Having built a number of websites on WordPress, I have collected a list of my must have free plugins for WordPress. WordPress plugins increase the functionality of the standard WordPress platform and there are plenty to choose from. These WordPress plugins are the ones I pretty much use on any WordPress website that I build. From visitor statistics through to basic SEO. Here are my must have free WordPress plugins.
Classic Editor WordPress Plugin
A few versions back, the standard WordPress editor changed but I have never managed to get away with the new editor. The good news is that this plugin is the original editor for WordPress and puts things back as they should be.
Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin
The Yoast SEO plugin in my opinion is one of the best free WordPress SEO plugins around. Once installed it adds an additional box to the editor page which allows you to manage the SEO for that post. It also gives recommendations on how to improve the SEO of your WordPress content and also the readability of each post and page. A really useful plugin.
WPS Hide Login WordPress Plugin
This WordPress plugin does exactly what the name says, it allows you to change the WordPress admin login page to something different. This is a basic step to help secure your WordPress website. It is really easy to configure and would recommend installing it on any WordPress website. I also wrote a guide on how to setup WPS Hide Login
WP-Forms Lite WordPress Plugin
Every website needs a contact form, and this plugin makes it so easy to add a basic contact form to your website. It also supports Google CAPTCHA which helps prevent those good old spammers. You can build other types of form as well. Its drag and drop form builder makes it the perfect choice to get started.
WP Statistics WordPress Plugin
WP Statistics is a great free plugin for WordPress that gives you basic visitor statistics as well as the number of hits each post has had. Its perfect if you don’t want to start configuring or using Google Analytics. A nice easy way of seeing how many visitors your website is getting.
So there you have it, those are my must have free WordPress plugins for your website. Some offer pro versions but the functionality you get with the free versions is more than enough to get you going with building your WordPress website.
Hope you find this useful.