Top 10 Must Have FREE WordPress Plugins 2020

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1. All In One SEO Pack

All in one SEO plugin Image

When installing a SEO plugin clients usually default to Yoast SEO as it is the most popular and has a simplistic design. What people don’t know is that the free version of All In One SEO can offer more than the free version of Yoast! You can type multiple keywords by separating them with a comma and easily edit your snippet that users will see on search engines. Since switching to All In One SEO we have noticed it has been easier to rank on google with the amount of features the free version offers.

Here are some of the free features:

  • Change titles, descriptions and keywords all from the pages and posts section
  • XML Sitemaps – So search engines can crawl your site
  • Robots.txt
  • Bad Bot Blocker
  • Social Meta – Set different images and titles for when people share your post on social media
  • File Editor – Change your .htaccess file without logging in to your C-Panel

All In One also offers a paid version for people wanting to optimise their site even further.

Here are some of the paid add-ons:

  • Video Sitemap
  • Local Business SEO – Increase click through rate from your google business
  • Image SEO – Rank your images on google by optimising them

If you’re wanting to enhance your pages with search engine optimisation we are confident that the All In one plugin can offer what you’re needing.

All In One SEO Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


2. WordFence Security

Wordfence Security Screenshot

Security on WordPress is a MUST when installing themes and plugins it can reduce the security of your site. The two main reasons this happens is when a plugin isn’t updated or installing paid plugins that have been cracked/nulled these create huge vunribilites as hackers have time to find a hole in the code to access your site.

Wordfence helps reduce people accessing your site for the wrong reasons by creating a firewall to stop people brute forcing your website. Wordfence also scans your site regularly to check for security issues which notifies you to fix.

Here are some of the free features wordfence offers:

  • Malware, virus, and backdoor scanning.
  • core file integrity and an option to repair.
  • Brute force hacking protection.
  • Alerts to your email if something is wrong like critical problems.
  • Firewall that includes blocking fake Google crawlers, IP whitelisting and IP blocking.

Wordfence is an excellent all round security plugin, we mainly use this plugin to block IP’s that are trying to access the login portal.

Wordfence Security Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


3. UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

Updraft Plus Screenshot

Updraft is by far the best wordpress backing up plugin. The amount of features the plugin allows you to use on the free version shows they’re serious about keeping your website safe. Updraft will automatically back up your whole website to a remote storage option you have selected. We have selected google drive as we have unlimited storage and can easily access the folders on the move.

Updraft keeps a mirror copy of your backup on your site so if anything was to go wrong you can download your backup, select what you would like to restore and the plugin will do the rest! This plugin has been a life saver when installing a theme that changes the layout of your whole site then been unable to revert when switching back to the old theme.

Based on the space you have on your local or remote storage you can change the amount of back-ups that updraft will keep before overwriting the oldest version first!

Updraft Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


4.Google Site Kit

Google Site Kit Plugin Screenshot

Google site kit is by far one of the best analytics plugin you can use on your wordpress site. Most analytics and tracking plugins usually use google analytics as a way to generate your website statistics, so why not use the plugin that it all comes from!

Here are some of the features site kit will show you on the dashboard:

  • All traffic – Split in to a pie chart to show where your main visits are coming from
  • Search Funnel – Showing impressions, website clicks and unique visitors from searching your site.
  • Most popular content – Shows pages and posts with the most website views (numbered)
  • Most Popular Keywords – Shows how the viewers saw your post (numbered)
  • Adsense data – Track how much you’re earning through advertisements on your site
  • Page Speed – View Desktop and Mobile speed for each page and receive a rating

By tracking the following information you can see what your website is doing good and bad on. The amount of information you receive from this plugin can really transform your site making more visitors want to visit it. This could be keyword related for example making another blog post similar to one that is doing well.

Google Site Kit Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


5.Autoptimize

Autoptimize plugin screenshot

This plugin is an amazing addition to work with google site kit as it can really increase your page score. By increasing your page speed score google ranks your website higher by giving it a page authority number. By optimising Javascript, CSS and HTML code it can really speed up your website by selecting when you would like certain code to load.

