Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins EVER! (Free WordPress Plugins)

Hi Guys it's Martie here from MartieDreadcom, and in this video we're going to be covering 10 free WordPress plugins that I think everyone should know about

Okay so I've been using WordPress myself for over 5 years now, and in this time I've noticed that there are 10 plugins that I seem to install on every site I build These are some of the best WordPress plugins I've come across, and I highly recommend that you consider installing them on your site They are all free, and all available to download right from within our WordPress dashboard So without making you wait any longer

Here are 10 free WordPress plugins I think everyone should know about, along with why I recommend them, and how to set them up In the 10th spot we have the �Insert Headers & Footers� plugin This plugin, once installed allows us to quickly and easily add different tracking codes to our WordPress site without ever having to edit our theme files These tracking codes are used for linking things like Google Analytics and Google Adsense to our site With this plugin, all we need to do is hover over where it says �settings� on the left-hand side of our dashboard and click �Insert Headers & Footers�

Now we can just copy and paste any of the tracking codes we want to add, and then save our changes Next in the list at number 9 is a plugin called �Lazy Load� So normally when we visit a page on a website, all of the images on that page are loaded up at the same time This can sometimes have a very negative effect on the pages loading times, especially if it's a page with a lot of images on it But when we install the �Lazy Load� plugin

It changes it so that only the images that will be visible load up at first, then as we scroll down the page the other images will load up as they're needed Another great thing about this plugin is that it needs absolutely no set up at all, we literally just install and activate the plugin, and all of our images will be �lazy� from now on So there's no reason for you not to have this plugin installed It's free, it has no set up, and can dramatically decrease your sites loading times Now moving onto the 8th plugin on this list, which is a plugin called �WP Smush�

The �WP Smush� plugin gives us the ability to compress the file size of any images we have on our site Without affecting the quality of the images themselves Compressing the images on our site can really help with our sites overall loading times, and even more so when used along with the �Lazy Load� plugin that we just covered Once the plugin is installed We just need to hover our mouse over where it says �Media� on the left-hand side of our dashboard and click �WP Smush�

Then when we click �Bulk Smush Now� the plugin will start going through all of our different images and compressing them for us We don't need to do anything else Then one it's finished it will show us how much space we managed to save using the plugin This is definitely a must have plugin for all WordPress users and I would recommend installing it on your site as soon as you get the chance The next plugin on this list, coming in at number 7 is called �Link Checker�

Using the �Link Checker� plugin we can check all of the links on our site to make sure they're working properly, and if any of them are broken the plugin will let us know This is especially handy when we publish a new piece of content, or before launching a brand new site for the first time Not only is it good practice to check that the links are working for user experience, but also too many broken links can negatively affect how our site performs in the search results So it's always best to double check After we install the plugin

We just need to click where it says �Link Checker� in the left-hand dashboard menu, and then �Check Your Website� up at the top The plugin will then start crawling all of the different links on our site and return any that are showing errors It will also show us where the broken links are so we can go and fix them Now moving onto plugin number 6 on this list, which is a plugin called �Black Studio TinyMCE Widget� This plugin might have a super hard name to try and remember, but never the less, this plugin is a great one to have installed on your site

It allows us to have all the functionality of the WordPress page editor in our Sidebars, and other Widget Areas This means we can easily add images, links, and whole lot more to our widget areas, without having to mess around with any html coding All we need to do after installing the plugin, is drag the �Visual Editor� widget into any of our sites widget areas, and we'll see that we now have the same options and tools as we would have, if we were adding a page or a post We're now halfway through this list which means we are moving onto plugin number 5 This plugin is called �Q2W3 Fixed Widget� and it's a super simple, but very useful plugin that allows us to make certain widgets on our site �Sticky� (or �Fixed)

A Sticky, or Fixed Widget is one that will remain on screen and in view even when the user scrolls past it If used on a Widget in our sites Sidebar, the Widget will basically stick to the top of screen and scroll with the page The plugin works great for adding optin forms to the bottom of our sidebar This way when we publish a post or a page that's longer than our sidebar, our visitor will always be able to see our optin form Once the plugin has been installed, we can head on over to our �Widget Areas� to set it up

All we need to do is decide which Widgets we want to make �Sticky�, and underneath we will now see there's a check-box labelled �Fixed Widget� Now we just need to �check� the box and save our changes Then when we visit our site we'll see that the Widget is now �Sticky�) So just before we move onto the next plugin I wanted to take a quick second to ask you to consider subscribing to my channel here on YouTube if you've enjoyed this video so far This way you will be notified when I release more videos

