My favorite FREE WordPress plugins

Blog post grid

  • Essential Addons for Elementor
    • use Blog instead of Post Grid
      • for Post Grid, you need to tab twice to get to the post
      • setting up is a lot more work


Finale Lite by XLPlugins is my favorite countdown plugin because it looks pretty and is easy to use.  

Here is a detailed tutorial by the developer:

Header footer codes

  • Code Snippets

Login attempts

Limit Login Attempts Reloaded

  • comes with one click to activate GDPR compliance (which is not really relevant to login)
  • start watching at 0:55 to see how to set up

Search bar

Compared to other search plugin I have installed, Ajax Search Lite is extremely easy to set up.  I also like how it comes with many customizable options so I can style the search bar and choose how I want the search results to be displayed.

Here is a tutorial (you can start watching at 02:20):

Optimize image and site speed

  • WP-Optimize – Clean, Compress, Cache
  • Seraphinite (seems good but clashes with some themes)
    • faster load time as it optimizes everything on your website
  • NOTE: after installing the plugin, you need to download and upload the latest version

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