Best Free WordPress Plugins

best free wordpress plugins Best Free WordPress Plugins

 

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 over the years and have really enjoyed.  I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

Last Updated 10/16/2014

Best Free WordPress Plugins

Traffic & Conversions

Ecommerce & Ads

  • WooCommerce (set up and online store on your website)
  • Easy Adsense (allows you to integrate Adsense ads within your posts)

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

  • 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

  • Ultimate Nofollow (adds a “nofollow” check box when adding links to posts or pages)
  • 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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