The 36 Free Plugins That Every WordPress User Could Need

The 36 Free Plugins That Every WordPress User Could NeedBack in March of this year, I published The Top 100 WordPress Plugins For Your Site. It was a list of the most popular plugins available on WordPress.org, filtered and sorted by compatibility, freshness, and ratings.

As I expected, reactions to the post were a mix between, “This is a great resource — thanks!”, and “This is the worst post I have ever seen in my life — you are an awful human being”.

Or something similar to that anyway. I’m paraphrasing.

Not one to be discouraged, I set out to compile a resource that would better my top 100 plugins post. Something that could serve as an extremely useful tool for any WordPress user. Here’s what I came up with.

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A Comprehensive List of Free Plugins That You Could Need

As a standalone content management system, WordPress is awesome. It does a whole load of cool stuff. But its real power lies in its extensibility — the plugins you can add to your installation of WordPress to make it do just about anything.

The problem is in (a) knowing what WordPress is capable of via its extensibility, and (b) finding the best solution for whatever additional functionality you desire. This resource seeks to provide the answer to both of those questions, by providing a list of plugins for a comprehensive list of popular functions.

In compiling this resource, I stuck to three simple rules:

  1. The plugin must be free and available for download on WordPress.org.
  2. The plugin must offer functionality that might of use to any blogger.
  3. Only one plugin of each type is to be included.

Whilst there are many good “niche” plugins out there (like WooCommerce, for example), my focus was only on plugins that could be of use to any blogger, regardless of the style of their site, or their chosen subject matter.

With that said, let’s not waste any more time!

The List

For your ease of browsing, the plugins have been split into broad categories.

Better Content Production

Security, Backups and Spam

Speed and Optimization

SEO and Analytics

Admin Improvements

Content Promotion

Improved Enduser Usability

Now It’s Your Turn

I don’t think this list is finished yet — I want to see that number in the headline climb. I think there are other plugins out there that deserve inclusion. With that thought in mind, I am opening up the comments section to any and all suggestions as to what else should be included.

As you know, the criteria are simple:

  1. The plugin must be free and available for download on WordPress.org.
  2. The plugin must offer functionality that might of use to any blogger.
  3. Only one plugin of each type is to be included.

So please, share with us your suggestions in the comments section below!

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