The 101 Best WordPress Plugins — For Anything & Everything

WordPress

You may already know that WordPress is the darling of bloggers, and that it is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). WordPress powers more than 17% of the web and its users produce about 41.7 million new posts and 60.5 million new comments each month. Amazing, huh?

If you are completely new to WordPress, and is serious about blogging, then you would have heard of WordPress Plugins and must be wondering what a ‘Plugin’ is!

A Plugin is nothing but a tool (or an extension) that allows you to enhance your WordPress blog. It makes your blog more functional, useful, and powerful. Be it managing your Comments, Traffic Stats, SEO, Social Sharing, Security — ‘the Plugins’ does it all.

WordPress is an Open Source project. So you can either choose a plugin from among thousands of already existing ones, or you can create your own plugins to suit your specific needs. Almost all the plugins that we need already exists, so you don’t have to think about creating a new one.

Because, there’s actually a WordPress Plugin for almost anything!

The Best WordPress Plugins… Ever. — Categorized with Stats

There are 32,898 Plugins listed in the official WordPress Plugin Directory and it can literally transform your blog into anything you can imagine.

But the problem is… selecting the right plugin is challenging (especially if you’re new to WordPress) because it’s very important to select the right plugin. If you install a wrong plugin then it can impact the performance of the blog, thereby affecting user experience.

So here’s a comprehensive list of WordPress plugins (organized by category) that I have collected over the past several years. I hand-picked all the plugins so you don’t have to. And to make it even more useful I’ve also included the ratings and number of downloads so that you don’t have to visit the plugin page to see how popular it is. :)

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Writing & Editing

The following WordPress plugins should enhance your writing and editing experience. Like, it makes managing blog posts and adding images and videos much easier.

1. WP Edit

WP Edit adds extensive, additional editing functionality to the default WordPress editor. Begin creating content like pros; without knowing a single bit of HTML or CSS.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 63,340
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Edit

2. TinyMCE Advanced

Enables the advanced features of TinyMCE, the WordPress WYSIWYG editor. The plugin allows you to add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the WordPress Visual Editor toolbar. And it includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on what buttons are chosen.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 3,815,270
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: TinyMCE Advanced

3. Image Paste

Image Paste allows you to copy and paste images from your desktop to the WordPress editor. So you don’t have to upload to the server first. Just open or select an image, press Ctrl-C (or Cmd-C on Mac), go to your WordPress Editor and press Ctrl-V (or Cmd-V on Mac) and the plugin does it all for you.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 2,865
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Imagepaste

4. Viper’s Video Quicktags

Allows easy and XHTML valid posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Metacafe, and more. So you don’t have to copy-paste HTML codes from websites like YouTube.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 1,376,547
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Viper’s Video Quicktags

5. WP Hide Post

Enables you to control the visibility of items on your blog by making posts/pages hidden on some parts of your blog, while still visible in other part.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 112,124
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP Hide Post

6. WP Glossary

Create your own glossary of hot-linked terms, inside your own site. So that you can keep your visitors on your blog, keep their experience consistent and pleasant using your theme. And moreover external glossary sites may not have all the words and terms you need.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 20,636
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP Glossary

7. Editorial Calendar

Gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 457,064
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Editorial Calendar

8. Edit Flow

Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress. The plugin features Calendar, Editorial Comments, Editorial Metadata, Notifications, etc.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 86,090
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Edit Flow

WordPress Frontend Publishing

If you want to edit a blog post without entering the WordPress Dashboard then the following plugins are for you.

9. Front-end Editor

Lets you make changes to your content directly from your site. No need to load the admin backend just to correct a typo. You can edit posts, pages, custom post types, comments, widgets and many more elements.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 233,294
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Front-end Editor

10. WP User Frontend

Create, update, delete posts and edit profile directly from the WordPress frontend.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 106,425
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP User Frontend

11. DirectEdit

Edit your website directly in the front-end. With the WYSIWYG inline editor you can modify content just anywhere. Direct edit has an inbuilt image editor. Choose an image, and while you resize or crop it, it will be uploaded to the server automatically. One click and the image is inserted on your page.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 1,400
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: DirectEdit

WordPress Live Blogging Plugins

If you want to cover a live event or need to update the blog in real-time with status updates, then the following plugins are for you.

