April 9, 2020/Alexey Seryapin/For Web Developers, For Webmasters, Infographics, Web Security, WooCommerce
WordPress plugins are the best way to extend functionalities. No matter which type fo website you wan to create, you will need some plugins. Whether it is a simple blog or you are creating an eCommerce store using WordPress, you will need some of the most popular free plugins to enhance the experience of the website.
There are millions of plugins out there. So, you need to make sure that you have all the popular plugins. We are going to see the 20 most popular free WordPress plugins that you can use.
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#1 Contact Form 7
The best and most popular plugin on the WordPress directory is Contact form 7. It is a simple form that you can use to create a contact form with ease. You can quickly add the form as it is a plug and play plugin. Further, there are some of the customizations available. However, the plugin is mostly useful for the people who want a simple contact form without any further functionalities. The plugin has more than 5M installs. The plugin is available in more than 60 languages.
#2 Yoast SEO
The second most popular plugin out there is Yoast SEO. SEO will help you in ranking your website in the top places on Google and other search engines. Yoast SEO will do the work for you by letting you configure all the things. With the plugin, you can not only set the basic SEO but can also do advanced SEO such as content SEO. Even this plugin has more than 5M active installs with 42+ language support.
Not only Akismet is one of the most popular free WordPress plugins but also the most translated plugins. The plugin is available in more than 67 languages and has more than 5M downloads. It is a useful plugin to remove spam from your website. The plugin automatically filters and removes the spam comments. There is no easy way to deal with the spam comment other than using this tool.
#4 Classic Editor
The new Guttenberg editor is loved by half of the community but at the same time, many people hate it. Beginners prefer classic editor and also, some of the experienced people love classic editor rather than Guttenberg. Therefore, the plugin has 5M+ active installs and is available in more than 53 languages. This makes it one of the most popular plugins out there. People often use TinyMCE advanced along with this plugin to extend the functionalities.
Moving on to the next, we have got Jetpack. It is the best all-in-one plugin. It is useful for backup, security, optimization, etc. Most of the people out of the 5M+ installs use Jetpack for related post plugin and stats. There is a feature that monitors the total uptime of the website which makes it popular. Further talking, the plugin is transited in more than 41 languages. Jetpack has a free plan and if you want more features, you can also go with the premium one. It is totally up to you how you want to use it.
If you want to make an eCommerce website, you will need the WooCommerce plugin installed on your website. There are more than 5M installs with support of over 61 languages. You can use it any language you want. It is a simple open-source eCommerce solution you can use. You can create an eCommerce website with ease. It allows you to add variable products, affiliate products, or group products too. So, it makes it easier for everyone to use it. Various other plugins will extend the functionalities of WordPress. You can use it alongside it.
Most of the people don’t like the simple look of the website. So, they prefer a builder using which they can build amazing pages. There are many page builder for WordPress. However, when you are looking at some of the free and easy builders, Elemtor page builder tops the competition. The plugin has more than 4M installs and is available in 55 languages. There is a premium version available for this plugin if you want to purchase it. The premium plugin gives you more features than this one and also includes better support over this one. So, you can surely have a look at it.
#8 WordPress importer
When it comes to backup and restore, people mostly prefer the default method. No doubt, there are thousands of other methods available which are easier but for some reason, people still prefer the old WordPress importer. It allows you to import all the posts, pages, tags, categories from a previously backed WordPress file. So, if you have a WordPress export file, you can import it using this plugin. The plugin is translated in 55 languages due to the 4m+ active installs.
#9 Simple SSL
Recently, Google increased its priority of SSL websites. That’s the reason why every single website is using SSL on their website. Using SSL is easy but sometimes, it does involve a couple of fo things. You might face an error that says “Some objects are not secure” or similar. For that, you will need to configure the SSL settings. Simple SSL does all the work with just the install. Therefore, it has more than 4 Million downloads. As there isn’t much to configure, the plugin is only translated in 33 languages. Therefore, you can rely on it and use it to configure your website’s SSL.
#10 Duplicate post
Ever happened when you created a post using the classic editor or using Elementor, you might need to create a very similar page. It makes no sense to write or create another post with the same text or elements. In such cases, you will need to copy the entire post. If you don’t want to do the copy and paste method, you can use Duplicate Post to quickly clone a post or page to a new draft. The plugin comes in more than 42 languages and has more than 3 million installs.
