There’s A Plugin For That: 50+ Best WordPress Plugins Free & Premium

WordPress is a fantastic platform for building and managing websites. It’s user friendly and has seemingly endless functionality. But everything can’t just be built into your WordPress theme. No worries – in many cases there’s a plugin for the capability you need.

Built-in functionality within a WordPress theme isn’t always a bad thing, but having every feature plus the kitchen sink built-in can cause some headaches. This makes the code ridiculously long and complex, which can slow down your site, and you often end up with many unused features that you never needed in the first place. Also, if you ever decide to switch to a new theme you could run into some problems such as losing content for features not supported by your new theme.

Have no fear, the plugins are here.

Plugins make it easy to pick and choose the features you need. Plus you can take the plugin (and any related content) with you if you ever decide to update to a new WordPress theme.

We’ve put together a list based on questions we get asked at WPExplorer. We receive a lot of requests to add built-in features to our themes, but in many cases there’s a plugin for that. So here’s our list of the best WordPress plugins grouped by feature (but in no particular order).

WordPress SEO Plugins

Premium – Infinite SEO by WPMU

infinite seo plugin by wpmuInfinite SEO makes SEO easy, and even includes a setup wizard to help you get started. Just install, set your options, and customize. Infinite SEO also has an SEOmoz report panel built right in so you can keep track of how your rankings are doing.


FREE – Yoast WordPress SEO

wordpress SEO plugin by yoastOne of the most popular free plugins, WordPress SEO by Yoast is a great free alternative for setting up your WordPress site. This plugin adds an SEO tab to your WordPress dashboard so you can make quick changes to your sitemap, titles & meta, breadcrumbs,  RSS and more.

WordPress E-Commerce Plugins

Premium – Easy Digital Downloads Extensions

Easy Digital Downloads Plugin ExtensionsThe Easy Digital Downloads plugin itself is free, but you can add any number of Extensions to really pump up the functionality. You can add PayPal, an affiliates system, volume discounts, shipping, MailChimp integration, social links, Pushover sales notifications and more!


FREE – Cart66

Cart66 E-Commerce WordPress PluginAnother premium e-commerce plugin worth checking out is Cart66. This plugin includes Google Analytics, MailChimp and Gravity Forms integration as well as options to add “buy now” links to your social account, sell/host your own digital goods and more.


FREE – Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Downloads Free WordPress PluginGet the awesome Easy Digital Downloads plugin for free. There are even a handful of helpful extensions available on WordPress.org. This is a quick and professional way to add a payment gateway (with cart, discount options, and user data) for digital goods on your website.


FREE – WooCommerce

WooComerce WordPress PluginWith over a million downloads, WooCommerce is a solid and free option for creating your own online store. With many supporting WordPress themes this plugin is easy to install, use and manage. Plus there are extensions for purchase that add features.


FREE – Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding WordPress PluginCrowdfunding by Astoundify is gaining momentum, and is a great way to garner funds from donors and investors. Designed for fundraising campaigns, this plugin supports various contributor levels and integrate seamlessly with PayPal & Easy Digital Downloads.

WordPress Post Rating Plugins

Premium – LoveIt Pro

LoveIt Pro WordPress PluginThis cute LoveIt plugin that allows users to “heart” your posts, pages, portfolio items, etc. Each user can love something once and a notification will popup if they try to love it again. The plugin also enables you to track popular content and has a “most loved” widget.


FREE – WP Post Ratings

WP Post Ratings Free WordPress PluginIf you just want a traditional 5-star rating system, WP Post Ratings is a popular and well tested plugin that will get the job done. Readers can submit their vote for content, the plugin takes an average and then it displays the rating (however you can always upload a custom image).

WordPress Social Sharing Plugins

Premium – ATT Social Pop

Social Pop Social Sharing WordPress PluginIf you want to add sticky sidebar social sharing tabs Social Pop is the plugin for you. Social pop adds simple and elegant social tabs for all the major social bookmarking/networking sites to the side of our website. This makes it effortless for readers to share your work.


FREE – JetPack Social Sharing

JetPack Free WordPress PluginJetPack is a beast of a plugin with many useful features – one of them being social sharing. Add icon or text social sharing links to your posts so visitors to your site can easily share your work with their friends and followers.