12. Liveblog by WordPress.com

Quick and simple blogging for following fast-paced events. Post updates right from the front-end of your blog and viewers of your Liveblog get new entries served to them instantly and automatically, without needing to refresh their browser. Your authors can drag-and-drop photos right into the Liveblog area, without needing to navigate to separate browser tabs or windows.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 14,548
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Liveblog

13. 24liveblog

A simple, functional, powerful and free live blogging tool. With a few quick steps, you can create a rich news experience for your readers. It works with virtually any type of website and features real-time statistics, mobile ready, multi-editor support, live comments, etc.

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 4,670
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: 24liveblog

WordPress SEO Plugins

The following Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugins will make sure that your blog is search engine friendly and it can really boost your rankings in search engine result pages (SERPs).

14. WordPress SEO

WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast is the only SEO plugin that you’ll ever need. It allows you to optimize almost all the SEO aspects of your blog. And if you have enabled this plugin then you can eliminate several other plugins like – Google XML SitemapsPage Links ToRobots MetaRSS FooterBreadcrumbs, etc.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 12,102,871
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress SEO

15. All In One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack is another WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google, Bing, etc. If you don’t want all the advanced features offered by the WordPress SEO plugin then this is a better choice.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 19,651,547
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: All In One SEO Pack

16. Google XML Sitemaps

Generates a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the search engine crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 14,623,632
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google XML Sitemaps

17. SEO Friendly Images

SEO Friendly Images automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images improving traffic from search engines.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 1,265,554
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: SEO Friendly Images

18. EWWW Image Optimizer

Automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 378,992
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: EWWW Image Optimizer

19. Scribe

Scribe by Copyblogger makes it easy to conduct in-depth research that helps writers and content producers, to quickly identify content marketing opportunities for search and social media traffic and leads.

  • Rating: 2.9
  • Downloads: 81,583
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Scribe

20. Broken Link Checker

Check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 2,598,369
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Broken Link Checker

21. Ultimate Nofollow

Adds a checkbox in the insert link popup box for including rel=”nofollow” in links as you create them. You can also nofollow individual blogroll links or all blogroll links.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 32,198
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Ultimate Nofollow

Multi-purpose WordPress Plugins

The following plugins are multi-purpose plugins that comes with a lot of inbuilt functions and it allows you to eliminate several other plugins.

22. Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 11,697,563
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Jetpack

Recommended: 25 Reasons Why You Should Install Jetpack By WordPress.com Plugin

23. WooDojo

Enhance your WordPress website with the WooThemes features that you need. Delivering top quality features & backed by a team that’s done it before. Say hello to WooDojo. The plugin features Tabs Widget, Shortlinks, Custom Code, Login Branding, and Social Widgets.

Learn More :: WooDojo

WordPress Performance Plugins

The following plugins will improve the user experience of your WordPress blog by improving the server performance and page loading time.

24. W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 3,746,784
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: W3 Total Cache

25. WP Super Cache

Generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a HTML file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. 99% of your visitors will be served static html files. Those users who don’t see the static files will still benefit because they will see different cached files that aren’t quite as efficient, but still better than uncached.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 6,070,747
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Super Cache

26. AssetsMinify

Use Compass, SASS, LESS and CoffeeScript (NEW) to develop your themes and minify your stylesheets and JavaScript simply by installing AssetsMinify.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 7,089
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: AssetsMinify

27. WP Smush.it

Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress by following Yahoo’s best practices for improving web page performance.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 910,341
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Smush.it

28. WP-DBManager

Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Also supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 1,106,109
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP-DBManager

29. WP-Optimize

Simple but effective plugin allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without doing manual queries. It doesn’t require PhpMyAdmin to clean and optimize your database tables.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 1,198,575
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP-Optimize

Image Galleries & Thumbnails

The following plugins allow you to showcase your images as a photo gallery with add-on features like transitions, slideshows, etc.

30. NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 10,674,716
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: NextGEN Gallery

31. Lightbox Plus Colorbox

Lightbox Plus Colorbox for WordPress implements Colorbox as a lightbox image overlay tool, and permits users to view larger versions of images without having to leave the current page. It is able to add a lightbox to WordPress gallery images, display simple slideshows, videos, forms and external content in overlays.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 1,118,255
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Lightbox Plus Colorbox

32. Lightbox Gallery

Lightbox Gallery plugin changes the view of galleries to the lightbox.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 727,103
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Lightbox Gallery

33. WP jQuery Lightbox

A drop-in replacement for Lightbox 2 and similar plugins, shedding the bulk of Prototype and Scriptaculous. Improved for mobile devices.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 365,579
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP jQuery Lightbox

34. Regenerate Thumbnails

Allows you to regenerate your thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 1,354,645
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Regenerate Thumbnails

35. Auto Post Thumbnail

Auto post thumbnail is a plugin to generate post thumbnail from first image in post or any custom post type. If the first image doesn’t work it will automatically search for the next one and so on until the post thumbnail is inserted. If the post thumbnail is already present, the plugin will do nothing.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 287,471
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Auto Post Thumbnail

Anti-spam

Want to fight spam? Try the following anti-spam plugins.

36. 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.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 22,857,351
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Akismet

Alternative: Antispam Bee

37. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

Adds a client side generated checkbox to your comment form asking users to confirm that they are not a spammer. It is a lot less trouble to click a box than it is to enter a captcha, and because the box is generated via client side javascript that bots cannot see, it should stop 99% of all automated spam bots.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 201,668
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

38. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam

Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. In order to post comments or register, users will have to type in the code shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots and works with Akismet.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 2,016,011
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam

39. Captcha

It protects your website from spam by means of math logic, easily understood by human beings. You will not have to spend your precious time on annoying attempts to understand hard-to-read words, combinations of letters or pictures that make your eyes pop up. All you need is to do one of the three basic maths actions — add, subtract and multiply.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 2,008,855
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Captcha

Comments

The following plugins enhances the default commenting system of WordPress.

40. Disqus Comment System

Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 1,447,255
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Disqus Comment System

41. CommentLuv

 Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 805,876
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: CommentLuv

42. Disable Comments

Allows administrators to globally disable comments on any post type (posts, pages, attachments, etc.) so that these settings cannot be overridden for individual posts.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 912,286
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Disable Comments

Backup

Backup your blog (especially if your Web Hosting company doesn’t do that automatically) by using the following plugins. You can select one depending upon your requirements.

43. BackWPup

Schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation. The plugin can be used to save your complete installation including /wp-content/ and push them to an external Backup Service, like Dropbox, S3, FTP, etc.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 1,363,484
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: BackWPup

44. WordPress Backup To Dropbox

Keep your valuable WordPress website, its media and database backed up to Dropbox in minutes with this sleek, easy to use plugin. You can set where you want your backup stored within Dropbox and on your server as well as choose what files or directories, if any, you wish to exclude from the backup.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 845,833
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Backup To Dropbox

45. WP-DB-Backup

Allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 2,047,547
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP-DB-Backup

Widgets

The following plugins allows you to enhance Sidebar Widgets so that you can make use of your sidebar space more efficiently.

46. PHP Code Widget

The normal Text widget allows you to insert arbitrary Text and/or HTML code. This allows that too, but also parses any PHP code in the text widget and executes it.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 410,407
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: PHP Code Widget

47. Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)

Fixes positioning of the selected widgets, when the page is scrolled down.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 76,906
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Q2W3 Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget)

48. Meks Smart Author Widget

Allows you to display author/user info inside WordPress widget. “Auto detection” feature can optionally show author of current post on single post templates or on specific author archive.

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 3,304
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Meks Smart Author Widget

49. Fancier Author Box

Connect with your audience on all levels and make sure people always read your author’s bio and engage you on social networks.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 110,577
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Fancier Author Box

50. Widget Logic

Widget Logic lets you control on which pages widgets appear using WordPress conditional tags.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 820,641
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Widget Logic

Related Posts

Retain your traffic and increase page views (and revenue too) by automatically showing related articles on each blog post.

51. WordPress Related Posts

Quickly increase your readers’ engagement with your posts by adding Related Posts in the footer of your content. Automatically added Related Posts can increase your internal traffic up to 10%. Just install and activate.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 1,191,747
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Related Posts

Alternative: Contextual Related Posts

52. Outbrain

Outbrain automatically places your best content at the footer of your article to guide readers towards other posts they may be interseted in. You have the option of text or thumbnails and can also obtain reader feedback with the use of our rating system. Our reporting system allows you to see what articles are getting the highest click throughs and track your most popular posts.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 21,922
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: Outbrain

53. upPrev

Display cool, animated flyout or fade box with related content (just like New York Times). When a reader scrolls to the bottom of a single post, page or custom post type, a button animates in the page’s bottom right or left corner, allowing the reader to select the previous or random available post or posts.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 85,313
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: upPrev

54. nrelate Related Content

nrelate analyzes your website content and displays other related posts (supports thumbnails) from your website. This ultimately leads to higher page-views for your site, and a better user experience for your visitors.

