Top 50 Essential wordpress plugins

1. Akismet

akismet antispam plugin
Akismet, with the rating of 4.7/5, features the automatically checking and filtering of spam comments, which can be checked in the status history of a particular comment; and the user has the ability to tell how many comments a person puts. In addition, Akismet saves up your space by automatically deleting the worst spam comment.

  • Automatically checks all comments and filters
  • Each comment has a status history
  • URLs are shown in the comment body
  • See the number of approved comments for each user.
  • Free API for personal blogs
  • Outright blocks the worst spam

2. WordPress SEO by Yoast

wordpress seo yoastYoast SEO is the plugin that will make your writing experience on WordPress a lot easier and faster by providing all the needed aspects. It provides you with the technical optimization and helps you write a better content. Furthermore, it forces the user to choose a specific keyword in your articles and then highlights it automatically everywhere in the article as well. It is fairly rated with 4.7 out of 5.

Features

  • Write better content with Yoast SEO
  • Page Analysis
  • Technical WordPress Search Engine Optimization
  • Meta & Link Elements
  • XML Sitemaps
  • RSS Optimization
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Edit your .htaccess and robots.txt file
  • Social Integration
  • Multi-Site Compatible
  • Import & Export functionality
  • Import functionality for other WordPress SEO plugins
  • Yoast SEO Plugin in your Language!
  • News SEO

3. Contact form 7

contact form 7Contact Form 7 is a free plugin that stands at 4.5 out of 5 in ratings. It can help you manage multiple contact forms and lets you can customize it and the mail contents compliantly for a very low cost. The form can support Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. It has active installs of a million and above and offers other plugins for the users as well.

Features

  • Have Docs & Support
  • Translations

4. Jetpack

It helps simplify managing the WordPress sites by providing you with visitor stats, security services, speeding up images and helping your blog get more attention. Jetpack is a free plugin that does the aforementioned with tools like Related Posts, Publicize, Enhanced Distribution, and Sharing.

Furthermore, it protects your site against any chance of hacking.

Features

  • Traffic Growth & Insights
  • Security
  • Image Performance
  • Centralized Management
  • A few more things that our users love
  • Dedicated Support
  • Contributing to Jetpack

5. Wordfence

Wordfence lets you secure your website. It is powered by the constantly updated Threat Defense Feed and it offers a feature of Web Application Firewall, which stops you from being hacked. The Live Traffic view tool gives you insights on the traffic and hacks attempts on your website. This plugin is 100% free and is an open source.

SECURITY FEATURES

  • WordPress Firewall
  • Blocking Features
  • Login Security
  • Security Scanning
  • Monitoring Features
  • Multi-Site Security
  • IPv6 Compatible
  • Major Theme and Plugins Supported

Free Learning Center

6. NextGEN

NextGEN Gallery is great for general use, but it is also powerful enough for the most challenging photographers, visual artists, and imaging professionals. On the back end, NextGEN offers a complete WordPress gallery management system with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, and more. On the front end, it provides two main display styles of slideshows and thumbnail galleries and two album styles of compact and extended. These have then more options.

Features:

  • Upload Galleries
  • Manage Galleries
  • Display Galleries
  • Work with Options Panel or ShortCodes

7. WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize is an effective tool for automatically cleaning your WordPress database so that it runs at maximum efficiency. It offers compact/defragment MySQL tables with a button-press, detailed control of which optimizations you wish to carry out and has the ability to carry out automatic clean-ups.

Features

  • Removes all unnecessary data (e.g. trashed/unapproved/spam comments, stale data) plus pingbacks, trackbacks and expired transient options
  • Compact/de-fragment MySQL tables with a button-press
  • Detailed control of which optimizations you wish to carry out
  • Carries out automatic weekly (or otherwise) clean-ups
  • Retains a set number of weeks’ data during clean-ups
  • Performs optimizations without the need for running manual queries
  • Show database statistics and potential savings
  • Mobile friendly and easy-to-use
  • Translated into several languages
  • More planned!

