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So you’ve spent weeks, perhaps months crafting and refining your clients fancy new WordPress site but your worried about handing it over to them. Your worried your client doesn’t fully understand how to use the admin interface. You’re concerned you’ll end up giving hours and hours of extra support  and its probably basic support that you shouldn’t need to give. In this post we’ll list a few of the BEST FREE WordPress plugins that will help this handover go a little easier.

SIDEKICK

SIDEKICK puts interactive, real-time tutorials (Walkthroughs) right inside your WordPress dashboard. This plugin is perfect for clients that perhaps struggle or have just seen WordPress dashboard for the first time.

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Real-time, voice-guided WordPress training and support straight from your dashboard.

No more reading documentation or watching videos. Just Click. Do. Learn.
SIDEKICK for WordPress comes with access to 100+ Walkthroughs at no cost. (Including Genesis, WooCommerce, Yoast and more). There is a optional paid upgrade that offers a huge library of walkthroughs.
We highly recommend this plugin as an option to enable your clients the ability to self support and reduce your incoming support requests.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.

Yoast SEO - WordPress Plugin

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it further! This plugin is written from the ground to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this Yoast SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, it also first and foremost helps you write better content.

WP Smush – Image Optimization

Re-size and optimize all of your images with the incredibly powerful and 100% free image smusher, brought to you by WPMU DEV.

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Reduce image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO using the free WPMU DEV WordPress Smush API.

Now with image resizing! Set a max width and height and large images will scale down as they are being compressed.
WP Smush servers do all the heavy lifting. Strip hidden bulky information from your images and reduce file size without losing quality.
Large image files may be slowing down your site without you even knowing it. WP Smush uses WPMU DEV’s super servers to quickly smush every single one of your images and cuts all the unnecessary data without slowing down your site.

Wordfence Security

Wordfence provides the best protection available for your website. Powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed, our Web Application Firewall stops you from getting hacked.

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The Wordfence WordPress security plugin provides free enterprise-class WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware.

WordFence is the most downloaded WordPress security plugin.

Wordfence Scan leverages the same proprietary feed, alerting you quickly in the event your site is compromised. WordFence’s Live Traffic view gives you real-time visibility into traffic and hack attempts on your website. A deep set of addtional tools round out the most complete WordPress security solution available.

Wordfence Security is 100% free and open source. WordFence also offer a Premium API key that gives you Premium Support, Country Blocking, Scheduled Scans, Password Auditing and we even check if your website IP address is being used to Spamvertize.

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

This Google Analytics for WordPress plugin enables you to track your site using the latest Google Analytics tracking code and allows you to view key Google Analytics reports in your WordPress install.

google analytics dashboard - WordPress Plugin

Displays Google Analytics reports in your WordPress Dashboard. Inserts the latest Google Analytics tracking code in your pages.

In addition to a set of general Google Analytics reports, in-depth Page reports and in-depth Post reports allow further segmentation of your analytics data, providing performance details for each post or page from your website.

The Google Analytics tracking code is fully customizable through options and hooks, allowing advanced data collection using custom dimensions and events.

So there you have just a few of BEST FREE WordPress plugins available to download. I am sure they will all help you get the best out of your WordPress website.

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