Searching for the best plugins?
It’s becoming hard work to keep up with the best plugins for WordPress because there’s over 25,000 now.
Here’s a list of my top 50 plugins that i have used, tested and written about in more detail previously.
Resources: How to install a Plugin
Used by millions, Akismet is the best plugin in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam 24/7. You’ll need to Sign up for a free Akismet API key, and configure the plugin to stop comment spam once and for all.
BackupBuddy Backup, Restoration, & Migration plugin fully backs up 100% of your site. It amazes me how many bloggers only use DB backup which excludes backup of your files, plugins & settings, SEO settings, data for every post, theme settings etc.
BackupBuddy is the best plugin for migrating to a new hosts server and changing domains. Read more about hot to use this plugin to move your sites to a new host.
Broken Link Checker
This is the best plugin for finding broken links. Makes fixing broken links easy as its all done from your dashboard in the same location. I have this installed as well the permalink finder which redirects pages that have broken links to the same category until i fix them.
Max buttons is a free button maker plugin produces excellent quality buttons quickly and easy. I love this plugin and its free.
Comment Redirect by Yoast
Most online marketers face the challenge of building a list of subscribers to their blog. Are you one these bloggers? One of the best ways to increase subscribers is to convert readers which leave a comments as they are already engaging with you.
This plugin redirects anyone that leaves a comment to any page on your site. You can easily create a special opt in landing page giving your readers a reason to subscribe and redirect comments to this landing page.
Works very well and is 100% automatic once setup.
This plugin would have to be the easiest to setup which produces an amazing result if you want to run a contest. I’ve written an entire article on this plugin because it really impressed me. I can’t wait to start a contest and are working on sponsors to offer a range of sort after prizes.
If you want to build subscribers and social media followers, i highly recommend this plugin which i have tested fully. Read full review here.
The easiest way to build a custom widget is to use this plugin. You create your widget using the WordPress editor so its pretty basic to get the job done. I’ve already written a post about how to build your own custom widget using this free plugin.
Email Opt In Forms
This plugin integrates with all the major email service providers and displays a great looking opt in form in any location you choose on your site. Read more here.
This is the official Facebook plugin. Its jammed packed with just about every feature you could ever need to integrate WordPress with Facebook. Includes 6 different widgets and more which you can read about in a separate post.
Best free fonts plugin which simply enables the hidden font styles & sizes already included in the WordPress editor.
Adds 2 buttons using the functions which already exist in the core WordPress editor files.
Download the fonts plugin here from WordPress.org.
Full Screen Background Image
Are you searching for an easy way to add a background image to WordPress which covers the full screen? You’ll need a solution which covers all browser types and automatically adjusts to different screen sizes.
Pippins plugins provides a free plugin which requires minimal setup. All you need to do is install the plugin and upload the image you want to use for your background.
This plugin deletes database tables that have been left over after you remove and delete unwanted plugins. It can reduce the size of your database by over 50% making it far more efficient to run your site and increase processing speed. I’ve written an entire post on how to delete left over plugin database tables.
Genesis eNews Extended
Excellent plugin which provides an easy solution for adding a email sign up form to all StudioPress themes built on the Genesis framework.
Easily integrate the major email marketing services providers like Aweber, MailChimp, Feedblitz & Feedburner into your WordPress theme. Still works with Google’s Free Feedburner service. Read more about the best Genesis plugin to integrate with major email service providers.
Google XML Sitemap for Images
This plugin will generate a XML Image Sitemap for your blog. Open the settings page to create your image sitemap.
Google XML Sitemap for Videos
This plugin will generate a XML Video Sitemap for your blog. Google loves sitemaps and will reward you handsomely especially when it comes to video sitemaps as without one, the search engines job can become difficult. WordPress Video XML Sitemap Plugin Tutorial.
Gravity Forms – Premium plugin which allows you to build a completely custom contact form for your websites/blogs. Over 300,000 sites already use gravity forms which couldn’t be easier to build complex, powerful forms in minutes.
I own the gravity form plugin and highly recommend them as the best in the business. Click here to visit rocketgenius.
Jetpack by WordPress.com
I’ve written more than a dozen blog posts on the Jetpack plugin because its the most useful and comprehensive free plugin for WordPress.
