WordPress offer a huge range of over 20,000 free plugins to choose from. Plugins are like software add on’s that add different functions for your website.
Simply search the WordPress plugins directory, locate the plugin of your choice and install & activate your plugin.
Below you’ll find a list of the twenty most popular free WordPress plugins by download volume.
Popular WordPress Plugin Downloads
Gtranslate is a Google translator plugin which you can install to translate your content into different languages simply by selecting the flags that represent those countries. Offers an automatic translation service so your content can be readable by 98% of internet users.
Google Analytics for WordPress
Another great plugin by Yoast is an advanced tracking plugin for WordPress which adds additional tracking of Seo data. Here’s a beginners guide to Google Analytics Setup.
All in One SEO Pack
All in one Seo plugin for WordPress is the most popular Seo plugin for WordPress which automatically optimizes your blog for search engines.
Contact Form 7
Contact form 7 is another popular contact form plugin for WordPress which offers simple installation and management of multiple different contact forms on your site.
Makes import of your blog posts and pages simple and easy. Works with the WordPress export tool and can be used to import posts from WordPress.com, Blogger and many other free hosted blogs if you decide to start your own self hosted WordPress.org powered site.
Add To Any
Share, email and bookmark your blog posts to nearly 300 different social networks. Offers free reporting and stats.
Google XML Sitemaps
Google loves sitemaps and this WordPress plugin will automatically create a sitemap which helps the search engines read your content and provide better indexing for your site.
Next Generation Gallery plugin is a popular image plugin for WordPress which includes multiple gallery, slideshow and image integration and management.
This plugin adds 17 plugins to TinyMCE which is an advanced editor for WordPress.
Adds some flair which helps to entice users to share your content and submit your articles to social bookmarking sites.
Redirection is a popular plugin for managing 301 redirection’s if you move content from another site or folder on your server. Also used frequently when migration to a new host, directory or domain.
Our stats widget is a popular plugin which uses a widget t display your stats in your sidebar or any widgetized area of your blog.
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
Most popular plugin which stops spam on your comments and registration forms
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
YARPP calculates a “match score” based on a unique algorithm for posts on your blog and displays a list of related posts and pages on your site and rss feed.
The most popular WordPress plugin to insert Youtube videos into your posts, pages, comments and feeds correctly.
WPtouch automatically converts your blog into a mobile friendly theme that can be easily viewed using major mobile devices. Have you ever viewed your WordPress site in a mobile device?
The most popular free shopping cart plugin for WordPress makes it easy to sell your products or services using your WordPress site. Read more about WP eCommerce setup here.
WP Super Cache
One of the best free WordPress plugin for increasing the speed of your site. Simply install and enable caching to experience significantly faster page loading speeds for your site. Read more about WP Super Cache here.
Another popular anti spam plugin for WordPress which cross references your comments against a database to see if they look like spam or not. Normally comes pre installed on all WordPress.com and WordPress.org installations. Stop WordPress Spam with Akismet.
Most popular tag management plugin for WordPress which offers tag suggestions from Yahoo as well as your local content. Tags help to increase search engine optimization and navigation for your users.
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