Both WordPress Themes and Plugins are essential helpers for you to design a wonderful website. It is not only significant to choose a right WordPress theme, it’s also important to select the plugins.
Today, I’d love to share the free must-have WordPress plugins for your WordPress website one by one. Hope there’s something useful for you.
1. Content Aware Sidebars
It allows you to create an unlimited number of sidebars (widget areas) for any widget area and assign it to specific pages, posts, categories, and so on. In a nutshell, it basically creates a virtual widget area that replaces the real widget area for the pages you specify.
Once you create a new sidebar, it will show up in the Appearance -> Widgets with all other widget areas.
2. Enhanced Text Widget
The Enhanced Text Widget is a free plugin that enables a more feature-rich text widget for your use. Some of the features supported by the widget include:
*It allows you to hide or show the widget title
*Turn your widget title into a link
*Assign CSS classes to the widget
3. WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO by Yoast is bar none the best SEO plugin for WordPress. It allows complete control of page titles and meta descriptions on a per page/post basis as well as for each taxonomy.
Although there are many plugins that help you combat spam, Akismet is one of the best options because it comes with WordPress out of the box and it’s free for personal use.
5. Digg Digg
If you’re not taking advantage of social media for your business yet, it is time to start. The Digg Digg plugin adds a floating box on your website that enables your users to quickly and easily share the page they are on.
It supports all popular social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Pinterest.
6. W3 Total Cache
Website caching necessity varies based on your website. Websites that are heavy in images and scripts will see a nice speed improvement from using cache plugins.
W3 Total Cache is a free WordPress plugin that has all the caching features you will need. In fact, they can be a bit overwhelming at first, so it would behoove you to just start slow and test each feature carefully.
7. 404 Redirected
From my experience, business owners don’t monitor their broken links nearly as much as they should. Broken pages present a business and SEO problem for your website. On one hand, your potential customers might leave your website immediately when they see a 404 error, and on the other hand, Google will not pass PageRank to your 404 page.