WordPress Caching Plugins

FREE – WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache WordPress PluginThis plugin has more downloads than there are people in Costa Rica. Why? Because WP Super Cache can make your WordPress website super fast by displaying static HTML pages to most users (using Mod_Rewrite, PHP, and legacy caching to peed things up).


FREE – W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache WordPress PluginW3 Total Cache can improve your page speed by increasing server performance and reducing download times. It does such a good job that it’s even recommended by well known companies such as DreamHost, MediaTemple, Go Daddy and Host Gator.


Premium – WP Engine

WP Engine WordPress Hosting CachingYes – I know that WP Engine is not a plugin, but I think they’re worth mentioning here. We use them to host WPExplorer, and because WP Engine uses managed caching there is no need for a plugin to keep your site speedy.

WordPress Notification/Alert Bar Plugins

Premium – FooBar

FooBar Notification Bar WordPress ThemeFoobar is a great plugin for adding customized notification bars to your website(s). You can choose options including but not limited to top, bottom, inline, social buttons, RSS feed, tweets, scrolling messages, custom HTML, unlimited bars and much more.


FREE – WordPress Notification Bar

WordPress Notification Bar PluginIf all you want is a basic notification bar, you might want to give WordPress Notification Bar a try. This plugin lets you add a simple notification bar to the top of your website with options for text, callout button and color customization.

WordPress Slider Plugins

Premium – Layer Slider

Layer Slider WordPress PluginFor the ultimate in slider customizations you have to take a look at the Layer Slider WordPress Plugin. You can create and perfect your sliders down to the pixel, millisecond, and even percentage of a degree rotation. There’s no question why this plugin is so popular.


Premium – Slider Revolution

slider-revolution-wordpress PluginThe Slider Revolution WordPress Plugin is full of options. Make your slider full width, full screen, responsive, captioned, fast, slow, or choose from any number of customizations for typography, links, buttons, animations, transitions, etc.


Premium – NivoSlider

NivoSlider WordPress PluginA fabulous plugin, the NivoSlider is a tried and true WordPress slider plugin to add to yoru website. There are multiple transitions, a handful of slider types (manual, category, sticky, etc.), preset css styles, and for quick setup it’s integrated with 500px, Flickr and Instagram.


Premium – Soliloquy

Soliloquy WordPress Slider PluginSoliloquy is an awesome responsive slider plugin. For those who need more addons are available for slider themes, thumbnail navigation, Instagram integration, featured content slides, dynamic cropping, carousel, lightbox, edit screen preview and image filters.


Premium – SlideDeck

SlideDeck WordPress PluginCreate neat and tidy sliders using SlideDeck. The plugin supports image, text, videos and HTML and includes a side-by-side editor so you can see your changes in action as you make them. Plus Soliloquy features a drag & drop slide order and supports 14 different content sources.


FREE – Soliloquy Lite

Soliloquy Lite WordPress PluginGet the lovely Soliloquy WordPress slider plugin for free by trying out the lite version. The slider is still responsive, has drag & drop image uploading, and if you ever want more you can purchase the full version or a support license for extra help.


FREE – SlideDeck Lite

SlideDeck Lite WordPress PluginSlideDeck Lite is a stripped down version of the premium version. You can still build some great sliders that are responsive and use various media. And if you wish your slider supported various content sources and other features just upgrade.

WordPress Contact Form Plugins

Premium – Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms WordPress PluginThere is no end to the magic Gravity Forms can create. You can make forms with multiple pages, entry confirmations, addresses, check-boxes, drop-downs, radio buttons, pricing fields, etc. You can also schedule your forms and enable form-to-post features.


FREE – Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 WordPress PluginThis plugin does just what it says. Contact Form 7 creates lovely and straightforward contact forms with fields like name, subject, and message. You can enable email confirmations and install the Really Simple Captcha to prevent spam.

WordPress Backup Plugins

Premium – BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy is a great solution to backup your entire WordPress installation, plugins, widgets, content and more. Need to do a full restore? No problem – upload your backup file and importbuddy.php and you’re back on track!


FREE – BackUpWordPress

Easily backup your WordPress website everyday using the BackUpWordPress plugin. The plugin uses mysqldump and zip functions to backup your installation, and you even have the option to have the backup files emailed to you.

WordPress Advanced Menus Plugins

Premium – UberMenu

UberMenu WordPress PluginIf you want more in your navigation, Ubermenu is a mega menu plugin you need to checkout. Add images, shortcodes, descriptions, use drag & drop widgets, choose sub-menu effects, create vertical or horizontal menus, and customize just about everything.

