Top 10 Must Have WordPress Plugins To Start With For Any Beginners
For any beginner starting out in creating a website using WordPress, it can definitely be extremely overwhelming to find what what is the right plugin to use for their website, considering there are close to 60,000 plugins in the depository to choose from.
And if you are very new to WordPress, you will probably have to spend a tremendous amount of time learning how to use the plugins too. There are free plugins and paid plugins. Most of these recommended plugins are free to download and install onto your website.
And usually once you have installed onto your website, you will be promoted to upgrade to a paid version which means that you have to pay a certain amount of fee to use the upgraded features.
However, most of the the free plugins I am using for my business websites, the basic features are good enough to run the day to day operations. There are only some plugins that I had paid to use the additional upgraded features that I needed for my business such as the membership site plugin.
In this article, I would like to share with you the the top 10 must have free WordPress plugins for a beginner to start with and these are the same plugins I used to install whenever I created a new website. Some of these plugins have more than a million downloads so you can rest assured they are very popular and widely used. This will save you a lot of time trying to figure out what plugins you need when you are first starting out.
1. Yoast SEO Plugin
The Yoast SEO plugin is one of the most popular plugins with more than 5 million downloads. You definitely want to install on your website especially if you are writing blogs and reviews. This plugin helps you with your search engine optimization and rank higher in search engines. The powerful key features such as the SEO Analysis itself is an invaluable tool to write SEO-friendly texts with the right (focus) keywords. The Readability Analysis makes sure that you are writing easy-to-digest, engaging content for both visitors and search engines. And the Snippet Preview enhances your posts and pages appear better in the search results, including on mobile.
2. UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin
UpdraftPlus is another plugin you seriously want to seriously consider to download at the very start. Anything can go wrong with your website and the safest thing to do is to have this wonderful plugin that can put your mind at ease so that if anything happens, you can be sure that your website is still intact. This great plugin has already over two million currently-active installs and it simplifies backups and restoration, scheduled backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore everything with just a single click! It is really that simple and amazing.
3. Coming Soon Page, Under Construction & Maintenance Mode Plugin
When you are first starting to create your website, you do not want your website to go public yet because it is still incomplete and under construction. This simple plugin will allow you to select from 3 available options: Coming Soon Page, Under Construction Page, Maintenance Mode Page. If you select any one of these pages, you can continue to work on your site in private while visitors will only see a “Coming Soon” or “Maintenance Mode” page.
4. Smush Plugin
Another plugin that will help to enhance the loading speed of your site. This is a big help especially to those who has lots of images and photos to upload. Smush will compress all your images without a visible drop in quality and it optimizes your images by turning on lazy load, resizing, and compressing to improve your Google Page Speed. The best part about this plugin is that the free version is more than enough to reap all the huge benefits here.
5. Contact Form 7 Plugin
With over 5 million active downloads, you simply need this plugin unless you do not want your customers to contact you. Contact Form 7 is super easy to use because there is only one line of code to copy and paste it onto your contact page. Of course, you can still customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup but the simple code is all I ever needed for my contact page.
6. Insert Header and Footers Plugin
This plugin is extremely useful if you want to create pop-ups, alert bars, opt-in forms to appear at the header and footers simply by inserting a piece of code in your WordPress headers and footers without the need to edit your theme or CSS files. I used it so often especially for alert bars on my headers and pop-ups on my footers for the purpose of capturing leads and call-to-actions. This fantastic also allows you to insert codes like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel and more to your WordPress site header and footer. With this one plugin, no coding or editing of scripts is ever needed!
7. Dynamic Widgets Plugin
If you new and starting out in WordPress, you’ll be amazed how this plugin can save you from so much work. This plugin has helped me tremendously to select exactly which posts and pages for a specific widget to appear or hide. In short, this incredible plugin gives you full control on which pages or posts a widget will display with just a few mouse clicks for you to select. You do not have to worry about any coding or PHP scripting because there isn’t any required with this plugin!
8. Q2W3 Fixed Widget Plugin
This plugin is another available option if you want to create sticky widgets that stay in the visible screen area when the page is scrolled up or down by the user. As the name of this plugin suggests, which is called as fixed widget, can be useful in some cases to increase a higher click-through rate because it is always visible to the visitor reading and scrolling your page while the widget fixed at that position all the time. The only disadvantage is that the widget can overlap into the footer’s area when the visitor is scrolling to all the way down to the end of the page or post.
9. WordPress MaxButtons Plugin
When I discovered this plugin in 2017, I really fell in love with it. With this plugin, you can easily create and design your own powerful CSS3 WordPress buttons in a minute. You can generate awesome responsive buttons very quickly in no time and add them anywhere to your website with different shapes, colors and social icon features and options available at your very disposal. MaxButtons plugin has been going strong for over 6 years with over 900 5-star reviews.
10. Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin
This is a little more advanced especially if you are still new to WordPress or just starting out to create a website but it is extremely useful and powerful if you want to know the details about your business. This incredibly powerful plugin allows you to get an overview on your Google Analytics Dashboard that shows you the actionable analytics reports right inside your WordPress. Its customized reports will show you the stats so that you will know exactly what’s working and what’s not. If you are ready to grow your business and you plan to use the reports to drive your more traffic and sales to your website, then it is strongly recommended you get this plugin installed on your website.
So if you are now planning to create your first website, you can start out with some of these free plugins to get started. And depending on the type of business or niche you are getting into, you may use some of these plugins but I believe these are already the most commonly used plugins that can be applied to any kind of business websites.
And if you are interested to learn how to create and design your first website using WordPress, you may want to check out this special 4 weeks course which I have purposely designed for new beginners using an interactive based approach.
Last but not least, I will greatly appreciate if you can let me know if you find this article useful in the comments below. I do hope it will hep you in some ways and save you a great amount of time to hunt for the right plugins. I have used all of them for many years and they are serving me very well till today.
Alright! If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below and I’ll be glad to help you out in every way I can.
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