  • Rating: 3.6
  • Downloads: 498,550
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: nrelate Related Content

55. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Displays pages, posts, and custom post types related to the current entry, introducing your readers to other relevant content on your site.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 3,044,076
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Popular Posts

WordPress doesn’t count the pageviews of your blog posts so you can use the following plugins to show off the most popular posts to your readers.

56. WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads:
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Popular Posts

57. Popular Widget

Display the most commented or most viewed posts in a tabbed widget, filter the post by date range or by category. It also includes a tags tab.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 70,978
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Popular Widget

58. Top 10

Top 10 will count the number of page views on your single posts on a daily as well as overall basis. You can then display the page view count on individual posts and pages as well as display a list of most popular posts based on pageviews. And of course it comes with a sidebar widget to display the popular posts.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 166,732
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Top 10

59. Most And Least Read Posts Widget

Provide two widgets, showing lists of the most and least read posts.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 30,806
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More ::  Most And Least Read Posts Widget

Social Icons

Show links to your social media profiles on your blog.

60. Simple Social Icons

Simple Social Icons is an easy to use, customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles. With it, you can easily choose which profiles to link to, customize the color and size of your icons, as well as align them to the left, center, or right, all from the widget form.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 291,544
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Simple Social Icons

61. Social Stickers

A simple plugin that shows the various social networks you use in the form of “stickers” (see screenshots). It is also fully themable and you can make your own theme in a minute.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 77,763
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Social Stickers

Floating Social Share Buttons

Add a floating social bar to the sidebar as it improves social sharing.

62. Digg Digg by Buffer

Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Display all popular social sharing buttons with count, such as Twitter, Buffer, Facebook Share, Facebook Like, Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dZone, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, StumbleUpon, Del.icio.us, Sphinn, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage, Serpd, Pinterest, Pocket and Tumblr.

  • Rating: 3.5
  • Downloads: 872,428
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Digg Digg

Alternatives: FlareSlick Social Share Buttons, Floating Social BarSharebar, Scrolling Social SharebarFloating Social Buttons

Social Sharing Buttons

The following plugins enable advanced social sharing features (with stats).

63. Share Buttons by AddToAny

Help people share, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, Reddit, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and well over 100 more sharing and social bookmarking sites.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 3,198,668
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Share Buttons

Alternatives: SociableShare Buttons by AddThisShareaholicSimple Share Buttons AdderReally Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons

64. Share Button Mashshare

Shows the total share counts of Facebook and Twitter at a glance (inspired by Mashable.com). It puts some beautiful and clean designed Share Buttons on top and end of your posts, to get the best  possible social share feedback from your user.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 31,351
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Share Button Mashshare

65. Pinterest Pin It Button For Images

Add a “Pin It” button over your images, so users can add it to Pinterest easily.

  • Rating: 3.2
  • Downloads: 81,515
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Pinterest Pin It Button For Images

66. Click To Tweet by CoSchedule

Allows you to easily create tweetable content for your readers. Use pullquotes and custom messages inside the body of your blog post to highlight your content for the reader and make it simple for them to share on Twitter.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 14,686
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Click To Tweet

67. OnePress Social Locker

Social Locker is a set of social buttons and a locker in one bottle. It allows you to lock a part of content on a web page until a user clicks one of the social buttons (Facebook Like, Tweet Button, Google +1) and help you to get more likes/tweets/+1s, traffic and customers.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 76,111
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: OnePress Social Locker

Web Analytics

If you don’t want to manually track traffic to your blog then the following plugins are for you.

68. Google Analytics for WordPress

Track your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and page views.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 5,942,752
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google Analytics for WordPress

69. Google Analyticator

Google Analyticator adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging. Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 3,229,092
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google Analyticator

70.Google Analytics Dashboard

Gives you the ability to view your Google Analytics data in your WordPress dashboard. You can also allow other users to see the same dashboard information when they are logged in or embed parts of the data into posts or as part of your theme.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 499,369
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google Analytics Dashboard

71. Social Metrics

Social Metrics is a Social Media Analytics tool you can use to track your WordPress blog performance on popular social networking websites and services. You can access Social Metrics from WordPress Admin bar itself.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 56,193
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Social Metrics

72. WP Social Stats

WP Social Stats is a Social Analytics plugin that tracks the performance of your blog or website posts at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Stumbleupon.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 7,932
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Social Stats

RSS

Do more with your RSS Feeds.

