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WordPress is a widely used platform that has many plugins – some of them free, some of them paid. There are thousand of them so it’s’ easily to get lost between them.

The count is not the only thing that might confuse the user. In order to function well and bring the best user experience, the plugin needs to be constantly updated, developed and so on. But what is the best way to find these widgets that are secure and trustworthy?

The safest path is to use the popular ones if you don’t mind paying for them and investing a little bit extra into your website. But if you are a business savvy entrepreneur, this list of free and useful WordPress widget plugins might help you out.

SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle

SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle is a collection of customizable widgets with more than 1500 icons. The collection includes such useful widgets like Google Maps, button, image, call to action, price table and much more.

Antispam Bee

The name of Antispam Bee basically speaks for itself – with this handy widget, you will be able to block spam comments from your website. There are many things you can customize, turn on or off: comments with Gravatars, specific language comments, certain words etc.

Starbox

Starbox is a great widget that will help your readers fall in love with your content and your writers. If you have one than more writer on your website, you can create an individual profile for each of them and even add different sets of social media profiles. This will also help them build their personal brands and bring more audience to your website.

WooSidebars

WooSidebars is a sidebar management widget that works almost with any theme and does not require any additional coding or setup. A very convenient feature of this widget is that it is capable of overriding any other sidebar that is registered on WordPress.

Jetpack

Jetpack is a neat widget that provides many awesome tools for traffic increase, SEO optimizing, security and backup. It can also come in handy with content creation: high-speed CDN, high-definition video hosting, embeds from Spotify, Google Documents, YouTube etc.

Relevanssi

Relevanssi is an amazing search improvement with many customizable options to choose from. You’ll notice that the search field prioritizes the relevance of the content instead of the date. With this widget, you can also search quotes, documents, multiple words and much more. It has a premium version if Multisite relevant for you.

Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms is perfect for creating free forms on WordPress. It is very easy to use and doesn’t take up a long time to create – no coding or web development knowledge needed. More to it, it is absolutely free and with no limits of fields, forms, actions, submissions or emails.

Theme Check

Theme Check is the perfect widget for those who develop WordPress themes by themselves. With this widget, you will be able to test your theme yourself before you launch it publicly. This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to find out if a theme meets the WordPress requirements.

Easy FancyBox

Easy FancyBox is both fun and amazing widget that will make your images or other media files look way better than before. All you have to do is simply click on any image and a  pop-up will appear. Compatible with Multisite.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is an incredible free widget that can actually optimize your website. It discovers the best keywords for your niche and suggest you use them in your articles or other content on your website. It also offers valuable page analytics that lead to a more optimized website.

Posted by Justas Markus

Founder/CEO GetFoundXL and a blogger at Entrepreneur.com, Observer.com, Influencive.com and others. Catch up with Justas on Twitter.