11 Must have Plugins for your WordPress blog

In this article you will get to know about the some must have plugins for every WordPress blog whether you’re having a tech blog, beauty blog, food blog, travel blog or any other type of blog. The plugins mentioned in this article are free so that everybody can use them. Many top bloggers use below-mentioned plugins. For every free plugin mentioned in this list, there is a premium alternative for the bloggers who can spend some more money on their blog.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

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Who doesn’t love SEO optimized blog? You? Of course not! Do you want to make your blog more SEO optimized? Your answer must be Yes. WordPress is already SEO optimized but this plugin, by far the best SEO plugin, boosts your blog’s SEO score.
This plugin comes with great features like meta tag editor, Google webmasters verification tool, XML sitemap creator, etc. When you are writing any article, it shows a meta editor for your article which shows a Google search snippet preview so you can decide what part of your article is shown in Google search. It comes with many other excellent features which you will get know when you install the plugin.

Premium

There is no premium alternative for this plugin because it is free and best but you can buy its premium extensions like Yoast SEO Premium, Video SEO, News SEO, and Local SEO.

WPForms Lite

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Forms are a crucial part of a blog because users can contact you directly with it. Wpbeginner.com builds this form. It is not complicated and easy to use. It is a fierce competitor of many other forms like Contact Form 7. They are mobile responsive forms and also have captcha option for spam protection. If you want to use it for Newsletter subscription purposes, then you have to upgrade it to pro version for integrating it with MailChimp AWeber, etc. You can easily customize your WPForms with our section dividers, HTML blocks, a custom CSS.

Premium

WPforms PRO and Gravity Forms are a great premium alternative to it. If you want to buy any one of these, then I will suggest you to go for GravityForms. It is really great and robust contact form plugin. You can try out a demo of GravityForms before buying it.

ShortPixel

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This is the best plugin for image compression without losing the quality of the picture. You can choose between two modes of compression, lossy and lossless. All the current images present on your blog can be optimized using bulk optimizer. The free version of it restricts image optimization up to 100 images/month, but there is no file size limit. You can use ShortPixel on as many sites as you want with only one API key that is provided. It compress JPG, PNG, GIF (still and animated) images and PDF documents and optimize thumbnails as well as featured images. It is the best that’s why I also use it.

Premium

You can buy the premium version of ShortPixel if you want to optimize more than 100 images/month. You can buy premium version here.

Akismet

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Akismet comes pre-install when we install WordPress on our blog. It is vital and required for every blog. It is made by Automattic, creator of WordPress. Main features in Akismet include:

  • Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
  • Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
  • URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
  • A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam saving you disk space and speeding up your site.

You need an API key to activate it. API key can be obtained from you account dashboard. Akismet is integrated into top WordPress plugins such as Jetpack and Contact Form 7.

Premium

With premium version of Akismet, you can increase your Monthly spam check from 50,000/month to 100,000/month. Over 3 million users are using Akismet Spam protection.

Click to Tweet

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This plugin allows you to create beautiful Click To Tweet boxes anywhere in your blog post and to create tweetable content easily for your readers. This plugin is made by Coschedule. Your content will get more publicity with this free tool. With this plugin, you can embed tweetable content which can be tweeted by clicking on them. It will contain your post URL and your twitter username.

Premium

No need of premium alternative for this plugin.

WP Broken Link Status Checker

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Link checker of all your content links and images, looking for broken links, check link redirections, warn of nofollow links, etc. These configurations are organized into entities called scans. You can create multiple scans, each one with different settings, and run them under independent crawling processes. You can check for several link status like 3xx redirections, 302 Found, 4xx errors, 400 bad request, 403 forbidden, etc.

Premium

You can upgrade to pro version of this for more features. Pro version can be bought from Codecanyon.

Ultimate Nofollow

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Ultimate nofollow is one of the best free nofollow plugins for WordPress. This plugin is SEO friendly, and you have a full control of nofollow and dofollow link with this plugin. Nofollow helps you to gain some more traffic; it also increases your blog’s DA and PA along with other metrics like Alexa ranking which can help you to bring sponsored posts!

Premium

No need of premium alternative for this plugin.

PushEngage

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PushEngage allows websites to send web push notifications to their site visitors. It supports Chrome and Firefox (both PC and Mobile). It also works with subdomains like sub.example.com. It can deliver 3 to 10x higher click rate over email. Survey also shows that push notification has higher open rate than email, and CTR too is high. You can also schedule your notifications so that you don’t have send notifications during your weekend, or on vacation.

Premium

If your subscribers increase from 2500, then you have to upgrade your plan from free to pro. It comes with three pro plans, $29/month, $49/month, and last for the enterprise.

Meks Flexible Shortcodes

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It is a great plugin. You can add many subtle elements to your blogs like Columns, Buttons, Icons, Social Icons, Highlights, Dropcaps, Separators, Progress Bars, Pull Quotes, Tabs, Toggles, and Accordions. Meks Flexible shortcodes can fit any style and design irrespective of your theme color. All these elements are responsive and you don’t need to install a different plugin for a different element.

Premium

No need of premium alternative for this plugin.

MailChimp

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Everybody loves Email list building (me too.. 🙂 ) That’s why this plugin is mentioned here. It is the best Email Service provider with which you can send marketing emails, automated messages, and targeted campaigns. With the free plan, you can send 12,000 email/month to 2000 subscribers. If your subscribers are more than 2000, then you ought to upgrade to pro plan. You can create beautiful templates for your campaigns. MailChimp’s email templates are mobile responsive too.

Premium

Upgrading to MailChimp Pro is good options if you’re having a good amount of subscribers. You can choose between 2 pro plans.

Rename WP-login

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Rename wp-login.php is a very light plugin that lets you easily and safely change wp-login.php to anything you want. It doesn’t literally rename or change files in core, nor does it add rewrite rules. It simply intercepts page requests and works on any WordPress website. The wp-admin directory and wp-login.php page become inaccessible, so you should bookmark or remember the URL. Deactivating this plugin brings your site back exactly to the state it was before. Read More: How to Rename WordPress login URL easily.

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