The Affiliate Link Manager plugin allows you to automatically convert specific keywords from your blog posts and pages into your affiliate links. It also cloaks the affiliate link and gives it a prettier and shorter alias. This plugin also makes it faster to change all your links if the affiliate merchant changes affiliate managers or the software they use to manage the program.
The most popular premium mega menu plugin is UberMenu. This plugin makes it easy to add a huge range of links and icons to the WordPress menu system. You can also add images and hTML to your menu as well as short codes. Used on some of the most high profile sites in the world.
This plugin includes an auto responder, email templates and integration with popular paid subscription eCommerce & checkout services. This premium plugin also offers a forms extension where you can create forms very much like Gravity forms. View the video on how to create sign up forms.
This the the best permalink finder plugin which i use in conjunction with link checker so my site visitors never get a 404 error page not found again. If you have restructured your permalinks or moved your blog, this plugin will find the right post or page every time. All you do is configure the settings to look for one, two or three keywords in the permalink and redirect to the correct location.
The latest version of the premise landing/sales page plugin by Copy blogger media is at least twice as good as the previous version and now lets you:
- Build rock-solid membership sites
- Take recurring payments with automated access management
- Automatically drip content out over time
- Securely sell eBooks, software, and other digital downloads
- Confidently create private forum areas with vBulletin
- Quickly set up password-protected content libraries
- Easily build check-out pages for PayPal and Authorize.net
Premise is an impressive plugin worth trying for 30 days if you’re using WordPress for online marketing to make money. Learn more about Premise here.
Print Friendly & PDF plugin
The Print Friendly & PDF plugin adds a button allowing you & your readers to print blog posts & pages or download them as a PDF. Rather than open in a new page, this plugin opens in a light box displaying options for both printing a web page and converting your blog to PDF.
Pro player Video Plugin
One of the best free video player plugins for WordPress. Its a customized version of the famous JW Player and is very easy to setup so you can easily embed video’s in your posts and pages.
Raven Tools Schema Creator
Easily add Schema Micro Data to anywhere on your site. Includes templates for an Organization,Movie,Person, Product, Event, Book, and Review. Developed by one of the best SEO software providers. Read more about the best Schema plugin to add Micro Data to WordPress.
This plugin allows you to create redirects in the back end of your WordPress Dashboard. The Apache Module enables you to create redirects in WordPress which then writes them to your .htaccess file on your Apache server. This is the most efficient way to use redirects.
Another big advantage of using this plugin is the ability to upload a CSV file of all your broken links from Google Webmaster Tools. Read more about the best redirection plugin for fixing broken links in WordPress.
SEO Data Transporter
If you’re worried about losing your SEO settings after changing themes, this plugins got your back. The SEO Data Transporter plugin enables you to save your SEO settings when changing themes without the risk of losing any rankings or traffic.
Lizatom Shortcodes Plugin for WordPress is one the best plugins available. It is cross browser compatible, easy to install and use, and comes packed with awesome jQuery effects.
Short codes make styling and organizing your content easy. The short codes are integrated into your WYSIWYG, so you are just one click away from re-organizing your content in the most neat and professional way
Simple Shopping Cart Plugin
WordPress shopping cart plugin allows you to sell any form of digital products and services from your website securely with complete automation. What I mean by complete automation is that once you set it up the whole process (The buying and the delivering of the product without revealing the real URL of the product) works on its own. An overview of the WP eStore plugin operations can be found here.
Based on my experience installing sliders in different themes, this is the best premium slider plugin for WordPress. On top of that there’s also a free version of the plugin which isn’t to bad either.
If you want to install multiple sliders on your site or install a slider in different header positions, this is the one plugin that’s worth trying out.
You can easily display the Soliloquy slider in any hook position and use conditional tags to control which pages or posts the slider outputs your images. On top of this, this slider also offers a shortcode which makes it super simple to place anywhere in your theme or content areas.
Max foundry plugins make the creation and editing of squeeze, landing and sales pages very simple. These plugins produce visually stunning web pages with a call to action. Squeeze pages are essentially well developed landing pages that are geared towards helping you grow your list of email subscribers. Landing pages are the main page to direct your visitors to and a sales page is for selling.
This plugin is regarded as the best plugin for creating tables in WordPress. The Developer has been improving the original table plugin over the last few years and launched this new plugin which is better than any other.
