Here’s our suggestions for some WordPress plugins. The descriptions provided here are from the plug-ins themselves, and not the links, go to the plugin page on WordPress.org.
You can go to your Plugins area, click on add new in your WordPress dashboard to search for and install any of the below plugins easily.
- WordPress Affiliate Link Manager – Allows you to automatically convert specific keywords from your blog posts and pages into your affiliate links. It also cloaks the affiliate links and gives it a prettier and shorter alias (good for affiliate marketers).
- WP Affiliate Platform – WordPress plugin for affiliate recruitment, management and tracking. This plugin lets you run your own affiliate campaign/program and allows you to reward (pay commission) your affiliates for referred sales.
- W3 Total Cache – Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.
- WP Super Cache – A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.
- Comments-wordpress plugin by Vicomi – Vicomi comments is a free comment platform with a new cool, stylish graphic interface that replaces your default WordPress comment system.
- Comments Evolved for WordPress – Comments Evolved ( formerly Google+ Comments for WordPress ) makes the comment section tabbed seamlessly adding tabs for Comments & More.
- Disable Comments – Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according to post type. Multisite friendly.
- Disqus Comment System – The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus.
- Facebook Comments – The Facebook Comments WordPress plugin makes it easier for you to setup, administer and customise Facebook comments from your WordPress site.
- IntenseDebate Comments – IntenseDebate comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog. Build your reader community, increase your comments, & boost pageviews.
- Livefyre Comments 3 – Livefyre Comments 3 replaces your default comments with real-time conversations. Our social integration features make it easy to capture all the conversation.
- Responsive Google+ Comment – A fully customisable googleplus comments plugin for your WordPress blog.
- 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.
- cforms – cforms II is the most customizable, flexible & powerful ajax supporting contact form plugin.
- Gravity Forms – Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building.
- WP Contact form – WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you. It can be implemented on a page or a post.
Contact Forms Security
- Captcha by BestWebSoft – implement super security captcha form into web forms.
- Really Simple CAPTCHA – Really Simple CAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA module intended to be called from other plugins. It is originally created for my Contact Form 7 plugin, is intended to work with other plugins or with your own plugin.
Database and File Backup
- BackUpWordPress – Back up your site including your database and all your files on a schedule.
- BackWPup – Schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation. Decide which content will be stored to a variety of destinations such as to Dropbox, to an S3 Service, to Microsoft Azure (Blob), to Rackspace Cloud Files, to SugarSync or even to Folder, sent via email or to FTP.
- Download Monitor – Download Monitor is a plugin for uploading and managing downloads, tracking downloads, and displaying links.
- Simple Download Monitor – Easily manage downloadable files and monitor downloads of your digital files from your WordPress site.
- WP-DownloadManager – Adds a simple download manager to your WordPress blog.
E-commerce, Paypal Donation and Payment
- Donations Made Easy-Smart Donations – The all in one donation plugin, create different kind of donations, set goals, monitor your results, donation forms, thank you emails and more.
- Nice Login Widget – Add, build and manage login-register widget anywhere in your site.
- PayPal for Digital Goods – Allows you to use the PayPal for Digital Goods gateway to accept payment for a digital item.
- WP Easy Paypal Payment Accept – Easy to use WordPress plugin to accept paypal payment for a service or product or donation in one click.
- WordPress eStore to WooCommerce Migration – Experience the benefits of an accurate WordPRess eStore Plugin to WooCommerce migration with Cart2Cart.
- WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart –Very easy to use Simple WordPress Paypal Shopping Cart Plugin. Great for selling products online in one click from your WordPress site.
- Google Adsense – The official AdSense Plugin, written by Google. Supported products include AdSense and Webmaster Tools. Previously Google Publisher Plugin.
- WP Simple Adsense Insertion – Easy to use WordPress plugin to insert Google Adsense to your posts, pages and sidebar.
- Simple Membership Plugin – Simple membership plugin adds membership functionality to your site. Protect members only content using content protection easily.
- WordPress eMember – WP eMember is a feature rich membership plugin that can turn your WordPress site into a powerful membership site.
- NextGen Gallery – The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all times.
- Simple Photo Gallery – A simple, user-friendly photo gallery plugin for your WordPress site.
- CP Polls – Create classic polls and advanced polls with dependant questions. You can publish a poll into a page/post and display statistics of the results. The Polls can also have dependant questions (child questions are displayed depending of the selection made on parent ones).
- 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.
- Rating-Widget: Star Rating System – The most popular Five Star Rating System on the web. User-friendly ratings for: posts, pages, comments, WooCommerce, BuddyPress and bbPress forums.
- WP-PostRatings – Adds an AJAX rating system for your WordPress blog’s post/page.
- WP Review – Create reviews! Choose from Stars, Percentages or Points for review scores. Supports Retina Display, WPMU & Unlimited Colour Schemes.
- Category Specific RSS Menu – WordPress plugin to add Category Specific RSS feed subscription menu to your posts, pages and sidebar.
