- My list of the best free WordPress plugins to install and enjoy in 2020, 2021, 2022 and beyond. What other free plugins do you use on your WordPress blog / website that you think other readers should know about? Share in the comments section below. To read my other articles on WordPress, go to this category.
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- MailMunch provides the tools you need to grow your email list and convert visitors into customers. Now, people will find your blog, read your article, and subscribe via email to your newsletter. You can also sync your newsletter subscribers to MailChimp, Constant Contact, AWeber, GetResponse, Campaign Monitor, InfusionSoft and others.
- It grows your email list by displaying targeted opt-in forms across your WordPress website with popups, slide ins, notification bars, before & after post subscription forms, sidebar widgets and lots more.
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In my WordPress series, I have written articles about what it takes to run a WordPress site on shared hosting. Today I present to you an article listing some of the best free WordPress plugins to install and use on your WordPress blog or website.
I personally use most of these plugins. So, yes, my recommendation comes from experience using the plugins on various sites I have had over the years.
If you are looking for the best plugins to use on your self-hosted WordPress site for free, go through this list and tell me what you think.
I use Ad Inserter to add display ads to my blog. Specifically, I use the plugin to add Google AdSense code to my blog posts. I also use the plugin to add Amazon affiliate ads to my posts.
Another popular alternative, that is really really good, is a plugin called Advanced Ads. It’s free too.
Awhile ago, I would use Akismet to block spam on my blog. Currently I have the plugin installed but deactivated.
I mainly rely on reCAPTCHA to deal with spam on this site – using one of the plugins listed below.
All In One SEO Pack
I use All In One SEO Pack to add meta tags and description to my WordPress blog posts, pages and product pages.
I also use the plugin to help optimize my site’s onpage SEO.
A popular alternative with WordPress site owners is the Yoast SEO plugin. Both work fine. Choose the one you like.
All in One Webmaster
I use All in One Webmaster to add various verification codes to my site.
For example Google Analytics code, Google Search Console code, Bing Webmasters code, Pinterest verification code among others.
Note that you can also use All in One SEO Pack / SEO by Yoast to add some of the code to your WordPress site.
Broken Link Checker
I use Broken Link Checker to help me find broken links on my site.
It automatically detects internal and external links that are broken.
Then I can fix them or remove them.
Since I sometimes want to do things a little bit faster, I use the WordPress site I have installed on my laptop (I use XAMPP for this) and then later import the content to my live site.
I use the Classic Editor plugin to edit and manage the content I add as pages or posts.
The editor is easy to use.
If you don’t want to use the default Gutenberg Editor, install this plugin.
Contact Form 7
I use Contact Form 7 to create and add contact forms to WordPress pages and posts on my blog.
Users of my site can easily send me emails / messages via said forms.
Exclude Pages from Navigation
When creating new pages on my blog, I use Exclude Pages to tell WordPress whether a particular page should be automatically added to the main navigation or not.
Fast Secure reCAPTCHA
I use Fast Secure reCAPTCHA to add Google reCAPTCHA checkboxes to my blog – to help reduce spam.
I add the boxes on contact forms and comments section mainly.
Flickr – Pick a Picture
I use Flickr – Pick a Picture to add images to my blog posts from the millions of pictures photographers / freelancers / businesses / individuals post to Flickr.
Some of the images, I use inside the posts I publish.
Others, I also use as ‘featured images’.
Google XML Sitemaps
I use Google XML Sitemaps to create a sitemap for my WordPress site automatically.
It is a very popular plugin – if you want search bots to easily detect and crawl the links in your site’s sitemap.
Inline Related Posts
I use Inline Related Posts to add two to three links to related posts inside my other blog posts.
This helps with increased pageviews, time on page and helps my readers discover new and related content.
I use iThemes Security to increase my WordPress site’s security.
To secure my login pages.
To prevent hackers from using brute force to gain access to the site – infecting my site and readers’s devices with malware for example.
And to block certain bots / people using their IP addresses.
Jetpack by WordPress.com
I use Jetpack mainly as an alternative to the site stats I gather using Google Analytics.
