Best Word Press Plugins For Your Site (Most Are Free)

Jun 14, 2020

Are you looking for the best WordPress plugins to take your business to the next level in 2020?

There are over 55,000+ WordPress plugins that you can choose from. This makes it extremely overwhelming for new users to find the right plugin for their website.

We are often asked by readers for the best WordPress plugin suggestions for SEO, social media, backups, speed, etc.

Having the right set of WordPress plugins and tools can help you grow your online business.

In this article, we have shared our expert pick of the must-have WordPress plugins for blogs in 2020.

 

featured image: best wordpress plugins

 

Since WordPress is open-source, you can customize your site in an endless amount of ways.

And this starts with WordPress plugins.

Plugins are a set of tools that integrate with your website and extend its functionality and feature set.

WordPress offers thousands of plugins with different functions, including everything from email marketing and calendar integration to opt-in forms and SEO tools.

However, it’s not recommended to install hundreds of plugins on your blog as they tend to slow down your site and can conflict with each other during updates. So what plugins should bloggers use?

Below is the list of plugins which I use for my blog.

1) ELEMENTOR PRO

 

Elementor Pro is the best WordPress WYSIWYG landing page builder, and it’s the tool I used to create my home page and a few other pages. They have a free version of Elementor, but the Pro version takes it to the next level with much better templates. I have built this blog using a free version.

You can get started with the paid version of Elementor Pro for just $49/year.

 

2) MONSTER INSIGHTS

Monster Insights is the best way to install Google Analytics. With a click of a button, you can see all your important Google Analytics stats right on your WordPress dashboard, so you can make data-driven decisions to grow your traffic and sales.

 

3) MASH SHARE

Mash share is social media share buttons. It’s a free Social Media Plugin, for social media sharing and optimization of your valuable content.

 

4) INSTALL HEADER AND FOOTER

Sometimes you are asked to add codes in header or footer section of your website, for example, Facebook pixel, Pinterest codes to claim your website, Bing etc.

In such cases, Insert Header and Footer plugin allow inserting custom codes inside the head tag and above body tag.

It supports custom HTML, JavaScript and CSS code. This plugin uses the latest WordPress code editor so you can past or type bugs free custom code.

No need to edit theme files for custom code.

 

5) ASSET CLEANUP: PAGE SPEED BOOSTER

This plugin allows you to remove certain elements of code that aren’t necessary to load on every page.

For example, my e-commerce HTML and CSS files were loading on every blog post even though I only needed them on two pages.

With this tool, you can easily select which pieces of code to keep and which to remove based on pages, posts, and other types of content.

 

6) BIGCOMMERCE FOR WORDPRESS

This is the e-commerce tool that I use to sell my digital products. I tested WooCommerce first, but it installed four plugins, slowed down my site, and had an ugly checkout experience.

BigCommerce for WordPress launched in December 2018 and runs via an API – so you handle all of your content in WordPress and your backend e-commerce in BigCommerce. 

7) CLASSIC EDITOR

I’m not a huge fan of the new Gutenberg editor and find the Classic Editor much easier to use and more error-free.

8) EASY TABLE OF CONTENTS

This plugin allows you to easily add a Table of Contents into any page or post. The plugin will appear underneath your pages/posts, and you can select if every H2, H3, or any other header should be automatically added to the Table of Contents.

Tables of Contents are important for a few reasons: they keep users engaged with the page (by clicking around) and help with user experience.

I often have a Table of Contents at the top of my new posts going to each section, then a “Back to Top” link at the bottom of each section so that users can easily go back to the Table of Contents. 

9) EXTENDED WIDGET OPTIONS

Widgets are areas on your WordPress site that aren’t directly pages or posts. For example, sidebars, footers, and homepage sections can be considered widgets. Extended Widget Options allows you to expand the functionality of your widgets to make them more useful.

For example, I use this tool to make some of my sidebar banners sticky so that they scroll down the page with the reader. 

