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The Best WordPress Plugins 2020 is my list of plugins that I install on every site I create and this list will feature only free ones to help you get started with your WordPress website.
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These plugins should cover most sites and if you have any questions please let me know.
I have included a few with the links to the Pro or Premium versions. Some of these links are affiliate links and they support this website and the WordPress tutorials I make each week. It adds no additional cost to you.
Plus a ton of the premium versions add so many features that they are worth looking into. For example, SEOPress free is great but the premium version makes it a true powerhouse!
Let’s get started…
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The majority of the time I turn off comments but if you are leaving them on then I highly recommend Akismet.
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
Atomic Blocks – Gutenberg Blocks Collection
Atomic Blocks is a collection of page building blocks for the new Gutenberg block editor. Building pages with the block editor and Atomic Blocks gives you more control to quickly create and launch any kind of site you want!
Better Search Replace
Need to secure your website or when moving your WordPress site to a new domain or server, you will likely run into a need to run a search/replace on the database for everything to work correctly. Fortunately, there are several plugins available for this task, however, all have a different approach to a few key features.
Want to learn how to secure your website? Check out our course!
Custom Post Type UI
Custom Post Type UI provides an easy to use interface for registering and managing custom post types and taxonomies for your website.
This plugin allows administrators to globally disable comments on any post type (posts, pages, attachments, etc.) so that these settings cannot be overridden for individual posts. It also removes all comment-related fields from edit and quick-edit screens.
On multisite installations, it can be used to disable comments on the entire network. Additionally, comment-related items can be removed from the Dashboard, Widgets, the Admin Menu and the Admin Bar.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) also they just changed their name to Google Analytics Dashboard for WP by ExactMetrics (formerly GADWP)
This Google Analytics for WordPress plugin enables you to track your site using the latest Google Analytics tracking code and allows you to view key Google Analytics stats in your WordPress install.
In addition to a set of general Google Analytics stats, in-depth Page reports and in-depth Post reports allow further segmentation of your analytics data, providing performance details for each post or page from your website. The Google Analytics tracking code is fully customizable through options and hooks, allowing advanced data collection like custom dimensions and events.
Redirection is the most popular redirect manager for WordPress. With it you can easily manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have.
This can help reduce errors and improve your site ranking. Redirection is designed to be used on sites with a few redirects to sites with thousands of redirects.
It has been a WordPress plugin for over 10 years and has been recommended countless times. And it’s free!
Sassy Social Share
Sassy Social Share enables your website users to share the content over Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit and over 100 more social sharing and bookmarking services.
This is the Simplest and Smoothest Social Sharing plugin with optimized and great looking vector icons.
SEOPress is a powerful plugin to optimize your SEO, boost your traffic, improve social sharing, build custom HTML and XML Sitemaps, create optimized breadcrumbs, add schemas / Google Structured data types, manage redirections 301 and so much more.
BONUS: No advertising, no footprints, white-label, in backend AND frontend Content analysis to help you write search-engine-optimized content Import your post and term metadata from other plugins in 1 click
- Video Tutorial on Setting Up SEOPress: https://pressavenue.com/switch-seopress-yoastseo-wordpress/
- SEOPress Pro adds a ton of features and win with SEO!
ShortPixel Image Optimizer
A freemium easy to use, comprehensive, stable and frequently updated image compression plugin supported by the friendly team that created it. 🙂
Increase your website’s SEO ranking, number of visitors and ultimately your sales by optimizing any image or PDF document on your website. ShortPixel is an easy to use, lightweight, install-and-forget-about-it image optimization plugin that can compress all your past images and PDF documents with a single click.
New images are automatically resized/rescaled and optimized on the fly, in the background. It’s also compatible with any gallery, slider or eCommerce plugin.
- Pro version adds more credits! Also, watch AppSumo for a deal on these guys as they usually add even more credits for less money.
ThirstyAffiliates Affiliate Link Manager
ThirstyAffiliates gives bloggers the tools they need to monetize their WordPress website with affiliate marketing.
WP Mail SMTP by WPForms
Having problems with your WordPress site not sending emails? You’re not alone.
Over 1 million websites use WP Mail SMTP to send their emails reliably. Our goal is to make email deliverability easy and reliable. We want to ensure your emails reach the inbox.
WP Mail SMTP fixes your email deliverability by reconfiguring WordPress to use a proper SMTP provider when sending emails.
- Pro Version for more features or sending options
Contact Form by WPForms – Drag & Drop Form Builder for WordPress
We believe that you shouldn’t have to hire a developer to create a WordPress contact form. That’s why we built WPForms, a drag & drop WordPress form builder that’s EASY and POWERFUL.
WPForms allows you to create beautiful contact forms, feedback form, subscription forms, payment forms, and other types of forms for your site in minutes, not hours!
Since 2008 Yoast SEO has helped millions of websites worldwide to rank higher in search engines. This WordPress SEO plugin helps you with your search engine optimization.
As Yoast’s mission is SEO for Everyone, the plugin’s users range from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet.
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