8. Fast secure contact form

Fast Secure Contact Form easily lets you create and add forms to WordPress. It allows the user send emails to a site’s admin while sending a meeting request to talk over phone or video. Moreover, there are no templates to mess with, and an option to redirect visitors to any URL after the message is sent. Contact Form also includes CAPTCHA and Akismet support to block spammers.

9. Mailpoet newsletters

Mailpoet Newsletters create newsletters, automated emails, post notifications, and autoresponders. It captures subscribers with it signup widget and is a simple solution for WordPress. It lets you change fonts and colors on the fly and drop your posts, images, social icons in your newsletter.

10. All in one SEO pack

all in one seo packXML Sitemap support submits your sitemap to Google and Bing, improves your SEO Google Accelerated Mobile Pages support, and redirects attachment pages to the parent post. It automatically notifies search engines about the changes to your site Built-in API so other plugins can access and work accordingly. It is the only free plugin to provide SEO Integration for e-Commerce sites.

Features:

  • XML Sitemap support – submit your sitemap to Google and Bing and improve your SEO
  • Google AMP support (Accelerated Mobile Pages)
  • Google Analytics support
  • Support for SEO on Custom Post Types
  • Advanced Canonical URLs
  • Redirect attachment pages to parent post
  • Automatically notifies search engines like Google and Bing about changes to your site
  • Built-in API so other plugins/themes can access and extend functionality
  • ONLY free plugin to provide SEO Integration for e-Commerce sites, including WooCommerce
  • Nonce Security built into All in One SEO Pack
  • Support for CMS-style WordPress installations
  • Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines
  • Generates META tags automatically
  • Avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blogs
  • For beginners, you don’t even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install.
  • For advanced users, you can fine-tune everything to optimize your SEO
  • You can override any title and set any META description and any META keywords you want.
  • Compatibility with many other plugins
  • Translated into 57 languages
  • PHP 7 100% Compatible

11. WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache plugin generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress blog, after which your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

12. WordPress Importer

The WordPress Importer will help you import the posts, pages, comments, custom fields, post meta categories, tags, and terms from custom taxonomies and authors from a WordPress export file.

13. Social Media and Share Icons (Ultimate Social Media)

The social media plugin offers a wide range of options. You can pick from 16 different designs for your social media icons or give several actions to one social media icon or you can decide to give your social media icons and animation to make your visitors aware of them. Thus increasing the chance that the follows on your blog increase.

14. Google XML sitemaps

This plugin will produce a special XML sitemap, which will help search engines to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the audience to see the complete structure of your site and access it more efficiently. It supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Moreover, it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

15. iThemes Security

iThemes Security gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site when the risk is too high for your WordPress site to be hacked. It features two-factor authentication, which requires you to use a mobile app such as Google Authenticator or Authy to generate a code for you. It also offers WordPress Salts & Security Keys that makes updating easier.

16. WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a free e-commerce plugin that allows you to sell anything in the right style. It is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress and happens to be the world’s favorite e-commerce solution that gives both store owners and developers complete control over their site. With endless flexibility and access to hundreds of free and some also premium WordPress extensions, it now powers 30% of all online stores.

17. MetaSlider

Meta Slider makes creating slideshares fast and easy. You just simply select images from your WordPress Media Library, drag and drop them into place, set slide captions, links and SEO fields all from one page. It lets you choose from four different slider types (Flex Slider, Nivo Slider, and Responsive Slides & Coin Slider) and you can use the provided shortcode or template, which includes to easily embedding slideshows in your site.

18. Infinite WP

InfiniteWP allows users to manage numerous WordPress sites from their own server. A self-hosted system resides on your own server and is totally under your control. It provides you one-click updates for WordPress, plugins, and themes across all your sites. With infinite WP, instant backup and restoration of your entire site or just the database is not a big issue.

19. Wptouch mobile plugin

Most of the users are now browsing internet and websites through mobile devices. So you need to have a mobile-friendly site. Otherwise, you may lose some customers. This plugin will apply a mobile friendly theme on your site for mobile users.

20. Duplicator

It is an essential plugin that is used when you have a plan to move your site from one hosting to another. And it should be installed on your site because if in future, you feel any problem with the hosting then it will help you in migrating your site from one location to another.

