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Best Free & Paid Plugins For WordPress Sites

Jailyn Glass, marketing manager at Perfect Afternoon
Jailyn Glass

Whether you are a startup company with a brand new website or an enterprise company with a seasoned website, learning about plugins will help to keep your website fresh and fast while keeping up with the technological wave. Join Jailyn and Morgan as they discuss the five best free & paid WordPress plugins that PA recommends for WordPress builds.

Best Free Plugins

  1. Yoast SEO
    Yoast SEO optimizes your website’s pages and posts’ one keyword or keyphrase. This helps your content show and rank better within search engine results on Google and other related search engines. The free version allows you to choose a keyword, then optimize it within your content by looking at its readability and SEO scores.
  2. Redirection
    The Redirection plugin helps your website create and manage 301 redirects for pages and posts that are no longer published or available on your website. It also keeps 401 errors to help your website keep or improve its site rankings.
  3. W3 Total Cache
    This is a caching plugin that helps you to clear cookies and other files from your webpages to create a clean, worthy experience for your audience.
  4. Easy Google Fonts
    Easy Google Fonts is an easy way to incorporate Google Fonts that you may use within its other software, like Gmail and Google Docs, in your website too. With over 600 fonts to choose from, Easy Google Fonts lets you customize your font choices from the standard options.
  5. Instagram Feed
    Formerly known as Instagram Feed, Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed plugin allows you to connect your Instagram feed on your website to showcase your social content.

Best Paid Plugins

  1. Gravity Forms
    Gravity Forms allows WordPress website users to build intuitive forms to gather information. There are over 30+ fields to add to your form for a wide variety of forms to build, while also being able to include conditional logic to show and hide fields if they are or are not applicable to the form respondent.
  2. WooCommerce
    This is an eCommerce plugin that helps you build an online store. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all plugin – there are various options, price points, and installation steps to consider before diving into this plugin.
  3. Yoast SEO Premium
    Yoast SEO Premium includes all the features mentioned within the free version. It also includes optimizing keywords, keyphrases and synonyms, related keywords and all those word forms; alerts on content without updates in six months; internal linking suggestions; content insights; redirect manager; focus keyword export, one year of 24/7 support; and much more.
  4. WP Rocket
    Like to W3 Total Cache, WP Rocket clears website caches to speed your website up, clear cookies and other documents, and compress the weight of your HTML and JavaScript files.
  5. Akismet
    A spam-filtering plugin is necessary for all websites. Akismet helps filter spam comments and content every day.
Did We Miss One?

Share some of your best free & paid WordPress plugins and why. We’d love to hear from you. If you would like more information on how these plugins can improve your website, set up a consultation with PA. We’ll review, audit your website, and report the information and suggestions we have.

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