73. FD Feedburner Plugin

Redirects the main feed, and optionally the comments feed to Feedburner.com. All existing feeds simply become Feedburner feeds seamlessly and transparently for all users. Just tell the plugin what your Feedburner feed URL is and you’re done.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 478,606
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: FD Feedburner Plugin

74. PuSHPress

Add PubSubHubbub support to your WordPress site, with a built in hub. It includes the hub features of PuSH, built right in. And it means that the updates will be sent directly from WordPress to your PuSH subscribers.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 89,516
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: PuSHPress

Alternative: PubSubHubbub

75. FeedStats

Simple statistic tool for RSS feeds.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 60,496
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: FeedStats

Forms

Use any of the following plugins to add a contact form to your WordPress blog.

76. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 19,295,934
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Contact Form 7

77. Ninja Forms

Allows you to easily and quickly design complex forms through a drag and drop interface and absolutely no code. But for you developers it has a ton of hooks and filters so you can do absolutely anything with this powerful form building framework.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 469,949
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Ninja Forms

78. Formidable Forms

With Formidable, it is easy to create forms within a simple drag-and-drop interface. You can construct custom forms or generate them from a template. Shortcodes can be used as well as spam catching services.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 514,906
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Formidable Forms

79. Fast Secure Contact Form

Easily create and add forms to WordPress. Fields are easy to add, remove, and re-order. The contact form will let the user send emails to a site’s admin, and also send a meeting request to talk over phone or video.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 4,890,100
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Fast Secure Contact Form

WordPress Security Plugins

Secure your WordPress blog by using any of the following plugins.

80. iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site. iThemes Security works to fix common holes, stop automated attacks and strengthen user credentials. With one-click activation for most features, as well as advanced features for experienced users, iThemes Security can help protect any WordPress site.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 2,848,910
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: iThemes Security

81. Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security and performance plugin that makes your site up to 50 times faster and more secure.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 2,614,129
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Wordfence Security

WordPress Login & Authentication Plugins

WordPress allows unlimited login attempts and that invites brute force attacks. So it’s a good idea to secure your blog by using an authentication plugin apart from using a secure password.

82. Google Authenticator

Gives you two-factor authentication using the Google Authenticator app for Android/iPhone/Blackberry.

  • Rating:
  • Downloads:
  • Last Updated:

Learn More :: Google Authenticator

Alternatives: Duo Two-Factor AuthenticationAuthy Two Factor Authentication

83. OpenID

Allows users to login to their local WordPress account using an OpenID, as well as enabling commenters to leave authenticated comments with OpenID.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 173,941
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: OpenID

84. Clockwork SMS

Controls access to your WordPress administration panel by sending a code to your mobile phone when you try and login.

Rating: 5 (New)
Downloads: 644
Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Clockwork SMS

85. Login LockDown

Records the IP address and timestamp of every failed login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, then the login function is disabled for all requests from that range.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 363,733
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Login LockDown

86. Login Security Solution

A simple way to lock down login security for multi-site and regular WordPress installations. Security against brute force attacks by tracking IP, name, password (requiring very strong passwords) and also features idle timeout and maintenance mode lockdown.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 116,275
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Login Security Solution

87. Rename WP-Login.php

Change wp-login.php to anything you want, and it can prevent a lot of brute force attacks. It simply intercepts page requests and doesn’t literally rename or change files in core, nor does it add rewrite rules. Deactivating this plugin brings your site back exactly to the state it was before.

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 59,017
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Rename WP-Login.php

88. Limit Login Attempts

Limit the number of login attempts possible both through normal login as well as using auth cookies. Limit Login Attempts blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making a brute-force attack difficult or impossible.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 626,123
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: Limit Login Attempts

Mobile

Make your WordPress blog mobile friendly.

89. WPtouch Mobile Plugin

WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website. The theme also includes the ability for visitors to switch between the theme on your mobile WordPress website and your website’s regular theme.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 5,832,640
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WPtouch Mobile Plugin

Monetization

The following plugins allows you to manage advertising on your blog in an efficient way.

