WordPress is one of the most brilliant and amazing CMS available on the web that allows managing and publishing your content easily and quickly. It allows adding various functionalities and features to your website/blog easily and quickly by using plugins. Plugins allow you to do almost anything you want with your website to change its look and feel.

A lot of amazing plugins are available out there, but some of them are must haves for any blog/website. These plugins are those that add essential and amazing features to your site and WordPress admin dashboard, including anti-spam plugin, social sharing plugin, commenting plugin, SEO plugin, related-posts plugin, caching plugin and many many more. But the problem is that not all of the plugins available are high-quality and glitch-free; some of them are full of bugs and malware!



So today we are going to present a list of 15 Must Have Free WordPress Plugins in 2014. All the plugins available in this list are must haves for all the websites/blogs in year 2014. So check them out and pick the ones that suit your needs the best. And the best part is that all these plugins are free of cost!

So without any further ado, here goes the list…

 

Akismet

Akismet

Akismet needs no introduction as it is one of the best services against spam comments.

 

Slick Social Share

Slick Social Share Buttons

We all know that social sharing is extremely important for any website’s success. This plugin helps you add either a floating or sliding panel onto your posts/pages of social media buttons of facebook, twitter, google +1, linkedin, digg, delicious, reddit, buffer, stumbleupon and pinterest pin it.

 

Disqus Comment System

Disqus Comment System

This plugin makes web comments and discussions easy on your website. It allows commenting via disqus login, social media websites or as a commenter. It makes commenting easier and more interactive!

 

SEO No Duplicate

SEO No Duplicate

It allows managing your website’s search engine duplicate content by setting your post/page’s canonical to the permalink.

 

BackWPup Free – WordPress Backup Plugin

BackWPup

It is one of the most efficient and easy-to-use plugins of this kind. It allows backing up your website automatically and quickly to destinations like an external Backup Service, like Dropbox, S3, FTP or folder etc.

 

Google Analytics for WordPress

Google Analytics for WordPress

Google Analytics needs no introduction as it is one of the most popular outbound clicks and pageviews tracking tools available out there and this handy plugin of it provides you everything Google analytics service does.

 

nRelated Content

nrelate Related Content

nRelated Content allows displaying related content via Thumbnails or Text, on all your pages with ease.

 

Thank Me Later

Thank Me Later

This plugin allows sending a ‘thank you’ email you have written to your blog’s commenters after a set time of 5 minutes, a day, a month or any time of your choice automatically.

 

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Wordpress seo by yoast

This one is one of the best SEO plugin available out there for WordPress. It allows you to optimize your content according to SEO and improve your traffic.

 

Dave’s WordPress Live Search

Dave's WordPress Live Search

This plugin adds “live search” functionality to your WordPress site easily and quickly.

 

SEO Smart Links

SEO Smart Links

This plugin allows linking keywords and phrases in your posts and comments automatically with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.

 

Redirection

Redirection

This plugin allows managing 301 redirections, keeping track of 404 errors, and tidying up any loose ends your site might have.

 

Lite Cache

This one is the smallest, easiest and they most light-weight caching plugin available out there. It is quite efficient and does exactly what it is meant to do: Cache!

 

Checkbox Captcha

Checkbox Captcha

It is a simple and lightweight plugin that allows fighting spam to your website. It adds a tiny and no-hassle checkbox in the comment form to make sure that the commenter is a real human.

 

Rss slider on post

Rss slider on post

This plugin allows creating the scroller/slider text gallery into the posts/pages which makes rss integration to blog/site extremely easy and quick.