WordPress has become the most used content management system on the web today. With a huge collection of free and premium plugins you can easily add almost any functionality to your WordPress website in no time.  There are more then 30,000 free plugins available to extend your site functionality in WordPress repository. But you have to be aware that the use of too many plugins put worst effect on your website, so you have to be careful in the selection of plugins on your website. In this post i have compiled a list of 10 must have free WordPress plugins in 2014.  Have Fun!

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further! This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs.

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

Google Analytics for WordPress

Google Analytics for WordPress

Track your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and page views. The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your blog easily and with lots of metadata.

Share A Holic

Shareaholic

Adds an attractive social bookmarking menu and related content widget to your posts, pages, index, or any combination of the three. Three powerful apps to amplify your content and create conversations, across the web. Share a holic has proven time and time again to be an extremely useful and successful tool in getting your readers to actually discover and submit your articles to numerous social bookmarking sites.

Akismet

Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

Really Simple CAPTCHA

Really Simple CAPTCHA

Really Simple CAPTCHA does not work alone and is intended to work with other plugins. It is originally created for Contact Form 7, however, you can use it with your own plugin.

Mail Poet Newsletters

MailPoet Newsletters

Create newsletters, post notifications and autoresponders. Drop your posts, images, social icons in your newsletter. Change fonts and colors on the fly. Manage all your subscribers. A new and simple newsletter solution for WordPress. Finally!

Back Up WordPress

BackUpWordPress

Back Up WordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you. Try it now to see how easy it is!

Features:

  • Super simple to use, no setup required.
  • Works in low memory, “shared host” environments.
  • Option to have each backup file emailed to you.
  • Works on Linux & Windows Server.
  • Exclude files and folders from your backups.