5 Must Have “Free” WordPress Pluggins

By Arwen McGilvra-

#1 All In One Favicon-

Your site will appear much more “finished” if it has a favicon. What is a favicon, you ask?? Well the word is a combination of favorite and icon = favicon. It’s that little box up on the menu bar that has an icon from the site you are visiting, or the icon next to the page you’ve bookmarked, or the large icon on your apple tablet that opens a page or an app. All in on Favicon lets you upload a 16×16 pixel picture and automatically inserts it as your favicon. A larger image can be uploaded for use with apple products. It’s easy, breezy one step goodness for your page.

#2 Google XML Sitemaps-

Makes some of your webmastering work easier for you. I can’t say it much better than they did on the description.

“Sitemaps are a way to tell Google about pages on your site we might not otherwise discover.

In its simplest terms, a XML Sitemap-usually called Sitemap, with a capital S-is a list of the pages on your website.

Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google’s normal crawling process.”

#3 Jetpack-

Jetpack is awesomness. It adds a lot of the WordPress.com goodies to your self-hosted WordPress.org site. It has a great stats feature, social media sharing (both for visitors to share your page with their friends and auto-posting from your blog,) a WP.me url shortener which is good for twitter users, a carousel gallery which is very cool, and just about 3 times more goodie than that. You do have to have a WordPress.com account to link to in order to use Jetpack, but those are free to set up and totally worth it for everything you get with the pack.

#4  Captcha or Sweet Capcha

A Captcha pluggin is super important unless you like filling your inbox with a ton of spam comments waiting to be approved. And in case that has happened to you and you have 300 comment awaiting moderation then you need Delete Pending Comments. Delete Pending Comments is a nifty pluggin that deletes all the pending comments so you don’t have to manually go through them when your site has been attacked by spammers.

Captcha adds a math based captcha to your comments. You can also add it to your login and registration page. But if you’re like me and don’t want to have to think about multiplication on a daily basis and don’t think your blog viewers should have to either, then you can use Sweet Captcha which uses a drag and drop, match the pictures type game as the capcha for comments.

#5 Custom Login Logo Lite-

Lets you insert a 310x51px image on your login page. Very helpful if you manage multiple wordpress sites, and gives pages a finished professional feel. I know that there are lots of pluggins that do this, but this is hands down the easiest to use.

 

P.S. Happy 10th Anniversary WordPress, keep on rockin’ in the free world!

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