WordPress Security Plugins

Premium – VaultPress

VaultPress Backup WordPress PluginWe love VaultPress – it is a great level of protection to have just in case disaster strikes. It takes daily backups (or real-time ones if you upgrade), keeps an archive of them, and VaultPress will even help you if you need to restore your site.


Premium – Security Ninja

Security Ninja WordPress PluginSecurity Ninja uses over 27 security tests to make sure your website stays safe. The plugin reviews your site for weaknesses, helps you take preventative measures, has a debug mode and even has its own code snippets to make fixes easy.


FREE – Security Ninja Lite

Security Ninja Lite WordPress PluginIf you just want basic protection, Security Ninja Lite does a good job of helping you keep your WordPress website safe. There are multiple security tests and preventative measures included in the plugin, but for extra safety you can upgrade to the premium version.


Premium – Better WP Security

Better WP Security WordPress PluginNow brought to you by iThemes, this plugin has been renamed iThemes Security Pro. This plugin will help you keep your site safe with measures such as site scans, trouble bot/user bans, obscured sensitive data, file change detection and more.

WordPress Link Cloaking Plugins

Premium – PrettyLink Pro

PrettyLink Pro WordPres PluginAlthough under the link cloaking section, PrettyLink Pro does so much more. With this plugin you can also manage redirects, integrate Google Analytics, generate QR codes, automate various elements like URL replacement, and auto share pretty links for your posts and pages.


FREE – PrettyLink Lite

PrettyLink Lite WordPress PluginIf you want simple link cloaking with basic hit tracking, PrettyLink Lite is a great option. This plugin allows you to created custom links, nofollow links, link groups, forward parameters and redirection links. The plugin also tracks the hits on each link.

WordPress Font Option Plugins

Premium – Font Uploader

Font Uploader WordPress PluginWith the Font Uploader you can add your own custom fonts and use them for just about any element on your WordPress theme. This plugin utilizes .otf, .ttf, and .eot font files and is cross browser compatible. It also supports Google webFont and has a section for custom CSS/HTML tweaks.


FREE – Font Uploader

Font Uploader Free WordPress PluginJust need one or two custom fonts? The free edition of Font Uploader makes it easy. Upload your .otf or .ttf font files and let the plugin do the hard part for you. It embeds the fonts files using CSS and @font-face makes for neat and tidy code.


FREE – WP Google Fonts

WP Google Fonts Free WordPress PluginWP Google Fonts is a quick and easy way to add the option for using Google fonts for elements in your WordPress theme. The plugin adds Google code so you can call any of the hundreds of fonts available, and you can do it all from the comfort of your admin panel.


FREE – Font

Font Free WordPress PluginFont enables you to see the changes you make to a web element in real time. This meals you can click, drag, re-color, re-size or change the font for a specific web element and see your changes take effect as you make theme. This is great for developers and newbies alike.

WordPress Related Posts Plugins

FREE – Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

YARPP WordPress PluginYARPP is probably the most popular related posts plugin on WordPress.org. With well over 2 million downloads, this plugin is a great way to add thumbnails for related posts, pages and custom post types to keep readers on your website.

WordPress Author Box Plugins

Premium – Fanciest Author Box

Fanciest Author Box PluginMake your authors happy and have a look at the Fanciest Author Box plugin. This adds a section to each of your posts with an author bio, social links, and other posts they’ve written. It’s easy to customize with a little coding knowhow – take a look at ours below!


FREE – Fancier Author Box

Fancier Author Box PluginNot sure how fancy you want to get? Take Fancier Author Box for a test drive. This free version of the plugin still has social links, a bio section and customization options – it’s just been trimmed down on the available features a bit.

WordPress Event Management Plugins

Premium – Event Espresso

Event Espresso WordPress PluginServe up some piping hot events to your readers with the Event Espresso WordPress plugin. Manage the events from beginning to end, including a calendar, invites, registration, wait lists, billing, coupons, confirmation emails, social sharing, multiple languages and so much more.


FREE – Events Manager

Events Manager WordPress PluginEvents Manager is a popular (and free) options for managing events through your WordPress website. The plugin has lot of features including (but not limited to) event registration, recurring events, BuddyPress support, Google maps, event submissions and more.

