Best Free WordPress Plugins

BEST FREE WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR WEBPRENEURS

There are tons of great free plugins on the WordPress Plugin Directory.  Unfortunately, it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out exactly which ones are the most useful, have the fewest bugs and actually make your life a little easier.  Below are some of my favorites that I’ve used throughout the past for years on my own websites and with clients.  I’ve really enjoyed them and I hope you will too.

Last Updated 5/3/2015

Best Free WordPress Plugins

Traffic & Conversions

Optimization Plugins

  • WP-Optimize (one-click spam delete, remove old post revisions and cleanup your database)
  • Ultimate Nofollow (adds a “nofollow” check box when adding links to improve your seo)
  • W3 Total Cache (a reliable caching plugin to help speed up your site)
  • WPtouch (creates a mobile-friendly version of your site, for non-responsive websites)

Ecommerce & Ads

Communities & Forums

  • BuddyPress (build your own social network or niche community)
  • bbPress (create a discussion forum on your WordPress site)
  • s2Member Framework (free membership plugin to add members-only content)

Stats & Analytics

Social Plugins

Multi-Author Plugins

Website Protection

  • Wordfence Security (malware scan, WordPress firewall and overall security)
  • Akismet (auto-delete the majority of spam comments on your blog)
  • Easy Tynt (copying analytics and copyright protection)
  • WP-CopyProtect (prevents visitors from copying your content and images, allows admin privileges)
  • Limit Login Attempts (prevents hackers from logging into your site through multiple attempts)
  • Simple Login Log (track login attempts on your site to protect against malicious behavior)

Custom Links

  • Pretty Link Lite (allows you to create a custom link for any url – great for affiliate marketers)
  • Click to Tweet (create a custom tweet within a post that readers can tweet out)

Web Design Plugins

More Great Free Plugins

Best Free Genesis Framework Plugins

Not a Genesis user?  Check out their top of the line themes here.

Do you have a favorite plugin?  I’d love to check it out and maybe even include it on this page.  Email your plugin ideas to contact@chantillypatino.com.

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