Top 50+ Best WordPress Plugins

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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.

Button Creator

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.

Custom Widget

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.

Facebook Plugin

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

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.

Garbage Collector

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.

Gravity Forms

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

I’ve written more than a dozen blog posts on the Jetpack plugin because its the most useful and comprehensive free plugin for WordPress.

Link Manager

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.

Mega Menu

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.

Permalink Finder

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:

  1. Build rock-solid membership sites
  2. Take recurring payments with automated access management
  3. Automatically drip content out over time
  4. Securely sell eBooks, software, and other digital downloads
  5. Confidently create private forum areas with vBulletin
  6. Quickly set up password-protected content libraries
  7. Easily build check-out pages for PayPal and

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.

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.

Redirection Plugin

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.

Shortcodes Plugin

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.

Soliloquy Slider

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.

Squeeze/Sales/Landing Page

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.

Table Press

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.

Visual Composer

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.

Widget Logic

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 Commerce

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.

Woo Dojo

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.

WordPress Importer

Awesome plugin if you want to import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from to 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 my theme as it offers built in SEO features however its a great solution if your theme is lacking in SEO features.

Word Twit

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.

WP Touch

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.

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  1. Jenifer says

    I recently downloaded the NextGen plugin on one of my sites. It works great! Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Brad Dalton says

      No worries Jenifer. Its a great plugin which i use myself on this site and its the most popular plugin for WordPress galleries.

      However, the default gallery system built into WordPress is excellent as well and will become further enhanced soon.

      The next version of WordPress, 3.4 makes it possible to link image captions which may also interest you.

  2. Mark says

    Thanks for the list Brad, some great plugins there :)

    I use quite a few of them as standard on new WP installs, but more than any other I would have to recommend Advanced Custom Fields ( by @elliotcondon. It makes adding adding meta boxes and custom fields an ABSOLUTE breeze, letting you choose precisely where and when you want the custom fields to show, even down to a per page or per page template situation. Not to mention categories, taxonomies, media, users, parent pages, childpages and more and more. The latest beta of ACF v3.5.1 now includes conditional logic so you can show certain fields based on user input on other fields.

    And to access the custom fields in your template, you SIMPLY use the_field(‘insert-field-name-here’) -> can’t get easier than that!

    Its a definite for anybody creating a more complex site that wants to make it as easy as possible for the client to update and manage.

    • says

      Thanks for this suggestion Mark.

      I’ll be writing about this topic of meta boxes and custom fields shortly as i think its a really interesting feature of WordPress.

      I plan on publishing a post for beginners and have been testing Elliots plugin on a local install for a while now.


  3. vinodh says

    my vote is for button creator, akismet and garbage collector.
    I dont know many other plugins you listed.
    Thanks for the list .
    Further, many months back I got the button creator after seeing your post only.

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Vinodh.

      Hope to see Genesis 1.9 include buttons like what can be created using Max buttons.

      Also found garbage collector reduced my database size by around 2/3 which is now a lot more efficient.

  4. Jeff Larsen says

    FYI on the Lizatom Shortcodes Plugin for WordPress: I used the link on this page so WP sites could get the credit for sale (if applies), paid $49 for the plugin, installed it, went to my plugins page and clicked > Visit plugin site to see I could get all the authors plugins for $29.

    See for yourself:

    That’s annoying.

        • Jeff Larsen says

          Perfect, thank you. Really enjoy your site, it’s been the most informative for my level of experience esp since I just switched from using Pagelines dev framework to Genesis Pro Package. Your articles have significantly expedited my website building process. Thanks!

          • Jeff Larsen says

            Disregard last message- Do not refund me and Lizatom support is providing me full access to product/login to their site.

  5. Emily Williams says

    Thank you for your roundup of handful tools for WordPress. There is one more useful plugin for WP lovers – MotoPress Content Editor

    It replaces the default WP builder and lets to edit posts simply by dragging and dropping content elements.

    The great benefit of the plugin – it works with any WordPress theme.

  6. Robin Rowell says

    Great list. I have a project that I am working on where a few of these could come in really handy. I just tinkered with the online demo of the Motopress plugin that Emily mentioned above. A really nice looking plugin. Creates some ‘divitis’ but if rapid content production outweighs markup cleanliness then might be worth taking a look.

  7. Kim Gaynor says


    If you’ll start using images on your blog posts, I’d love to be able to pin fabulous posts like this one and share them!


  8. j says

    Akismet is the best plugin for keeping safe WP from spams.I am using this plugin for a long time for all of my WP and can assure all the new bloggers that you will face no problem with it.I loved your tips but I didn’t like the mentioning of Google Analytic’s as google gives no privacy to the user data so it is risky.I will prefer all to try Piwik instead of G.It also does the same like the Google Analytics and gives great service.One more thing about it is that they give respect to the users privacy .

  9. Bill says

    Great, bookmarkable blog. I’ll find out soon if Backup Buddy will work from a DesktopServer sandbox. :) I imagine it does. I’ve been looking through your nice plugin selections, hoping to find one to merely style the title (background color) of category posts in a sidebar. Can you recommend one? BTW, I’m using Dynamik, which might complicate ‘EZ sidebars’. Thanks.

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