- RS FeedBurner – This plugin detects native WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner, FeedPress, or FeedBlitz feed so you can track your subscribers.
- Subscribe Button by AddToAny – Help visitors subscribe to your blog using email or any feed reader, such as Feedly, My Yahoo!, AOL Reader, and many more feed services.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Add Meta Tags – Add basic meta tags and also Opengraph, Schema.org Microdata, Twitter Cards and Dublin Core metadata to optimize your web site for better SEO.
- All in One SEO Pack – All in One SEO Pack is a WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google.
- All in One Webmaster – Sitemap submission to Google & Bing. Webmaster option 4 Google, Bing, Facebook, etc. Analytics option 4 Google, Quantcast, Clicky, Compete.
- Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.
- XML Sitemaps – Automatically generates XML Sitemaps for your site and notifies search engines when they’re updated.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast – Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast’s WordPress SEO plugin.
- All In One WP Security & Firewall – A comprehensive, user-friendly, all in one WordPress security and firewall plugin for your site.
- BulletProof Security – BulletProof security plugin offers website security protection against: XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection.
- Clef – Secure two-factor that people love to use: strong authentication without passwords or tokens; single sign on/off; magical user experience.
- Limit Login Attempts – Limit rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP. Fully customizable.
- Lockdown WP Admin – Lockdown WP Admin conceals the administration and login screen from intruders. It can hide WordPress Admin (/wp-admin/) and and login (/wp-login.php).
- Simple Security – Access Log to track Logins and Failed Login Attempts.
- Dashboard: Available Disk Space – Display available server disk space on the Dashboard.
- WP System Health – Comprehensive Overview for your WordPress Parameter and Server Performance.
- AddThis Sharing Buttons – AddThis provides the best sharing tools to help you make your website smarter.
- Akismet – checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.
- Mashshare Share Buttons – Social Media Icons & Share Buttons, a highly customizable social sharing and & Media SEO ecosystem Facebook, Twitter and more.
- Monarch – Feature packed plugin that’s as sleek as it is powerful. Designed to be fast and fully customizable, it allows complete control over Social Media on your website.
- ShareThis: Share Buttons and Social Analytics – Social Charge your Content with ShareThis – features Social Analytics, CopyNShare, Open Graph Sharing, and the Hovering Bar.
- Sociable – Automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed.
Software License Management
- Software License Manager – Create and manage license keys for your software applications easily.
- Google Analytics for WordPress – This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics with extra search engines and automatic clickout and download tracking to your WordPress blog.
- Jetpack by WordPress.com – Jetpack adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.
- Statpress Visitors – A fork of StatPress with 9 convenient OPTIONAL pages, including new Bot Spy, Visitor, Referrer and Yesterday pages.
- WordPress.com Stats – Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. This plugin requires a WordPress.com API key to function.
- a3 Lazy Load – Speed up your site and enhance frontend user’s visual experience in PC’s, Tablets and mobile with a3 Lazy Load.
- Admin Columns – Customize columns on the administration screens for post(types), pages, media, comments, links and users with an easy to use drag-and-drop interface.
- BuddyPress – BuddyPress helps you run any kind of social network on your WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more.
- Clean My Archives – An easy-to-use shortcode for displaying a full post archives by month and year with the use of a shortcode.
- Crayon Syntax Highlighter – Syntax Highlighter supporting multiple languages, themes, fonts, highlighting from a URL, or post text.
- EWWW Image Optimizer – Reduce file sizes for images in WordPress including NextGEN, GRAND FlAGallery and more using lossless/lossy methods and image format conversion.
- Favicon Rotator – Easily set site favicon and even rotate through multiple icons.
- Mailpoet Newsletters – Send newsletters post notifications or autoresponders from WordPress.
- ManageWP Worker – ManageWP is the ultimate WordPress productivity tool, allowing you to efficiently manage your websites.
- Print Friendly and PDF Button – Print and PDF button for your WordPress site. Printer Friendly pages without coding, css, or print.css. Fast, easy, and professional.
- Restore Columns – The plugin restores the possibility to select the number of columns displayed on the dashboard.
- Scroll Back To Top – This plugin will add a button that allows users to scroll smoothly to the top of the page.
- WP Category Tag Cloud – Display a configurable 2D or 3D cloud of tags, categories or any other taxonomy filtered by tags or categories.
- WP Copy Protect – This plugin will protect your WordPress blog & website from copy your content with disabling the Right Click and Text Selecting.
- WP-PageNavi – Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.
- WPtouch – Make your WordPress website mobile-friendly with just a few clicks.
- WP-UserOnline – Enable you to display how many users are online on your WordPress blog with detailed statistics.
- WP Video Lightbox – Very easy to use WordPress lightbox plugin to display YouTube and Vimeo videos in an elegant lightbox overlay.
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) – Display a list of related posts on your site based on a powerful unique algorithm. Earn money by including sponsored content.
Note: This page will be regularly updated to keep the plugin list up to date and relevant.
Please leave your comments below with your favourite plugins or share the one you use and not listed above so I can check them out and possibly add them to this plugins list.