I also use the plugin to auto-share my newly published articles to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
At various times, I have also used it to show related posts, verify my site with search engines (Google, Bing & Pinterest for example).
Juiz Social Post Sharer
I use Juiz Social Post Sharer to add social sharing buttons to my blog posts, select pages and my product pages.
On my posts I give readers the option to share my articles to their Facebook feeds, Twitter accounts, LinkedIn and to their contact lists via email.
You have the option to display the buttons at the top or bottom of posts – or both.
I use LiveChat to chat in real-time with readers / customers who visit my WordPress site.
If you are looking for a WordPress chat plugin to help your business grow it’s conversions, you might find this plugin useful.
MailMunch – Grow Your Email List
I use MailMunch to grow my email list.
The plugin helps me create different types of opt-in boxes that I use to encourage my readers to download my free ebooks or enroll for my free online courses.
All they have to do is sign up via email.
No Self Pings
I use No Self Pings to avoid links to my own posts or pages added to my dashboard / blog posts whenever I interlink my own content.
I use Pixabay Images to quickly find relevant and free images to use on my blog posts and pages.
Pixabay is a site that hosts millions of images you can use for free – with or without author attribution.
I use Pretty Links to shorten links on my site – affiliate links for example.
I also use this plugin to create temporary and permanent redirects.
For example if I move a particular post to another URL, I can use this plugin to create a 301 redirect from the old URL to the new one.
I use Pricing Table to create pricing tables for some of the products and services I sell.
I use this for example to give customers an easy way to compare the web hosting plans I sell on one of my sites.
So, if you have various options for a product or service, you can use this plugin to highlight the features and show the different prices for each option.
Q2W3 Fixed Widget
I use Q2W3 Fixed Widget to make some of the widgets I have added to my primary sidebar float / follow a reader when they scroll up and down a page or post on my blog.
Really Simple SSL
I use Really Simple SSL to force all my sites http links to https.
This is one of the plugins I usually add and activate right after installing WordPress.
It makes sure the free SSL certificate I use works well with all the URLs / links generated when I add new content to my site (pages, posts, tags, uploads to my media library & products).
ReCaptcha v2 for Contact Form 7
I use ReCaptcha v2 for Contact Form 7 to add the Google reCAPTCHA check boxes to contact forms I create using the Contact Form 7 plugin.
Specifically, this plugin makes it easy to copy and paste the reCAPTCHA keys to my WordPress site.
SEO Friendly Images
I use SEO Friendly Images to optimize images I upload to my WordPress site for SEO.
This plugin adds a description section for the images I use – on top of the image title and alternative text fields.
I use Shortcodes Ultimate to add various shortcodes to my content that change the way content is displayed to my readers on the front-end.
I can use this plugin to highlight text (key points in a paragraph for example) using various colors, add textboxes, tables, buttons (to improve CTA) or to add a list of posts (in a specific category) to other posts or pages.
I use Simple Tags to add and manage tags to my WordPress blog posts and pages.
Remember that with a fresh WordPress install, tags can only be added to posts. With this plugin, you can add tags to your pages as well.
I use SumoMe to add image sharing (to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) to the images I add to my blog posts.
The plugin can also be used as a lead generation tool (increase email sign ups via pop ups, embeds and other type of email sign up boxes).
It also has nifty social sharing buttons for devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.
Table of Contents Plus
I use Table of Contents Plus to automatically create a table of contents for most of my blog posts.
The plugin picks from the subheadings (H2, H3, H4 etc.) to automatically create clickable table of contents similar to the ones you see on Wikipedia.
The table of contents are also used as jump links by search engines such as Google.
I use TablePress to create tables on WordPress.
This plugin is perfect for WordPress sites publishing reviews / comparison style posts – such as niche sites monetizing their content with affiliate marketing.
The plugin is popular among users who rely on Amazon Associates Program for some of their income / revenue / profits.
Thank Me Later
I use Thank Me Later to automatically send a thank you email whenever a a person reads a post of mine and leaves a comment.
If I do reply to their comment, they also get notified right away – and given a link they can click to see the reply.
Tracking Code Manager
I use Tracking Code Manager to add Facebook Pixel code to my WordPress site.
