We’ve been using WordPress to build our websites for years now and it is definitely still our CMS of choice for a number of reasons. One of which is the vast array of free themes and plugins available to improve the look and functionality of your website.
Here at amplify we use a premium theme called Divi by Elegant themes, purely due to its powerful drag and drop page building tools. But aside from that we look to a standard set of free plugins for every wordpress site we build.
So without further ado here’s our list of essential free WordPress plugins:
Switch your site into ‘Under Construction’ or ‘Maintenance Mode’.
by Takayuki Miyoshi
Create multiple and improved contact forms. supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and more.
Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
by Team Yoast
The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
by Frederick Townes
Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.