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6 Free WordPress Plugins Every Startup Should Use

There are now over 45,000 Wordpress plugins available to expand the functionality of your website. But it’s important not to get carried away. Here’s 6 of the most essential plugins that we use at Unlimitly.

45,000 WordPress plugins.

That’s a lot to choose from.

If you use WordPress, you know just how handy plugins can be.

But they all serve different customer bases, so it can be difficult to know which ones are worth investing the time in signing up with and installing.

Below I have compiled 6 of the most essential plugins that we use for Unlimitly.com – and you should consider installing them too (if you haven’t already). Best of all, they are all free!

1. YoastSEO

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SEO is an extremely important aspect of your website, which is why it’s super important to get right. YoastSEO is by far the most popular SEO plugin that helps you optimize your WordPress site for better rankings in search engines.

2. Disqus

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If your website includes a blog, and you start getting some traffic, you almost certainly experience the spam comments. There are many plugins that help with this, but the best option so far is to disable comments altogether and install a separate comment system.

Disqus has become the system of choice for businesses all around the world. It’s incredibly user friendly, easy to install and manage.

3. Wordfence

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No site is immune to attacks or hacking attempts which is why it’s necessary to take some steps to protect it. Wordfence provides enterprise-class security that helps protect against hacks and malware.

4. Limit Login Attempts

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Pretty self-explanatory. This plugin limits the login attempts to your WordPress dashboard, but with a few more options for added security.

5. Disable XML-RPC

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Another security plugin. Disable XML-RPC prevents API based services from accessing your WordPress site. It’s important to note that if you intend to use services such as Zapier, IFTTT or Window Live Writer, this plugin will prevent these from working. The upside is you can be certain that no-one can be gaining back-door access to your WordPress site.

6. Mailchimp for WordPress

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When you get started with building an email list, Mailchimp is the go-to choice for startups. They are free up to 2000 subscribers and provide an excellent and intuitive interface for sending emails to your list.

Mailchimp for WP allows you to use custom subscribe forms on your site. All you need to do is paste in the API key from your Mailchimp account, and you’re ready to go.

Conclusion

Plugins are almost essential now for the security and added functionality benefits. But it’s important not to become over reliant on them as too many will slow down your site and even cause conflicts which can be very costly to remedy.

Don’t overwhelm yourself with the options available. If you’ve just launched, these 6 will start on you the right track.