Beautiful thing about WordPress is that you can customise your blog website in almost infinite ways. There are thousands of plugins that’s available in the market place, and you can choose the one that fits within your taste and standard.
And this is the reason why people use WordPress. Not only does it have easy navigation, it’s easy to find plugins to alter the design of your website, help improve your website in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), or add in special buttons for social media. The list doesn’t stop.
WordPress is the most popular platform to start your website on. If you haven’t started it yet, I have a great article on how you can setup your blog website in less than 20 minutes. Click here.
I’m running my blog website on a very tight budget. I have a family (new born baby, not even 100 days old!) and I’m still paying off my debt and rent. Considering all this, I have a very limited budget to invest into my blog website.
The good news is that, there are so many plugins out there that are free. It’s almost too good to be true.
These plugins help my website optimise for search engines, help me monitor my website for any connection issue, and it also collects email addresses for my subscription list.
All these plugins are free!
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Here are my top 5 FREE WordPress Plugins you must have.
Please note – these are not ranked or anything as I think they are important in their own way. It’s the combination of these which makes it important.
This plugin automatically optimises your website so it gets ranked high in various search engines. It’ll let you know if you your website has any problem for SEO, and will give you recommendation on how to fix them.
It also lets you know whether your blog post layout is “good for reading”.
It even shows you how your blog post will appear in Google as well. (please see picture below).
This is a must have for every bloggers!
If you have an account with AWeber, Mail Chimp, Convert kit (any email list builder), then this is a must have plugin.
We all know how important it is to build email list, it’s the perfect way of keeping in touch with your loyal readers.
Sumo makes it even more convenient for readers to subscribe to your page. They have a really nice “subscribe now” pop up window that you implement on your website.
Don’t underestimate the power of this. Through this plugin, I’ve been able to gather more subscribers. And it’s free!
Besides all the beautiful plugins, if your website is down it doesn’t mean anything. Jetpack continuously monitors your website and lets you know immediately if the website is down.
And the beautiful thing is that, when it is up and running again – it’ll let you know immediately again!
Though I haven’t experienced any significant problem with my website (thanks to Bluehost, my awesome host), there were times where my website will be down for 2 to 3 minutes at rare times.
Then it will send me another notification saying it is up and running again. Smart little FREE plugin you must have!
You won’t see this plugin performance visually, because it does everything behind the scene.
Especially for bloggers, we have many images on our website. It can take some time for a reader to load your website if you have too many images.
Lazy Load solves this issue for you.
It will only load the images that are visible in the viewport. When you scroll down, it will load images accordingly.
Why is this important? Because readers don’t have to wait minutes after minutes for the page to fully load. It’ll only load accordingly based on what is visible on the screen.
Readers don’t have patience to wait, they’ll move onto another website if it takes too long. Luckily with this plugin, you won’t have that problem.
This plugin has been the core of my blog website.
It lets you customise the layout of your blog post previews. You can do it by categories, and there are many different styles to choose from.
And it’s free.
Want to know how I get this blog preview layout displayed on different pages?
Try Content Views, you won’t be disappointed.
If you have some budget, you can pay and get more advanced designs. But I like to keep things simple, and the free layout design tends to cater for my design needs.
This plugin is a must have if you want to make your blog website graphical user friendly, and professional.
These are my top 5 FREE WordPress plugin that I use on my website. You should definitely try these out, doesn’t hurt to check it out since it is free J
I hope this article was helpful. Do you have any other free WordPress plugin you use that’s not mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below!