Best Free WordPress Plugins in 2014

Best Free WordPress Plugins in 2014

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Best Free WordPress Plugins in 2014

These best free WordPress plugins were hand-picked because they were deemed the most flexible, usable, stable and just plain useful for a wide array of use cases. Most of them are relevant to almost any type of WordPress website.

Best Free WordPress Plugins in 2014

Juiz Social Post Sharer

Juiz Social Post Sharer WordPress Plugin
Since Flare is no longer being maintained, I needed a new social sharing plugin that looks sexy and has a total shares count feature. Thankfully Juiz saved the day with this epic plugin! The only feature missing that drives me a little crazy is that you can’t customize the order of the share buttons. Hopefully he’ll add that feature soon.

Duplicate Post

Duplicate Post WordPress Plugin
A simple, but incredibly useful plugin  that allows you to clone existing posts and create new drafts out of them.

Swiftype Search

Swiftype Search WordPress Plugin
Want your search bar to have auto suggest functionality without any additional load on your web server? Swiftype Search is your ticket.

Word Stats

Word Stats WordPress Plugin
Provides interesting stats by author about word usage. Particularly helpful if you want to ensure your site’s content has good readability.

AddThis Smart Layers

AddThis Smart Layers WordPress Plugin
This is by far the best option for enabling social sharing and following features on websites with responsive designs.

Crayon Syntax Highlighter

Crayon Syntax Highlighter WordPress Plugin
The best syntax highlighter there is. It supports the most coding languages,  the best code theme monokai, and even offers the best presentation.

WP Social SEO Booster

WP Social SEO Booster WordPress Plugin
Easily add Google-friendly rich snippets to your site, for all the most popular types of content.

DW Question & Answer

DW Question & Answer WordPress Plugin
This is the best question & answer plugin I’ve found that’s free, depending on your need it’s potentially better than the paid options as well.

Smooth Scroll Up

Smooth Scroll Up WordPress Plugin
If your theme doesn’t come with a scroll up button, this is the best plugin I’ve found to add in this lovely feature.

WP Job Manager

WP Job Manager WordPress Plugin
If you’re running a company website this is the best plugin available for posting & managing job listings on it.

Related Posts by Zemanta

Related Posts by Zemanta WordPress Plugin
If you want to show related posts, without adding load on your web server or providing a third party service link, Related Posts by Zemanta is your ticket.

Google Pagespeed Insights for WordPress

Google Pagespeed Insights for WordPress WordPress Plugin
If you want to get an overview of how your entire website performs in terms of load time and mobile-friendliness, as well as what you can do about it, check out this killer plugin.

Social Metrics

Social Metrics WordPress Plugin
Quickly see which of your posts perform best on various social channels.

WordPress Notification Bar

WordPress Notification Bar WordPress Plugin
Want a simplistic notification bar in which to place a call-to-action? Here’s the best free alternative to foobar.

Dynamic Widgets

Want a plethora of options as to when & where any of your widgets are displayed. Dynamic Widgets is probably your best bet.

Best Free WordPress Plugins in 2013

Flare

Flare WordPress Plugin
Flare is by far the sexiest social sharing plugin and it’s total share tally feature is particularly awesome.

Disqus Comment System

Disqus Comment System WordPress Plugin
If you’re not using DISQUS for your WordPress site’s comments you’re pretty far behind. DISQUS makes commenting super easy and elegant, as well as provides additional exposure and advertising revenue opportunities (if wanted).

My Shortcodes

My Shortcodes WordPress Plugin
My Shortcodes makes managing your own shortcodes super easy and does so in a beautiful, user-friendly interface.

Juiz Last Tweet Widget

Juiz Last Tweet Widget WordPress Plugin
This is the sexiest Twitter feed widget out-of-the-box that I’ve come across.

Social Count Plus

Social Count Plus WordPress Plugin
This is the most comprehensive social tally widget there is and it’s default design options aren’t too shabby.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast WordPress Plugin
This is an absolute must for any WordPress website, no question.

Better WP Security

Better WP Security WordPress Plugin
Why not making it harder for people to hack your site? It runs on WordPress…enough said.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 WordPress Plugin
This plugin remains the most flexible, powerful and reliable contact form framework of them all!

WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress Popular Posts WordPress Plugin
Why wouldn’t you promote your most popular content? It’s clearly what everyone wants, so make them aware of it!

Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)

Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget) WordPress Plugin
This plugin allows you to easily make any widget sticky, so when you scroll past it, it then sticks in the window.

Simple Feed Stats

Simple Feed Stats WordPress Plugin
This plugin is a great replacement for Feedburner. Rather than paying for a new third-party service you can simply just track your subscriber stats on your standard WordPress feed locations.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

WordPress Backup to Dropbox Free WordPress Plugin
Use Dropbox? Why not automatically backup your WordPress site to it for safe keeping?