WordPress Lightbox Plugins

Premium –  Foobox

Foobox Lightbox WordPress PluginThis fully responsive and mobile ready lightbox plugin is the perfect addition to portfolios and galleries. Foobox has built-in social sharing, a slideshow function, and automatically works with WordPress Galleries upon installation.


FREE – Lightbox Gallery

Lightbox Gallery WordPress PluginLightbox Gallery is a free plugin that is a great way to add lightbox functionality to your galleries. Plus the plugin has been localized for a variety of languages, has a tooltip caption option, includes pagination, and your can choose a Highslide JS display option.


FREE – WP jQuery Lightbox

WP jQuery Lightbox WordPress PluginThe WP jQuery Lightbox is another free plugin with plenty of lightbox goodness. The plugin supports media library titles and descriptions, is touch-swipe enabled on mobile devices, and is keyboard enabled (use arrows to navigate) on desktops.

WordPress Coming Soon & Landing Page Plugins

Premium – ATT Coming Soon

Coming Soon WordPress PluginGet visitors and clientele excited about your upcoming WordPress website with the Authentic Themes Coming Soon plugin. This way you can login to the admin panel and view the site as you work on it, while visitors see a coming soon landing page with MailChimp integration.


FREE – WordPress Landing Pages

WordPress Landing Pages WordPress PluginWordPress Landing Pages is a quick and easy way to put together landing pages while you work on your website. Plus the plugin fully integrates with Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, and Ninja Forms so you can collect information from those who land on your page.

WordPress Testimonial Plugins

Premium – Sweet WordPress Testimonials

Sweet WordPress Testimonials WordPress PluginThe Sweet WordPress Testimonials Plugin is an easy way to add client testimonials or testimonial forms to your posts and pages. Just use the shortcode icon in the rich text editor to insert a testimonial “visual zone” that you can double click to easily edit.


FREE – Symple shortcodes

Symple Shortcodes WordPress PluginFor a quick and minimal solution, Symple Shortcodes includes a basic testimonials shortcode. You can add the person or company’s name, the testimonial and an image. Just insert the shortcode just about anywhere by using the Symple icon in the rich text editor.

WordPress Restricted Content Plugins

Premium – Restrict Content Pro

Restrict Content Pro WordPress PluginRestrict Content Pro gives you the ability to add premium and restricted content to your WordPress website. Add an unlimited number of membership levels, manage subscriptions, record payments, issue discounts, and of course restrict content.


FREE – Restrict Content

Restrict Content Free WordPress PluginEasily restrict content in pages, posts or blocks of content to registered members only with the Restrict Content free WordPress plugin. Just active the plugin and restrict content by simply selecting the user level to restrict by, or by using the shortcode for a block of content.

WordPress Share to Download Plugins

Premium  – Social Locker

Social Locker WordPress PluginUse the Social Locker to lock premium content (like posts, discount codes, images, videos, special offers, downloads, etc.) until users share your content using social media. The plugin inserts a locked content screen that includes a number of popular social media options.


FREE – Social Locker Free Edition

Social Locker Free Edition WordPress PluginUse the Social Locker Free Edition WordPress Plugin to lock content. It’s the same idea as the premium version of the plugin – users must socially share your content to access it. This plugin includes a free trial of the premium features, but you’ll have to upgrade if you want to keep them.


FREE – Tweet 2 Download

Tweet2Download WordPress PluginHave users Tweet 2 Download your content with this simple and straightforward plugin. The plugin asks users to “pay with a tweet” before they can use or download your content, making this plugin a great means of viral social marketing (especially if you add some hashtags in the tweet).


So there you have it – a list of some of the very best WordPress plugins that should address most of your WordPress wants and needs. If we missed a functionality your clients often ask for, or if there is a plugin you’re constantly recommending, leave a comment below and let us know about it!

So next time you want to ask a theme developer to add some extra functionality to a theme or are wondering why it isn’t there in the first place…ask yourself…is there a plugin for that? Almost always the answer is YES!

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Hi! My name is Kyla, and I'm the VP at WPE. Although I'm still new to WordPress, I love every bit and I have fun sharing what I learn with all of you!

