List of the Best and Must Use WordPress Plugins

This page has a list of some of the best WordPress Plugins out there. Check out this list of top WordPress plugins and find out which plugins you should be using to improve your blogging efficiency.

Must Use Plugins

  • Akismet – best guard against comment spam for WordPress blog!

Database and File Backup Plugins

  • BackUpWordPress - BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – Yoast’s all in one SEO solution for your WordPress blog: SEO titles, meta descriptions, XML sitemaps, breadcrumbs & much more.
  • All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. If you are using the “WordPress SEO by Yoast” plugin then don’t install this one.
  • 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.

Blog Statistics Related

  • Google Analytics for WordPress – This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics with extra search engines and automatic clickout and download tracking to your WordPress blog.
  • WordPress.com Stats – Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. This plugin requires a WordPress.com API key to function.

Caching Plugin

  • W3 Total Cache - The fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization plugin. After you use the w3 total cache plugin you won’t go back to using WP Super Cache.
  • WP Super Cache - WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.

Blog Security Plugin

  • All In One WP Security & Firewall - The All In One WordPress Security and Firewall is the ultimate security plugin that will take your WordPress site’s security to a whole new level.
  • BulletProof Security – BulletProof security plugin offers website security protection against: XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection.

RSS Subscription Related

  • FeedBurner FeedSmith – This plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.
  • Add to Any: Subscribe Button – Helps readers subscribe to your blog using any feed reader.
  • Category Specific RSS Menu – A simple WordPress plugin to add category specific RSS subscription menu into your posts, pages, sidebars. Very handy when your blog covers multiple topic from non related subjects. This plugin was developed by me.

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. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
  • cforms – cforms II is the most customizable, flexible & powerful ajax supporting contact form plugin.
  • WP Contact form – WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you.
  • Gravity Forms - Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building.

Social Networking

  • Sociable – Automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed.
  • Share This – This is a very useful plugin that allows your visitors to share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites.
  • Fat Free WordPress Social Share Buttons Plugin - This is a very simple and FAT FREE share button plugin that adds Google plus one, Facebook and Twitter share buttons to your blog posts.

For Google Adsense

  • 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.
  • Simple Google Adsense insertion – Easy to use WordPress plugin to insert Google Adsense to your posts, pages and sidebar.
  • Adsense-Deluxe – Place Google AdSense ads in your WordPress Posts. Capable of handling complex adsense management.

Photo Gallery Plugin

  • NextGen Gallery - The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time. I use it whenever I need a 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.

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 WordPress blog. Very useful when you want to sell eBooks or digital products from various posts and pages and need a WordPress Shopping Cart solution.
  • 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 donation option in the sidebar of your blog.
  • WordPress eStore – This plugin provides a complete solution to sell digital products securely from your wordpress blog.
  • WordPress Donations Plugin - The WordPress Donations Plugin allows you to collect donation for a cause from your WordPress powered site.

Membership Plugin

  • WordPress eMember – WordPress eMember is a membership plugin that can turn your existing or new WordPress site into a membership site easily.

Affiliate Related

  • WP Affiliate Platform – WordPress plugin for affiliate recruitment, management and tracking. This plugin lets you run your own affiliate campaign/program and allows you to reward (pay commission) your affiliates for referred sales.
  • 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 (good for affiliate marketers).

Other 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 - This plugin is very useful for managing and tracking your digital file download counts.
  • Simple Tags – This is one of my favorite plugins. It makes my WordPress Tagging life so much easier. It helps with Auto completion, Suggested Tags, Tag Cloud Widgets, Related Posts, Mass edit tags.
  • Executable PHP Widget – Like the Text widget, but it will take PHP code as well. Very handy for inserting custom ‘php’, ‘html’, ‘javascript’ in the sidebar.
  • SyntaxHighlighter Plus – A plugin to highlight any code in your posts or pages. very handy if you use example codes in your Blog.
  • Wysija Newsletters - Send newsletters, post notifications or autoresponders from WordPress easily, and beautifully.
  • WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. Allows you to easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page.
  • Exclude Pages – This plugin lets you manually exclude WordPress pages from the navigation menu. Comes in handy when you are trying to create hidden pages.
  • WP Smush.it – This WordPress plugin reduces image file size and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress. Everytime you upload an image to your media uploader this plugin will automatically compress the image without losing quality!
  • WP Video Lightbox - The WordPress Video Lightbox plugin allows you to embed videos on a page using lightbox overlay display. This plugin can be used to display images, flash, YouTube, Vimeo, iFrame etc in a nice lightbox overlay.