21. Captcha

If your site reaches the highest rank on Google, then it will be surely targeted by your competitors and some competitors use negative means to down your site. Especially in the login forms, they send a lot of spambot visitors, but this plugin will counter this problem and uses a math equation before accepting the entered form to verify that the user is a real human.

22. W3 total cache

Time is money and today nobody has that extra time to waste on a slow site who take hours to download a small amount of content. Hence if your site is slow then nobody will use it and this will negatively affect your site’s ranking.

Hence this plugin is a solution to the problem, it speeds up your site’s performance and reduces the downloading time through a content delivery network or CDN solutions.

23. Shareaholic

With a large surge observed on the graph of social media users, now it is mandatory for all the webmasters to optimise their site and add social sharing options on their site.

Since google is also giving importance to social signals so the correct display of social data of your site will help in increasing its rank. This plugin is a complete solution for adding social media buttons on your site that will enable visitors to easily share your site’s content on their social media pages.

24. MailChimp for WordPress

Mailchimp is the most trusted service for email marketing. It automatically sends a mail to a huge list of your subscribers. This plugin acts as a connection between your subscriber’s list and your website. It adds subscription button to your site and the subscriber’s email will be automatically included in your subscriber’s list.

25. Updraft backup plugin

Backing up your data is an important thing to do because you can’t afford to lose your database. So this plugin will back up your data on cloud applications. The free version is suitable for small backup solutions. But if you want large scale solutions like backing up in Microsoft Azure then the paid version is also available for these purposes.

26. TinyMCE Advanced

If you want to configure your editor’s toolbar then this plugin will enable you to do so. It can be used to customise up to four rows of buttons used in text editing. It also gives you a full control on the styling of the website and for this purpose, this plugin fetches CSS classes. It also gives you a full control over font sizes.

27. Broken Link checker

Backlinks are the key to getting a high rank on search engines. Backlinks are still the most preferred way of SEO. So each and every backlink has a big value and losing a single link would affect your site’s ranking. Hence this plugin will aware you of any link to your site that is broken. Hence, this plugin is very important if you are serious about your site’s SEO.

28. Contact form plugin

Customer feedback is a valuable thing if you want to improve your product. Hence this plugin has just a short code. Just paste that code on the page on which you want a customer to give a feedback about the page. This plugin will enable the customer to send feedback to your email directly.

29. Shortcodes ultimate

It is an ideal plugin for customisation of your site. It has a lot of shortcodes and you just have to click on a button in the menu that you want to add to your page. So you don’t need to learn to program or hire a programmer to customise your site. This plugin will do the job for you.

30. Ninja forms:

You need different types of forms on your site like contact form, order placement form, payment form and many others too. This plugin enables you to create any type of forms. You don’t need to have programming skills to make complex forms for creating complex forms. Just make any type of form without any hassle of programming. This plugin has a UI which enable you to make forms by using drag and drop options.

31. All in one WordPress security and firewall

With the increase in the online transactions, cyber security is becoming a big problem. To encounter the problem we need to check the vulnerabilities, and to implement security solutions that will counter any type of attacks. Although, WordPress is a very secure platform but it also gave the option to improve the security for countering any future risks. Hence this plugin is the best solution to the problem of cyber attacks. And add all security features on your site to protect it.

32. WordPress statistics

You need to have a statistics report about your site. The report should include all important data especially the number of visitors, demographics of the visitors, the page of your website that was most visited, and the average time spent by each user.

This data helps in improving the site’s quality and to increase the interest of users on the site. This plugin provides all statistics about your site and it can also email the statistics report to you or you can also generate a report file from it.

33. Page builder by SiteOrigin

Sometimes, you need to customise your site and to make customised pages for your site. You have to create customised pages to make your content look good and attractive. Hence this plugin gives you full options to make customised pages and widgets. It has buttons which will enable you to do this task professionally and easily.

34. Google analytics for WordPress

Google analytics is regarded as the best statistics tool for monitoring the performance of sites. It gives you the information about the number of visitors, demographics, and the average time that users spent on your site.

