Over the years of creating WordPress websites, I’ve come across several great free plugins that have made life a lot easier. Here’s a list I’ve put together of my favorites:
WooCommerce is a free eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, beautifully. Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, WooCommerce is the world’s favorite eCommercesolution that gives both store owners and developers complete control. With endless flexibility and access to hundreds of free and premium WordPress extensions, WooCommerce now powers 30% of all online stores — more than any other platform.
Need an SEO plugin that helps you reach for the stars? Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users, ranging from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results. Yoast: SEO for everyone.
RegistrationMagic is a powerful WordPress user registration plugin that gives you TOTAL CONTROL of user registrations on your website. You can create different forms for user registrations, each with different pre-defined fields. You can also set up payments for paid user registrations. A Front-End user registration area allows your users to login, reset password, check transactions, download submissions etc.
Beaver Builder is a flexible drag and drop page builder that works on the front end of your WordPress website. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re going to love taking control of your website. Stop writing HTML or wrestling with confusing shortcodes. With Beaver Builder, building beautiful, professional WordPress pages is as easy as dragging and dropping.
Really Simply SSL
Really Simple SSL automatically detects your settings and configures your website to run over https. To keep it lightweight, the options are kept to a minimum. The entire site will move to SSL.
Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.
WordPress Download Monitor
Download Monitor provides an interface for uploading and managing downloadable files (including support for multiple versions), inserting download links into posts, and logging downloads.
Are you looking for modern, robust, and sophisticated social network software? BuddyPress is a suite of components that are common to a typical social network, and allows for great add-on features through WordPress’s extensive plugin system.
Say Goodbye to comment spam on your WordPress blog or website. Antispam Bee blocks spam comments and trackbacks effectively and without captchas. It is free of charge, ad-free and compliant with European data privacy standards.
Duplicator gives WordPress users the ability to migrate, copy, move or clone a site from one location to another and also serves as a simple backup utility. Duplicator handles both serialized and base64 serialized string replacement. Standard WordPress migration and WordPress backups are easily handled by this plugin as are zero downtime migrations.
Easy Updates Manager
Easy Updates Manager is a light yet powerful plugin which enables you to manage all types of updates on your single site install or in WordPress Multisite. With loads of settings making endless possibilities for configuration, Easy Updates Manager is an obvious choice for anyone wanting to take control of their websites updates.
Sumo provides free tools you need to grow your WordPress site. This plugin will make it easy for your readers to join your email list, share your articles, and optimize with analytics.
WP-Optimize is an effective tool for automatically cleaning your WordPress database so that it runs at maximum efficiency.
Easy FancyBox plugin for WordPress websites gives you a flexible and aesthetic lightbox solution for just about all media links on your website. Easy FancyBox uses the packed FancyBox jQuery extension and is WP 3+ Multi-Site compatible. After activation, you can find a new section FancyBox on your Settings > Media admin page where you can manage the plugins options.
Modula WordPress Photo Gallery
Modula WordPress Photo Gallery, Image Gallery & Portfolio Gallery Plugin, the creative
WordPress image gallery, photo gallery, portfolio gallery & responsive gallery, is now available also in Lite version. Modula is currently the easiest and fastest photo gallery plugin for WordPress. With its wizard, you are able to build an image gallery in a few seconds, unlike many other WordPress gallery plugins.
Kiwi Social Share
This is by far the best & easiest to use WordPress social media share plugin. A WordPress share plugin with custom icons built-in.
Max Mega Menu
Max Mega Menu will automatically convert your existing menu or menus into a mega menu. You can then add any WordPress widget to your menu, restyle your menu using the theme editor and change the menu behavior using the built-in settings. Max Mega Menu is a complete menu management plugin, perfect for taking control of your existing menu and turning it into a user-friendly, accessible and touch-ready menu with just a few clicks.
UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over a million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click!
This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. You can configure up to four rows of buttons including Font Sizes, Font Family, text and background colors, tables, etc. It will also let you enable the editor menu.
Advanced Custom Fields
Use the Advanced Custom Fields plugin to take full control of your WordPress edit screens & custom field data. Add fields on demand. Our field builder allows you to quickly and easily add fields to WP edit screens with only the click of a few buttons!
Add them anywhere. Fields can be added all over WP including posts, users, taxonomy terms, media, comments and even custom options pages! Show them everywhere. Load and display your custom field values in any theme template file
with our hassle-free developer friendly functions!
Elementor Page Builder
It’s about time for a live page builder, with no limits of design. A page builder that delivers high-end page designs and advanced capabilities, never before seen on WordPress.
The Events Calendar
Packed with loads of useful features, The Events Calendar by Modern Tribe is ready to go right out of the box. It’s extensible, easy to use, and completely customizable.
Looking for WordPress hosting? I highly recommend SiteGround with plans starting at only $3.95 a month!