8 free plugins for any WordPress website

8 free plugins for any WordPress website

Last update on: November 17, 2021

There are important plugins that no WordPress site should be without. This article introduces 8 key areas and at least one free example plugin. Admittedly, the choice is subjective, but we currently use the following 8 plugins on all WordPress websites that we at WebGeckos build for our clients or our own projects.

Update from 11/17/2021: Added Rank Math and Elementor plugins.

The Best Free WordPress Plugins

Which plugins should not be missing on any WordPress website?

1. Security

Security is certainly one of the most important areas of any WordPress website.

Free Sample Plugin: All in One WP Security & Firewall

WordPress security

2. Backup

Backup is just as important as security. Regular backups help to restore the website quickly in case something goes wrong. For smaller sites where the content is not updated as often, I use the above security plugin for regular database backups in conjunction with manual post/page/media backups. For larger websites I use the following plugin:

Free Sample Plugin: UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

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I also recommend the article: Create a WordPress backup with UpdraftPlus.

3. Avoid spam

Nobody likes spam! For example, to keep spam away from your WordPress site, you can use the following plugin.

Free Sample Plugin: Antispam Bee

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4. Contact form

Almost every modern website has a contact form these days. Since the plugin is almost as old as WordPress itself, the look of the contact forms is very reminiscent of the 1990s web design. The appearance and other functionalities can be easily changed or added with appropriate extensions.

Free sample plugin: Contact Form 7

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5. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Featured Post: Keyword Research and Application.

What good is a beautiful website if nobody knows about it? In order for your website to be found, you can create a good SEO basis for your website with the following plugin.

Free Sample Plugin: The SEO Framework

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6. Performance

There are many plugins that improve the performance of a website. For example, if you want to achieve the loading times of the website through image optimization, I recommend the article on image optimization for WordPress websites. Depending on the type of website, different performance plugins are used:

Free sample plugin for smaller websites: Autoptimize

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Free example plugin for websites with lots of content: Comet Cache

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Free Sample Plugin for WordPress Multisite: Cachify

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Free sample plugin for sites with lots of images: Lazy Load

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7. Coming Soon & Maintenance

It’s never too early to start marketing your own website. The following plugin helps to inform potential customers about an upcoming launch and possibly to build up an email list. In addition, the plugin also puts the website into maintenance mode to make important changes to the page.

Free Sample Plugin: Minimal Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode

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8. Legal

There are different opinions online as to whether and how visitors to a website should be informed about the use of cookies. Google has already made the cookie notice mandatory for users of certain Google offers. To be on the safe side, I use the following plugin:

Free Sample Plugin: Cookies Notice by dFactory

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On the subject of law, I recommend the WordPress plugin mix to make your website legally secure.

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