WordPress offers a ton of features and flexibility, there is still a lot of functionality missing from the core software. The best way to fill in the missing pieces, of course, is to get yourself the right plugins.
Plugins offer all kinds of customization for site admins, however, with almost 40,000 options to choose from it the WordPress Plugin Directory, not to mention all the premium products available, it can be difficult sorting the good from the, well, not so good.
So here’s a collection of free and premium must-haves, the plugins that can help take your site from good to great.
Contents of Post
- 2 Comment Spam Prevention
- 3 Database and File Backup Plugins
- 4 Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- 5 Blog Security Plugin
- 6 Caching Plugin
- 7 RSS Subscription Related
- 8 Affiliate Related
- 9 Software License Management
- 10 Other Very Useful Plugins
- 11 Contact Forms Related
- 12 Social Networking
- 13 For Google Adsense
- 14 Photo Gallery Plugin
- 15 E-commerce, Paypal Donation and Payment
Comment Spam Prevention
Akismet – best guard against comment spam for WordPress blog!
Database and File Backup Plugins
BackUpWordPress – BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
WordPress SEO by Yoast
– Yoast’s all in one SEO solution for your WordPress blog: SEO titles,
meta descriptions, XML sitemaps, breadcrumbs & much more.
Google XML Sitemaps
– This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your
WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and
MSN Search. The SEO plugins listed above can also do the sitemap for
Blog Security Plugin
All In One WP Security & Firewall
– The All In One WordPress Security and Firewall is the ultimate
security plugin that will take your WordPress site’s security to a whole
– BulletProof security plugin offers website security protection
against: XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection.
Wordfence Security – The Wordfence WordPress security plugin provides free enterprise-class WordPress security.
Blog Statistics Related
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
– Displays Google Analytics reports in your WordPress Dashboard.
Inserts the latest Google Analytics tracking code in your pages.
– Enables Google Analytics on all pages. This one seems to be simple
and does the job. However, the developer doesn’t seem to be very
Google Analytics for WordPress – This plugin used to be really good
but since the original developer sold this plugin, it has gone
downhill (many users have reported to us that it doesn’t work well
WP Statistics – A comprehensive plugin for your WordPress visitor statistics (doesn’t use Google Analytics).
The fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization
plugin. After you use the w3 total cache plugin you won’t go back to
using WP Super Cache.
WP Super Cache –
WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates
html files that are served directly by Apache without processing
comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up
your WordPress blog significantly.
RSS Subscription Related
– This plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds
and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every
Add to Any: Subscribe Button – Helps readers subscribe to your blog using any feed reader.
Category Specific RSS Menu – A simple WordPress plugin to add category specific RSS subscription
menu into your posts, pages, sidebars. Very handy when your blog covers
multiple topic from non related subjects.
- Membership Plugin
Simple Membership Plugin
– The simple membership plugin lets you protect your posts and pages so
only your members (free or paid) can view the protected content.
– WP eMember is a feature rich membership plugin that can turn your
existing or new WordPress site into a powerful membership site.
– 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.
Software License Management
This plugin allows you to create a software license management solution
for your web applications (WordPress plugins, Themes, PHP based
membership script etc.)
Other Very Useful Plugins
– This plugin gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the
current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your
– This plugin is very useful for managing and tracking your digital
file downloads. You can track which file is being downloaded how many
times and who is downloading them.
Executable PHP Widget
– Like the Text widget, but it will take PHP code as well. Very handy
Crayon Syntax Highlighter – A plugin to highlight any code in your posts or pages. very handy if you use example codes in your Blog.
Mailpoet Newsletters – Send newsletters, post notifications or autoresponders from WordPress easily, and beautifully.
WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. Allows you to easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page.
EWWW Image Optimizer
– The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will
automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to
WP Video Lightbox
– The WordPress Video Lightbox plugin allows you to embed videos on a
page using lightbox overlay display. This plugin can be used to display
images, flash, YouTube, Vimeo, iFrame etc in a nice lightbox overlay.
Contact Forms Related
– 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.
Contact Form – The Contact Form plugin allows you to implement a feedback form to a web-page or a post in no time.
Gravity Forms – Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building.
– This is a very useful plugin that allows your visitors to share a
post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking
Fat Free WordPress Social Share Buttons Plugin – This
is a very simple and FAT FREE share button plugin that adds Google plus
one, Facebook and Twitter share buttons to your blog posts.
For Google Adsense
Google Adsense Plugin
– Google AdSense Plugin allows you to set parameters of the ads
displaying, such as format (text ad, image, text with an image or link),
size, color of the elements in the ad block, rounded corners and the ad
block position on the website.
Google Adsense – The AdSense Plugin enables you to easily use Google’s products – including Webmaster Tools – with your WordPress site.
Photo Gallery Plugin
Simple Photo Gallery – If you are looking for an effective, reliable, yet simple to use
photo gallery plugin, then check this gallery plugin out.
E-commerce, Paypal Donation and Payment
– is a very easy to use plugin that allows you to sell products or
services online in one click from your WordPress blog. Very useful when
you want to sell eBooks or digital products from various posts and pages
and need a WordPress Shopping Cart solution.
WP Easy Paypal Payment Accept
– This is a very easy to use WordPress plugin to Accept donation or
Paypal payment for a service or a product in one click. Handy when you
are trying to put a customized payment widget on your site (you can add
it to the sidebar or a page or a post of your blog).
– This plugin provides a complete solution to sell products from your
site. It is really good for selling digital products securely from your
WordPress Donations Widget Plugin – The WordPress Donations Widget Plugin allows you to collect donation for a cause from your WordPress powered site.
PayPal for Digital Goods – This plugin allows
you to use the PayPal for Digital Goods gateway to accept payment for
digital goods. Provides inline checkout of digital goods.
Stripe Payments – A simple and lightweight plugin to accept payment on your site (for a product or service) via the Stripe payment gateway.