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The best free WordPress plugins you haven’t heard of (2021)

Last updated on October 18, 2021 | By

WordPress community draws the most diverse kind of developers and collaborators, including developers who code software for free, which helps people who are scaling up their website and don’t have many funds to spend on premium plugins.

We selected a free plugin list that we feel isn’t too mainstream in the WordPress community but has massive functionality. Those plugins have great development coverage and will help you out upgrade your wordpress website, no matter what the area. We cover plugins that help you with Marketing/SEO, Performance, and Content Creation.

With the upcoming Google Page Experience signals update, we also took care of selecting plugins that will help you improve your core web vitals for free.

Tripetto

Tripetto is a free advanced form builder, it markets itself as “SurveyMonkey, Typeform and Landbot united, but with a really fresh vision on conversational data collection.”

Tripeto lets you build free forms and automate with a large range of options. It lets you build unlimited forms, with unlimited actions and unlimited responses on the free plan. Tripeto has selected plans where you can remove their branding and more features.

To set up the email notification you may need to properly configure your WordPress email system, to receive a notification every time someone sends you a response.

Jetpack Boost (Core Web Vitals plugin)

Jetpack Boost is a new plugin from Jetpack which aims to improve your web vitals scores for better SEO. It has 3 functions:

1- Optimize CSS Loading which generates Critical CSS for your homepage, posts, and pages. Generating critical CSS is critical to improving your Core Web Vitals and this plugin does it for free.

2- Defer Non-Essential Javascript, which moves javascript after the page loads, to improve load time. See our blog piece on how to remove unused javascript.

3- Lazy Image Loading.

All those 3 functions enabled will help you improve your Core Web Vitals.

Flying Scripts (Core Web Vitals plugin)

Delay your javascript(remove unused javascript) after a user interaction for free with Flying Scripts. It has been actively developed and new user interactions such as mouse wheel have been added.

Delaying non-essential javascript is a fundamental move on improving your Core Web Vitals.

WP Featherlight Disabled

A better version of WP Featherlight, WP Featherlight Disabled allows you to enable jQuery lightbox functionality to your images only when necessary.

Child Theme Configurator (Core Web Vitals plugin)

Configure your child’s theme for safely editing your WordPress theme. Child Theme Configurator automatically determines the correct way to set up a child theme based on the theme you are using.

This is also an important plugin to help with your Core Web Vitals, as incorrectly styling your theme can cause higher CLS(Cumulative Layout Shift).

Crisp

Crisp is a free and lightweight live chat for your WordPress website. Real-time notifications, Desktop apps, Mobile apps, Availability schedule. You can set up it by yourself, no developer help needed.

Imagekit (Core Web Vitals plugin)

Imagekit is an image CDN and optimization plugin. It helped our website at the beginning when we used an image on the header to pass the Core Web Vitals LCP on green, tough their Free 20GB CDN plan.

The setup takes few minutes, and you will have a unique URL for your website images: imagekit.io/*your-unique-url*/*your-image-.png*. The plugin automatically optimizes the images and serves them in a next-gen format including WebP.

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