One of the great benefits of using WordPress for your blog is enhancements with plugins.
Especially because there are so many FREE options!
If you don’t have any idea where to start, I’ve got a list of my favorite free WordPress plugins that you can review.
30 Free WordPress Plugins For Bloggers
Here are the most useful, free WordPress plugins you can download today, in alphabetical order.
(1) 8 Degree Coming Soon Page
Starting a new blog or revamping your current one? This is the perfect plugin for your WordPress site!
The free version allows you to display a Coming Soon Page that includes:
- A Countdown – People can clearly see when your platform will be available.
- Email Subscription Field – Add people to your email list even while you’re working on things.
- Social Media Icons – Grow your social media following even while your website is off duty.
All this, AND it’s mobile responsive! WINNER!
I actually used this plugin in 2015 when I rebranded my site (screenshot above).
(2) Akismet Anti-Spam
This plugin protects your blog from spam, even while you sleep!
(3) Better Click To Tweet
Use Better Click To Tweet to include a Click To Tweet option in your blog posts.
This is great for giving your audience other ways to share the content they love!
(4) Classic Editor
If you’re like me and prefer the old WordPress editor view, you can use this plugin to revert to the Classic Editor.
(5) Contact Form 7
It’s imperative as a blogger that you have a way for your audience and brands to clearly contact you.
Not to mention that this is a KEY page for SEO.
If you’re using ConvertKit for your email marketing, installing this plugin will make it super easy for you to sync your opt-in forms, and sell more products!
(7) Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA
(8) Duplicate Post
Sometimes the simplest things make life easier!
That’s what the Duplicate Post plugin is.
When installed and activated, this plugin gives a content creator an easy to copy a post for whatever reason.
Elementor gives you the ability to build pages on your site LIVE!
If your theme doesn’t include WP Bakery Page Builder as mine did, this is an awesome option.
It would be very useful for building your own Linktree alternative page.
(10) Facebook For WooCommerce
This plugin syncs your store with your brand’s Facebook page, allows you to create ads that promote your products, AND gives you the ability to create a shop page on your social media page.
The setup for this is included in the WooCommerce plugin.
(11) Genesis Columns Advanced
The Genesis Columns Advanced plugin gives you the ability to create up to 42 different column styles on your site!
(12) Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)
Right after you’ve created your Google Analytics account for your blog, install and activate this plugin!
It displays your analytics and real-time statistics right in your WordPress dashboard!
(13) Jetpack By WordPress.com
Yes, this plugin is made by WordPress.com but it’s still useful for your self-hosted WordPress.org website.
Jetpack provides security, support and site management for your site plus other features you can use to customize your sidebars and footer area.
(14) Magic Action Box
Supercharge your blog posts with customized email opt-in forms!
You can even manually place them where you’d prefer.
This is really great for bloggers who prefer a non-invasive email marketing strategy, like pop-ups.
Also, this free plugin works well with all email marketing platforms, especially MailChimp.
(15) Really Simple SSL
Would you like to have a blog URL with https instead of just http?
Do you want Google to trust your website more, as well as your audience?
If your answer is ‘Yes’ to either question, you definitely need to download the Really Simple SSL plugin today!
(16) Secondary Title
Personally, I’ve used this free WordPress plugin to add SEO-optimized titles to a catchy blog post.
I’ve even used it just so I can have a longer title.
Try Secondary Title out!
(17) Shortcodes Ultimate
Shortcodes Ultimate is a handy plugin that works with any theme, helping every content creator customize the visual and functional elements of their site.
According to their website, “you can easily create tabs, buttons, boxes, sliders and carousels, responsive videos and much, much more.”
(18) Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed
Formerly Smash Balloon Instagram Feed, this plugin has helped me easily display my Instagram feed in the footer of my website.
But you can use it for so much more!
You can display multiple Instagram feeds wherever you’d like. There’s even an option for people to follow you right from the feed.
Automatically optimize the size of photos on your site, which will boost your site’s SEO!
Would you like to encourage your readers to share your content?
Then you have to make that action easy for them!
Sumo is the perfect tool for the job!
As one of the best free WordPress plugins, Sumo helps boost your site’s conversion and sales (if you offer products/services).
This means that there are other great features like email list pop-ups too!
(21) TinyMCE Advanced
Extend the formatting options of your WordPress Gutenberg editor, or the Classic one!
(22) UpDraft Plus – Backup/Restore
Just as it states in their name, UpDraft Plus helps content creators backup their site on platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 and more!
If you’ve never heard of this free WordPress plugin, get acquainted!
It helps you to sell anything on your website without breaking a sweat.
(19) WooCommerce Admin
WooCommerce Admin gives you the tools to manage your store with dashboards and reports.
(24) WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration
I always say that data about your content is important.
And the same thing applies to your online store!
WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration will empower you with tracking so that you can see how visitors are shopping in your store.
(25) WooCommerce PayPal Checkout Gateway
This plugin allows you to process payments with PayPal on your website.
(26)WooCommerce Stripe Payment Gateway
This plugin is similar to the PayPal option. However, it also gives you the ability to take payments via Apple Pay, Google Pay, and other local options.
(27) WooCommerce Services
WooCommerce Services helps with automated tax calculation, shipping label printing, and smoother payment setup.
(24) WP Last Modified Info
Did you know that Google and your audience loves when websites update their content?
WP Last Modified Info makes it clear to search engine bots and your readers that the content has been updated, with a precise date and time!
You can also customize where it is displayed!
(28) WP Scheduled Posts
If you’re looking to get a content calendar going, this is THE BEST WordPress option!
I just started using this in December 2019, and I’m in love.
(29) WP Super Cache
Caching items helps to increase your website’s page speed, and as a result, your SEO.
Therefore, a plugin like WP Super Cache that does the work for you, is a must-have for every content creator’s WordPress website!
(30) Yoast SEO
Ok, maybe I’ve said that other free WordPress plugins are my favorite but I really have to STRESS that you download Yoast SEO TODAY!!
That is if you’re serious about adding SEO to your digital strategy.
And that’s the entire list of free WordPress plugins that I suggest for any aspiring or tenured content creator!