As long as you own a Facebook page, and run Facebook ads or not, I recommend you install this plugin and add the pixel code.
You can also add similar code from Twitter, Google Ads among other services.
Ultimate Category Excluder
I use Ultimate Category Excluder to exclude posts in certain categories from being shown on my site’s homepage / main blog page.
This is perfect for multi-niche sites. If you publish content on a variety of topics, you can use this plugin to exclude categories that only have a few posts (1 to 10) from taking space on the main page where your other blog posts are shown.
UpdratPlus – Backup/Restore
I use UpdratPlus to backup my WordPress install (in its entirety) to my Google Drive account for free.
You can also use this plugin to back up you site to UpdraftPlus, Amazon among other cloud services.
And then if something goes wrong, you can use UpdraftPlus from within your WordPress admin dashboard to restore your site to the latest (working) version.
I use User Switching to switch between users.
This is useful if your site has multiple users with different user role capabilities and you want to see what each user is able to see / access / do.
As an administrator, you can quickly switch to another user (with their role set as Editor, Contributor, Author, Subscriber, Customer, Shop Manager, or another Administrator profile).
This plugin is perfect if you are running a WordPress forum (with bbPress for example), a WordPress social networking site (with BuddyPress for example), a WordPress dating site (using Rencontre), a WordPress business directory (using Geodirectory for example) or a WordPress classifieds site (using AWPCP – Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin).
W3 Total Cache
I use W3 Total Cache to speed up WordPress.
Leveraging the browser caching and minification features that come with the plugin, I can reduce my site’s page load speeds by a lot.
The plugin can also be used to connect, and take advantage of CDN features by popular providers such as Cloudflare (has a free plan), MaxCDN, Amazon AWS among others.
WhatsApp Share Button
I use WhatsApp Share Button to add share buttons at the top and bottom of my blog posts.
You can decide to simply add the buttons at the top or bottom, on blog posts, pages or both.
If you want to make it easy for your readers to share your content on the messaging app, get this plugin.
Note that Jetpack also has a WhatsApp sharing button.
I use WooCommerce to add an online shop to my WordPress blog.
I use the shop to sell various products (ebooks & online courses) and freelance services (content writing, virtual assistant services, WordPress installation and consulting services).
WooCommerce makes it simple to create product pages, product descriptions and add product images – and to sell online on WordPress (both physical and digital products).
I use WordPress Importer to import XML files of WordPress posts or pages from the site I have installed on my laptop (you can use XAMPP or LAMP for this) to the production site (Prifad.com).
This means I can work offline (write posts, add them to the text Editor, edit them and schedule them) and simply import the XML file from the WP installation on my laptop to Prifad.com. Mac os x yosemite emulator online.
WordPress Popular Posts
I use WordPress Popular Posts to display a list of my most popular posts as a widget on Prifad’s sidebar area.
I can display posts that are trending now or posts that have been popular in the last 24 hours / 7 days / 30 days.
Or use it to display my all time popular posts.
WP Clone by WP Academy
I use WP Clone by WP Academy to clone a WordPress installation in another location to my new site.
I usually use this plugin when setting up a new WordPress blog or website.
Instead of installing everything from scratch (WP core, plugins & themes) I simple have a ZIP file saved somewhere (usually on another site’s Media Library) then all I have to do is point this plugin to the location / URL of that file.
All it does is copy that file exactly as it is, customizations and all.
Saves me a lot of time always. I can have a site up and running (fully set up) in mere minutes.
If you want a link to the package I use (ZIP file), let me know.
WP External Links
I use WP External Links to add nofollow tags to outgoing links.
I can also use the plugin to exclude certain domains / URLs from having the nofollow tag automatically added to them.
If you use affiliate links in your blog posts, this is probably one of those plugins you should install.
WP-Optimize – Clean, Compress, Cache
I use WP-Optimize to optimize my WordPress databases – makes things run a little more efficiently.
I also use the plugin to do a little cleaning up once in awhile (removing comments marked as spam / trash and for deleting duplicate posts and pages for example).