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  1. Lambert says:
    Nice list. See no plugins for ... newsletters (read subscriptions), and an appointment plugin. Greetz
    • Kyla says:
      Kyla
      Thanks for the suggestion! I'll try to rustle up some good ones later this week :)
      Admin
    • Joeri says:
      I am in search for a plugin that asks people to leave a comment and then get the possibility to download. Something like tweet 2 download, but then 'comment 2 download'?
      • AJ Clarke says:
        AJ Clarke
        That sounds very useful, unfortunately I don't know of any plugin that could do that.
        Admin
  2. krish says:
    You are providing an excellent collection of WP Plugins include free-of-cost and premium plugin. This list important for new WordPress site. But I would like another WP plugin recommended : Mac Photo Gallery by Apptha. Hope this link help to your customers!
    • Kyla says:
      Kyla
      Thanks for the recommendation! I'll have a look at it later this week - one can never have too many slider or gallery plugins.
      Admin
  3. bucurblog says:
    veri good this list off plugins,nice tutorial i like it,why I love this site? because it has quality authors.
  4. kelemvor33 says:
    Are there any articles about the best way to integrate Wordpress and a Facebook page? I've used RSS Graffiti in the past but I know there are other Facebook related plugins. Mainly looking to automate posting a blog post and having it show up on Facebook. Possibly using the facebook comments thing so comments are shared and I don't have two separate comment locations (facebook and the blog). Any other ways to automate and manage things between a blog site and a FB page.
  5. Emily Williams says:
    Kyla, thank you for the great work! Just want to add the free MotoPress plugin to your useful list. Hope it came in handy! :)
    • Kyla says:
      Kyla
      Great plugin Emily! I'll have to add a drag & drop layout builder section to the list :)
      Admin
  6. dash aris says:
    I love the symple shortcode. It helps me a lot in writing for posts dan pages. Used it for my 2nd blog. Brilliant developer.
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      Glad you like it ;) By the way, there will be a new version out in the near future with some new shortcodes and WP 3.6 fix as well as plugin auto updater integration. So keep an eye out in a few weeks or so ;)
      Admin
  7. Mathew Porter says:
    It seems like there is literally a plugin for everything and beyond these days, even to add functionality that is surely not required... Anyway, nice collection, a few plugins that we put on all our sites, especially Yoast's.
  8. roland says:
    Hi Kyla, I have been using the Pytheas theme for my site and I like them very much! But I dont seem to be able to change the default body font size. Can you point me to the answer?
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      This is a very simple CSS edit..example: body { font-size: 16px; }
      Admin
  9. casey1755 says:
    Nice list of plugins. I've been using the majority of them and they all have had a great impact on my site
  10. Ruairi Phelan says:
    Kayla Great selection of plugins. I personally love the 'MP6' plugin - which is free and great for the admin interface.
  11. iGyan says:
    Never heard about Infinite SEO , I like that plugin and will try it on my blog, I really like your presentation of your blog, will apply it on mine,
  12. Chad Butler says:
    By way of a shameless plug, I noticed you only included one membership plugin (essentially the free and pro versions of Pippin's). Don't get me wrong - Pippin Williamson does fine work. But might you also consider WP-Members? WP-Members is quite popular on wordpress.org (http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-members/) and also has premium add-ons available at rocketgeek. Just a suggestion ;-)
  13. Wajid Khan says:
    Well SEO focuses on Social Media part of Off-Site SEO, this pluging really plays a significant role to be in market place with virtually assisting through Social Media Profiles, thanks for information.
  14. Rohit Mittal says:
    Hey,Thanx for this post about plugins. Actually I want to ask Onething Regarding All in One SEO & Wordpress SEO By Yoast. I am Confused in Both plugins which one is Best for our Blog.... Reply Me ASAP
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      They are both great plugins, it's mostly just preference. I prefer WordPress SEO by Yoast.
      Admin
  15. Nivas 5 says:
    FREE – WP Post Ratings, FREE – Restrict Content are new ones for me. Thanks for sharing all this info.
    • Kyla says:
      Kyla
      I'm glad you like the post, and that you found some new plugins to try out :-)
      Admin
  16. nicregi86 says:
    Hi Kyla, Thanks for sharing. I been looking a lot for premium SEO tool to replace Yoast SEO (honestly speaking). Are you using Infinite SEO? Any review on it? Just curious. Thanks for everything! Reginald
