In a previous post, I have talked about plugins, I explained that plugins helps to expand the functionality of content management systems like “WordPress.”
In this post, we will look at 7 free plugins that can help a WordPress beginner to optimize his or her WordPress blog. I have previously stated that there are thousands of plugins out there, many in WordPress domain, the ones shared here are based on my experience and of the intention to help a WordPress beginner find a non-paid version of plugins that can serve most of the functions required to run a basic WordPress blog.
Some of the plugins I shared here have an advanced functions which can be accessed through paid version.
If you decide to use any these plugins mentioned in this post, you can search for them in your WordPress admin area, by the plugins under the main menu.
Here are 8 free plugins that can optimize the functionality of your WordPress blog.
#1 AddToAny Share Buttons
AddToAny adds share buttons to your post and pages including AddToAny’s universal sharing button, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp and many more, this plug-in allows you and your blog readers, viewers or visitors share pages or posts in your blog to many social media. Check them out here
#2 Blog2Social: Social Media Auto Post & Scheduler
This plugin allows the admin of a blog to Auto publish post to multiple social media including pages and groups at the same time with a single share button, the paid version has more interesting features like scheduling of post, and auto-posting of your post to social media, but the free version is also cool, check them out here
#3 Cookie Notice
#4 Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
Google Analytics plugin for WordPress helps you see how visitors find and use your website so that you can keep them coming back. This helps you track the flow of your traffic, it helps a lot to know where to channel your campaign to get more traffics. Check it out here Monsterinsights
Loginizer is a WordPress plugin which helps you fight against brute-force attack by blocking login for the IP after it reaches maximum retries allowed. You can blacklist or whitelist IPs for login using Loginizer. Check it out here
#6 MailChimp for WordPress
MailChimp for WordPress by ibericode. Adds various highly effective sign-up methods to your site. This plugin allows you to collect email from your blog’s visitors, for your email marketing, but you need to sign up with Mailchimp to access their email service. Check them out to sign up.
#7 Top 10
This plugin allows you to count daily and total visits per post and display the most popular posts based on the number of views.
#8 Yoast SEO
This plugin helps to improve the ranking of your blog in the search engine like Google and others, it allows you to configure pages, posts and media in your blog with keywords and settings so that people can access your blog through search engines.
Do you know about any free plugin that might be of benefit to WordPress beginners, please share on the comments section.