WordPress is the best CMS besides that WordPress plugins make life really easy for bloggers like you and me. Now, We have to find the best plugins. Wait, Don’t Be Worry, In this article, I listed best WordPress Plugins by category.
Choosing the best plugin for our WordPress site will help make our day-to-day life easier and deliver a better experience for your users as well.
Must Use WordPress Plugins
The best guard against comment spam for WordPress blog!
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
Major features in Akismet include:
- Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
- Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
- URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
- Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
- A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO is not just an SEO plugin, it is the complete website optimization package. Apart from adding titles and descriptions to your articles, it also allows you to add open graph metadata, do page analysis, publish XML sitemap, and so much more. It is easy to install and setup on our websites.
W3 Total Cache
The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed.
- At least, 10x improvement in overall site performance when fully configured
- Improved conversion rates and “site performance” which affect your site’s rank on Google.com
- “Instant” subsequent page views: browser caching
- Optimized progressive render: pages start rendering quickly
- Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site; visitors view more pages
- Improved web server performance; sustain high traffic periods
JetPack by WordPress.com
Jetpack simplifies managing WordPress sites by giving you visitor stats, security services, speeding up images, and helping you get more traffic
Increase social activity on your site with ShareThis! It gives you floating social button.
We all know social media is the best way to get traffic and publicize a Brand.
- Choose from 120 social channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
- Use small or large buttons, add counters or use one of the Sharing Bars
- Access to greater insights by creating a Social Analytics Dashboard account
Database and File Backup WordPress Plugins
- BackUpWordPress – BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you.
- WangGuard – WangGuard protects each website in a personalized way using information provided by Administrators who report sploggers worldwide, that’s why it’s very important that you report your sploggers to WangGuard.
Blog Security related WordPress 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 WordPress Plugins
- 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 topics from nonrelated subjects. This plugin was developed by me.
Contact Forms Related WordPress Plugins
- 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 WordPress Plugins
- 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 WordPress Plugins
- Simple Google Adsense insertion – Easy to use WordPress plugin to insert Google Adsense to your posts, pages, and sidebar.
- 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, the color of the elements in the ad block, rounded corners and the ad block position on the website.
- Google Adsense – The AdSense Plugin enables you to easily use Google’s products – including Webmaster Tools – with your WordPress site.
Photo Gallery WordPress Plugins
- 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.
- NextGen Gallery – The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time.
E-commerce, Paypal Donation and Payment type WordPress Plugins
- WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart – is a very easy to use, the 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 payment widget on your site (you can add it to the sidebar or a page or a post of your blog).
- WordPress eStore – This plugin provides a complete solution to sell products from your site. It is really good for selling digital products securely from your WordPress blog.
- WordPress Donations Widget Plugin – The WordPress Donations Widget Plugin allows you to collect donation for a cause from your WordPress powered site.
- PayPal for Digital Goods – This plugin allows you to use the PayPal for Digital Goods gateway to accept payment for digital goods. Provides inline checkout of digital goods.
Membership WordPress Plugins
- Membership 2 – The simple membership plugin lets you protect your posts and pages so only your members (free or paid) can view the protected content.
- WordPress eMember – WP eMember is a feature rich membership plugin that can turn your existing or new WordPress site into a powerful membership site.
Affiliate-Related WordPress Plugins
- 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).
Software License Management WordPress Plugins
- Software License Manager – This plugin allows you to create a software license management solution for your web applications (WordPress plugins, Themes, PHP based membership script etc.)
Other Very Useful WordPress 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 downloads. You can track which file is being downloaded how many times and who is downloading them.
- Syntax Highlighter – A plugin to highlight any code in your posts or pages. very handy if you use example codes in your Blog.
- Mailpoet 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.
- EWWW Image Optimizer – The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog.
- 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.