Top Five Free WordPress Plugins

 

WordPress is a popular open source content management system used by millions of websites. One of the best things about the platform is the ability to use plugins to provide additional functionality to your website. There is a database of over 26,000 plugins available on WordPress that allow users to add custom features and functions to their sites to meet their specific requirements.

With a plugin for everything, from forms and navigation bars, to SEO optimisers or client portals, there is the ability to create your perfect website using the core functionality plus plugins, all within WordPress. Here are our recommendations for the best plugins that every website should consider using.

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

Recommended by almost everyone in the industry, this handy little plugin helps you with SEO best practises. With automatic xml sitemaps, the ability to indicate duplicate content to Google and more, it’s an essential add on to any hosted WordPress install.

  1. Contact Form 7

Every corporate site needs a contact form of some description, and this easy to use plugin allows you to add multiple forms to your site quickly and efficiently. With spam filtering, CAPTCHA and other features, this is easily one of the best contact form plugins available.

  1. Disqus Comment System

Discqus is the most popular commenting plugin, allowing you to transform your blog into a social media hub, with interactivity increased tenfold, and links to social media meaning that everyone can join in your conversation.

  1. NextGEN Gallery

With over nine million downloads the NextGen Gallery plugin in the most popular gallery plugin and it’s easy to see why. It allows you to easily upload and manage galleries of images, has editable thumbnails, albums and more.

  1. iThemes Security

With WordPress being a popular target for hackers, it’s a good idea to use a security plugin. This one, formerly known as Better WP Security will protect you from common vulnerabilities.

 

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Author Gyles Seward

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