Welcome back! Here is list of best WordPress Plugins loved by every WordPress hosted site. Check out list of top WordPress plugins and improve your blogging quality. I recommend you to check about the popularity of these plugins here. I have organized the plugins under category so you choose which fits your blog/site well, each of them have more than 1 million of downloads hence is enough to understand important of each plugin.
Must have WordPress Plugins
- Akismet – is the best guard against comment spam for WordPress sites, its free and best.
Database and File Backup Plugins
- BackUpWordPress – Protect your data loss using BackUpWordPress. Back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SEO by SQUIRRLY – SEO Plugin By Squirrly is for the NON-SEO experts. Get Excellent Seo with Better Content, Ranking and Analytics. For Both Humans and Search Bots. It have best features. 4.5 out of 5 stars
- All in One SEO Pack – SEO Plugin for your WordPress blog.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast – Is the complete SEO solution for your WordPress blog, you can do all end to end setting which includes SEO titles, XML sitemaps, meta descriptions , breadcrumbs and much more. A preferred and most recommend plugin by every blogger.
- Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search. The SEO plugins listed above can also do the sitemap for you therefore you do not need Google XML sitemaps if you purchase any of above SEO plugin.
RSS Subscription Related
- Add to Any: Subscribe Button – Helps readers to subscribe to your blog using any feed reader.
- FeedBurner FeedSmith – Track every possible subscriber, This plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed.
Blog Statistics Related
- Google Analytics for WordPress – Add the Google Analytics with extra search engines and automatic click-out and download tracking to your WordPress blog. You can also use Google Analytics dashboard for this.
- Stats Counter– Analytics Stats Counter Statistics plugin analyse visitors statistics on your web page, unique users, countries, city’s, IPs and much more.
- W3 Total Cache – The fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization plugin. No match of this and once you use the w3 total cache plugin you will love it.
- WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates the html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. Speed up your WordPress blog significantly after the installation.
Blog Security Plugin
- All In One WP Security & Firewall – An ultimate security plugin that will take your WordPress site’s security to a whole new level of security.
- BulletProof Security – BulletProof security plugin offers website security protection against: RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, XSS, Code Injection and SQL Injection, a great add-on.
Contact Forms Related
- Contact Form 7 – Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. Supports Ajax-enabled form submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. 4.6 out of 5 stars.
- Gravity Forms – Best to build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building.
- cforms –Another most customizable, flexible & powerful ajax supporting contact form plugin.
- WP Contact form – WP Contact Form is a drop in form.
- Simple Social Share – A simple social sharing plugin that adds a list of social media sharing buttons on your website, very light plugin.
- Sociable – Automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed.
- Share This – Power full plugin with new look and same features. The new changes give your social tools a more modern look and improved user interaction.
- Fat Free WordPress Social Share Buttons Plugin – As name suggest, A very simple and FAT FREE share button plugin that adds Google plus one, Facebook and Twitter share buttons to your blog posts.
- Monarch Social Sharing Plugin – Premium and best Feature Packed Social Media Sharing Plugin with Style
For Google Adsense
- Simple Google Adsense insertion – Insert Google Adsense to your posts, pages and sidebar very easily.
- Google Adsense – Enables you to use Google’s products including Webmaster Tools.
- Google Adsense Plugin – Google AdSense Plugin allows you to set parameters of the ads displaying, such as format (text ad, image, text with an image or link), size, color of the elements in the ad block, rounded corners and the ad block position on the website. easy to configure plugin
Photo Gallery Plugin
- Simple Photo Gallery – If you are looking for an effective, reliable, yet simple to use photo gallery plugin, then check this gallery plugin out. I use it whenever I need a photo gallery plugin. 3.4 out of 5 stars
- NextGen Gallery – provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. 3.2 out of 5 stars
E-commerce, Paypal Donation and Payment
- WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart – is a very easy to use plugin that allows you to sell products or services online in one click from your blog. Very useful when you want to sell E-Books or digital products from various posts and pages and need a WordPress Shopping Cart solution.
- WordPress Donations Widget Plugin – The Plugin allows you to collect donation for a cause from your WordPress powered site.
- PayPal for Digital Goods – Sell music, video, ebook, PDF or any other digital media files, digital goods or downloads using PayPal for digital goods gateway. Allow a user to automatically download the file once the purchase is complete via paypal. View the transactions from your WordPress admin dashboard.
- WP Easy Paypal Payment Accept – This is a very easy to use WordPress plugin to Accept donation or Paypal payment for a service or a product in one click. Handy when you are trying to put a customized payment widget on your site (you can add it to the sidebar or a page or a post of your blog).
- WordPress eStore – A complete solution to sell products from your site. It is really good for selling digital products securely from your WordPress blog.
- Simple Membership Plugin – Protect your posts and pages so that your free members paid members can view the protected content.
- WordPress eMember – Features a rich membership plugin to turn your existing or new WordPress site into a powerful membership site.
- WordPress Affiliate Link Manager – Allows you to automatically convert specific keywords from your blog posts and pages into your affiliate links. It also cloaks the affiliate links and gives it a prettier and shorter alias
- WP Affiliate Platform – WordPress Affiliate Platform is an easy to use WordPress plugin for affiliate recruitment, management and tracking that can be used on any WordPress blog or site. The plugin lets you run your own affiliate campaign and allows you to pay commission to your affiliates for referring sales.
Software License Management
- Software License Manager – Create a software license management solution for your web applications/sites
- Create license keys in your system (license server)
- Activate a license key from your application (remotely)
- Deactivate a license key (remotely)
- Check a license key (remotely)
- Track where the license key is being used.
- Check the status of a license key from from your application (remotely)
Some Other Free and Very Useful Plugins
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – This plugin gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.
- Download Monitor – Track and managing your digital file downloads which file is being downloaded how many times and who is downloading them.
- Crayon Syntax Highlighter – Must have to highlight any code in your posts or pages. very handy if you use example codes in your Blog. best as replacement of basic CSS ( Do not compare this with power of CSS :)).
- Mailpoet Newsletters – Send newsletters, post notifications or auto responders from WordPress easily, and beautifully. Create your Newsletter quickly.
- WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. Can be used for media and polling sites.
- EWWW Image Optimizer – The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. Must to have plugin for managing your site load time.
- WP Video Lightbox – The Plugin allows you to add videos on a page using lightbox overlay display similar to the one shown below. This plugin can be used to display Flash, YouTube, Vimeo, iFrame and images etc in a lightbox overlay. The embedded videos can be viewed on iPad as well.
I am updating this post regularly, please suggest in comments below if you think there are more good plugins available, I will add them here.
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