#11 WordFence security
Once your website starts getting popular, you will need the security plugin to secure it from the attackers. There are many plugins available that will help you do it. WordFence is one of the most popular free WordPress plugins for security that you can use. It has over 3 million downloads. It helps you in securing your website form all the unwanted access. Whether it’s brute force attack that you are afraid of or it is about the plugin vulnerability, WordFence does it all for you. When it comes to security, you will need the best plugin in the Wp directory to secure your website. WordFence security will do the work for you.
#12 Contact form By WPForms
Now, if you want something more than just a contact form, you can use the Contact form by WpForms. It is a drag and drops WordPress form builder with over 3 million active installs. It is translated into more than 14 languages. It allows you to add various fields in the forms such as a drop-down menu, multi-select, checkbox, etc. You can use the premium version if you want more features. It is the most popular free WordPress plugins to build forms. It is for people looking for more features.
#13 TinyMCE Advanced
As mentioned in the previous plugin, people use TinyMCE advanced plying along with the classic editor. It will give more features to your editor. For instance, after using this tool, you can not only change the font size but you can also change the font color, add tables, and do various things with ease. It is worth checking out. It also works great with the Guttenberg block editor. There are more than 2M downloads with 41+ languages.
#14 All-in-one WP Migration
You will eventually need to transfer the WordPress website from one domain to another or from one hosting to another. In such cases, you can use All-in-one WP migration to make things easy. It will create a backup of your website and you can restore it with ease on the new website. There are more than 2 million downloads with 47+ languages. People often use this plugin as a backup plugin as you can create backups with ease.
#15 Google Analytics Dashboard
We all need to look at the stats now and then. It becomes quite a time consuming to open Google Analytics whenever you want to look at it. The alternative here is Google Analytics Dashboard. More than 2 million websites are using a dashboard to view the analytics. Further, the plugin is available in 23 different languages. You can surely have a look at the plugin if you are looking to ease things. It will save you a lot of time as you won’t have to open the analytics website again. It is a freemium plugin.
#16 Updraft Backup Plugin
This plugin is a perfect backup plugin with over 2M downloads and 22+ languages. It is for anyone who is looking to migrate the website or simply have a regular backup. The plugin allows you to take daily backups with ease. Further, you can also backup your data to various clouds including Google Drive. Sometimes, your hosting server might be in danger. So, in such cases, you can use the cloud backup. It allows you to backup data on Google Drive for free. However, there are some premium features that you can use.
#17 All in One SEO Pack
All in one SEO pack is another popular plugins hat has 2 million downloads. Also, when you look at the languages, it has over 54 supported languages. You can set and configure the basic SEO with just a couple of clicks. Further, it has content optimization and analyzer to write SEO friendly content.
#18 Google XML Sitemap
The plugin will simply create a sitemap for your website. A sitemap is a link to all the posts and pages. It allows Google and other search engines to fetch your website faster. Hence you can use it on your website. There are more than 2 million installs with over 29 languages. Google XML sitemap will improve the SEO of the website and will help you in ranking the site. However, if you are using an SEO plugin, they will already have a sitemap in it. So, you might want to disable their sitemap if you want to use this plugin also.
#19 WP Super Cache
A cache plugin will faster your website with some clicks. It will store the static files in the cache memory, whenever someone opens your website, it will first load the data from the static pages. Hence, it will decrease the loading time of the website. In other words, WP Super Cache will increase the site speed and decrease the loading time. You can surely use the plugin as it has 2 million downloads and there are 23 languages. It is the most popular free WordPress plugins for cache that you can use to speed up your website. It doesn’t require more configuration. You can set the plugin in a few clicks.
#20 Mailchimp for WordPress
When it comes to free email marketing plugin, MailChimp does the work. They have a free plan where you can have 2000 subscribers. Hence, all the people starting from the individual blogger to huge companies use Mailchimp. It has more than 1 million active installs and is available in 18 languages. You will need to register on the MailChimp website before you can use this plugin. Don’t worry, they have a free plan where you don’t need to pay any single penny (no credit card required). So, you can surely use this.
To conclude, these are some of the top most popular free WordPress plugins for your WordPress website. You can use any of the 20 most popular free WordPress plugins out there. Make sure they both don’t clash with each other or it might cause some problems. The plugin will notify you if they clash with some of the plugins. You can take the steps accordingly.
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