Today in the internet world, most of them are using WordPress for blogging, etc. There is a numerous WordPress plugins available to make certain processes smoother for you and your readers. It will add new functionality to your WordPress websites. The tools and plugins made available online are making it even easier to break into the blogging scene. Listed plugins are all free and open-source plugins and you can download them from the official WordPress plugins repository.
1. CloudFare: CloudFlare ensures better protection of your blog from spammers. It shows the correct IP address of commenter’s who are commenting on your blog. You can protect your site from online spammers and hackers, and it helps your website load faster as well.
2. Yoast SEO: This is probably the only SEO plugin you need for your WordPress blog. It helps you create better titles, you can block duplicate pages (like archive pages) from search bots, and it also adds the necessary meta tags required for more search-friendly Google snippets. The new releases also integrate Twitter Title Tags and Facebook Open Graph tags.
3. W3 Total Cache: W3 Total Cache is the most complete WordPress caching plugin available. It can improve your website’s performance by caching the pages, objects, minifying the databases by content delivery network support.
4. YARRP: The related posts plug-in adds links to old stories that may be contextually related to the content of the current article. It also helps expose your archived content to search bots.
5. All in one SEO pack: This plugin is the first choice for new and inexperienced WordPress users, who want their blogs to be fully Search Engine Optimized without digging deep into SEO. It provides you with almost every function needed in just a single page
6. Authenticator: It enable 2-step authentication for your WordPress blog, similar to Dropbox or your Gmail account. Authy is also a good alternative for enabling 2-factor authentication in WordPress.
7. Akismet: Akismet is possibly the best way to protect your website from web spam. Akismet filters comments and trackback spam, so that you can focus more on managing other important things. It runs on autopilot and provides 24-hour protection.
8. Smart YouTube: This lets you embed YouTube videos in blog posts using standing video URLs and the embedded player can be customized. It adds a thumbnail of the embedded video in the RSS feed and the same plug-in can also be used to embed videos from Facebook and Vimeo.
9. SlideShare: This helps you easily embed SlideShare presentations in blog posts with the help of short codes. Update: This maybe optional as WordPress core itself supports SlideShare embeds through oEmbed.
10. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam: This plugin prevents spam from automated bots by adding a CAPTCHA in comment, registration, login and lost password forms.
11. Facebook Comments for WordPress: This plugin allows visitors to leave comments on various posts on your blog using their own Facebook account. It integrates into your blog and any reader logged into Facebook will be able to comment into any post of your blog.
12. Livefyre: Livefyre is one of the best comment platforms that aim to replace old and outdated comments systems with innovative and interactive real-time conversations. LiveFyre is the easiest way to build an active community and increase user engagement.
13. WP-DBManager: This plugin will help you backup your WordPress database manually or you can set up a scheduled job for automatic backup and the database files will be sent to your email address at set intervals. Advanced users can use WP-DBManager to run SQL queries against their WordPress database without the phpMyAdmin tool. There are other plugins that can save backups to Amazon S3 and Dropbox.
15. WP-ReCaptcha: ReCAPTCHA is most probably the most popular and widely accepted CAPTCHA systems by all users. This plugin integrates reCAPTCHA anti-spam methods in WordPress as comment, registration and email protection.
16. CodePress Admin: The Posts screen inside your WordPress dashboard display the post name, category, tags but with CodePress, you can add new columns to the view displaying meta data associated with the posts. For instance, you may show featured images next to the post title or even the value of a particular custom field.
18. Limit Login Attempts: It logs the IP address and the exact date & time when a user is trying to log into your WordPress and also keeps track of unsuccessful login attempts. You can automatically lock out users after they have made ‘n’ unsuccessful login attempts.
19. Subscribe To Comments: This plugin allows commentors to subscribe for email notifications to subsequent comments on a particular post.
20. DynamicWP Contact Form: It is yet another contact form plugin powered by AJAX, with sliding effects and floating buttons. This plugin is under open source GPL License, and is completely free to use without any restrictions