Free Blogging Course – Lesson 5

Best WordPress plugins

You know a wordpress website is a blessing for a non technical user. Becasue you don’t need to know coding to modify functionality, beautify or accelerate the speed.

There are multiple themes and plugins that do this work for you.

Plugins are basically small codes that when installed in wordpress enhance its functionality.

Let’s talk about some of the best wordpress theme/plugins that are free.


I am starting with Theme. You can beautify your blog by choosing from different theme options available for free. You can select a theme that suits your requirement.

You can totally change the appearance of your blog, colour theme, fonts styles, then menu styles, column sidebars. You can stylize everything in a blog as per your taste.

You can get some default themes by wordpress which you can check in the “Appearance -> Themes”.

WordPress keep on adding new themes that you can check and install by clicking on new theme, it will open wordpress theme store where you can find many free themes.

You can also explore to get free theme from their huge collection.

This was all about the themes, let’s talk about the plugins now.

Best wordpress plugins for free are

Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet is a spam fighting plugin that protects your blog from spam comments. Akismet uses an algorithm to automatically mark spam comments and allow real people comments.

You will be amazed to know that it’s algorithm is 99% times correct.

Signup with Akismet to create a free account. You need not download it from somewhere it is available by default in the wordpress.

WP Smush

WP Smush is an image optimization tool. It compress the image size without compromising the quality of image.

Ultimately it decreases the load of website by reducing the image size. If you are using images on your blog, it will help you reduce the loading time, results in fast loading website.


Tell me a blogger who doesn’t want to rank on page 1 of Google. Rankmath is a helping hand in that. It provides different SEO tools to improve your blog’s SEO and attract more traffic to your website.

Table of content plus

You can create a table of content in your article (also called content index) to make it easier for your reader to jump to a specific part of the article. It not only makes your article beautiful, also helps in SEO.


Mammoth is a .docx file converter that produces simple and clean HTML. You can upload your content from .docx to your WordPress posts u0026amp; pages.

This plugin will also help you remove the unwanted <span> HTML tags if you directly copy-paste to WordPress.

Shortcodes Ultimate

Shortcodes Ultimate provides various visual and functional elements to easily create tabs, buttons, boxes, sliders and carousels, responsive videos and much more.

Backup plugin – updraft

Updraft is world’s highest ranking backup plugin. You can backup the whole content of your website. You can also set scheduled backups.

Updraft gives you option to backup your files directly to cloud with a single click. You can also backup directly to Dropbox or Google drive.

Security plugins


Wordfence offers endpoint security to your server to give you maximum relief from malware as well as hackers attack. It is not like other cloud based security services that hackers can bypass and also there’s a fear of data leakage.

Wordfence gives your peace of mind because your blog is secure with endpoint protection.


Sucuri not only protects you from malware attacks, it secures you from bruteforce attacks, spammers, clean your website and boost your website performance.

Wp – Rocket ( for caching clear)

WP-Rocket ultra fasts your website load time by using various caching techniques like page caching, cache preloading and file compression.

The best thing is you don’t need any coding for this. Wp-Rocket does it for you in the background giving your reader a blazing fast website experience.

Contact Form 7

You can use Contact Form 7 to collect user details. You can ask your visitor to fill form. You can create multiple forms and connect them with cAptcha, Akismet for spam filtering.

You can create more leads using contact form 7.

Google Analytics for WordPress

You must want to know how many people are visiting your website. You can check this on a daily, weekly and monthly basis with the help of Google Analytics.

You can also see your visitor’s stats like how many users are visiting your website, how much time they are spending on your blog.

Interesting. Isn’t it?

Sumo me

You can use Sumo plugin for collecting email addresses and putting social media sharing buttons on your website.

It will increase your social media presence when people will share your blog link on different social media platforms.

You can add buttons for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other major social media platforms on your blog and your reader can easily notice the button and share your content.

So, I have shared the best free plugins that you can use on your wordpress site to improve its functionality. It is important to know the nitty-gritties of technical stuff.

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