I Love These 9 Best WordPress Plugins and so Will You

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9 best WordPress plugins

Janice Wald

Are you looking for the best WordPress plugins?

This post will share my opinion of the 9 best WordPress plugins. Happily, they are all free.

Bring on Day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas: Best WordPress Plugins

Best WordPress Plugins 

One of the perks of self-hosting is your ability to choose plugins to help run your site. These nine are my favorite WordPress plugins.

  1. Akismet Spam Catcher filters spam from your comments.
  2. Broken Link Checker Do you ever wonder how to know if you have a broken link? Broken link checker crosses out the link. When you and your visitors see the crossed-out links, you’ll know they’re broken. This will save your visitors time and annoyance when they try to click on them.
  3. JetPack powers my stats.
  4. W3 Total Cache You need a way to clear your blog’s cache so you see a recent picture of your blog. W3 Total Cache provides this function. W3 Total Cache is a freemium tool.
  5. Revive Old Posts suggests relevant internal links.
  6. Bibblio plugin also suggests relevant internal links but shows your dominant graphic with your headline. This is helpful since many people will be attracted to the graphic.
  7. Classic WordPress Editor. If you read the comments in my WordPress Gutenberg Editor tutorial, you’ll hear about the stress bloggers are experiencing since WordPress changed the editor to Gutenberg. Thankfully, bloggers slow to transition to Gutenberg still can use the Classic WordPress Editor plugin. By doing so, they’ll be able to still use the Classic WordPress Editor until 2021.
  8. WP Smush compresses my images so my site isn’t slowed.
  9. Yoast makes sure my posts are optimized for search engines. Yoast is easy to use. Follow the suggestions and you’ll see one of three colors. Red means Stop. Yellow means publish with caution. Gree means your post is optimized. Go ahead and publish.

Testimonial about the best WordPress plugins

The ThemeGrill blog agrees that the Akismet Spam Catcher, JetPack and W3 Total Cache are among the best WordPress plugins.

Readers, please share so other bloggers learn about these 9 plugins if they’re not already familiar with them.

I look forward to reading your opinions in the comments section. What do you think are the best WordPress plugins?

This post originally appeared on 137 Best Free Blogging Tools.

  1. Philip V Ariel

    HI Janice,
    This indeed a good idea and help to know better about the blogging tools you use.
    These plugins are really wonderful and user-friendly and of course, they are free too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I curated this post on the pages of BizSugar.
    Keep writing
    Have a great weekend and a wonderful New Year 2019
    ~ Phil

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Philip,
      I’m so grateful you posted this on BizSugar. Thank you! I love that site! I’m glad you found my plugin choices valuable enough to share with users there. Happy New Year to you!

  2. William Denver

    Hi Janice,
    These are all great plugins, I currently use 4 of them, I will definitely look into the others.


    Have a great new years 2019

    • Janice Wald

      Hi William,
      I appreciate you writing to me. I’m glad you enjoyed my choice of plugins you were familiar with. I’m glad I could expose you to some new ones.

      • Godwin Oluponmile

        Hello Janice! You got a nice update here! But, how which free loadspeed plugin would you prefer between “Wp Super Cache” and the listed W3 Total Cache

        I tried both, but W3 super cache seems too manual. You’d need to update your cache most times. I’m considering going premium with the CDN configuration. But what would you say concerning this?

        Wp Super Cache isn’t fast enough for me, however!

        • Janice Wald

          Hi Godwin,
          I do what my IT man advises. Here is his contact info. Tell him I sent you. I don’t think he’d charge you for answering one question.
          “Phillip @ The Web Engineer” W3 Total Cache sounds familiar. Yes, I needed to constantly clear the cache.

  3. Marius

    Hi Janice, thanks for sharing the best WordPress plugins.

    Revive Old Posts is my favorite. I don’t update my blog regularly, so it makes sense to update older articles and keep new readers engaged.

    Thanks again.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Marius,
      Does Revive Old Posts slow down your blog? I’m concerned my blog is too slow. Thanks for writing with the recommendation.

  4. We are The Next Big Thing

    Yoast and Akismet are my top picks. Glad Yoast is on the list. Thanks for the list. Happy New Year. Cheers:)

    • Janice Wald

      Great minds think alike! 🙂 Thanks for writing to tell me you like my choices.

  5. Kyra Rodriguez

    Thanks for always sharing a very informative and helpful post! Keep it up!

    Happy New Year, Janice!

  6. Era

    Awesome post and experiments. Love it! #2 on Freshness, how often would you recommend someone post? I find if I post too soon I will get less shares and comments but if I wait an extra day or so I’ll get more comments and shares. It’s like a double edge sword. Great to know about YouTube and work more to do for me ? I’ve heard it before so it wasn’t new but a great reminder. Interesting #8 – good to know that the social shares help along the way too. I just worked on my page speeds so I hope that will help too. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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