I release WordPress tutorials here every week along with other videos to help you with your online business So if this sounds like something you would like, just click the subscribe button below the video Now back to the plugins The next plugin on this list, coming in at number 4 is called �Contact Form 7� We can use the �Contact Form 7� plugin to add custom contact forms to our different pages, posts, and widget areas on our WordPress site

Once we install the plugin we just need to click where it now says �Contact� in the left-hand dashboard menu Then from here we can either edit the default form that is already here, or click �Add New� up at the top to add another form The default form that's already here when we install the plugin is normally suitable for most things It includes fields for the visitors name, email address, the subject of their message, and then their message There's already a lot of tutorials here on YouTube on creating and editing custom forms with �Contact Form 7�, so I'm not going to be covering that in this video

Although if you do get stuck, feel free to leave a comment underneath and I'll try my best to help you Then once we are happy with our form, we can just copy what's known as the forms �Shortcode� and then paste it into any of our pages or posts, or we can add it to our Widget Areas using the �Plain Text Widget� The �Contact Form 7� plugin isn't only one of my favourite plugins of all time, but it's also currently active on more than 1 million WordPress sites at the time of making this video So you know they must be doing something right if that many people are using it The next plugin we're going to be looking at, which is number 3 on this list

Is a plugin called �BackWPup� As the name suggests, this plugin allows us to back up our WordPress sites, making sure that we don't ever lose any of our hard work All we need to do after installing the plugin, is click �BackWPup� in the left-hand dashboard menu, and then click underneath where it says �Add New Job� Here we can give the Backup a name, choose what files we want to be backed up, the file type for our Backup, and where we'd like the Backups to be saved or sent to There's a whole heap of different options for where to save our Backups to, including having them sent to us by email, or saved to dropbox

Then we can just click where it says �Save Changes� at the bottom when we're happy When we save our changes, we just need to click at the top where it says �Run Now� This will then Backup our files and save, or send them to wherever we specified The �BackWPup� plugin is always a good one to have just in case, and can definitely save you from losing all your hard work to some freak accident or a hacker We're nearing the end of this list now, and coming in at number 2 is an awesome plugin called �Coming Soon CC� This plugin allows us to add a really nice looking �Coming Soon� or �Under Construction� page to our site within a couple of minutes

The best part about this plugin is it allows us to collect emails from people while we are working on our site, and we get sent an email every time someone subscribes We don't need to link this up to our email service provider or anything like that, everything's done by the plugin itself Once we install and activate the plugin, we just need to hover our mouse over where it says �Settings� in the left-hand dashboard menu and click �Coming Soon CC� Here we just need to click �Customize� on the first template to edit our coming soon page Now we do need to upgrade the plugin if we want to use any of the other templates, but in my opinion the free one looks the best

Once we click �Customize� we can add our logo, along with any text and images we want on our Coming Soon page Once we are happy with everything we just need to click �Save & Close� at the top and the page will be live on our site Now when anyone tries to visit any page on our site, they will instead be redirected to this Coming Soon page We won't be able to see the Coming Soon page ourselves when we're logged in, and this is so we can continue to work on our site But if we log out, and then try to visit any of the pages on our site, we'll be brought to the coming soon page instead

This is an awesome plugin to have set up when we are first building our site, and also when we need to make any major changes That's why I gave the �Coming Soon CC� plugin the number 2 spot Then finally the last plugin on this list, in first place, is a plugin called �Yoast SEO� The �Yoast SEO� plugin comes with a ton of different tools that will help us get our site ranking better in the search engines These tools include things an XML Sitemap Generator, A Google Snippet Preview, On-Page SEO Analysis, and a lot, lot, more

Now there are far too many different parts to this plugin for me to cover here in this top 10 video, but once again a quick search on YouTube will bring back plenty of in depth tutorials on setting it up I would definitely say that if you were to only install one plugin from this list, you should make it this one Having our website or blog optimized properly for the search engines can make a HUGE difference in how much traffic our site's getting That's why the �Yoast SEO� plugin got the number 1 place on this list So that's us now at the end, and that was 10 free WordPress plugins which I think everyone should know about

Where there any plugins you think I left out, or plugins you don't think should have been on this list? Just let me know underneath in the comments Also please be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it, and feel free to subscribe to my channel for more videos like this one, and WordPress tutorials published every week Then finally If you want to download this list of plugins for free, so you can keep a note of them Just go to MartieDread

com/top10plugins and you can get access to it there I've also added 5 more notable mentions to the downloadable list, so there are some that weren't covered in this video So that's MartieDreadcom/top10plugins to download it now Once again my name is Martie from MartieDread,com and Thank-You very much for my watching my video

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