10 Best WordPress Plugins (Free & Paid)

We’ve done all of the heavy lifting for you, installing and reviewing countless WordPress plugins to determine once and for all which ones are worth your time and which ones aren’t.

So, without any further ado here is our list of the top 10 WordPress plugins for 2020.

1. Contact Form 7

If you need a plugin that will allow you to seamlessly create and manage multiple contact forms, use reCaptcha verification, and ensure that all spammy submissions are filtered out with Askimet (more on them in a second), then Contact Form 7 is the last WordPress plugin you’ll ever need.

This simple plugin allows you to skip all of the extra codings so that you can quickly create and publish beautiful contact forms that will have your users blowing up your inbox.

With more than 5 million active installations, 1,100 5-star reviews, and the low price of absolutely free, we can promise you that you won’t find a better contact form plugin anywhere on the internet.

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2.Yoast SEO

When it comes to on-page search engine optimization, few plugins can shine a candle to the efficacy and functionality of Yoast SEO.

Assuming that you’ve already conducted basic keyword research, the Yoast plugin will guide you step by step through the process of optimizing your new content for the search engines.

From the density of your target keyword to the optimization of your title and h2 tags, to basic readability and metadata, Yoast SEO makes on-page search engine optimization so easy a caveman could do it.

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3.Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet Anti-Spam is the only plugin that you’ll need to keep the spammers at bay and maintain the long-term integrity of your site.

The plugin reviews and filters every comment that is shared on your website, providing a status history for each one so that you can determine which comments were found spammy by Askimet or the moderator.

You also have the ability to view the number of approved comments for each user, look at the URLs in the comment body, and remove any less-than-useful links you may find.

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4.WooCommerce

For those of you who opted to take a slightly less conventional route with your e-commerce adventures (a.k.a. not using Shopify), WooCommerce is the all-in-one open source e-commerce platform for WordPress webmasters.

With a plethora of features, extensions, and customizations built into the platform, WooCommerce makes selling on your WordPress site easier than ever before.

From their abundance of themes (all of which come with unrestricted customization) to the ability to sell physical, digital, and affiliate products, to the countless conversion optimization tools, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a single plugin that can match WooCommerce in terms of usability or price (just $12.95/month for their most advanced package).

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5.TinyMCE Advanced

If you ever wanted to track the real-time traffic details of your website without logging in and navigating to the Google Analytics website, then Google Analytics Dashboard for WP is the plugin you’ve been searching for.

This simple free-to-use plugin allows you to add, remove, and rearrange the buttons shown in the Visual Editor toolbar, giving you the ability to configure up to four rows of buttons that include (but certainly aren’t limited to) font sizes, font family, text/background colors, tables, and much more.

With the click of a button, TinyMCE allows you to dramatically streamline and simplify your backend WordPress experience, meaning that you can focus on what you do best and leave all of the“buttons searching” behind you.

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6.WordFence Security

With the proliferation of cyber attacks and website hacks in 2018, website security is more important than ever before.

Offering both free and paid version WordFence Security gives you access to an abundance of tools including:

  • WordPress core file integrity verification and repair.
  • Malware, virus, and backdoor scanning.
  • A firewall that includes rate limiting, blocking fake Google crawlers, IP whitelisting and IP blocking.
  • Real-time traffic that includes Google Crawlers, RSS feed readers, and all other crawlers and bots. (Google Analytics does not include this data.)
  • Email alerts of warnings and critical problems.
  • Brute force hacking protection.
  • And a whole lot more.
  • If you’re concerned about the security and integrity of your website, WordFence Security will allow you to rest easy knowing that your website, much like the customers of Allstate, is in good hands.

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7.WP Super Cache

In 2020, the speed of your website is everything. And with WP Super Cache, you can quickly and painlessly increase your website’s baseline speed.

This free and easy-to-use plugin generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress site meaning that the webserver will use that file instead of processing the heavier (and slower) PHP scripts.

With its nominal price tag and ease of configuration, WP Super Cache is an essential plugin for any webmaster looking to increase their site speed and enjoy all of the benefits that come with it.

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8.UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

Nothing is more frustrating (or terrifying) for the average webmaster than the prospect of losing all of their hard work and content due to a faulty update or accidental coding fluke.

Luckily, with UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup, the world’s highest-rated (2,400+ 5-star reviews and counting) scheduled backup plugin, you can put those fears and frustrations behind you.

All you have to do is click ‘install’ and rest easy as all of your data is seamlessly backed up into the cloud.

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9.Elementor Page Builder

If the Divi Builder and BoldGrid had a brainchild that was converted into a WordPress plugin, the Elementor Page Builder would be it.

Elementor Page builder is one of the most effective and easy-to-use WordPress page builder plugins on the market today.

At only $49/year for a single website, Elementor is well worth the money and will allow you to quickly and professionally create gorgeous pages.

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10.Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Nothing will bog down your website or slow your load times faster than oversized and unoptimized images.

Luckily, with Smush Image Compression and Optimization, you can compress, resize, and optimize all of your website’s images in less than a day.

Just click here to learn why Smush Image Compression and Optimization is considered the best free image compression plugin in the WordPress marketplace.

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