Top 140 WordPress Plugins: The Definitive List

Why WordPress Plugins?

WordPress plugins provide amazing customization flexibility to any WordPress website. They are one of the three reasons why (along with security and theme flexibility) why Worpress is the No.1 CMS for website development today. Endorsed and downloaded in their thousands every day, created and updated in their hundreds of thousands every week. In no uncertain terms they can transform a non-responsive, under-optimized website, into an industry leader.

We strongly encourage you to consider using them on your website – for every conceivable need. As such, what follows are the top 10 WordPress plugins as statistically downloaded and positively reviewed for every category of digital marketing that you need. A deep list covering a rich array of areas:

  1. Page Building & Content Management
  2. Images & Visual Optimization
  3. SEO
  4. Form Building, Comments & Spam
  5. Sliders
  6. Social Media
  7. eCommerce
  8. Security & Backup
  9. Online Advertising
  10. Customer Service & Support
  11. Analytics & Performance Metrics
  12. Marketing & Affiliates
  13. Membership
  14. Best of the Rest…
Page Building & Content Management

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1BeaverBuilderNoFrom $99
2InstapageNoFrom $29
3Page Builder by SiteOriginYesFrom $29
4SiteOrigin Widgets BundleYesN/A
5Simple Page OrderingYesN/A
6WP-PageNaviYesN/A
7Shortcodes UltimateYesFrom $15
8All In One WP MigrationYesFrom $59
9Breadcrumb NavXTYesN/A
10Exclude PagesYesN/A

Images & Visual Optimization

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1Regenerate ThumbnailsYesN/A
2Essential GridNoFrom $26
3Black Studio TinyMCE WidgetYesN/A
4NextGEN GalleryYesFrom $69
5Smush Image Compression and OptimizationYesN/A
6Image WidgetYesFrom $29
7Photo Gallery by WDYesFrom $15
8Responsive LightboxYesFrom $14
9Video Gallery WordPress PluginNo$19
10Simple 3D CoverflowYes$29

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1YoastYesFrom $69
2All In One SEO PackYesFrom $79
3WP Total CacheYes$99
4Google XML SitemapsYesN/A
5Premium SEO PackYes$44
6RankieNo$17
7RedirectionYesN/A
8EWWW Image OptimizerYesN/A
9Wordpress Auto SpinnerNo$21
10Broken Link CheckerYesN/A

Form Building, Comments & Spam

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1AkismetYesFrom $4
2Contact Form 7YesN/A
3Ninja FormsNoFrom $99
4Really Simple CAPTCHAYesN/A
5Disable CommentsYesN/A
6Gravity FormsNo$39
7Disqus Comment SystemYesFrom $10
8Quform BuilderNo$29
9Contact Form DBYesN/A
10Fast Secure Contact FormYesN/A

Sliders

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1Slider RevolutionNoFrom $25
2Layer SliderNo$29
3Meta SliderYesFrom $19
4SoliloquyYesFrom $19
5Slider ProNo$29
6Royal SliderNo$29
7Accordion SliderYesFrom $10
8Easing SliderNo$29
9Huge-IT SliderYesFrom $15
10WP Slider PluginYes$19.90

Social Media

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1Social WarfareNoFrom $29
2MonarchNo$89
3SumoYesFrom $29
4WP Social SharingYesN/A
5Simple Social ButtonsYesN/A
6Instagram FeedYesFrom $39
7Social Network Tabs for WordpressNoFrom $15
8Easy Social Share ButtonsYesN/A
9Social GalleryNoFrom $24
10Ultimate Social Media ProNo$17

eCommerce

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1WooCommerceNoFrom $129
2Cart66 CloudYesFrom $19
3Ecwid Ecommerce Shopping CartYesFrom $15
4Marketpress eCommerceYes$49
5eCommerce Shopping Cart by WP EasyCartNoFrom $50
6WorldPay Gateway for WP E-CommerceNoFrom $39
7YITH WooCommerce WishlistYesN/A
8iThemes ExchangeYes$197
9WP E-Commerce Authorize.NetNoFrom $29
10Friendly Manual Order ProcessingYes$15

Security & Backup

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1WordfenceYesFrom $13.12
2All In One Security & FirewallYesN/A
3Bulletproof SecurityYes$59
4iTheme SecurityYes$25
5Login LockdownYesN/A
6Sucuri SecurityNoFrom $199
7Google AuthenticatorYesN/A
8WP-Lens Security and AnalysisNo$19
9Backup BuddyNoFrom $80
10Updraft PlusNoFrom $70

Online Advertising

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1Mailchimp for WordpressYesFrom $59
2Pretty Link ProNoFrom $49
3AdSanityNoFrom $39
4Popup MakerYesN/A
5WP Quads ProYesFrom $65
6Wordpress Ad WidgetYesN/A
7AdRotateYes$29
8WP In Post AdsNo$29
9HustleYesFrom $49
10Advanced Advertising SystemYesFrom $29

Customer Service & Support

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1Live Chat by FormillaYesFrom $11.99
2LiveChatNoFrom $16
3Support Ticket SystemYesN/A
4OlarkNoFrom $12
5ZenDesk SupportYesFrom $5
6Awesome SupportYesFrom $199
7WP Live Chat SupportYesFrom $39.95
8Wise ChatYesFrom $35
9AH TicketsNo$24
10Live Chat from ClickdeskYesFrom $14.99

Analytics & Performance Metrics

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1MonsterInsightsNoFrom $39
2Google Analytics WDYesN/A
3Google Analytics Dashboard for WPYesN/A
4Debug BarYesN/A
5Social Traffic Pop For WordpressNo$21
6Simple Feed StatsYesN/A
7P3 Plugin Performance ProfilerYesN/A
8Contact Forms & Website Analytics by HubspotYesN/A
9SmartCrawlYesFrom $49
10WP Power StatsYesN/A

Marketing & Affiliates

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1SidekickNoFrom $5
2OptinmonsterNoFrom $9
3AffiliateWPNo$99
4BloomNoFrom $89
5AffiliatesNoFrom $49
6Post Affiliate ProNoFrom $149
7KanbanYesFrom $79
8Thirsty AffiliatesNo$19
9ReplayableYesFrom $2.99
10All In One Schema.org Rich SnippetsYesN/A

Membership

PositionPlugin NameFree?Premium?
1MemberPressNoFrom $119
2Restrict Content ProNoFrom $99
3MemberMouseNoFrom $19.95
4Rainmaker PlatformNoFrom $145
5WP-MembersNoFrom $59
6aMember ProfessionalYesFrom $149
7Paid Member SubscriptionsNoFrom $69
8OptimizePressNo$97
9WooCommerce MembershipNoFrom $149
10s2MemberYesFrom $89

Best of the Rest
  1. Duplicate Post
  2. Revive Old Posts
  3. Hide My WP
  4. Duplicator
  5. WP Super Cache
  6. Jetpack
  7. Title Experiments
  8. Just Writing
  9. MaxCDN
  10. The Events Calendar
Conclusion

Feature rich, easy to install and run on your WordPress website, this list provides a deep dive into where and what plugins you should be using to enhance every area of your websites performance, social media, security, visual look and more.

Many of these are free, others require payment. Do not let the fact that some cost money put you off using them. For any of these the cost is well worth the investment. For ease of use, customization and all round peace of mind, they offer you the potential to maintain a best in class WordPress website, when most likely your competitors are floundering in several of these areas.

Contact us today to learn more about using the right WordPress plugins for your website.