90. AdRotate

Add and manage the ads from the dashboard and show a random banner, or multiple, on your site. Easy management from the dashboard allows you to quickly oversee, add and edit banner code or renew/delete and add new ads. Preview banners when editing them and with GeoLocation you can tie adverts to certain areas of the world.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 814,372
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: AdRotate

91. Advertising Manager

Allows you to manage and rotate your Google AdSense and other ads on your WordPress blog. It automatically recognises many ad networks including Google AdSense and other popular networks. Target your ads to different authors, categories, tags, and pages and view statistics on your ad performance.

  • Rating: 3.6
  • Downloads: 336,566
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Advertising Manager

92. Ad Injection

Injects any kind of advert or other content (e.g. Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, ClickBank, etc) into the existing content of your WordPress posts and pages. You can control the number of adverts based on the post length, and it can restrict who sees adverts by post age, visitor referrer and IP address.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 268,200
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: Ad Injection

93. Google Publisher Plugin

It’s the official WordPress plugin by Google that enables you to easily use Google’s products — including Webmaster Tools — with your WordPress site. You can place AdSense ads using a simple point-and-click UI. Google automatically determines potential placements for AdSense ads, suggests an initial ad layout, and gives you control over the placement of ads on your site.

  • Rating: 3.6
  • Downloads: 81,095
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Google Publisher Plugin

Alternative: Easy AdSense

E-commerce

Want to sell stuff on your blog? Then the following plugins can convert your WordPress blog into an E-commerce website.

94. WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Transform your WordPress website into a thoroughbred eCommerce store. Delivering enterprise-level quality and features, backed by a name you can trust.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 4,095,088
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WooCommerce

 95. WP eCommerce

WP eCommerce is a free, powerful plugin that empowers you to sell anything online, quickly and easily. With hundreds of available hooks, developers can make WP eCommerce do anything you can imagine

  • Rating: 2.8
  • Downloads: 2,861,868
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP eCommerce

Newsletters

Take your blog to the next level by starting a Newsletter.

96. MailPoet Newsletters

Create newsletters, post notifications and autoresponders. Drop your posts, images, social icons in your newsletter. Change fonts and colors on the fly. Manage all your subscribers. A new and simple newsletter solution for WordPress.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 2,246,130
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: MailPoet Newsletters

97. Newsletter Sign-Up

Adds various sign-up methods to your WordPress website, like sign-up checkboxes in your comment form and a sign-up form to show in posts, pages or widget areas. It works with almost all third-party email marketing services including MailChimp, Constant Contact, AWeber, iContact, etc. With the right configuration settings, you can make this plugin work with any newsletter service around.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 191,756
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Newsletter Sign-Up

Build Email List

Email Marketing is more important than ever. Try the following plugins as it helps you build an email list.

98. WordPress PopUp (by WPMU)

Allows you to display a fancy popup to visitors, a *very* effective way of advertising a mailing list, special offer or running a plain old ad.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 191,546
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WordPress PopUp

99. Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box

Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box will boost your conversion rates by displaying a pop-up box with customizable content. Newsletter sign-up, Facebook like button, social bookmarking or something else you want to draw attention to after people have engaged with your website.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 29,714
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box

100. Scroll Box by SumoMe

Each day, potential readers visit your website. They  find a link to your blog somewhere, read one of your posts, and then disappear into some distant corner of the internet. With the Scroll Box plugin, you can convert these one-time visitors into lifelong readers and newsletter subscribers.

  • Rating: NEW
  • Downloads: 220
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Scroll Box

101. What Would Seth Godin Do

Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors and another to return visitors. New visitors will appreciate some context and background information about your site. This is your chance to offer them a special welcome and invite them to become permanent subscribers. You can also specify a message for return visitors.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 174,393
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: What Would Seth Godin Do

102. SumoMe

SumoMe provides the tools you need to grow your blog by engaging your readers. The features of this plugin will make it easy for your readers share your articles and engage in your community. Highlighter makes it easy to tweet about your article by selecting popular parts of your writing (like Kindle and Medium); ImageSharer makes it stupid simple to share your images (with a link to your post) on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter; while the List Builder tool in this plugin will let you create a fancy lightbox popover to build email subscriptions (for MailChimp, GetResponse, Aweber, or others).