This page will be regularly updated to keep the plugin list up to date and relevant. Please suggest your favorite plugins through the comment area below so I can check them out and possibly add them to this useful plugins list.

Don’t forget to checkout the Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site article too.

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Comments (152 responses)

  1. John says:

    This list of plugins is awesome, i am using many of these plugins on my blog and now will use more from this list. Thanks for this plugin list.

  2. Dimitrios Matsoulis says:

    I have looked at several “best wordpress plugins” lists and this one is pretty good because it narrows things down to a few best plugins for every type of functionality.

  3. webspikel says:

    This a great collection of plugins. Keep up the fantastic work! Thanks for the list! I been looking for some good plugins to add to my site.

  4. Entreb says:

    This is one of the best list of essential WordPress plugins that I found on the web so far. I love how you categorized them and give us the top plugins for that functionality.

  5. Raheel Mushtaq says:

    My favorite SEO plugin is Yoast it makes easier to put the meta tags in the post so it’s good for both search engine and user engagement

  6. Nevin John says:

    Very good article. All the plugins shown in this article are really useful. every wordpress bloggers should use these plugins…

  7. Casey says:

    Great article! I’m going to checkout some of these plugins and see how they work on my site. Thanks for the suggestions!

  8. Sanket says:

    This is a Complete list of plugins which anyone needs to make his blog Awesome. You have covered all the points Thanks a lot buddy :)

  9. admin says:

    @WebTechGlobal, are you referring to this one?
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-csv-importer-2/

  10. Pretty much the list of plugins most of us install monthly right.

    Any chance of getting Easy CSV Importer in the list of Affiliate plugins as it imports affiliate data?

    Thanks.

  11. crystle says:

    Wow, marvelous blog format! How long have you been running a blog for?
    you made blogging look easy. The total look of your site is excellent,
    let alone the content material!

  12. Irfad Imtiaz says:

    Yoast SEO, Thumbs up. Love your list boss.
    Thank You.

  13. Stacie says:

    Perfect list of plugins. I use so many of these and have to agree with you, they are great. I am headed to go check out those I don’t have. Remember everyone to keep these plugins updated, I have heard of some wordpress security issues when you don’t have them all up to date.

  14. Rocco says:

    Wooh! Perfect list of plugins!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  15. Walter Pinem says:

    Good plugins and nice review.
    I use some of them and I’ll use some more after reading this post. Nice

  16. Damian Baker says:

    Hi Tips & Tricks HQ,

    This is a really awesome list of plugin essentials.
    Nicely formatted too.

    Regards,
    Damian

  17. Joana says:

    Hey thanks a lot for this list, looking for something like this to setup my upcoming wordpress site!

  18. Wallace R says:

    Great plugin list. I use about 80% of those plugins on most of my WP sites. There is one plugin that I think does deserve some credit and was not on this list.

    Broken Link Checker – This plugin checks for any broken links on your entire site and it is very handy.

    Thanks.

  19. Fouad says:

    Great Site! It contains a great collection of plugins. Keep up the fantastic work! Congratulations.

  20. Andreea Leau says:

    I like to use Squirrly SEO Plugin :)

  21. Great tip! Thanks for sharing :)

  22. umarali1981 says:

    It is always good to have list like this for newbie like me to learn different categories of wordpress plugins and install them appropriately.

    Thanks for your share.

  23. Cath says:

    Outstanding sort out from the thousands of plugins, love it.