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
I use Yet Another Related Posts Plugin to display a list of related articles at the end of my blog posts.
I use the bottom section of my posts to automatically recommend similar posts to my readers using YARPP.
You can have a list of posts without images or you can make YARPP display the posts’ featured images along with the titles.
YITH WooCommerce Wishlist
Since I have a WooCommerce store on my site, I use YITH WooCommerce Wishlist to add the wishlist feature to my shop.
Customers can easily add specific products / services to their wishlist.
If you run an ecommerce store on WordPress using the WooCommerce plugin and are interested in more awesome WooCommerce extensions, check this list of over 50 plugin extensions and themes over at
YITH – there are free and pro versions for each of the plugins.
If I had to install 10 WordPress plugins only, I’d go with …
- All in One SEO Pack. Why? I can use this to optimize my content for SEO. I can also use the plugin to add verification code for Google Search Console, Bing Webmasters, Google Analytics and Pinterest. I can also use it to automatically create XML sitemaps bots can easily discover and crawl. Basically to help search engines discover new links on my site and index (and rank) them.
- iThemes Security. Why? To improve my site’s security. Prevent people having access via brute force. Prevent hackers from easily spamming or gaining entry to the site to cause harm – to me and readers (infecting them with malware for example).
- Table of Contents Plus. Why? To automatically create table of contents for my WordPress pages and blog posts. These are similar to the ones you see on Wikipedia and can help readers jump to the sections that are most relevant to them especially if you publish really long pages and blog posts.
- Ad Inserter / Advanced Ads. Why? To quickly add banner ads to my post content promoting in-house offers (my products & services) or to add advertising by ad networks like Google AdSense / or affiliate banners by online shops like Amazon.com.
- MailMunch. Why? To grow my email list – create popovers, sidebar signup forms, email sign up form embeds in posts and click-triggered sign up forms.
- WordPress Importer. Why? To quickly get the posts and pages I export from the WordPress installation on my laptop to my main site – Prifad.com.
- W3 Total Cache. Why? For its minification and caching features – so I can reduce my page load speeds even further.
- Really Simple SSL. Why? To enforce https and make sure everything works okay with the SSL certificate I use (make sure there is a secure connection between the user and my site at all times).
- Pixabay Images. Why? To quickly access millions / thousands of free images I can use on the various articles I publish.
- Jetpack. Why? For the auto-posting feature I talked about above, to add social sharing buttons and related posts.
That’s it. My list of the best free WordPress plugins to install and enjoy in 2020, 2021, 2022 and beyond.
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Collecting e-mail from your own website visitors may be the most important facet of internet advertising. MailMunch enables you to create beautiful optin kinds for the WordPress without writing an individual type of code. Most websites were created for hit-and-run readers. Folks find your site, read your write-up, and leave. Wouldn’t it be great if some of these people subscribe to help you email them after?
MailMunch supplies the tools you should grow your e-mail list and convert website visitors into customers. Now, folks will see your site, read your document, and subscribe via e mail to your newsletter. You can even sync your newsletter clients to MailChimp, Constant Make contact with, AWeber, GetResponse, Campaign Check, InfusionSoft among others.
MailMunch is really a standalone assistance that integrates with all net platforms including WordPress. You’ll want a MailMunch bank account to be able to utilize the premium features.
- Opt-in Contact form Types: Popup, Embedded, Leading Bar, Scroll Container, and Sidebar
- Integrations: MailChimp, Regular Contact, AWeber, Campaign Watch, GetResponse, InfusionSoft or any email marketing program
- Designs: Beautiful and fully customizable themes to create your e-mail optin popup search amazing
- A/B Tests: Find which opt-found in form gets more e mail subscribers
- Targeting: Display rules can help you display optin forms sole on specific pages, types or posts
- Exit-Intent: Choose whether to show the popover whenever a customer enters your webpage, or when they’re going to exit.
- Analytics: View e-mail subscription analytics and stats for all time
Stunning Optin Form Designs
MailMunch Designer make’s you select from professionally designed high-converting designs for Popups, Embed Forms, Top Bars, or perhaps other types. Each style has recently been maximized for high conversions. You can more customize the optin varieties to match together with your website or blog page.
