WordPress is a simple way for you to be able to build your blog or website fast. Adding features and functions to your website can be made just as simple if you know how and use some of the growing number of plugins that are available for WordPress.
Each plug-in like a small program, which once installed will add a feature or function to your website and in most cases these features and functions can be added to your website with a single click to install and another to activate the plug-in.
The following is a list of some Free WordPress plugins that you might find useful.
If you are unfamiliar with the installation of WordPress plug-ins, please visit our WordPress video tutorials and watch video number 9 or 10 to learn how to install a plug-in.
We will be adding new plug-ins to our directory all the time, so you should check back often to see what is new.
If you have any suggestions for additional Free WordPress plug-ins we should include in here, please use our contact form to submit your suggestion.
Antispam Bee : Anonymous and independent antispam solution. Detect comment and trackback spam. Includes statistics and notifications.
Duplicator : Duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another in 3 easy steps.
Google XML Sitemaps : This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
Hyper Cache Extended : Hyper Cache Extended is a new cache system for WordPress, specifically written for people which have their blogs on low resources hosting provider (cpu and mysql).
Maintenance Mode : Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.
Print Friendly and PDF Button : The Print Friendly & PDF button automatically creates printer friendly and PDF versions of your pages without the hassle of having to create a print CSS file. No coding, hacking or programming required. Simply install the Print Friendly & PDF plugin, activate, and choose settings for full customization. It also gives your user the ability to remove images and paragraphs of text, so they really only have to print exactly what they want.
Quick Cache : If you care about the speed of your site, Quick Cache is one of those plugins that you absolutely MUST have installed. Quick Cache takes a real-time snapshot ( building a cache ) of every Page, Post, Category, Link, etc. These snapshots are then stored ( cached ) intuitively, so they can be referenced later, in order to save all of that processing time that has been dragging your site down and costing you money.
Secure WordPress : Secure WordPress beefs up the security of your WordPress installation by removing error information on login pages, adds index.html to plugin directories, hides the WordPress version and much more.
SEO Friendly Images : SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress SEO plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes for SEO purposes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.
SEO Ultimate : This all-in-one SEO plugin gives you control over title tags, noindex, meta tags, Open Graph, slugs, canonical, autolinks, 404 errors, rich snippets.
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam : Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. In order to post comments or register, users will have to type in the code shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots. Adds security. Works great with Akismet. Also is fully WP, WPMU, and BuddyPress compatible.
WP-Optimize : This simple but effective plugin allows you to clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without phpMyAdmin.
WP-reCAPTCHA : Integrates reCAPTCHA anti-spam methods with WordPress including comment, registration, and email spam protection.
Social Bookmarking Plug-Ins
AddThis : Get more traffic back to your site by installing the AddThis WordPress plugin. With AddThis, your users can promote your content by sharing to 330 of the most popular social networking and bookmarking sites (like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and MySpace). We also support address bar sharing in modern browsers. Our button is small, unobtrusive, quick to load and recognized all over the web.
Share Buttons by Lockerz : The WordPress plugin to help people share, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Google, Digg, Delicious, and well over 100 more sharing and social bookmarking sites. New: Pinterest Pin It Button in addition to the Facebook Like Button, Twitter Tweet Button, Google+ Share Button and Google +1 Button.
ShareThis : With access to 120 social channels (including Facebook, Twitter, Like, +1, Email and more), The ShareThis widget is a quick and easy sharing solution for your site to keep your audience engaged in your content and increase traffic to your site. You can also customize your widget for seamless integration to your site. You have the option to use small or large buttons, add counters and place the widget in a clear location for your users to share.
Sociable : Sociable continues being the fastest growing leader in the sharing space of WordPress plugins. The latest version includes a Pinterest icon and font changes suggested by users.
Contact & Content Submission Forms Plug-Ins
Contact Form 7 : Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
Fast Secure Contact Form : This plugin allows a webmaster to easily create and add contact forms to WordPress. The contact form will let the user send emails to a site’s admin, and also send a meeting request to talk over phone or video. An administration panel is present, where the webmaster can create and preview unlimited forms.