Once you’ve installed WordPress, you can customize it using wordpress plugins. They are the holly grail of WordPress, allowing you to customize and make the best out of a WordPress installation with just a few clicks. This is a list of free WordPress plugins you should install, activate and setup so you can make the most out of your new WordPress site. They cover almost everything you need from Analytics integration,  to  automatic posting to social media. This list can help both WordPress rookies but also more advanced WordPress users who want to keep their WordPress sites up to date with the latest free WordPress plugins from September 2016.

 

WordPress SEO By Yoast

Boost your Search Engine Rankings, see how your posts are optimized in real time and create an XML sitemap automatically.

search engine, SEO,  must have,  essential, XML, Google sitemap

W3 Total Cache

Improve the loading time of your website. Give your visitors a cool experience and rank higher in Search Engines.

must have, speed, site speed, loading time, SEO, search engine

Google XML Sitemaps

Make it easier for Search engines to find all your content  via XML Site maps.
must have, sitemap, seo google, marketing, must have,  plugin, essential, basic  

Contact Form 7 

Build a contact page within seconds with this free plugin

must have, page building, basic, essential, must have, contact form , contact us page


Floating Social Bar 

Expand your search on social media networks by adding sharing options to your posts.

social media, social bar, sharing,  new, buttons, boxes


P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

Make sure your plugins don’t slow down your website or check for faster alternatives to your current plugins.

must have, speed,  site speed, loading time, SEO, search engine

Linker

Track what your visitors are clicking, monitor your outbound links and your affiliate links.

must have, links, affiliate, shortener

Quick and Easy FAQs

Create faq section of your website, Fast

must have, FAQ, Builder


Social Media Auto Publish 

Distribute your posts automatically to your favorite social media networks.

must have, social media, distribution, auto publish

Easy digital downloads

Sell digital downloads with WordPress

must have, download, sell, ecommerce

Pinterest Pin It Button On Image Hover And Post

Add an image and blog post pin it button to your site

Must Have, Pin, Pinterest

Shortcodes Ultimate

Ad more capabilities to your WordPress theme. Create tabs, buttons boxes on any page or post with this free plugin

Editing, customization, writing, post, page


WooCommerce

Sell anything with this ecommerce pluggin

must have, sell, ecommerce


All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets

Show cool looking summaries in google searches by controlling how and what they show up

must have, google searches, snippets

Breadcrumb NavXT

Add breadcrumb navigation to you blog or website

must have, breadcrumb, navigation

Pinterest Pin It Button On Image Hover And Post

Add an image and blog post pin it button to your site

must have, google searches, snippets

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

Create manual or scheduled backups of your site to S3, google drive, email or others

must have, backup

Simple Share Buttons Adder

Add social share buttons to your pages and posts

must have, social, share, simple share, buttons

Imsanity

Save space and site speed by automatically resizing the image uploads

must have, image resize  

WP Instagram Widget

Showcase your latest Instagram pics directly on your website or blog

must have, Instagram pics,  

Favicon by RealFaviconGenerator

Get a favicon on all browsers for your new website

must have, favicon

WP-PostRatings

Ad ratting system for your blog posts

must have, raiting

BackUpWordPress

Save your website data by backing up automatically

must have, backup  

 Blog2Social

Increase your social media exposure. Send your blog posts or images automatically to : facebook, tweeter and other social networks

must have, distribution, auto post  

Gallery

Add cool image galleries to your site or multiple views to your images.

must have, gallery, pictures, portfolio


Display Posts Shortcode

Display only certain tags, categories or posts as lists wherever you need them.

must, shortcode, tags, categories, list


SEO Friendly Images

Improve your search engine rankings by automatically adding alt and title to your images

must, short code, tags, categories, list

    I hope you enjoy the list, If there are any plugins left out, please feel free to comment below

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