As you know, there are thousands of free plugins in WordPress Plugin Library. However, if you are a newbie, this article may help you understand cursorily about some simplest plugins you should use for your website. Let me show you.
WordPress Installation Instruction
Just like theme installation, you could install WordPress Plugin easily by one of two ways.
Install Plugins from WordPress Plugin Library
With existing plugins of WordPress Library, you just have to choose Plugins => Add New.
Fill plugin name you want to install , then Enter, then press Install Now to begin the install process. For instance, my plugin name is Contact Form 7.
It may take a few seconds to automatically install. There will be a success notification when it finishes installing. You press Active Plugin to active the plugin you have installed.
Install ‘.zip’ Plugin from your computer
There are a lot of paid and fancy plugins, the file you downloaded endings with ‘.zip’. Then you go to Plugins => Add New, press Upload Plugin to begin installing plugin from your computer.
After that, choose your ‘.zip’ file and press Install Now.
Similarly to the above way, press Active Plugin to active the plugin you have installed.
You will find out plugin installation is very simple, everyone can do that. And if you understand how it works, you should start practising immediately.
Basic And Free WordPress Plugins For New Webistes
When your website is published, it has to face spams, lots of people use different automatic tools to try to spam comments or register your website. Akismet is a free anti-spam plugin that is very popular at present.
When you install this plugin, it will require you to register a key to active. That is quite easy but you have to remember to select $0 so you can use it freely.
TinyMCE Advanced supports hidden functions in the WordPress text editor that you have to use. You could check if it has been installed when you edit an article, you will feel there is something wrong when you do not see Font Size or Underline Option. TinyMCE Advanced will solve this problem for you, even provide some advanced functions such as Draw Table, Options when you make a list, etc.
This is a multi-function plugin developed by WordPress. Some functions I usually use are access traffic statistic, pageview, traffic source. You can turn on functions you use and turn off which not. You can also check Jetpack’s function list at http://jetpack.me/features/. After finishing install Jetpack, this plugin needs to be connected to WordPress account to work. This action just takes a few seconds.
This plugin is a strong and free supporter powered by Yoast and now it has over 1 million installation traffic. Its main function is optimizing title tags, description, XML sitemap creation, social media assistance.
Use Google Libraries
This plugin helps you to reduce bandwidth, optimize WordPress website speed, immediately fix problems when you are editing text.
Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps is a plugin that supports you to create website diagrams (or sitemaps), then you can add your sitemaps to Google Webmaster Tools. Therefore, Google will know more about your website which could help to index your website quickly.
Contact Form 7
Contact is an indispensable entry of your website and Contact Form 7 is a plugin that helps to create contact forms simply or professionally. It also has an extraordinary customization. You could easily create a contact form , then plugin will give you a shortcode. You can add this shortcode to any place you want on your website.
A website definitely needs a security software and IThemes Security has many simple and advanced features to keep your website safe.
Social Liking/Sharing Plugins
There are several free plugins which you could choose from:
- Simple Share Buttons Adder
- Social Sharing, Smart Popup & Share Buttons by GetSocial.io
- AddToAny Share Buttons
- Easy Social Share Buttons
Cloaking Supporting Plugin
Pretty Link, Gocode, Link Cloaker, etc are plugins that help you abbreviate links, especially useful for those who are earning money online with affiliate marketing.
There are other different plugins, of course, but with above plugins I mentioned you will have to spend more time to practice capably before using some extra paid plugins.