WordPress has a lot of great and functional plug-ins. Here is a list of the 30 most popular WordPress plug-ins. Not only do we tell you who/what the plugins are but give you links to the plug-ins, so if you have a WordPress installation you can install these plug-ins yourself. If you need help feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have used and do use the majority of every single one of these WordPress plug-ins for WordPress installation that we create for our customers. There are some very useful and helpful plug-ins that make your WordPress web site preform better and more efficiently to plug-ins that will better optimize and submit your site to search engines.
1.) All in One SEO Pack – WordPress SEO plug-in to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines.
Active Versions: 25 | Downloads: 12,961,000 | Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars | Link: All in One SEO Pack
2.) Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin Screen.
Active Versions: 8 | Downloads: 12, 253,538 | Rating: 4 out 5 stars | Link: Akismet
3.) Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog or Word Press web site. With such sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure fo your site and retrieve in more efficiently.
Active Versions: 11 | Downloads: 9,053,789 | Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars | Link: Google XML Sitemaps
4.) Contact Form 7 – Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contacts flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
Active Versions: 24 | Downloads: 8,957,262 | Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars | Link: Contact Form 7
5.) NextGEN Gallery – It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/re-arrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and much more.
Active Versions: 22 | Downloads: 6,258,705 | Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars | Link: NextGEN Gallery
6.) WP Super Cache – This plug-in generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog or site. After a html file is generated your web server will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
Active Versions: 13 | Downloads: 3,913,716 | Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars | Link: WP Super Cache
7.) Google Analytics for WordPress – Track your WordPress site easily and with lots of meta data: view per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and page views.
Active Versions: 13 | Downloads: 3,895,749 | Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars | Link: Google Analytics for WordPress
8.) WPtouch – WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress web site for mobile devices complete with ajax loading articles and smooth effects when viewed from popular mobile web browsing devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile phones, Blackberry OS6+ mobile devices, and more!
Active Versions: 18 | Downloads: 3,805,247 | Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars | Link: WPtouch
9.) WordPress Importer – Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.
Active Versions: 6 | Downloads: 3,549,379 | Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars | Link: WordPress Importer
10.) Jetpack by WordPress – Jetpack is a WordPress plug-in that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site or blog with awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.
Active Versions: 16 | Downloads: 3,384,705 | Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars | Link: Jetpack by WordPress
11.) Fast Secure Contact Form – This plugin allows a webmaster to easily create and add contact forms to WordPress. The contact form will let the user send emails to a site’s admin, and also send a meeting request to talk over the phone or video. And administration panel is present, where the webmaster can create and preview unlimited forms.
Active Versions: 16 | Downloads: 3,062,540 | Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars | Link: Fast Secure Contact Form
12.) WP-PageNavi – This plugin provides the wp_pagenav() template tag which generates fancy pagination links.
Active Versions: 10 | Downloads: 3,137,808 | Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Link: WP-PageNavi
13.) WordPress SEO by Yoast – Improve your WordPress SEO. Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
Active Versions: 15 | Downloads: 2,849,862 | Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars | Link: WordPress SEO by Yoast
14.) Share Buttons by Lockerz / AddtoAny – The WordPress plugin to help share, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Google, Digg, Delicious, and well over 100 more sharing and social bookmarking sites.
Active Versions: 19 | Downloads: 2,391,274 | Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars | Link: Share Buttons by Lockerz / AddtoAny
15.) WP e-Commerce – WP e-Commerce is a free WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin that lets customers buy your products, services and digital downloads online.
Active Versions: 24 | Downloads: 2,168,848 | Rating: 2.8 out of 5 stars | Link: WP e-Commerce
Active Versions: 9 | Downloads: 22,071,028 | Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars | Link: Google Analyticator
17.) Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.
Active Versions: 21 | Downloads: 2,008,447| Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars | Link: Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
18.) TinyMCE Advanced – This plugin add 16 plugins to TinyMICE: Advanced HR, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Advanced List, Context Menu, Emotions ( Smiles), Date and Time, IESpell, Layer, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras.
Active Versions: 10 | Downloads: 1,938,183 | Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars | Link: TinyMCF Advanced
19.) Sociable – After introducing Sociable Skyscraper, the ultimate advanced and feature-packed plugin for setting up a rating system on your WordPress blog. It is sort of banner that reminds your readers to spread the word. You can select and customize several features, such as test, color, and length in order to ensure your readers and their friends a great Sociable Experience.
Active Versions: 13 | Downloads: 1,884,805 | Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars | Link: Sociable
20.) Really Simple CAPTCHA – Really Simple CAPTCHA does not work alone and is tended to work with other plugins. It is originally created for Contact Form 7; however, you can use it with your own plugin
Active Versions: 5 | Downloads: 1,938,183 | Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars | Link: CAPTCHA
21.) GTrans – Make your website available to the world using Google Translate.
Active Versions: 10 | Downloads: 1,643,512 | Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars | Link: Google Translate
22.) WP to Twitter – WP to Twitter automatically posts a Tweet from your WordPress blog to Twitter using your URL shortening service to provide a link back your post from Twitter.
Active Versions: 23 | Downloads: 1,184,228 | Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars | Link: WP to Twitter
23.) Broken Link Checker – This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.
Active Versions: 12 | Downloads: 3,384,705 | Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars | Link: Broken Link Checker
24.) AddThis – The AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget allows any visitor to bookmark and share your site easily with over 330 popular services.
Active Versions: 20 | Downloads: 1,118,777 | Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars | Link: AddThis
25.) W3 Total Cache – Imporve site performance and user experience via caching browser, page, object, minify and content delivery network support.
Active Versions: 4 | Downloads: 1,371,650 | Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars | Link: W3 Total Cache
26.) BuddyPress – BuddyPress lets users sign-up and start creating profiles, posting messages, making connections, creating and interacting in groups, and much more.
Active Versions: 17 | Downloads: 1,283,508 | Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars | Link: BuddyPress
27.) WP-DB-Backup – WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
Active Versions: 2 | Downloads: 1,492,535 | Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars | Link: WP-DB-Backup
28.) Smart YouTube PRO – Smart YouTube is a professional WordPress Video plugin that allows you to easily insert videos/playlists into your post, comments and in your RSS feeds.
Active Versions: 17 | Downloads: 1,424,742 | Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars | Link: Smart YouTube Pro
29.) Redirection – Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 re-directions keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating your pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
Active Versions: 11 | Downloads: 1,157,384 | Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars | Link: Redirection
30.) WP-Polls – WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs they way you wanted.
Active Versions: 7 | Downloads: 1,173,730 | Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars | Link: WP-Polls