Searching for the best plugins?
It's becoming hard work to keep up with the best plugins because there's over 30,000 now.
If you're a beginner, you'll find this list takes some of the hard work out of choosing which plugins are best to use in WordPress.
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 (Personal Use) Akismet API key, and configure the plugin to stop comment spam once and for all.
Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)
Coding meta boxes requires advanced programming skills and can take a considerable amount of time. ACF displays a very slick and easy to use interface as well as the ability to easily create meta boxes for use with custom fields.
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.
Click here to look at how easy it is to backup & migrate your WordPress site using Backupbuddy.
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.
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.
Genesis eNews Extended
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 – 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.
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 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.
Monarch Social Sharing Plugin
Add Sharing Buttons in 5 Different Locations:
- Floating Sidebar
- Above & or Below Content
- On Images & Videos
- Automatic Pop-Up
3 Automatic Pop-Up & Fly-In Triggers
- Timed Delay
- Bottom of Post
- On Page Leave
Find out more about Monarch by Elegant Themes.
Impressive open source forms plugin with more extensions than Gravity forms. The basic plugin is free however the addon's are not.
Includes a unique template tag for every form which is really cool as you can hook in the form anywhere and use conditional tags to fully control where your forms display.
Pippin, Dave Decker & Kathy Darling are 3 of the many talented WordPress Developers behind this great plugin i highly recommend you install and play around with.
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.
Great plugin that regenerates your thumbnails enabling you to add a new custom size or change sizes in your Media settings and re-create new image sizes.
Excellent membership plugin with premium addons that enable you to create a membership site quickly and easily.
The pro version provides support which is guaranteed whereas you will need to rely on the community to provide you with free support if you only use the free version.
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.
Simple URLs is a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.
This plugin comes in handy for managing affiliate links and enables you to change the url site wide without needing to change the links manually in every instance
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 too 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.
Video - Watch Soliloquy in action.
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.
Ultimate Posts Widget
The native widgets included in every WordPress installation as well as theme specific widgets like Genesis Featured Posts widgets don't enable you to include custom post types.
That's where the Ultimate Posts widget comes in as it includes a huge range of additional features the WordPress recent posts widget and other widgets simply don't include.
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.
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.
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!
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 as Genesis offers built in SEO features however its a great solution if your theme is lacking in SEO features.
WP Display Header
Written by the lead Developer of the Twenty Fifteen default theme for WordPress, WP Display header enables you to display unique header images on posts, pages and archives.
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 Pro
Save yourself a lot of time and headaches with WP Migrate DB Pro. Copy your database from one WordPress install to another with one click in your dashboard.
WP Snap Engage
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.
Can You Add To This List?
If you know any great plugins you think deserve to be on this list, please let me know in the comments.