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads:
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: SumoMe

103. WP Hello Bar

Hello Bars show the right message at the right time to your website visitors.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 9,902
  • Last Updated: 2012

Learn More :: WP Hello Bar

104. ManyContacts Bar

A free contact form sits on top of your website to grab visitors’ attention. They make it easy for you to offer a giveaway — such as an ebook, coupon code, a test, a course – without creating extra landing pages.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 3,539
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: ManyContacts Bar

 105. WordPress Calls To Action

Create Calls to Action for your WordPress site. It gives site owners the ability to monitor and track conversion rates, run A/B or multivariate split tests on calls to action, customize your own CTA templates, and most importantly increase lead flow.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 69,362
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Calls To Action

106. WordPress Landing Pages

Create landing pages for your WordPress site. Monitor and improve conversion rates, run A/B split tests, customize your own templates and more.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 222,811
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Landing Pages

107. Comment Redirect

Redirect commenters who just made their first comment to a page of your choice. Allows you to ask them to subscribe, like you on Facebook, etc.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 38,087
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Comment Redirect

URL Management & Redirects

The following plugins allows you to manage redirects and outbound links on your blog.

108. Simple URLs

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.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • TextDownloads: 41,248
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Simple URLs

109. Simple 301 Redirects

Provides an easy method of redirecting requests to another page on your site or elsewhere on the web. It’s especially handy when you migrate a site to WordPress and can’t preserve your URL structure. By setting up 301 redirects from your old pages to your new pages, any incoming links will be seamlessly passed along, and their Google PageRank (or what-have-you) will be passed along with them.

  • Rating: 4.6
  • Downloads: 228,620
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Simple 301 Redirects

110. Redirection

Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. It’s useful when you are migrating pages from an old website, or changing the directory of your WordPress installation.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 1,768,255
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Redirection

111. Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin

Redirect Pages/Posts to another page/post or external URL. Has edit box as well as global options. Specify the redirect Location and type.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 594,040
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin

112. Pretty Link Lite

Shrink, beautify, track, manage and share any URL on or off of your WordPress website. Create links that look how you want using your own domain name.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 860,045
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Pretty Link Lite

WordPress Slider Plugins

Want to create an image slider? Then these are the best plugins for that.

113. Meta Slider

Create SEO optimised responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.

  • Rating: 4.8
  • Downloads: 1,091,652
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Meta Slider

Alternatives: Easing Slider “Lite”, Smooth Slider, WOW Slider, SlideDeck 2 Lite Responsive Content Slider

Tab Plugins

Try  the following plugins if you want to display your content in tabs.

114. WordPress Post Tabs

Add clean, responsive and structured tabbed content to WordPress Posts and Pages easily through the edit post/page panel.

  • Rating: 3.8
  • Downloads: 118,984
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Post Tabs

115. Post UI Tabs

Show off your post content inside stylish jQuery powered tabs using one of 24 different jQuery UI themes or include your own custom stylesheet.

  • Rating: 4.7
  • Downloads: 38,930
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Post UI Tabs

116. Easy Responsive Tabs

Easy Responsive Tabs is bootstrap 3.0 compatible plugin which add icons to wordpress editor (tinyMCE Shortcode Buttons) and one can add bootstrap style responsive tabs to their website just by clicking on tinyMCE editor icon.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 23,316
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Easy Responsive Tabs

Tables & Pricing Tables

If you want to create a standard table or a pricing table inside a blog post/page then try the following plugins.

117. TablePress

TablePress enables you to create and manage tables, without having to write HTML code. Tables can contain any type of data, even formulas that will be evaluated. An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site visitors. You can include the tables into your posts, on your pages, or in text widgets with ease.

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 508,838
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: TablePress

118. Pricing Table Ready

Allows you to generate and manage CSS3 pricing table or comparison table in an easy way.

  • Rating: 3.4
  • Downloads: 128,347
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Pricing Table Ready

Alternatives: Easy Pricing Tables, Kento Pricing Table, IND Pricing TablePricing TablePrice Table

Design

The following plugins tweaks the design of your blog.

119. WP Google Fonts

Allows you to easily add fonts from the Google Font Directory to your WordPress theme.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 661,071
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WP Google Fonts

120. Infinite-Scroll

Automatically append the next page of posts (via AJAX) to your page when a user scrolls to the bottom.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 201,181
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Infinite-Scroll

121. Custom Login

Use this plugin to customize your login screen, works great for client websites.

