As many of our customers prefer using WordPress for their Online Businesses, being it a very easy to use Content Management System, we are able to provide some tips on how to get the best out of your WordPress website.

Here is a quick list of 5 free WordPress plugins we began to use on every website. Do you think we missed something? Tell us!

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO plugin logo

Yoast SEO plugin is globally known and almost every WordPress Website owner we know uses it. Although it has a Premium version, the Free one is still good enough.

Yoast ditches the concept of meta keyword and promotes the use of a “focus keyword”. We consider the focus keyword a writing tool rather than an on-page SEO technique.

Having a focus keyword helps you verify that you are writing good enough content, relevant to what you want your page or post to rank for on Search Engine Results Page.

Also, it’s Readability index helps you keep your content short, sweet and clear.

WP Smush

WP Smush plugin logo

Page speed is a ranking factor for Search Engines such as Google. It is very important that your website’s pages load fast, considering that we live in a Mobile-Friendly world nowadays

One thing that slows down your website is using uncompressed images.

WP Smush optimises all your images by using lossless compression techniques, resizing them automatically as you upload them, and more.

Simple 301 Redirects

301 redirect road sign

Whenever you change your domain name, URL structure or remove a post or page, 301 redirects are the first thing to do to avoid losing your domain authority.

Simple 301 Redirects does exactly what its name says: it makes 301 redirects simple.

Simple as in “just put your old page URL here and your new page URL here” simple.

Contact Form 7

Skewed Contact Form 7 plugin page

Almost all of our customers want to make sure that their audience is able to contact them, one way or another.

Contact Form 7 helps them doing just that.

With this free plugin it is possible to manage multiple, fully-customisable contact forms. The contact forms also support CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.

WordFence and iThemes Security combined

WordFence and iThemes Security logos

A relatively new addition to our WordPress installations, we us both WordFence and iThemes Security free security plugins at the same time.

We install iThemes Security on top of WordFence and switch off whatever feature is already available in WordFence.

WordFence handles most of the security, while iThemes Security takes care of the database backups, changes to the admin login URLs, etc.

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