5 of the best free wordpress plugins to use on any website in 2021

2021 is a New Year like no other… despite the challenges of last year; it did not start in such strange circumstances as 2021. As we move through the beginning of the year, many New Year’s resolutions have, understandably, given way due to lockdown fatigue. As we’re all stuck at home with not much to do besides a Netflix binge, maybe you’ve thought to yourself that it’s time for you to start that website you always dreamed of but didn’t have the time to (thank you Netflix).

If you are completely new to web design and don’t know where to start, perhaps take a look at this article explaining how to set up a new website on wordpress.

For those of you who already have a wordpress website, now all that you need is some information to learn how to get the most out of your wordpress website. I have included a mixture of plug-ins that are good to have for peace of mind, revenue/lead generation, and design.

Add these 5 free wordpress plug-ins to create some nice features that will inject your personality into your website, and maybe even generate some much needed income for you (thank you Christmas).

Below you will see 5 of the best free plug-ins for wordpress, that in my opinion are a great place to start when setting up, or updating your wordpress website.

5 of the best plugins to add to your wordpress website in 2021:

1) All in One WP migration

2) WooCommerce

3) Buttonizer

4) Join.Chat

5) Animate it

The first plug-in that I recommend you install on wordpress is All in One WP Migration. This is a really excellent plug in that extremely simple to use. Due to the simplicity of this plug-in, I feel it is better to alternative plug-ins such as Duplicator for wordpress beginners.

All in one WP Migration has 2 key functions that are extremely helpful when creating a website.

1)      Create a backup for your website

Safeguard your website by backing it up with this plug-in. As I have already mentioned, this plug-in is very simple to use by anybody, no matter what level of experience you have. All in One WP Migration allows you to create a full backup of your website with a single click. While the backup is stored on your wordpress install, You also get the option to save the file to your hard drive and cloud storage services such as Google drive and dropbox to name a few.

2)      Import/Export your website

While importing and exporting a website is not something that is on the mind of a wordpress beginner (and rightly so), nevertheless it is an extremely helpful feature that you may require in the future.
You might require a website export if you choose to change your hosting provider. You may also want to change your domain name in the future, and a website export can make this process relatively simple should you want to do it.
On the other hand, this plug-in also allows for website importing. Importing is useful in the same way that exporting your website is. The ability to import a website also allows you more freedom in web design in the future. It provides the opportunity to work on, and upgrade your website in a safe environment away from your actual website.

The pros for adding All in One WP Migration to your wordpress website
With the All in One WP Migration wordpress plug-in, you can create backups for your website with 1 click. The plug-in also allows you to easily export and import wordpress websites.

If you want to start selling your products or services online in 2021, WooCommerce is the plug-in for you. WooCommerce is the most popular e-commerce platform on the internet with a market share over 40%. This Plug-in is free to use and allows you to set up an e-commerce store on your website. WooCommerce is a trusted plug-in that is used by many of the largest companies in the world.

As well as being free, and used by some of the largest companies in the world, WooCommerce is also an extremely flexible plug-in that can be adjusted, modified, or scaled precisely to your needs as your website grows.

WooCommerce is relatively simple to set up initially, and it is free which makes it ideal for wordpress beginners. There are multiple payment options available through WooCommerce, including all of the most popular payment gateways stripe, PayPal, Apple Pay/Google Pay. This will ensure that you can collect payments in a way that suits you best.

The pros for adding WooCommerce to your wordpress website
WooCommerce is extremely versatile plug-in for e-commerce on wordpress. The plug-in will allow you to sell all sorts of different products, services, or subscriptions on your wordpress website. This flexibility is great and makes WooCommerce suitable for just about any website.

If you are looking for a call to action for your website, buttonizer might be the plug-in for you. Buttonizer allows you to create a floating button for your website. Buttonizer is a great free wordpress plug-in that will be sure to grab the attention of visitors to your website.

Buttonizer is quite easy to set up and insert onto your wordpress website. The plug-in looks great and is simple to set up, making it a perfect plug-in to add to your wordpress website in 2021.

One of the best features of buttonizer is that it can be customised pretty much any way that you would like it, which gives you great flexibility. While some of the customisation features are reserved for premium users, the free version of the plug-in is not lacking for customisation options and you will be sure to be able to create a button that works brilliantly for your wordpress website.

