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The List of WordPress Plugins Lists

Patrick Nelson
WordPress Plugins

The definitive guide to more than 250 of the most useful WordPress plugins

WordPress plugins are awesome.

Whatever you want to do with your website, there will be a plugin to help you do it. They don't take long to install, set up and use and most of them are either free or cost very little.

Choose the right plugins and your WordPress website will be singing and dancing in no time.

How do you select the right plugins?

To help you find the most suitable ones for your site, we used the content curation platform Shareist and the content analysis tool Buzzsumo to find and review 14 of the most popular lists of WordPress plugins on the Internet.

Between them, these lists occupy nearly all of the top slots on Google for searches like "wordpress plugins" and have been shared more than 48,000 times across Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest.

We've also used our own experience as WordPress designers to rate the most well-known plugins.

We've not described any of the individual plugins in detail here. You can find further information by visiting any of the lists (we've included links to each list below and they all open in a new tab). You can also find individual plugin reviews elsewhere on this site and we'll be adding more over time. 

So we've divided the plugins into categories to help you find what you're looking for. Bookmark this page in your favourite bookmarking tool so you can refer back to it whenever you wish.

Search engine optimisation

WordPress search engine optimisation

If you've been around WordPress for any length of time, you won't be surprised to learn that the most popular SEO plugin is WordPress SEO by Yoast. Downloaded nearly 14 million times and rated 4.7 out of 5 on the official WordPress site, 10 out of the 14 lists we reviewed included it.

Other popular SEO plugins include All in One SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemap and Google Analytics Dashboard by WP.

Mentions were also made of Infinite SEO, Redirection, SEO Friendly Images, SEO Smart Links, Google XML Sitemaps for Videos and Yoast Video SEO.

Analytics

We all know that progress needs to be measured to be managed. Analytics software is how we measure progress on a website and the most common analytics software is Google Analytics. It's fast, free and functionality-rich.

There are a number of recommended plugins that will integrate with your WordPress website. These include the free Google Analytics by Yoast (6.6 million downloads), Google Analyticator (3.3 million), Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (1.2 million) and Ultimate Google Analytics

There is also the premium plugin Google Analytics+.

Speed optimisation

WordPress W3 Total Cache

Speed is important as Google favour fast loading sites and one of the easiest ways to achieve quick wins in this area is through a process called caching.

We'll skip the technical stuff and just tell you that the most popular caching plugins are W3 Total Cache (nearly 4 million installs and mentioned on 10 lists) and WP Super Cache (8 mentions).

One of the lists, from Tips and Tricks HQ, offers up 6 other caching plugins with some excellent alternatives and niche solutions such as Hyper Cache.

Other ways to speed up your site are covered by plugins that check for broken links (Broken Link Checker), clean up your database (WP-Optimize, Clean Options and Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions) and that compress aspects of your site such as CSS (CSS Compress).

Forms

To succeed in today's online market, your website needs to let people do something, rather than just tell them something. One of the most basic ways in which your visitors can interact with you is through the forms on your site.

WordPress Contact Form 7

WordPress offers a plethora of different forms plugins. First up is the incredibly popular Contact Form 7. Downloaded a staggering 21 million times, it appears on 11 of our lists and, as such, is the most commonly recommended WordPress plugin.

However, there are also some great alternatives, such as Jetpack which is one of those plugins that is hard to categorise as it performs several functions. One of those is contact forms, allowing it to compete with Contact Form 7.

There's also Gravity Forms (which appears on 6 of the lists), Fast Secure Contact Forms, QuForms and WP Contact Form.

Backups

Through our WordPress support services, we offer fully automated, premium level backups for any WordPress site. If you don't use such a service though and prefer to handle the backups yourself, you have a wide range of choices.

The most commonly recommended backup plugin is BackupBuddy, appearing on lists from MakeUseOf, the Elegant Themes blog and WP Explorer. Note though, that BackupBuddy is a premium plugin which means that you will have to pay to use it.

Free backup plugins recommended on our 14 lists include BackUpWordPress, WordPress Backup to Dropbox and BackWPup Free. All three of these have had a million downloads or more.

There is also the Duplicator plugin which allows you to "duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer" your website from one location to another.

Social media

WordPress Shareaholic plugin

This category holds one of the widest ranges of useful plugins.

There are a wide range of social, commenting and networking plugins. The most popular of those reviewed in our lists is Shareaholic with 1.1 million downloads and mentions on 5 of our lists.

Other sharing plugins include Sociable, AddThis, Floating Social Bar, Monarch (premium), Share Buttons by AddToAny, Easy Social Share Buttons and others.

Additional plugins that may be of interest are Thank Me Later, Digg Digg, OnePress Social Locker, and NextScripts Auto-Poster.

Other plugins

There are more than 200 other WordPress plugins in the 14 lists we reviewed - far too many to include in this post. Of course, with numbers like that, the chances are that you can find a plugin to do any job you need for your site amongst the lists. So, here are the 14 lists we reviewed. Each link will, as mentioned before, open in a new tab so feel free to click away and come back here whenever you need to.

Happy plugin hunting!

Best Free & Premium WordPress Plugins by Category in 2014 from Penguin Initiatives
Best WordPress Plugins from wpbeginner
WordPress Highest Rated WordPress Plugins from wordpress.org
The 35 Best WordPress Plug-ins from PC Magazine
Top 50 Most Popular WordPress Plugins from What WordPress Theme Is That?
50+ Best WordPress Plugins Free & Premium from WPExplorer
The Best WordPress Plugins That Everyone Should Be Using from Elegant Themes Blog
The Best Wordpress Plugins from makeuseof
Top List of the Best and Must Use WordPress Plugins from Tips and Tricks HQ
25+ Must-Have WordPress Plugins for 2014 from WPMU DEV
The 7 WordPress Plugins Your Site Needs to Succeed from Entrepreneur
The Top 25 WordPress Plugins from Jeffbullas's Blog
Top 10 WordPress Plugins That You Need To Be Using In 2014 from Jeffbullas's Blog
WordPress Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site from Tips and Tricks HQ

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