If you build a website in WordPress you need plugins to support that website. Plugins are small parts of a website that gives the website an extra function than only the theme would do. I recommend the following 10 free plugins for your website:
404page – your smart custom 404 error page
With this plugin you can create a page where your website visitors come if they visit a non-existent page of your website. This is useful if you have deleted a few pages or have changed the names of your pages. With this plugin they get a page that you have created instead of an error message. On this page you can tell them that this page no longer exists, but that they can go to other pages on your website. My 404 page looks like this: https://wanderingguiselaine.nl/not-found/
With the Aksimet plugin you can stop spam on your blog. There are people who release robots on the web and they spend all day watching where they can bother people. Without this spam plugin your blog would be full of comments that don’t make any sense and that you can’t do anything with.
Bol.com partner plugin for WordPress
With this plugin you can earn a little money. It goes like this. You install the plugin and you can add books to every blog or page. If someone clicks on one of those books and buys a book at bol.com, you will receive a small commission. That person pays no more than the normal price. Beware you may not buy books yourself via this link from Bol.com unfortunately. Help me earn it and buy a book at bol.com through me 🙂 .
Broken Link Checker
With this plugin you make your life a lot easier. This plugin checks whether there are links on your website that do not work and report this to you via mail and in the menu. You can check and adjust those links if necessary or deactivate them. This way you will never have links on your website that are not current and that no longer work. This is checked every 72 hours on my website.
Since WordPress 5.0 there are major changes to the appearance of WordPress behind the scenes, if you don’t want that yet, you can install this plugin and your WordPress will look just like before 5.0. This seems to be possible for a number of years and WordPress really wants to switch to the new one. Handy if you don’t have time to learn the new WordPress.
Contact Form 7
In addition to e-mail, you often want to be reachable in another way on your website. This is possible with a contact form. With this plugin you can place the contact form where you want on your website. You can also create different types of contact forms.
There is new legislation in the field of data retention of visitors to your website. You are at least required to inform your website visitors and give them a chance not to agree with your cookies. Cookies are small parts that you leave on the computer of the other person to collect data such as where from someone visits your website, etc. With this plugin you meet the minimum requirements.
Limit Login Attempts
We have already mentioned robots that leave comments on your website. This time it is about bots who want to break into your website. With this plugin you make it more difficult as they can only try to log in a limited number of times.
Social Media and Share Icons (Ultimate Social Media)
With this plugin you ensure that there are buttons with a link to your Social Media channels and that people can easily share your blogs via Social Media. The free version has many options. Take your time to set it up properly and this will give you the best results.
Everyone wants to be found well by their customers and Google. For this there is a plugin that can help you, namely Yoast. If you install this plugin you can design your snippets yourself. Snippets are small summaries that can be seen in Google. You can also enter a keyword. Furthermore, this plugin tells you if your snippet, keyword and structure of your story is good. Do not stare blindly at a green light, make sure the story remains legible.
These are the basic plugins. You can install even more plugins depending on your website and its function. And as a bonus, I recommend that you install a Google Analytics plugin so that you can see statistics for your website. With things like how many visitors you have, which page is visited the most and how long someone stays on a certain page, etc.
Take advantage of these plugins and start with your website. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.