Most code on wordpress doesn’t need to load straight away like images further down the page which can slow your website down by a significant amount. A downside to this plugin is that it can break your site or it won’t load something from a theme you need.

You can optimise the following:

  • Javascript
  • CSS (cascading style sheets)
  • HTML
  • Images
  • Critical CSS – Code that is mainly used on your site.

Always make sure you create a backup before using this plugin we recommend Updraft, as you can restore your website before the Javascrpit files were changed and select a different option from the plugin.

Autoptimize Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


6. Cookie Notice

Cookie Notice Plugin Screenshot

The cookie notice plugin is an amazing way to make your website safe from the new rules on GDPR in the UK. By using this plugin you are notifying your viewers that you are using cookies to make the website load faster and they have the option to leave the website if they don’t want to be tracked.

What Cookie Notice lets you change:

  • Create a custom cookie notice message for your site
  • Change Button text
  • Enable a privacy policy link (if you have one)
  • Give the viewer an option to refuse third party cookies
  • Revoke consent button – they won’t use cookies and website may be slower

The notice will display in a small box at the bottom where the user can use an accept button to hide the notification. The notice is small and out of the way of your main content making the users experience even better. Unlike other plugins that display a huge box in the middle of the screen, Cookie Notice doesn’t do this to Make the users experience better so they return next time

 

Cookie Notice Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


7. Theme Editor

Theme Editor Plugin Screenshot

A theme editor plugin is always a good plugin to use when wanting to edit your website. Instead of editing the files in C-Panel that can become quite time consuming logging in to your hosting provider to find the files you need to change, You can do it through this plugin. We mainly use this plugin for adding small snippets of code in to our header.php file such as google analytics and other search engine optimisation tools that we would like to receive information from.

if you have multiple themes you can select the correct theme in the top, right dropdown menu. We recommend that you always download the file first then edit the child theme incase you change something by mistake and break your theme. This way you can restore the old, unchanged file and your website will work perfectly fine again.

Theme Editor Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


8. Tawk.to Live Chat

Tawk.to Plugin Screenshot

 

 

Tawk.to is a free live chat plugin for wordpress we find this plugin very useful as people can ask questions and receive a speedy answer if you’re online at that present time. If for some reason you’re away the live chat will let the user leave a message with their email and sent it directly to the chosen email address. This is an amazing way to get back to a potential client by carrying the conversation on via email with their answer.

Some features that tawk.to offers:

  • Online dashboard
  • Chat analytics
  • automated messages if you’re offline
  • email notification that a user has left a message

When installed on your WordPress site it will display a small circular chat icon in the bottom, right page. You can customise the chat to automatically pop up however we like to keep it hidden to enhance the users experience on our site.

Tawk.to Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


9. Attachment Pages Redirect

404 Redirect Plugin Screenshot

After a website has been hosting for a long amount of time they usually experience internal and external broken links. This is usually from editing and changing links on your site(internally) or a website you’ve linked too is no longer active. This impacts on your page score and with search rankings on google.

Attachment post redirects is an amazing tool that automatically updates links to working ones or redirects the clickable link to the home page to prevent people hitting a broken link. This keeps your website ranking high and most importantly viewers still end up on your website.

Plugin Features:

  • Automatically creates redirects
  • You can manually create redirects
  • Shows what redirect code e.g 404 is an unavailable page
  • Date someone last accessed that URL

Our screenshot of the tool shows it redirecting pages to the correct URL after we have changed it.

You can download the free version of attachment post redirects from here

 


10. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 Plugin Screenshot

If you are looking for a plugin to create and manage multiple contact forms Contact Form 7 is the plugin for you! Simplily create a new form and use either a prebuilt template or click the precoded boxes for what you are looking for. Contact Form 7 has the option to use reCaptcha verification making sure questions are only submitted by real people. After creating the perfect contact form you can then embed it on to the required pages and wait for people to use it.

Contact Form 7 Website Or you can download the free version from here

 


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