4Bloggers: Top-Rated WordPress Free Plug-ins

Wordpress Various Colorful ShapesNeed some starter help sorting through over 40,000 WordPress plugins?

That’s a lot of functionality, and most of it is free. You could spend hours just learning about the basics. This article is here to help save you time.

Here are some popular ones that we thought you should consider.

1. Google Analytics

Google Analytics (sometimes annotated “GA”) is a valuable tool for measuring and optimizing the performance of your website. In particular the Google Analytics plugin (by Yoast) makes it quite simple to install GA on into your WordPress installation. This plugins delivers all of the benefits of GA. It is being utilized on more than 1,000,000 sites.

2. WordPress SEO

WordPress is a great content management platform for search engine optimization. The Yoast SEO plugin for SEO builds upon WordPress’s SEO features.

SEO optimization methods are always changing adapting to Google’s ranking algorithm updates, but what will ease the pain is this plugin. It is updated regularly every couple of months to stay updated with current SEO best practices.

3. Intuitive Custom Post Order

Intuitive Custom Post Order is a plugin to help you easily re-order the way WordPress displays your posts. This should really be a feature built-in to WordPress. Otherwise without a re-ordering plugin, you will not be able to easily re-arrange the ordering of your blog posts as you see fit.

4. WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart

WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart allows you to add an ‘Add to Cart’ button for your product on any posts or pages. This simple shopping cart plugin lets you sell products and services directly from your own WordPress site and turns your WP blog into an ecommerce site.

It also allows you to add/display the shopping cart on any post, page or sidebar easily. The shopping cart shows the user what they currently have in the cart and will allow them to change quantity or remove the items.

5. No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA

Simple plugin for adding the new No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA by Google to WordPress login, registration and comment system to protect against spam.

Features:

* Option to activate CAPTCHA in either login, registration, comment or combination of two or all.

* Choose a theme for the CAPTCHA.

* Auto-detects the user’s language

Endnote:

Not all plugins are so wonderful, but the above 5 really fill in some big cracks basic WordPress has left out. If you have the extra time someday, browsing through all the plugins available is a fun diversion. With over 40K plugins, there is at least one for everything.

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