You know it right?
One of the main reasons why over 71,800,000 websites choose WordPress over other CMS is the fact that it's easily customizable and easy to manage not just that it's FREE.
Most of these customization is done through Plugins. A combination of codes.
Another reason why WordPress is favored over others.
There are hundreds of thousands of plugins available on the WordPress repository with different functions.
If you own a blog there's nothing actually greater than providing your users with an optimized website and a good user experience as it initiates trust in first time visitors and also help increase your search engine rankings.
So where are the free WordPress website optimization plugins you ask? We'll get right to it.
Improve Website Speed With WP Fastest Cache!
WP Fastest cache is one of the simplest and most efficient WordPress caching tool for WordPress other than WP Simple Cache. WP Fastest cache has several performance optimization features and can help speed up your website.
Here's what the plugin does:
This plugin creates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. When a page is rendered, php and mysql are used. Therefore, system needs RAM and CPU. If many visitors come to a site, system uses lots of RAM and CPU so page is rendered so slowly. In this case, you need a cache system not to render page again and again. Cache system generates a static html file and saves. Other users reach to static html page.
It's as easy as that. Apart from other factors which includes a less-heavy and light weight share plugin like Social Warfare, Babs Reviews Blog owes a percentage of it's lite speed loading website to this simple caching plugin.
It's very easy to use. No difficult configuration that could scatter your brain is needed. Simply install through your dashboard or download from WordPress.
Activate, click a few buttons and there you have caching activated for your website. Remember serving a speed optimized website can boost conversions.
Create Search Engine Optimized Contents With Yoast
You want to create contents that rank on the first page right? Yoast SEO will give you insights on how to create a search engine optimized content that will brings you tons of traffic.
The Yoast SEO is one of the most installed WordPress plugin on the repository. With the plugin you can write better content and analyze your pages with just a few clicks.
Installing the plugin is free and once that's done you can set up most things that will boost your search rankings including setting meta tags for individual pages, adding tags to low quality or duplicate pages to avoid penalty and all.
Once the plugin is installed.
Using the snippet preview you can see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short and your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. This way the plugin will help you not only increase rankings but also increase the click through for organic search results.
It's that easy. There are tons of other things you can do with the Yoast SEO plugins as well which includes fixing technical SEO issues.
If you're to create better optimized content, it leads to higher rankings which in turn brings in an influx of traffic you can easily turn to money. You don't want that?
Optimize Images Upon Upload With WP Smush
Yup. That's the work of WP Smush.
WP Smush makes your website load faster by smushing or compressing images in a way that they don't lose their quality and don't take up much resources. In WPMUDEV, The creators of this plugin words:
Large image files may be slowing down your site without you even knowing it. WP Smush uses WPMU DEV’s super servers to quickly smush every single one of your images and cuts all the unnecessary data without slowing down your site.
And just like other plugins on this list, WP Smush is a one time install thing. You only need to install, activate and activate the smush images upon uploads and the plugin automatically takes care of the rest for you.
IMO this plugin is very useful.
Your WordPress Database Handled With WP Optimize
One of the plugins I install upon creating a new WordPress website.
WordPress is a simple yet robust CMS. It utilize a lot of resources and depends on the type and size of your website, It uses some inner functions to function properly.
For example when writing a new post, WordPress autosaves your progress and once the post is done? The autosaves are left in your database and it stays there even without you knowing.
In the creator's words:
WP Optimize is a Simple but effective plugin allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without doing manual queries.
Other than clean autosaves and all... WP Optimize truly optimizes your WordPress database by helping you clean up the unnecessary items stored in your database for a faster and secured website.
Wanna try it? The process is simple. Install >> Activate >> Clean up. It's that easy.
Stay Updated With Theme Check
WordPress is being heavily used by website owners. This also means it's also targeted by Hackers. On an average day... Over 30,000 websites are hacked. Most of these websites are WordPress and one of the reasons they fall victim to these hackers is, Their website is not properly updated.
That's where Theme Check comes in. Because your WordPress theme plays a huge role in your website overall performance and security, To sum it up:
A simple and easy way to test your theme for all the latest WordPress standards and practices. A great theme development tool!
This plugin is a one time thing. Install... Get your theme tested for the latest and you're very much on your way.
Fight Spam Beautifully With WP Anti-spam Bee
Threat from hackers is not the only thing WordPress users face. Another popular irritating situation that comes with WordPress is the spam everything.
Your first month running a WordPress website, Got up to 200 un-real comments? Yep. That sound familiar right? And again... With WordPress this can be solved easily with the use of some powerful plugins.
Akismet is one. One of the most popular if not the most popular but at times I've caught this plugin misbehaving and sending valid comments down to the spam queue, WP Anti-spam bee is another great find.
It's so efficient and good at what it does. No complicated options or details needed. Install >> Activate >> Watch the spam comments go away.
Free Tools To Grow Your Website Traffic: SumoMe
Sounds juicy? Damn right. Optimize your website for a whole of things especially social shares with Sumo Me. There are other things as well including the amazing list building features and highlighter.
Here's what SumoMe has to say about your website and using their free tool:
Most blogs are designed for hit-and-run readers. People find your blog, read your article, and leave. Wouldn’t it be nice if some of those people subscribe or share your amazing post?
The SumoMe plugin does come packaged with a whole lot of tools such as:
- List Builder
- Heat Maps
- Welcome Mat
- Scroll Box
- Image Sharer and more.
You can enjoy, make the most of these tools and the amazing features that comes with SumoMe without paying a dime.
So What's Next?
Try running a few of these plugins especially WP Optimize if you've not installed it in the past. It gets rid of the ugly stuff sitting in your database. This article doesn't end here. I'll keep it updated as time goes on.
Are you familiar with any of these? or have a suggestion to be added to the list. Then lets know, Please use the comment form.
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