10 Must-Have (And Free) Plugins For WordPress 2018

WordPress is a great tool to build awesome websites. It gives freedom and flexibility to create any kind of website. Be it just a portfolio or a big community website or a scalable blog. There are 53,803 plugins as on the date this article was written. But it’s crucial to know which ones are the must-have plugins for WordPress website.

Using a wrong plugin can screw your website totally. So it’s really important to know which are the must-have plugins for WordPress website to use so as to improve the performance.

#1. Jetpack

This is a plugin which replaced a number of plugins when launched. It does the work of several plugins and is developed by Automattic itself, the company which owns WordPress.n:

Advantages of Jetpack WordPress plugin:

  • Image Optimization
  • Content Delivery Network
  • Professional Themes
  • Embed Rich content
  • Social automation
  • Prevent Attacks
  • One-click login
  • Fights comment spam with it’s awesome commenting feature.
  • Android, Desktop, and iOS App is available

#2. WP Total Cache

This is an awesome caching plugin by Frederick Townes which improves delivery of a website content to user’s browser drastically. Yes, speed matters. Google takes this parameter too for ranking. A fast website has a better chance to get on the first page on SERP. So this plugin is a must-have.

Advantages of W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin:

  • CDN Management
  • AMP Support
  • SSL Support
  • Caches posts, pages, CSS, JS, feeds, search page results, database objects, objects, fragments on disk or on CDN
  • Minifies even 3rd Party JS
  • Browser Caching feature
  • WP_CLI Support
  • Compatible with New Relic, Cloudflare, WPML and more
  • Supports reverse proxy integration with Nginx or Varnish too.

Refer to WPBeginner’s awesome article on How to Install and Setup W3 Total Cache

#3. AddToAny Share Buttons

Engagement on social media is a great way to market your content. This plugin adds sharing buttons to the blog posts and pages. It also supports floating sharing buttons. It supports over 100 sharing and social media sites & apps. Install it.

Must Have Plugins For WordPress Website

#4. Autoptimize

What this plugin does is aggregate, minify and cache scripts and styles and can move and defer scripts to the footer. It also minifies the HTML code itself, making your page really lightweight. The fun part, it’s available for free.

#5. Insert Headers and Footers

This plugin allows you to insert codes in header and footer section of the whole website at once. It’s a great tool to insert meta tags and is widely used. Try it.

#6. a3 Lazy Load

This plugin improves page load times. It uses jQuery.sonar to only load an image when it’s section is visible to the user. Install it from here.

 

#7. OneSignal Push Notifications

This plugin allows you to send free push notifications to your subscribers. It has a really nice and clean interface. Even a newbie can handle it. Install OneSignal Push Notifications.

#8. Wordfence Security

This is basically an Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan. It’s a must-have plugin for WordPress website. It secures a WordPress website from attacks. Install it for free.

#9. SEO Plugin

There are two best SEO plugins viz. Yoast and All in one SEO.

The basic difference between them is the interface but they do the same thing.

They increase your website’s content ranking on Search Engines by providing you the tools to optimize a post.

Without these 10 must have plugins for WordPress website, a WordPress website is totally vulnerable.

Written by Ankur Shrivastava

Twitter @ankshva | Ankur Shrivastava is a Tech enthusiast, a Digital Marketer and a Finance Geek with an experience in SEO and Affiliate Marketing. He writes primarily about digital startups, digital marketing, WordPress, and B2B topics. Being a Finance geek, he also writes about Financial Fixes.

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