Best Free WordPress Plugins that You Must Use in 2017

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Hello Friends, Now I am here for the tutorial on best free WordPress plugin for SEO which will give a boost to traffic by various search engines like Google, Bing, etc.

Best Free WordPress Plugin for Your Blog

1. WordPress SEO By Yoast: Best SEO Plugin

It is the best plugin which I use, and ever I have used. This plugin will optimize SERP of your site in various search engines.

Some Of The Great Features I Have Found Are As Follows

Post Titles And Meta Description

This plugin allows you to set focus keyword and meta description to the particular post/page.

Robots.txt Configuration

It is another great feature of this plugin which allows you to control whether specific data should be indexed by search engines or not. If you turn ‘No Index’ for specific data that data will no longer indexed and available in search engines.

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs provide an easy way to your visitors to navigate easily.

XML Sitemaps

XML sitemaps are the key for SEO. Sitemap takes note of all posts, tags, categories, authors, attachments, etc. in a suitable manner so that they can be indexed by search engines.

RSS Feed Enhancements

This plugin allows you to optimize and enhance the RSS feed of your blog. This plugin can show specific content both above and below in your RSS feed.

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2. All In One WP Security And Firewall

Are you worried about your WordPress blog regarding its security? Then you are at right place. This tutorial will lead you to how to prevent your WordPress blog by simply installing a plugin and by adding an anti-hacking firewall. So here is the best free WordPress security plugin.

This plugin is especially one of my favorite plugin that I am using currently. This plugin provides an easy and versatile user interface for a typical user. It is very easy to configure it according to your need and the most important thing; it is available for free. You can also measure your site security by the speedometer.

Now Let Us Talk About its Great Features

User Login Security

It includes various features like login lockdown, login captcha, login white list, login records, force log out, logged in users, users activity, etc. These features are invaluable because it will provide your site resistance against brute forcing attacks and many other hacking attacks.

Database Security

It includes replacement of WordPress default database prefix renaming and database backup management.

File System Security

It includes file permission scan and vulnerability, PHP editing, WordPress file access and host system logs. These features will help you on making file write restriction by the public, and it will play a significant role in protecting your website.

Blacklist Manager

This option will add restriction to the default set of users/IP address to access your website.

Firewall

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3. Jetpack

Jetpack is one of the best plugins I use. It gives exact statistics of the WordPress blog. Not only statistics, but it also gives the power of WordPress.com to a Self-Hosted Blog. Some of the great features are listed below:

  • WP.me URL shortener(Automatically shortens URL to keep easy sharing)
  • WordPress.com email subscription
  • Social networking enabled comment system
  • WordPress.com likes
  • Automatic social posting to various social networks(Facebook, Twitter,Path etc.)
  • Adds ability to post via any email client.
  • WordPress.com mobile theme.
  • Notification toolbar of WordPress.com
  • Photon (Gives boost to your blog by loading images faster)

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4. WassUp Stats

The another statistics plugin I use is WassUp stats, but this plugin also takes record of the activity of spy visitors, crawlers, bots, etc. which are viewing your blog.

WassUp shows a lot of data from who is visiting your blog like:

  • IP / hostname
  • referrer
  • spider
  • search engines used (includes Google Images)
  • keywords
  • SERP (search engine result page)
  • operating system / language / browser
  • pages viewed (chronologically and per user session)
  • the complete user agent
  • name of the user logged in
  • name of comment’s author
  • top ten charts with aggregate data (top queries, requests, referrers, os, browsers)
  • graph for hits/pages/spam

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5. Print Friendly and PDF

Many of the users still do not have a high-speed internet connection at their home. They usually use other resources like cyber cafe etc. to surf the internet. Many of the users want to read post offline and want to download the post as PDF or any other readable format. So here I will introduce a plugin which will allow the users to Download PDF and print a post directly from our blog.

  1. Download and Install Print Friendly and PDF Button Plugin from WordPress repository.
  2. Navigate to Settings -> Print Friendly and PDF in WordPress Dashboard.
  3. Adjust the settings as your need.
  4. Now at the end of the post, the buttons will appear to Print and Download the post.
  5. When the button has clicked, a Pop-up Lightbox will show up, in which the user can select the desired text to print and remove the text/image that is not needed with a single click.

6. Accelerated Mobile Pages

Accelerated Mobile Pages

In the new Google algorithm update, the picture of AMP(accelerated mobile pages) comes in. AMP is an open source project, and it makes pages load super fast by only loading specific resources. You also will have a significant increase in SERP and also a great increase in user experience.

Google hasn’t said that it isn’t a ranking factor, but AMP increases the pagespeed score, which indeed is a ranking factor. This plugin will help you customize your AMP page looks, and for your knowledge, it is an addon to AMP plugin by Automattic, so you will need to install that first.

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7. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7

It is one of the best plugin that you can use to allow visitors to fill the forms on your WordPress blog. It also provides mail functionality. That means whenever a form is filled you will be notified by email. Also, you can set it to send a confirmation mail to form filler that the request is received.

With the help of an addon called Flamingo, you can track the numbers of forms filled. Contact Form 7 also have support for wide number of addons includung Google Recaptcha, MailChimp and many other popular services.

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8. EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer

Optimizing images is one of the key thing to a good PageSpeed score and performance. EWWW is a great plugin to optimize the images locally on your server. In contrast, Smush it uses online API to do so. Hence EWWW is far more efficient.

You can also optmize the images inside other directories like themes and plugins. It also contain an option to automatically optimize the images during upload.

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9. Easy WP SMTP

This plugin will help you configure your WordPress to send email using desired email address instead of wordpress@yoursite.com. This plugin is very easy to setup. You just have to enter your username, password and SMTP details, it will do the rest.

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10. Redirection

In many cases you will want to redirect certain url to certain pages. For example, if you are changing your existing page or post URL then this plugin will automatically redirect the old URL to the new one. It will also track the number of clicks to the link and will log the details.

Additional you can also detect 404 pages of your blogs that are visited by users, bots and crawlers so that you can redirect and optimize them to ensure better user experience.

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11. Table of Contents Plus

Table of Contents Plus

If you are a fan of writing very long articles then you will find this plugin very useful. This plugin will detect the headings used in the article and will show the organized list in the beginning of the article.

Not only this is user friendly but also it is search engine friendly. You might be wondering how so then look at the screenshot below:

Table of Contents Plus SERP

So whenever a user searches for something in google and let’s say you have written about it in the middle of the article then in the search results it wil show jump to option to directly visit that part of article.

12. Two Factor Authentication

13. Ultimate Nofollow

14. W3 Total Cache

Update: There are also much more plugins available like W3 Total Cache, iThemes Security, Disqus Comment System, GoCodes, etc.

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