The pros for adding Buttonizer to your wordpress website
Buttonizer is an easy to use plug-in that will allow you to put floating buttons on your wordpress website. This provides a call to action for your website that can funnel traffic to certain areas within your website and can help to increase lead generation. The plug-in has excellent customisation options, even on the free version, which makes it suitable for any wordpress website.

Join.Chat is another call to action plug-in that is suitable for web design beginners on wordpress in 2021. The plug-in is very simple to set up on your wordpress website and looks great on the front end. This plugin allows you to add a floating whatsapp button on your website design so that your visitors can easily contact you directly through whatsapp.

Join.Chat is one of the easier to use plug-ins for whatsapp integration which is great for wordpress beginners looking to generate new leads on their wordpress website in 2021. The plug-in has some customisation options so that you can create a whatsapp button that fits with your website seamlessly.

By using the Join.Chat plug-in on your wordpress website, visitors to your website will be able to click the whatsapp button to instantly send a message to you. One of the advantages to using Join.Chat in your web design, besides the simplicity of setting it up, is that it has an option for web.whatsapp users. By enabling web.whatsapp on your whatsapp button, visitors to your website on desktop will be able to use the whatsapp button, as well as users who visit your website on their mobile device.

The pros for adding Join.Chat to your wordpress website
Join.Chat is one of the best ways to integrate whatsapp onto your wordpress website in 2021. The plug-in is easy to set up and use, and provides customisation options for you to design a button that blends well with your website design. With web.whatsapp integration, you can be sure to increase leads through your website as all visitors to your site will be able to use the whatsapp button to contact you.

Last but not least on this list of the 5 best free wordpress plug-ins for 2021 is a plug-in called animate it. Animate it is a lesser known plug-in that is developed by a small team called eLEOPARD. The plugin offers three choices for you to animate elements on your wordpress website. With this plugin you can run the animation on click, hover, or scroll offset meaning it will provide animation solutions for most website designs.

Animate it is a completely free plugin that provides a vast array of animation options with over 50 Entry, Exit and Attention Seeker Animations. With the plugin installed you will be able to apply CSS3 animations on Post, Widget and Pages.

Combine different sorts of animation on your website to dramatically increase the aesthetic of your website. Animate it allows you to add different scroll offset on individual animation blocks which can really bring your website to life and engage users.

Animate it is suitable for beginners and more advanced users. It is possible to delay feature in animation to create a nice animation sequence on your website. You can also control the duration for a more precise animation.

The pros for adding Animate It to your wordpress website
Animate it is a wordpress plugin suitable for beginners and advanced web designers looking to add animation to elements on their website. It is a completely free to use plugin with great flexibility that produces excellent results on the front end.


All 5 of the plugins in this list are free to use and will work well for almost any type website. The plugins mentioned in this list are the best free wordpress plugins for beginners looking to start a new wordpress website or for web designers looking to update their existing website. If you would like to update your website for 2021, contact instabrand, an Irish based web design and digital marketing agency and see how we can help your website to grow this year.

Bonus: CookieYes GDPR Cookie Consent & Compliance Notice Plugin

GDPR, CCPA, CNIL, DSGVO, LGPD, etc., are some of the major online privacy laws enforced by different countries in the world to protect the privacy of its citizens. When you have an online business that caters to a global audience, compliance becomes harder since you have to comply with multiple privacy regulations simultaneously.

But the good news is, it doesn’t have to be, at least for WordPress based websites. CookieYes GDPR Cookie Consent & Compliance Notice is a simple solution that makes your compliance journey easier by helping you manage your website cookies efficiently.

From displaying a cookie notice to auto-blocking cookies, there are so many powerful features that the plugin provides you with. As the first step to compliance, you can find which all are the cookies used on your website using its auto-scan feature.

You can also allow your users to offer granular consent for cookies in addition to the ‘Accept’, ‘Reject’ options. Privacy policy generator, cookie consent log, etc., are additional features available with the plugin.

So protect your business and offer website users peace of mind while they are browsing your site by using CookieYes GDPR Cookie Consent & Compliance Notice Plugin.

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