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With such a vast repository of WordPress plugins ready to install, it can get overwhelming. If you’re looking for a new plugin here are some things you want to look for before installing.

  1. Does it have at least over 10,000 downloads? If it does it’s safe to say it works well enough it’s been recommended by other developers.  Plugins that have only a few hundred downloads don’t have a large enough client base to know if the plugin actually does what it advertises it does.
  2. Has it been recently updated? Look at its updated date. If it’s been a while, you might want to pass. Especially since PHP 7.0 has been released, there are a LOT of out of date plugins with depreciated functions.
  3. Review the comments/support forum. Is there a fast response time from the developer? Are there a lot of the same support questions with no resolution? Then you might want to steer clear of that plugin. There are lots of developer abandoned plugins in the repository.

Still not sure what plugins you should add to your site? Don’t worry. I complied my TOP 7 easy to install FREE WordPress Plugins.

Yoast SEO

With over 3 MILLION downloads there is no question this is an amazing plugin. Yoast SEO has been around for years and continues to be one of the best SEO plugins in the repository. It has an easy to use setup wizard that will guide you through all your options.  I recommend EVERY WordPress website have Yoast SEO installed.

Beaver Builder Lite

Move over default WordPress Editor. Hello, Beaver Builder. This editor is absolutely amazing. It is a front-end editor that edits your site LIVE! No more guessing what it will look like before you hit publish. This editor blows all the others out of the water. It is compatible with just about any theme. If you’re a little more skilled with coding, you can add your own modules to drag and drop.

Akismet Anti-Spam

Askismet is one of the most popular Anti-Spam plugins out there. It was created by the same people who created WordPress, Automattic. Chances are you already have it installed on your WordPress blog. But have you activated it? No?! What are you waiting for? Head over to Askismet and get your API Key.

Theme Check

It says it all in the name. It checks your Theme and makes sure it’s up to date with all the latest standards. Chances are your Free Theme might be a little behind with updates. Run this plugin to see how your theme stacks up and if it can pose any vulnerability or security issues.


WooCommerce is your all-in-one solution for WordPress Shopping Carts. It has a gigantic vault of add-ons that makes it fully customization. The out of the box solution is free and easy to set up to start selling online fast.

The Event Calendar

This event calendar is everything you need to manage an online event calendar. With Pro version and calendar add-ons, you can integrate it into your Facebook events, create a community calendar, and sell tickets!


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