  24. Mildred says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! I’m totally new with this web thing but with your detail instruction was able to place the WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart and it works.

  25. thank you for this list.i have searched alot before but haven’t seen such a good list of plugins to use.

  26. kibria says:

    Thank You For Good Suggetion. I use some of them like Yaost SEO, Share This, Google XML sitemap etc and those are really amazing.

  27. Judith says:

    Very solid and great list! You have put a Lot of work on this list. I will use some of the pluigns that you listed… Thanks

  28. RMK says:

    We have recently updated our web site to Word Press (from cold fusion). The web site designer installed the Yoast Plug-in. But our SEO consultant wants to use the All in One SEO Pack. I am clueless and heretofore had not even heard of an SEO plug-in, though I am somewhat familiar with SEO best practices. But now I find myself having to referee between the designer and the person who will be responsible for our day to day SEO. Who’s right? And how do I resolve? Thanks so much for your help. rmk

  29. Mike says:

    Wow! Thank you so much. Starting blogger and I needed the info.

  30. John says:

    Hi let me add one more plugin to your WordPress plugins collection .
    This plugin is for adding form in your pages or posts .
    WordPress Form Maker allows you To add contact form with Google map and File upload (with other functionality of standard contact forms).
    It’s very helpful and easy tool specially for beginners.
    Here is the website where you can download the plugin – http://web-dorado.com/products/wordpress-form.html.

  31. Arka Mukherjee says:

    Very helpull for beginners in WordPress……..thank you

  32. Mark Davies says:

    Thanks for sharing this . Currently looking at the best technique for a members site so very useful for me.

  33. Andy says:

    Thank you very much for the nice overview, information like this is hard to find on the web – you should add a Donation Button like ‘Buy me a beer’ somewhere to enable us to say thank you with more than just words !

  34. Nali@dogs says:

    thanks for this great article.I was searching in google from the

    last couple of days about wordpress plugins.But unfortunately i

    din’t find any great way.But now my journey comes to an end.Thanks

    a lot for your great and informative article.If you post some more

    interested articles like this in future.Please suggest me.
    I will surely gonna read it
    Nali

  35. Curtis says:

    If you want to use a spam prevention plugin that is amazingly good, then don’t look beyond Akismet. It has the best guard that removes spam comments. I have personally been using it for quite some time now.

  36. John says:

    Great list and some good examples – these along with your paid plugins will really cover most options – using many of your plugins i must say it makes wordpress so powerful and easy to build sites …thanks again.

  37. Srini says:

    Nice list :) This list was one of the guides that helped me choose the best plugins

  38. Arafin Shaon says:

    Being a newbie the list is very essential for me tnx mate for your effort…

  39. Angela says:

    All plugins are very good. But this list is too big, if all installed , the website may not afford the heavy load. youre not supposed to install ALL of them. Many offer duplicate functionality anyway. The point is to use this list to find the best plugins suitable to your site.

  40. Esin says:

    Awesome list here. Thanks a lot.

  41. Michelle Drew says:

    Such a great list, productivity is a goner now – I am going pour over these names for the next day :)

    My personal favorites are Akismet, All-in-one SEO and ClickDesk for chat.

  42. Brett says:

    Thanks for the list! I been looking for some good plugins to add to my site.
    Thanks again.

  43. admin says:

    You can try Gravity Forms plugin:
    http://www.gravityforms.com/

  44. Adam says:

    What’s a good contact form plugin that also has an auto-responder? I’ve downloaded a few but they seem to be outdated and glitchy. Do you know of any up-to-date plugins that are capable of doing this?

  45. Joshua says:

    Thank you so much! It helps a lot. :) Is there a need for firewall at all?

  46. Harold says:

    These were very helpful for me, just wanted to thank you.

  47. admin says:
  48. Ronald says:

    Any recommendation for video?

  49. Nathan says:

    Great list of plugins have some of them but will now add some of the ones I’ve seen here, just added the ShareThis plugin love it

  50. Brett says:

    In the process of converting my website to wordpress and these are great tips!. thanks

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