Top 10 FREE WordPress Plugins for the 2018

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Having worked in WordPress for many years, I created my top 10 list of my favorite, free, must-have WordPress plugins. I always use these in my website development and they all FREE*

  1. Yoast SEO Premium – Yoast SEO is an all-in-one SEO plugin to optimize your site for search engine and make it rank better. I use the FREE Version. The premium version does a few more things, like suggesting pages to crosslink to.
  2. Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) Web development tool, ACF adds extra fields to your WordPress editor that will let you to create highly customizable pages very easily. I use the PRO version with lifetime updates for all my sites, but it’s fully functional with the free version. 
  3. Formidable Forms – Form builder plugin with data management system. Easy interface with drag and drop functionality that will let you create forms very easily.  I use the FREE Version. 
  4. Envira Gallery – Envira is the a responsive gallery plugin on the web. I use the PRO version with lifetime updates for all my sites, but it’s fully functional with the free version.  (They also have a plugin for responsive slideshows called Soliloquo, but it’s premium only)
  5. UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – It is the most popular scheduled backup pluginI use the FREE Version.  
  6. WP Fastest Cache – I tried different WordPress cache plugins, but I found this the easiest plugin to configure and it works great, too. I use the FREE Version. 
  7. Wordfence –  The Wordfence is a security plugin that provides free enterprise-class WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware. You will get email with threat and security issues. I use the FREE Version. 
  8. Shortcode Ultimate – Comprehensive collection of various shortcodes to add buttons and functional elements without using complex html. I use the FREE Version. 
  9. Meta Slider – Homepage slideshow creator. I use the FREE Version
  10. Better Search Replace –  is a time-saving database migration plugin that makes moving WordPress easy. I use the FREE Version

*Plugins are all free but they have premium add-ons for enhanced features.