Best Free WordPress Plugins for Search Engine Optimization and a Healthy and Secure Blog

 

WordPress Plugin & WordPress Plugin Description

The SEO Framework

An automated, advanced, accessible, unbranded and extremely fast SEO solution for any WordPress website. We even prefer this plugin over yoast 🙂

By Sybre Waaijer | Download Plugin Free

Rapid Canonical URLs

Reduce 301 redirects and HTTP requests by using HTML5’s history API to show visitors the correct, canonical URL.

By Peter Wilson | Download Plugin Free

Breadcrumb NavXT

Adds a breadcrumb navigation showing the visitor's path to their current location. For details on how to use this plugin visit Breadcrumb NavXT.

By John Havlik | Download Plugin Free

Easy HTTPS (SSL) Redirection

The plugin HTTPS Redirection allows an automatic redirection to the "HTTPS" version/URL of the site.

By Tips and Tricks HQ | Download Plugin Free

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin improves SEO by automating the painful process of coding sitemaps for best indexation by search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others. We even prefer this plugin over yoast.

By Arne Brachhold | Download Plugin Free

Host Header Injection Fix

Sets custom email headers and fixes a security vulnerability in sending WP email notifications.

By Jeff Starr | Download Plugin Free

Hummingbird

Hummingbird zips through your site finding new ways to make it load faster, from file compression and minification to browser caching – because when it comes to pagespeed, every millisecond counts.

By WPMU DEV | Download Plugin Free

Lazy Load by WP Rocket

The tiny Lazy Load script for WordPress without jQuery or others libraries.

By WP Media | Download Plugin Free

Post Tags and Categories for Pages

Simply adds the stock Categories and Post Tags to your Pages.

By curtismchale | Download Plugin Free

 

Best Free and Useful WordPress Plugins

Tested and Useful WordPress Plugins

  • AntiVirus -- Protects your site from melicious plugins and themes.
  • Black Studio TinyMCE Widget -- Adds a WYSIWYG text editor widget.
  • Broken Link Checker -- Automatically validates all links on your site and notifies you by email if any are broken.
  • Cleverness To-Do List -- Keep track of what needs to be done on your site or in your life.
  • Rapid Canonicals URLs
  • Disable Canonical URL Redirection
  • Duplicate Post -- This will allow you to quickly duplicate a page on your website. Not only is this useful when you’ve put a lot of work into creating a first version of a page and want to use it as a template for other pages, but it can also be useful when trying to track the results of your ad campaigns.
  • File Uploader -- Allow visitors to upload a file to your website and automatically notify you by email. Limitations: 1) php's limit on file upload size (often 2 MB) and 2) your available disk space on your website.
  • Simple Dropbox Upload Form -- If you prefer to have visitors uploaded files to your Dropbox.
  • Global Content Blocks -- Allows you to centrally manage content appearing in any number of page, post and widgets.
  • Google Analytics for WordPress -- Enables Google Analytics to track traffic on your site.
  • Google Analytics Dashboard -- Allows you to see how pages are doing right from within WordPress.
  • Social Metrics -- Track Likes and Shares on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest.
  • LanguageBack -- Allows you to have the website and the WordPress back-end in different languages.
  • Limit Login Attempts -- Helps prevent people from trying to guess your username and password for the WordPress site.
  • MCE Accessible Language Change -- Allows you to properly tag text as being in other languages.
  • P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) -- Helps you determine what is slowing down your site.
  • PayPal Donations -- Accept donations through PayPal
  • qTranslate -- Enable you to create a multilingual website.
  • Redirection -- Prevent dead-links, which have a negative effect on SEO, by redirecting old URL's to new page locations automaticaly. Especially useful after migrating your site or just moving things around.
  • Relevanssi -- Enhanced search engine for WordPress.  Installs transparently and returns search results sorted by relevance to search terms. Don't want to include specific pages in the search results? Add the Relevanssi Exclude Page Search plugin.
  • Root Relative URLs -- Will make all local links relative to the root of your website thereby enabling it to be portable to other domains or for use locally.
  • s2Member Framework -- Create multi-level Membership and Subscription areas and Shopping Carts
  • Schedule your content -- Allows you to schedule when content will appear and disappear from your site. Be sure to read the README.TXT file for details.
  • Search & Replace -- Extremely powerful search and replace for WordPress database. You can seriously mess up your site if you are not 200% sure about what you are doing. For very Advanced Users Only!!!
  • Simple MailChimp Email List Subscriber -- Add a MailChip sign-up form on your site.
  • Simple Page Ordering -- Allows you to re-order pages on your site without having to create and manage menus.
  • SlideDeck for WordPress -- Content slider widget. Alternative: TheThe Image Slider.
  • SyntaxHighlighter Evolved -- Will add colour to your source code listings as well as line numbers. Only useful if you regularly post source code on your site (HTML, Javascript, PHP, etc)
  • Ultimate Coming Soon Page -- Enables you to work on the website while displaying a message for people who are not logged in such as a coming soon. Once the site is running, set it up with a useful "Under Maintenance" type page that offers visitors contact information, links to your social media sites and perhaps even a form so that you can notify them when the site will be working again. Then just keep this ready for those scheduled or unforseen periods when site maintenance is required.
  • Ultimate TinyMCE -- Adds the features you've always wanted into the WordPress editor. Alternative: TinyMCE Advanced. Also check out TinyMCE Templates which gives you the ability to create reusable content templates that you can design and use in pages and posts and TinyMCE Signature if you tend to always sign your blog posts the same way.
  • WordPress Importer -- Import pages and posts from another WordPress site (WordPress.com for example)
  • WordPress Social Ring -- Enable people to like and share your page/post. Alternative: ShareThis. Note: Tweet, Like, Google +1 and Share is also very popular but its integration with Facebook doesn't always work.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast -- Optimizes your site for search engines. Alternative: All in one SEO Pack. I prefer WordPress SEO because it integrates links to other useful SEO tools. Not only will it generate XML site maps but it will notify the major search engines when you make a change to your site. If you end up going with All in one SEO pack, be sure to add the Google XML Sitemaps plugin to create the sitemap and notify search engines when you make changes. If you use qTranslate, use Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate instead.
  • WP File Manager -- Enables you to upload, download and edit files on your site. Especially if you don’t have FTP access. Note that php upload limitations are in effect (typically 2 MB maximum).
  • WP Autoresponder and WP Autoresponder to s2member Integration -- Add an autoresponder to your site.
  • WP Help -- Add documentation to your Dashboard.
  • WP SlimStat -- A light alternative to Google Analytics for sites with light traffic.
  • WooCommerce -- Add a shopping cart and payment processing to your site. Alternative: WP Simple Paypal Shopping Cart / UI for WP Simple Paypal Shopping Cart.
  • WPTouch, Wapple Architect or WordPress Mobile Pack -- For those of you not lucky enough to have a responsive theme, these plugins will add support for mobile devices to your site.
  • XCloner -- Backs-up whole website including database and files.

Recommended, But NOT Tested yet!

  • ELI’s Related Posts Footer links and Widget
  • FeedBurner FeedSmith Extended -- Enables you to easily make use of Google’s FeedBurner service to manage RSS subscriptions to your site.