This plugin developed by MonsterInsights adds the analytics code to your WordPress and integrate it with google analytics API. It gives you an attractive dashboard directly on your WordPress.

35. WP google maps

Google maps are the perfect way of displaying a map on web pages. This plugin will enable you to customise the map for its display on your website. You can add custom markers, routes, and delivery ways. It has basically two versions, one is paid and other is free. The free version has enough features for small applications but if you want to go beyond then paid version is recommended.

36. Really simple CAPTCHA

Captcha is a must to install for those sites which have formed on them. Because your competitor could send some spam bot visitors to your site for downing it. Hence this simple captcha plugin enables captcha on your forms to accept the forms from only real humans.

37. Youtube embed plus

Everyone knows about the most popular video website on the planet that is “Youtube”. With the help of this plugin, you can embed the videos from youtube on in your site’s content. You can also generate a video thumbnail list. The visitor can browse the videos on your site and the videos are fetched from youtube. It can also embed an entire youtube channel on your site.

38. WP-pagenavi

This plugin adds an easy to use page navigation interface on your site. The visitor can simply browse the pages easily through the buttons and can also jump to a particular page.

39. Breadcrumb NavXT

The plugin enables the user to remember the location of a particular content on the site. When the user browses the site, this plugin makes a bread crumb trail showing the path that user followed to reach that page. So this will help the user in remembering the location of the page and getting back to it again easily.

40. Advanced custom fields

This plugin adds flexibility in your site customisation panel and you can create different types of field with just drag and drop method. You can also select the type and style of content that will appear in the field. And furthermore, the fields can be fixed on your desired page. It can also create drop-down menus.

41. All in one event calendar

When you upload a content on your WordPress site having some details of an event then you have to show the date of the event to the users. But writing a date in the paragraph doesn’t make it attractive hence this plugin can add date tags on the posts in your pages.

This plugin can also add a standard date format with each post. The plugin can also create a calendar and user has to click on the date to check the events.

42. Google analytics dashboard for wp

There is no doubt in it that analytics is the best tool for tracking your site’s statistics. The plugin will integrate your site with Google analytics and the data from the analytics will be displayed on a dashboard that will appear on WordPress install. Hence you can track your all statistics on this plugin to improve site’s performance.

43. Regenerate thumbnails

The webmaster faces the problem that if they have changed any image sizes of the images that display on their site then the image doesn’t appear normally. So this plugin will solve the problem. The plugin will regenerate the images after their modification.

44. User role editor

This plugin makes the task of changing the capabilities of the different types of user easy. You can easily change the role capabilities that can be done by the other users. Like subscription and other roles etc.

45. Newsletter

This plugin is an automation solution for your email marketing needs. This plugin can easily build an email list and can send emails to them. It will give you the statistics about the subscriber’s and the emails sent. The text editor in this plugin for crafting email is drag and drop based.

46. Buddypress

If you want to add social networking features to your site then this plugin is the solution for it. It can integrate all social networking properties in your site.

Like allowing the users to create profiles. And the registered users can chat with each other. Hence this plugin is a perfect solution if you want to add social networking features to your site.

47. Sucuri security

This plugin is a complete security solution for the WordPress websites. It has seven key processes that will make your website strong and protected from cyber attacks. The plugin will check your website for any vulnerabilities and automatically fix them to avoid any security breach.

48. The events calendar

If you want to give a calendar look to your site for sharing important events then this plugin is recommended for you. The plugin will also display the venue and the name of organisers of the event. You can also integrate google maps in it to correctly demonstrate the venue of the event.

49. Black studio TinyMCE widget

For adding some features in the sidebars of the site requires some HTML coding. But with this plugin you can easily add rich text and media objects in the sidebar of your site without any extensive work. With the plugin, the task can be done without any HTML knowledge. This plugin also has some other feature too.

50. Tablepress

Without having any knowledge of HTML editing you can now add beautiful tables in the content. You can embed the tables in the content.

The plugin is an easy way to create any type of tables and to embed them in the content. The table can have any type of values in them. They can have even formulas that could be evaluated. Also, it has the feature to export tables from different file formats like excel, CSV etc.

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