Custom Login

Custom Login Free WordPress Plugin
Tired of the lame default WordPress login page? Easily customize it for a more personalized look and feel.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin Free WordPress Plugin
Keep your readers engaged by automatically recommending related posts.

WP Smush.it

WP Smush.it WordPress Plugin
The Yahoo! Smush.it service may be very unreliable, but when its functioning this plugin makes life really easy when it comes to optimizing your website images.

SEO Smart Links

SEO Smart Links Free WordPress Plugin
Easily cross-link your blog posts with keyword based automation for enhanced SEO and cross-promotion benefits.

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache WordPress Plugin
This plugin may come with a less user-friendly and less sexy interface than W3 Total Cache, but it does what it’s designed to do better (loads websites faster), so I remain a loyal advocate.

Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker Free WordPress Plugin
You don’t want your visitors clicking on broken links, so scan for them automatically and address them ongoing for a better user experience.

PHP Code Widget

PHP Code Widget WordPress Plugin
Okay this one’s not very exciting, but why not make your widgets more flexible? This one comes in handy more often than you’d think it would.

Blog Icons by Yoast

PHP Code Widget WordPress Plugin
This plugin makes it very easy to set your website’s public favicon, admin favicon, iOS web clip icon, iOS boot image & feed image.

WP Maintenance Mode

WP Maintenance Mode WordPress Plugin
This plugin allows you to make a professional maintenance landing page with ease.

Sexy Author Bio

Sexy Author Bio WordPress Plugin
Had to add this one to the list since it’s a WordPress Plugin I created. People liked how my author bio looked on this blog (like below), so I made it into this plugin called Sexy Author Bio. It comes with a lot of customization options if you don’t like it as is.

Did I miss any great free WordPress plugins?

If so, feel free to share any great free WordPress plugins I missed in the comments down below!

67 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Andy,

    Thanks for the great list there. I have seen most and definitely recommend them, although there are a few that are new to me, especially the Flare plugin and WordPress Backup to Dropbox.

    Damian,
    CSS & JavaScript Toolbox

  2. Good plugins ……….. I liked WordPress backup to drop box plugin …..it’s very helpful for my next WordPress project.

    Regards
    Ruby
    WordPress Developer

  3. This is the most concise and comprehensive list of great plugins I’ve seen. Thank you. Flare is awesome. A slick theme for that purpose is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  4. Something I have always wanted, was the ability to post the number of shares of a given post on the home page index. Is that possible with this plugin? Also, I want to ensure it maintains the same social count as the Flare WordPress Plugin. I don’t think you track all of the same sources unfortunately =(

    • Yes, you can use the number of shares inside your themes since the plugin can export data counters to custom fields and you can easily print out those fields. And yes, I think that the count of Flares will be different from mine.

  5. Bookmarking this page! Thanks for the round up. I keep hearing about Flare, so I think we’ll have to try it out. As well, I’ve been looking for a side widget to display more posts so the Popular Posts plugin is perfect. Also, can I add another to your list? If you ever write a “Plugins to look out for in 2014″, look us up! :)

    We JUST launched our Atomic Reach Content Optimization plugin for bloggers who are looking to for more engagement on every article they publish. Our plugin highlights (in realtime) the very things that will make readers stay on your page from top to bottom. We analyze structure, sophistication, writing style and more! You can find it here: http://www.atomicreach.com/atomic-reach-wordpress-plugin/

    Check us out and feel free to share your thoughts on it, we love hearing feedback, thanks!

  6. Great list here!! Still learning WP and what it offers. Do you mind sharing the best FREE or affordable subscriber plugin’s for bloggers. Still building my audience and content…Thanks!

  7. Great post Andy, thanks for this list. I like the smooth scroll up plugin quite a bit. I recently noticed it on a site and thought it was really cool, now I can get it too. :)

  8. Hey Andy,

    It is an awesome list of plugins. After reading your post, I have tried Juiz Social Post Sharer, Swiftype Search and Smooth Scroll Up. Bookmarked this post for future reference.

    Thanks again and keep sharing!!

  9. There is a great plugin that you can add, it called Wordfence, to be honest, it’s the better security plugin I’ve found, Better WP Security is good but not for newbies, they will lose control when they see options, and htaccess …I should add Jet Pack by WordPress also, I’m sure you will love it, it includes all the functions that needs dozens of plugins.
    Happy blogging for all.

  10. That a great article and it is very much useful. Could you suggest me what free widget is suitable for related articles below post . A reply could make me your life time follower.
    Have a nice day

  11. Hi Andy
    Well sorry for my previous post regarding relating article widget. Because only now i saw that even it is in your list. Anyway I am spending more than 10 hours a day surfing Internet mostly blogs and trust me i never saw an article which is completely great like this one. Now i am your lifetime follower.

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