  • Rating: 3.9
  • Downloads: 376,872
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Custom Login

122. Menu Icons

  • Rating: 5
  • Downloads: 14,546
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Menu Icons

Navigation

Better navigation for your blog.

123. WP-PageNavi

Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.

  • Rating: 4.1
  • Downloads: 4,642,344
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP-PageNavi

124. Simple Pagination

Simple Pagination allows to set up an advanced pagination for posts and comments so that you have an easier navigation on your WordPress. It  has 6 stylesheets for the pagination: CSS 3, Flickr, Digg, Sabrus.us, Green and Grey.

  • Rating: 4.4
  • Downloads: 43,818
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Simple Pagination

Webmaster

Your current WordPress blog can be much more than just a blog.

125. BuddyPress

BuddyPress lets users sign-up and start creating profiles, posting messages, making connections, creating and interacting in groups, and much more. A social network in a box, BuddyPress lets you easily build a community for your company, school, sports team, or other niche community.

  • Rating: 4
  • Downloads: 2,214,050
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: BuddyPress

126. WP-Polls

Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can also easily add a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page. It is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted.

  • Rating: 3.7
  • Downloads: 1,584,081
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP-Polls

127. Allow PHP In Posts And Pages

Allow PHP in posts and pages allows you to add php functionality to WordPress Posts and Pages.

  • Rating: 4.3
  • Downloads: 162,382
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: Allow PHP In Posts And Pages

WordPress Blog Migration & Transfer

Thinking about a blog migration or site transfer? Then you will find the following plugins helpful.

128. WordPress Importer

Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

  • Rating: 3.2
  • Downloads: 8,090,685
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WordPress Importer

129. Duplicator

Duplicator gives WordPress administrators the ability to migrate, copy or clone a site from one location to another. It also serves as a simple backup utility. So if you need to move WordPress or backup WordPress this plugin can help simplify the process.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 715,363
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: Duplicator

130. WordPress Move

WordPress Move is a migration assistant for WordPress that is capable of changing the domain name in use and/or migrating your installation to another server either as is or based on your choices. You can also use WordPress Move to transfer your database or create backups of your installation.

  • Rating: 4.2
  • Downloads: 94,356
  • Last Updated: 2013

Learn More :: WordPress Move

131. All-in-One WP Migration

Allows you to export your database, media files, plugins, and themes. You can apply unlimited find and replace operations on your database, and the plugin will also fix any serialization problems that occur during find/replace operations.

  • Rating: 4.9
  • Downloads: 33,416
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: All-in-One WP Migration

132. WP Clone

Move or copy a WordPress site to another server or to another domain name, move to/from local server hosting, and backup sites. You can also use it to move your site to/from local server hosting, to create copies of your site for development or testing purposes, to backup your site, and to install pre-configured versions of WordPress.

  • Rating: 4.5
  • Downloads: 196,787
  • Last Updated: 2014

Learn More :: WP Clone

Read: 15 Blogging Tips To Supercharge Your Next Blog Post

Conclusion

I’m not using all the plugins that I’ve listed here but I tried to hand-pick the best of them based on the ratings, number of downloads, screenshots, description or personal experience. So it’s possible that there could be a better alternative for a plugin. If you know a better alternative (it must be free) for any of the above listed plugin then let me know as a comment below and I’ll be happy to add it to the list and give you credit. :)

Disclosure: You don’t have to install all the plugins I’ve listed here. And some of the above listed plugins are already known to use heavy server resources. So if you have a high traffic blog then installing those plugins can impact the performance of your web server. You can check out the Disallowed Plugins by WPEngine to see a list of such plugins.

  • http://paulames.com Paul Ames

    Great article, thanks.

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Thank you, Paul! :)

  • Aziz Celikeri

    Good work :)

    • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

      Thank you, Aziz. :)

  • Marketing Bees

    Nice work Manesh, I really appreciate the effort you have put in this article

  • http://lovezack.blogspot.com/ Zeke

    Mahesh. I think this is a great post. One thing that would add some value to me would be if you had added how much each add-in costs, or if it is free. I was guest posting for a blog that used SEOPressor plug in and I really liked it.

  • http://www.minterest.com Mahesh Mohan

    Hi Zeke,

    It’s a list of free plugins only and all the plugins that I’ve listed here is free (or at least freemium). If you noticed some paid only plugin here then let me know and I’ll surely remove it as I want to feature only free/freemium plugins.