5 Free Plugins for WordPress websites

5 free plugins for WordPress websites
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Last Updated 19/12/2023

Free Plugins to Build any WordPress Website

In this article, we will cover the 5 free plugins to build a WordPress website. These are our top 5 essential plugins for any new website build – with some bonus plugins for the pros. These plugins can help you set up your WordPress website in minutes and begin your web development journey!

5 Free Plugins to Build a WordPress Website

Essential Free Plugin

Our 5 top free plugins for WordPress are:

  • Elementor
    Elementor is a great page builder – it’s simple and easy to use. This plugin has some great features as well as paid-for upgrades.
  • WooCommerce
    WooCommerce gives you the ability to turn your website into an e-store but it won’t allow you to take payments.
  • WordFence 
    WordFence is a free firewall and malware scanner that can protect your website from hacks. There are also paid-for upgrades for extra security. 
  • Yoast SEO
    Yoast helps you structure your content for SEO. It uses a simple traffic light system to help you improve your score. It has a reservoir of helpful articles to learn SEO.
  • Forminator
    Forminator is a great form-building plugin. It has added features like quizzes and much more.

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Most of the plugins mentioned above are covered in our Free Digital Resources. The PODTech team will talk you through the whole installation process. Head over and start building!

Hidden gems

Remember less is more, the more plugins you install the slower your site will load. 

Some other ‘non-essential’ plugins that can improve your site’s functionality include:

  • Google Site Kit
    Site Kit is a new Google plugin that combines Google Analytics and Search Engine Console.
  • Essential add-ons for Elementor
    Essential add-ons help increase some of the features of your Elementor page builder.  
  • Ocean extra
    Ocean Extra will improve your OceanWP theme’s capability. It makes it easier to change settings on your pages and gives you more control.
  • Code Snippets
    Codes Snippets allows you to add extra codes without changing your website’s source code. You can toggle these ‘snippets’ on and off as you’d like.
  • Mailchimp for WooCommerce
    Link your e-store to your Mailchimp account and start building your customer database.
  • WooCommerce Wholesale Prices
    WooCommerce Wholesale Prices allow you to create fixed discounted prices based on minimum units purchased through your store.
  • CartFlows
    Chart Flows gives your website the ability to create sales funnels. 
  • Smart Slider
    Smart Slider allows you to create moving banners that switch between slides.
  • Ultimate Member
    Ultimate Member has lots of features – too many to cover in this short article. However, what it is mostly used for is to create categories for users that can allow or restrict access to pages or products on your site.

Recommended Reading: How to install a WordPress plugin

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