Connect With Key Email Providers
Easily interact with all major e-mail marketing providers including AWeber, MailChimp, Constant Call, GetResponse and Marketing campaign Monitor. Because of this if you use a contact office manager like MailChimp, your brand-new email subscribers can quickly sign up to your list quickly. Alternatively, it is possible to simply export email members in CSV format.
Eliminate the imagine work from your own decisions and why don’t we help you take conversions to the next levels by A/B testing diverse content and templates. It is possible to create different optin types and we’ll let you know which performs better.
Page Level Targeting
Our page-degree targeting can help you show optin forms simply on specific pages, groups or posts. It is possible to whitelist or blacklist URLs. It can help you create super-targeted lists of e mail addresses from readers.
You might have the optin forms appear immediately whenever a visitor opens your website, or if you need to be less intrusive, you might have it appear if they are going to exit your site. Our access and exit popup technological innovation detects user habits and prompts them at the complete moment they are going to leave.
Easily learn which pages, posts or optin forms are attracting the nearly all conversions. This can help influence your own future decisions about articles on your own website and enhance your to generate leads strategy.
MailChimp integration permits you to painlessly increase MailChimp subscribe forms to your WordPress web-site. The MailChimp forms get leads and transmits it to particular MailChimp lists automatically. It is possible to set it to one opt-in, or dual opt-in. You can include MailChimp forms to articles, internet pages or sidebar, and in addition wide open it as a popup or top rated bar. Simply subscribe and hook up your MailChimp account in to the plugin admin adjustments and it’ll pull in every your MailChimp lists. From there it is possible to choose the lists you wish to make kinds for.
Our improved signup plugin for MailChimp will proactively sign-up new clients to your MailChimp newsletter listing. Our forms provide same basic capabilities that MailChimp’s official plugin, but additionally much more. As well as the form, analytics can help you track the amount of form sights and subscriptions.
Regular Contact Integration
Constant Contact integration enables you to painlessly add Constant Get in touch with subscribe forms to your WordPress web page. The Constant Contact varieties capture leads and transmits it to certain Constant Contact lists instantly. It is possible to set it to sole opt-in, or dual opt-in. You can include Constant Contact types to posts, webpages or sidebar, and in addition open up it as a popup or major bar. Simply subscribe and connect your Regular Contact account in to the plugin admin configurations and it’ll pull in every your Constant Make contact with lists. From there it is possible to choose the lists you intend to make kinds for.
Our improved signup plugin for Regular Call will proactively sign-up new members to your newsletter checklist. Our forms provide same basic attributes that Constant Contact’s official plugin, but additionally much more. As well as the Constant Contact page, analytics can help you track the quantity of form opinions and subscriptions.
Our MailChimp email newsletter record builder helps WordPress consumers build their audiences on-line.
Email newsletter integration options
- MailChimp newsletter integration
- AWeber newsletter integration
- Constant Get in touch with newsletter integration
- Campaign Keep track of newsletter integration
- GetResponse newsletter integration
Why people make use of MailChimp
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- MailChimp provides free plans
- MailChimp automatically integrates with this plugin
- MailChimp effortlessly sends newsletters
- MailChimp handles lists of most sizes
- MailChimp will send automated drip promotions (scheduled emails)
- MailChimp has far better list management
- MailChimp has perfect error messaging
- MailChimp has curiosity groups/segments
Why people employ Constant Contact
- Constant Make contact with has free strategies
- Constant Call automatically integrates with this plugin
- Constant Get in touch with easily sends news letters
- Constant Make contact with handles lists of most sizes
- Constant Contact are able to send automated drip strategies (scheduled emails)
- Constant Call has better list supervision
- Constant Get in touch with has great mistake messaging
- Constant Make contact with has interest groupings/segments
- Regular Contact is really a big company
- Constant Contact is definitely reliable
Why people work with AWeber
- AWeber includes a $1 first calendar month
- AWeber automatically integrates with this plugin
- AWeber simply sends your news letters
- AWeber scales to take care of large or tiny lists
- AWeber may also send automated drip activities