baw-manual-related-posts/

Broken Link Checker

This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/broken-link-checker/

Change Your Admin Bar To Maori

This plugin will change your admin login so you are instantly greeted with the Maori greeting of Kia Ora and the current New Zealand flag – a little bit of Kiwiana inside your WordPress dashboard.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/change-your-admin-bar-greeting-to-maori/

Easy Tynt

Adds a link back to your website when people copy and paste information from your website.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-tynt/

EWWW Image Optimizer

Reduce file sizes for images within WordPress to speed up page load speed times.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/ewww-image-optimizer/

Floating Social Bar

Floating Social Bar adds a floating share bar to your content to allow easy sharing of posts.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/floating-social-bar/

HeadSpace2

Controls almost every aspect of your site’s meta-data, including advanced tagging, Analytics, and dozens of plugins.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/headspace2/

NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

Automatically publishes and re-publishes blogposts to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Blogger, Tumblr, Delicious, Plurk, etc.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

Redirection

Allows you to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/

Responsive Lightbox

Allows users to view larger versions of images and galleries in a lightbox (overlay) effect optimized for mobile devices.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/responsive-lightbox/

SEO Friendly Images

Automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images improving traffic from search engines.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/seo-image/

SEO Slugs

Removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/seo-slugs/

SumoMe

This plugin has a range of useful features such as popups, header bars and scroll bars all aimed at helping you increase your email subscribers.
https://wordpress.org/plugins/sumome/

Youtube Not Found

Finds invalid youtube videos (deleted or removed from youtube) embeded in your site and alerts you to it.
http://wordpress.org/plugins/youtube-not-found/

Duncan Jones

About The Author - Duncan Jones

I am a data-driven digital marketing specialist from New Zealand and im passionate about helping businesses and marketing professionals improve their digital marketing results. I have a focus on performance marketing, insist on tracking everything and love optimising & improving campaigns for clients across a huge range of industries. You can find me on LinkedIn here or you can contact me here.

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