5 Great Free WordPress Plugins

Being a full time web developer who works primarily in WordPress it can be hard to find reliable plugins that continue to update with each iteration of WordPress. So I got together 5 of my favorite plug ins that I happen to use often.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Have complete control over your sites Search Engine Optimization. Yoast’s very powerful plugin allows you to have manual and dynamic changes to your sites Title and Descriptions among many other features such as advanced XML Sitemaps Functionality, RSS Optimization and many more.
[button size=medium style=less_round color=green url=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/” target=”_blank”]Download[/button]

Contact Form 7

This is a very simple plug in. It is the best free form creation tool available for WordPress. It has a tiny bit of a learning curve to begin, but with some testing and practice you could be creating complete forms in no time.
[button size=medium style=less_round color=green url=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7/” target=”_blank”]Download[/button]

Redirection

Change the directory of your site recently? Have your urls for pages and posts change? If so you are going to want to get those urls redirecting to the correct ones. Redirection is the simplest way to start directing your traffic in the correct direction.
[button size=medium style=less_round color=green url=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/” target=”_blank”]Download[/button]

WP Smush.it

If you are anything like me you forget to optimize your images for web from time to time and with all of those bloated files your sites load time can start to slow to a crawl. That is why I install Wp Smush.it on most of my sites. Wp Smush.it compresses my image file down to a more optimized format.
[button size=medium style=less_round color=green url=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-smushit/” target=”_blank”]Download[/button]

Display Widgets

Ever have a widget or two you only wanted to show on certain pages? Well this use to be a complete pain in the ass until now! Display widget gives you a few options for each of your widgets allowing you to turn them on and off for individual pages.
[button size=medium style=less_round color=green url=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/display-widgets/” target=”_blank”]Download[/button]

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack is no one feature. It is a powerhouse of features and you can activate like Stats, Social Sharing Options, Contact Forms, shortcodes for video, and many more.
[button size=medium style=less_round color=green url=”http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/” target=”_blank”]Download[/button]

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Author: Phil Hoyt

Web Developer, WordPress Expert, Marketing Enthusiast

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