8 Free and Completely Essential WordPress Plugins

8 free and essential wordpress plugins

With such a large number of plugins (54.265 at the time of writing this article), many people wonder which ones they should have.

You are not the only one with these doubts.

So here I bring you a list of 8 free and completely necessary WordPress plugins with their respective alternatives. Some of them have a premium option but the free one is good enough for the majority of cases.

 


Block unwanted comments

Askimet

The most downloaded anti-spam plugin that comes which the default installation of WordPress. Askimet captures almost any comment from bots.

Characteristics
  • Review comments automatically and filter out those that look like spam.
  • Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were captured or deleted by Akismet.
  • Show the URLs in the body of the comment, to reveal hidden links.
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
  • Directly blocks the worst kind of spam, allowing you to save disk space and speed up your site.
Alternatives

Anti-Spam
Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin
Stop Spammers

 


Security and Firewalls

Security is the first thing to consider as soon as we install a theme and the following plugins help us add security in an easy and fast way.

 

All in One WP security and firewall

My number one option in WordPress security, all in One WP Security offers many ways to secure our page, as its name suggests. It reduces the security risk by checking for vulnerabilities, and by implementing and applying the latest WordPress security practices and recommended techniques.

Characteristics
  • Secure user account
  • Login security
  • Ensure user registration
  • Secure the database.
  • File system security
  • HTACCESS and WP-CONFIG.PHP backup
  • Blacklist functionality (blacklists)
  • Firewall
  • Brute force login prevention
  • WHOIS Search
  • Security scanner
  • Antispam Security
  • Front text copy protection
Alternatives

wordfence security
Sucuri
iThemes security.


Backup and Restore

While other security measures are essential, backup copies are the ultimate insurance: they mean that, in the worst case, your website will be kept safe in a copy and can be restored immediately.

 

UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore

The most popular plugin for backing up, offers many backup options, either in the cloud or on your own machine. The payment option offers more backup options.

Characteristics of the free version
  • Perform Restorations and backups
  • Multiple options for backing up in the cloud.
  • Allows you to set up automatic backup schedules.
  • It has been tested on more than 1 million sites
Characteristics of the free version
  • Duplicate or migrate websites easily (with Migrator)
  • Multisite / multi-network compatibility
  • Back up files and databases other than WP in multiple remote destinations
  • Dedicated and free expert support
Alternatives

BackUpBuddy
BackUpWordpress
BackWPup – WordPress Backup Plugin

 


SEO, optimize your site for the search engines.

 

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is an all-in-one WordPress SEO plugin, it handles the full technical optimization of your site for search engines. It also helps you write the content that visitors like to read, giving readability tips.

Characteristics of the free version
  • Functionality of XML site maps
  • Configure canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content
  • Meta description and title templates to improve your brand and have consistent snippets in the search results.
  • SEO and content analysis
  • Integrates with the Google Search console.
  • SEO profile management
  • Mass Editor: Make large-scale changes to your site.
Characteristics of the premium version
  • Extensions for SEO News, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO.
  • Suggestion tool
  • Keywords target
  • Automatic internal linking suggestions
  • Social previews to manage the way your page is shared on social networks
  • Redirect manager
  • Premium technical support
Alternatives

Google XML Sitemaps.
SEOPress
All in One SEO

 


Accelerate your web page

If your website is very slow you may be losing visitors due to a bad user experience, so it is important to improve your web performance.

 

W3 Total Chache

W3 Total Cache improves SEO and user experience by reducing download times through features such as the integration of the content delivery network (CDN).

Characteristics
  • Supports shared hosting, private / dedicated virtual servers and dedicated servers / clusters
  • Transparent content delivery network (CDN) management
  • Mobile support: respective page cache by reference or groups of user agents
  • Compatibility with accelerated mobile pages (AMP)
  • SSL support
  • Memory caching of pages and publications in memory, on disk or in (DDF) CDN
  • CSS and JavaScript caching (minified and compressed)
  • Feeding cache
  • Caching search results pages
  • Caching of database objects in memory or on disk
  • JavaScript and CSS minder online, embedded or third party
  • Import the attachments directly into the Media Library

 

Alternatives

WP Super Cache
WP Rocket
WP Fastest Cache

 


Google Analytics

Display Google Analytics inside your WordPress board

 

Google Analytics Dashboard for Wp

This Google Analytics add-on for WordPress allows you to crawl your site using the Google Analytics tracking code and allows you to see the key Google Analytics statistics in your WordPress installation.

Characteristics
  • See the number of visitors in real time
  • Real-time acquisition channels
  • Details of real-time traffic sources
  • Google Analytics and Reporting
Alternatives
Google Analyticator
Clicky
WP Slimstat Analytics

 


Email lists

As a marketer, blogger or owner of an online store, the most important element you need is the email list of your subscribers

 

MailPoet

Send unlimited emails to up to 2,000 subscribers with the free version, easily and without leaving WordPress.

Characteristics
  • New designer with receptive templates
  • Send your emails with the MailPoet sending service (optional)
  • Improved user experience
  • Easy setup
  • Solid reliability
  • Weekly launches
Alternatives
Postmatic
Sumo
MailChimp

 


Share your posts on social networks

 

WP Social Sharing

Add attractive buttons to share your posts on social networks.

Characteristics

  • Social media support for Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Reddit, Twitter, Xing and Pinterest.
  • Automatic display to publication type.
  • Custom social button text.
  • Reorder the order of social icons easily.
  • Modern button created with CSS3.
  • Provides Shortcodes, can be easily integrated with any subject.
  • The social icon can be added before and after the content

Alternatives
Sumo Share 
Custom share buttons 
Social Warfare 
Easy Social Share Buttons For WordPress 

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