7+ Important Free WordPress Plugins for Blogs and Websites

I like to keep my WordPress blog/website simple and easy to use. Since digiTechnolog is just a blog, there are very few WordPress plugins installed which I found to be very important. I mainly use plugins for caching, forms, sitemaps, tables, SEO, and backup. So, here is the list of all the plugins:

WordPress Plugins that I Use for My Blog/Website

I’ve listed out all the plugins that I use at digiTechnolog below:

1. WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is a caching plugin that works best for me. From the dynamic WordPress blog, this plugin creates static HTML files that are served by the webservers instead of processing the PHP scripts.

WP Super Cache - WordPress Plugin

The plugin considerably affects the loading speed of your website. WP Super Cache is one of the most downloaded caching plugins with 1+ million active installations.

The plugin is offered by Automattic.

2. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is a WordPress plugin that works best for creating any kind of form on the WordPress website. Forms created by using this plugin are completely customizable and also multiple forms can be created by using this plugin.

Contact Form 7 - WordPress Plugins

The form has multiple functionalities like AJAX-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet Spam Filtering, instant reply to the senders, etc.

The plugin is offered by Takayuki Miyoshi.

3. Google XML Sitemaps

The plugin helps and directs search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask.com, etc. to index your blog/website correctly.

Google XML Sitemaps - WordPress Plugins

Correct Sitemaps helps search engines understand the complete structure of your website and index your site in a correct way. Google XML Sitemaps plugin notifies search engines every time you publish a new post and supports all kinds of WordPress-generated posts, pages, and custom URLs.

The plugin is offered by Arne Brachhold.

4. All in One SEO Pack

The plugin optimizes all the contents of your website for search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing and helps to get ranked higher.

All in One SEO Pack - WordPress Plugins

The plugin generates Meta Tags automatically (you can do it manually too) and includes some top features like XML Sitemap support, Image, and media files XML sitemap support. All in One SEO Pack automatically notifies all the major search engines when you publish any new post.

The plugin is offered by Michael Torbert.

5. Autoptimize

The plugin optimizes and minifies all the lengthy codes on your website in a smart way and makes your website load faster than earlier.

Autoptimize - WordPress Plugins

The plugin improves the loading speed of your website by optimizing the HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) Codes, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) Codes, and JavaScript Codes. Autoptimize has also an “extra” option using which you can remove Query String and improve performance scores.

The plugin is offered by Frank Goossens (futtta).

6. AddToAny Share Buttons

The plugin adds social media share buttons which help your visitors share your pages and posts in order to increase engagement and traffic to your blog.

AddToAny Share Buttons - WordPress Plugins

The plugin lets visitors share your posts and pages on different social media and instant messaging platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit, and other 100+ social media sites and apps.

Add To Any Share Buttons is offered by AddToAny.

7. MCE Table Buttons

The plugin is used to create standard beautiful HTML tables inside your WordPress posts and pages.

MCE Table Buttons - WordPress Plugins

The lightweight plugin adds table editing controls inside the WordPress visual editor itself. However, MCE Table Buttons plugin hasn’t been updated for the last 4 years but it still works best for creating simple yet beautiful looking tables.

The plugin is offered by Jake Goldman, 10up, Oomph.

8. UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore

This is the best backup plugin for your WordPress website. The complete backup and restoration of your website are made simple by this plugin.

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin - WordPress Plugins

The plugin is one of the most downloaded WordPress plugins which lets your backup your complete website on your computer as well as into the cloud. UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore lets you back up your blog to the cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, UpdraftVault, FTP, Email, and other services.

The plugin is offered by UpdraftPlus.Com, David Anderson.

9. GDPR Cookie Consent

As privacy laws become tougher across the world, it is important to have a GDPR and CCPA cookie consent shown on your website.

GDPR Cookie Consent

GDPR Cookie Consent is a great plugin that assists you to make your website GDPR compliant. The plugin has more than 900,000 active installs and has very good customer reviews as well.

This plugin is offered by WebToffee.


Conclusion

These were the list of the plugins that I generally use for my blogs and websites. digiTechnolog has some other small plugins for specific purposes but the plugins mentioned here are the most important ones.

There may be better alternatives to these plugins but I have listed them on the basis of user-friendliness, ease of use, and performance.

What are the plugins that you use for your blogs and website? Mention them in the comments.

By Deepak K

I write about business and technology, mainly. I share interesting stuff on Twitter too.

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