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      We use WordPress SEO by Yoast here at WPExplorer and it's working great for us. Previously we used All In One SEO but weren't too happy. Yoast gets the job done. Why are you switching Reginald?
      Admin
      • nicregi86 says:
        Hey AJ, Sorry for the late reply. Been super busy. Actually was having some issues with Yoast and it is annoying! Finally decided to spend like 48 hours trying to figure out what is wrong and it paid out. LOL So, yes...now I am still with Yoast. Haha! Epic :)
  17. siim @ kodulehe tegemine says:
    Hei, Read your article and found a lot of great and new plugins for my clients. Thanks for that! Also, I will recommend using qtranslate for multilangual pages ;)
  18. Nabeela Zafar says:
    Thanks for sharing some exceptional plugins for WordPress users :) Am using some of it, but don’t know the details of many plugin which you’ve listed here. I read somewhere that adding more plugins will diminish the loading speed. Anyway, will check some important plugins and add. Keep sharing the useful stuffs.
  19. WpLocal says:
    I am desperately looking for a wishlist plugin, could you suggest one for Wp
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      Sorry I've never seen one either ;( (not a good one at least)
      Admin
  20. Leandro Lages says:
    Amazing list! :) Thanks Kyla! I would recommend the SiteApps plugin too... for website optimization. With it, we can install wordpress widgets for specific type of users (you can create there your own segment). And also, it integrates my Google Analytics account and recommend apps based on user behavior... there is still a marketplace there :) It's amazing too... Great blog post!
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      Cool looking plugin, thanks for sharing! For those curious the link is here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/siteapps/screenshots/
      Admin
  21. constantinosmar says:
    Hi Kyla. Nice article and must have taken you some time to pull it out! Its good that you share both free and premium content, which is really helpful.
  22. Caitlin says:
    Hi, I notice you didn't include any coupon plugins. Do you have any suggestions? I'm looking for one that can offer "buy one get one free" functionality.
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      Hi Caitlin, to be honest we haven't really come across any coupon plugins we really like, they all seem mostly like garbage. If you find one we'd love to see what you find!
      Admin
  23. FuzzyHeadTim Gillespie says:
    Not sure if you already listed this? Do you have any recommendations on good link building plugins or services. I Hate SEO
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      SEO shouldn't be a pain. If your site provides quality content, traffic and rankings will come. You shouldn't use any link building schemes, its actually against Google terms and it will just hurt you more in the long run. Put all your efforts into producing a blog/site that people will want to come to. And/or pay for some advertisements ;)
      Admin
  24. Patrick Rauland says:
    I just wanted to add the Ninja Forms is an awesome contact form plugin. I've been using them for about a year on various sites and love it.
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      Yes it is a great plugin, we'll add it to the list!
      Admin
  25. hditweb says:
    Really the amazing list of plugins a very nicely described , this is surely helping the beginners in blogging
  26. Ryan Watson says:
    These are a lot of plugins, thanks for all the help. I am glad you mentioned a great list of plugins.
  27. somya says:
    Hi .Thnks a lot for great information.I want to ask if All in One SEO Pack plugin is good for site?
    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer says:
      AJ Clarke | WPExplorer
      All In One SEO is good, but I prefer WordPress SEO by Yoast.
      Admin
  28. shamsul says:
    All plugins are very much useful.special all in one SEO plugins. thanks for this.
  29. Andy says:
    Thanks for the great collection of plugins! I'd recommend plugins regarding post thumbnails (though a small niche) included, such as Ultimate Post Thumbnails, Multiple Featured Images, etc.
  30. khaled marey says:
    Thanks for the great collection of plugins! I’d recommend plugins.
  31. S. Maroof says:
    Thank you Kyal very much for this great article and information! I Some of those plugins are truly useful. I didn't know that such a thing existed!!
  32. katyapencheva says:
    The Easy Digital Downloads plugin itself is free, but you can add any number of Extensions to really pump up the functionality
  33. Andy says:
    Thanks for this great list. I've try most of the free ones and definitely recommend them, although there are a few that are new to me, especially the WP Google Fonts and Tweet 2 Download.
  34. Raitis says:
    Hi, great list indeed - love the categorization - helps to navigate quickly. Thanks to Kyla, found some really good things to try out. Still some premium plugins ,missing - Royal Slider, Visual Composer and Quform
    • AJ Clarke says:
      AJ Clarke
      Definitely! We'll be updating the post soon to add some more plugins ;) So many great plugins out there!
      Admin
  35. Droid Maverick says:
    Cool plugins. I use most of it . If can update your post with display related plugins. Thanks .
  36. M Nirmal Anandh says:
    Hi Kyla, Definitely it's a great collection of wordpress plugins. Almost i like all the plugins. Thanks for sharing such plugins.
  37. Alvian Rahardjo says:
    Hi Kyla, it's a great list of top Wp plugins :) but for me, i prefer AIOSP than Wordpress Seo by Yoast
  38. Afonso says:
    Very good list of plugins! I missed most of the Hybrid Connect, which is a great plugin to capture contacts.
  39. smitty183 says:
    I love you guys for teaching all of this info for those whom new to all these plugins and wp! happy trails to where ever they may lead ! michael
  40. John Daggett says:
    Amazing list of WordPress plugins. Many of them i am already using in my blog and thinking to use some more from this list.
  41. cbay503 says:
    thanks for the list' it will be nice to see a page builder plug in on that list :)
  42. Devtard says:
    Could you please check out my plugin Automatic Post Tagger and possibly add it to your list if you find it useful? https://wordpress.org/plugins/automatic-post-tagger/ As its developer I can objectively say it's totally awesome :D
  43. Dasari says:
    Kyla, I thin the list should be updated now with optinmonster wordpress plugin.
  44. jazub says:
    Do you know some plugin to advise of new post coming, sorry for my bad english
    • AJ Clarke says:
      AJ Clarke
      Sorry I am not sure what you want. Why not set the post to "private" then remove the password once you want it visible?
      Admin
  45. Kateryna says:
    Great article! Very structured! I think it would be really usefull to focus little bit more on content creating plugins, because in the end the most important for a website is to be attractive for users. And everyone expects more and more visual interaction on the screen. There is a great solution from h5p.org (https://wordpress.org/plugins/h5p/) to create for free highly cusgtomized and interactive content like interactive vidoes, images, quizzes etc. I really like this plugin because you can create various summaries, images with hotspots and even games with html5.
  46. Daniel Keith says:
    Hi Kyla, Very nice post. Is there any plugin to use for share buttons appearing on image hover?
  47. Daniel Keith says:
    Thanks Kyla, Image Hover Lite Plugin is great. My website is looking cool.
  48. Jesson says:
    Thanks Kyla for useful information I have been using JetPack Social Sharing and Yoast WordPress SEO and its very good.
  49. Cathy Roberson says:
    Thanks for contributing your important time to post such an interesting & useful collection of knowledgeable resources, that are always of great need to everyone. Please keep continue sharing.
  50. samdani says:
    Everyone wants to use the best plugins but to identify the best plugins is really tough before using . One can also identify the best plugins seeing the features of those plugins but this is not the sure path . Recommendation from faithful source is the best way to choose the best one of plugins . In this case this article is very helpful . Thanks for sharing such nice and very useful post here .
  51. Scott R. says:
    I got one more for your list! SearchIQ - it extends native search and adds tons of functions, plus analytics for clients. My clients love it for their bigger search-centric sites, check it out!
  52. Lucy Barret says:
    Great collections. Such lists are very helpful for people who are in need of plugins but don't know which one to choose and where to find them.
  53. Sidra khan says:
    Thanks you so much for these all plugin list love it, I will use all :)
  54. Marlies says:
    Interesting Post, thanks for all those recommendations. I actually found some Plugins I did not knew before. Even though I would probably leave out the sections Social Share and Post Rate. I think for most unexperienced WordPress users this kind of Plugins is more or less useless and will on the other hand slow down their page. Maybe you should also point out that Plugins in general may slow down websites, so one has to think about if one really needs the specific functionality.
    • Kyla says:
      Kyla
      I'm glad you found the post useful! And I do agree that poorly coded or incompatible plugins can slow down a website. But if you're using quality plugins from developers who are masters of code you shouldn't run into any speed issues :-)
      Admin
  55. Danial Wilson says:
    Nice Work. Thanks for your valuable advices. I would like to suggest you User Activity Log Pro Plugin.
    • Kyla says:
      Kyla
      I haven't tried that one yet so I'll have a look - thanks for the recommendation! :-)
      Admin
  56. styledthemes says:
    I would add Wordfence to the security plugins list - it's our favourite tool when it comes to maximising protection of a WP instance

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