4 Must Have Free WordPress Plugins

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In this article I will introduce you some of the free plugins I use to run my WordPress websites. The following plugins are especially for business websites. But of course they will help any WordPress website to get more traffic and conversions. I want to mention that I will not go over the basic WordPress plugins like Yoast SEO or W3 Total Cache. Not because I don’t like them, only because I am pretty sure everyone already knows them. So there is no need for another boring article about those famous WordPress plugins. I will introduce you to some helpful plugins you probably don’t know yet but definitely should, like I think…

All in One SEO Pack

This plugin is such a great help for any SEO concerns. Once installed it optimizes your WordPress website automatically for search engines. It adds custom meta fields to each page and post, which makes it possible to include custom title and meta descriptions. Furthermore it is possible to submit your sitemap to Google and Bing automatically. In case you have some kind of duplicate content on your website you can determine canonical URLs.

Compress JPEG & PNG images

Compress JPEG & PNG images is a really powerful tool to compress images on your WordPress website. To use this plugin you need a free API key. But since it is free, there is no problem to get one.

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Compress JPEG & PNG images WordPress Plugin Dashboard

The free account enables you to compress 62 images per month. This should be enough for a regular Blog. Keep in mind that images can have huge impact on the load time of your website. They usually are the largest files on your web server, therefore it takes a lot of time to load them. The smaller the images the faster your website.

Scripts to Footer

Another great plugin to make your WordPress website faster is Scripts to Footer. It moves CSS and JavaScript files from the header to the footer. This is important because scripts always restrain other files to be loaded. In general this is not a big deal, it is the normal standard.

But think about this: A website gets loaded from the top to the bottom. This means the scripts in the header will be loaded before the body and before the footer, before anything else basically. The thing is that the body will only be loaded when all the files in the header got loaded. So when you have a lot of stuff in there, it probably take some time until visitors see the first bytes of the actual website.

And here comes my point. What if you placed scripts in the header that do not need to get loaded first? Maybe you have a JavaScript file with a function that starts doing something after a visitor clicks a specific element. There is no need for this script to get loaded in the header. It is enough to load this file a few seconds later, in the footer.

There are many use cases where it makes a lot of sense to place some scripts in the footer, because it will make your website a few seconds faster.

Breadcrumb Navigation for SEO with Microdata

Breadcrumb Navigation for SEO with Microdata on my website
Breadcrumb Navigation for SEO with Microdata on my website

This Plugin makes the integration of a Breadcrumb navigation to your WordPress Blog very easy. And there is even one thing more. It includes Microdata to the Breadcrumb navigation, this means the breadcrumbs will be visible in the snippets of the Search Engine Result Pages.

Breadcrumbs with Structured Data in SERP
Breadcrumbs with Structured Data in SERP

This can have some impact on the rating of your website. In general the use of Microdata is considered as a positive tool for SEO. Therefore this Plugin helps twice…

It helps visitors of your website to navigate more easily (and also sets automatically more links to your posts). On the other hand it helps your website directly to get a boost for SEO with the Microdata. I personally use this plugin on this website, as you already might have notice in the screenshot before.

4 Must Have Free WordPress Plugins
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