Simply install this plugin and you get all the flexibility you need to easily create custom designed pages that normally only experienced web designers could manage.
Watch the video to see how visual composer works and examples of what you can do with this plugin.
WebSimon Table Plugin
The WebSimon table plugin for WordPress enables you to build your own tables in your dashboard and customize the tables with your own choice of styling & structure. To display the table in a post or page, simply insert the unique short code in your editor.
You can also add html, links and images to your tables and style them further using custom hex color codes if needed.
Writing custom functions to display content based on conditions is not that easy for most WordPress users. The Widget Logic plugin makes it easy to control the output of any widget based on conditions.
All you need to do is add a conditional tag to the widget and the widget content will only be displayed based on the condition tags logic.
Widgets on Pages
This plugin enables you to display any widget within the content area of a page or post. Read more about how to do this using short codes.
Woo Themes have been working hard for over a year on their new eCommerce plugin which is based on the Jigoshop eCommerce shopping cart plugin. Woo Commerce or Woo Commerce as Woo call it, is the name of the new plugin and its free. Its an advanced version of the Jigishop plugin with more features and options.
This plugin is a bit like Jetpack because it includes other plugins and functions within the same plugin. Some of the features which will work on any theme include custom menu’s, Login Branding, Short Links, Social Widgets, Custom Code, Sidebar Manager and the excellent Woo Commerce plugin.
Word Fence Security
One of the best all in one security plugins which protects your site from hackers in 7 ways. Read more here.
Awesome plugin if you want to import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from WordPress.com to WordPress.org site, blogger and many other free hosted blogging services. Transferring content to your own self hosted blog is simple when using this plugin. Free hosted blogging comes at a price!
Wishlist Membership Solution
Wish List Member is a powerful solution for creating an online membership site – all built using WordPress as the core content management system. Now it’s easy to control access to your content, accept payments, manage your members and so much more! Read my review on the best membership software or visit Wish List for full feature descriptions, tutorial videos and examples of sites using Wish List Member.
WordPress Backup to Drop Box
Excellent free plugin that makes it easy to schedule and backup your entire site to your Drop Bbox account. Read more here.
WordPress Backup to Google Drive
A plugin which simply creates a copy of your files and databases then sends them to your Google drive account for safe storage of your backup. Read more about this plugin.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the best free SEO plugins however you may not need it depending on which theme or framework you are using. I don’t use this plugin with the Thesis theme as that framework offers built in SEO features.
Manage & tweet to multiple Twitter accounts, add hash tags to your tweets, schedule tweets and more. There’s thousands of WordPress Twitter plugins but there’s nothing as good as this in my opinion.
Its a top quality premium plugin with a free version which pays for itself many times over and there’s no ongoing fee’s. Read more about the best WordPress to Twitter plugin, Word Twit.
WP Gallery Custom Links
Another great plugin for linking images in a gallery to custom url’s. This plugin works with the native WordPress media functions included in all WordPress installations. No need to install a gallery plugin or complete any coding to add links to the images in your galleries.
WP Migrate DB
This is an excellent plugin for migrating to a new domain, server or directory. Simply enter in your new server path and/or domain in the plugin settings. All you need to do then is export your database and the plugin will search > find > and replace all links in your database.
Once you’ve completed the DB export, create a new DB on your server and import the old DB. Change the database connection details in your wp-config file and upload your files to your server. That’s all there is to it.
WP Snap Engage Plugin for WordPress Live Chat
If you’re running an eCommerce store then you wouldn’t want someone walking into your store and not having a customer support staff to offer service.
Using Snap Engage live chat for WordPress helps turn your site visitors into customers.
WP Super Cache
Need to speed up your site and increase page loading speeds? WordPress WP Super Cache Plugin will make a huge difference to your site speed simply by installing the plugin then enabling it. You can also pre load your pages so they are already saved and load super fast.
Downloaded over 2 million times, i use and recommend this as the best caching plugin which is co authored by Automattic, the creator of WordPress.
If you don’t have a mobile friendly theme then your visitors who are using mobiles to look at your site may not enjoy a very pleasant experience as your site will not look the way it does know on a mobile device.
The wptouch plugin formats your site with a mobile theme for visitors on Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm and Torch, Palm Pre and other touch-based smart phones.
You will need to configure WPtouch with WP Super cache if you are using this caching plugin.