10) GDPR COOKIE CONSENT

This is a plugin that can make you GDPR compliant and make sure that you provide a popup highlighting how you use cookies to readers in the EU. 

11) MAMMOTH.DOCX CONVERTER

I use this plugin to convert Google Docs into WordPress posts automatically. Since I get a lot of my initial first drafts written for me, I download them as a .docx file and insert them into my posts/pages with this plugin.

The Mammoth .docx Converter will appear underneath your posts/pages, and it’s as simple as uploading your file and clicking “Insert into Editor.”

One small detail is that you’ll want to make sure your document’s images have both names and alt text before uploading into WordPress. 

12) OPTIN MONSTER

OptinMonster is hands down the best email opt-in plugin on the market. With the ability to create exit intent, modal popups, in-content opt-ins, and more, they are the reason that my email list is growing by about 60-75 users/day.

You can get started with OptinMonster for just $19/month.

 

13) SHORTPIXEL IMAGE OPTIMIZER

ShortPixel compresses all of your images so that they are smaller files and your pages load faster. I’ve tested lots of different image compression plugins, and ShortPixel has been the best.

 

14) THIRSTY AFFILIATES

This is one of my favourite affiliate marketing plugins. ThirstyAffiliates takes your random affiliate links (full of random numbers, letter strings, etc.) and cleans them up so that they look nice. For example, which one looks nicer:

A: https://www.leadpages.pxf.io/0aOVE
B: https://www.ubqdigitalmarketing.com/recommends/leadpages

The second one is more clickable, leads to higher conversion rates, and can’t be stolen by malicious hackers.

15) WP LAST MODIFIED INFO

One factor in search engine rankings is recency of content – especially if you’re in niches with new information coming out. This plugin allows you to easily show the date on every page/post so that search engines understand when it was last modified. For example, with WordPress, it’s easy to show a date, but it will typically show the Publish Date, not the last time you edited it.

By giving search engines an easy way to pull the Modified Date, you will see this date appear in your search results, and may see a rankings boost.

 

16) WP ROCKET

WP Rocket is an all-in-one site speed plugin that can do everything from minifying HMTL, CSS, and JavaScript, integrate with your CDN, reduce database bloat, and more. I’ve tried other speed plugins like Autoptimize and had some issues with it. WP Rocket is the best, in my opinion.

You can get started with WP Rocket for $49/year.

 

17) YOAST SEO

Yoast SEO doesn’t need an introduction. If you’re not using it, then you’re missing out on a lot of great free features. I use Yoast to manage my sitemap, robots.txt, page titles/meta descriptions, and other add-ons.

 

Let’s Wrap It Up:

 

These were the best WordPress plugins that every website needs in my view. As stated above, these plugins provide the basic features, improve the site SEO, optimize speed, harden security and help to market your content and products in a better way.

Did I miss any plugin that you think is essential too? I would appreciate if you suggest me any.

 

Now, it’s your turn. Why not start a blog today?
Start a blog now with Bluehost and get 63% off your hosting plan ($2.95/month).
Try Bluehost.

 

P.S: Do you know I could help you grow your blog personally? Yeah, that’s right. I offer special WordPress services to help your set up your website create content and monetize it.

I can put you on the path of financial freedom in 3 short months, only if you are willing to put in work and have a lot of patience.

If you will work with me, I will make sure that your goals and expectations are met in the best possible way. Find out more information here.

 

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links that I receive a small commission for at no cost to you. You can read my full affiliate disclosure in my privacy policy in the footer.

Author’s Bio:

Umama Batool Qazi is a contributing columnist @Socialnomics, blogger @UBQ Digital Marketing, content creator and a Pinterest geek. She helps her clients achieve online success by creating valuable content and planning their Pinterest growth strategy.

To connect feel free to drop her a message at Twitter @DigitalUbq or email at [email protected]