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7 Free WordPress Plugins For Beginners

Last updated October 2022

You’ve just launched your WordPress website and are feeling overwhelmed with the over 55,000 available free plugins in the repository. Where do you start? What does your site need? Let’s review seven free WordPress plugins that are great for new and, well, any website.

WordPress Caching

Speed up your page load time with this simple caching system. We recommend two free plugins as we’ve recently noticed some WordPress Managed Hosting providers do not allow WP Fastest Cache.

Contact Forms

Create contact forms for a beautifully and intuitive drag-and-drop interface.

Page Redirects

Easy method of redirecting one page to another. If a page is moved or deleted don’t just show a page not found to your visitors. Redirect them to another relevant page. The 301 redirect sends to users to a different URL from what they originally requested and passes any SEO page rankings from the old page to the new.

Website Backups

Automatic backups of your website, theme, files and database and can be configured to store backups on a third party website like Google Drive or Dropbox.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

The most popular WordPress SEO plugin that gives you a great toolset to help you increase your website’s search rankings organically.

Shopping Cart

The most popular WordPress e-commerce plugin designed for small to large-sized online stores. It’s installation wizard makes the initial setup easy and adding products is as simple as creating a blog post.

Image Compression

Automatically compress and optimize images as you’re uploading them to the media library. This plugin compresses your images to the smallest file size possible while leaving the quality untouched resulting in a faster load time on your website. You can also optimize images already in your media library.

There it is. Seven(ish) free WordPress plugins for your brand new website.

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