Best WordPress Plugins

People often ask me what are the top WordPress plugins that we recommend to use on their blog, so we decided to write this post for the best plugins for using WordPress. This has a mix of both premium and free plugins, but they are all vital to saving you time, increasing your search engine results, and making you money. These are the plugins that I use every time I develop a WordPress site.

  1. All in One SEO Pack This one should be obvious. This WordPress SEO plugin is the most downloaded plugin, with over 11,000,000 downloads at the time of this writing. This is the original WordPress SEO plugin (since 2007), and is the standard for any and all WordPress sites.
  2. Google XML Sitemap Generator Creating an XML Sitemap for search engines such as Google is vital, and this plugin does it well.
  3. Backup Buddy We couldn’t live without this plugin. The security and peace of mind we get, knowing that our websites are backed up at all times, is vital. It also makes migrating a WordPress site a breeze.
  4. Gravity Forms Creating forms can be a time-consuming task, as well as a technical one. This plugin allows you to easily and quickly create simple or complex forms for WordPress.
  5. Jetpack Brought to you by the guys who brought you, this plugin adds over a half-dozen awesome features that once were exclusive to hosted blogs.
  6. Akismet Unless you want to get pounded by spam, this plugin is a must. There are a few other anti-spam plugins, but none use the powerful Akismet network of servers to crowdsource those dirty spammers!
  7. Pippity This is one of the best plugins that you’ve never heard of. We all hate popups, but Pippity delivers your users popups in a very unobtrusive way, while helping you to increase conversions. WE use this on every site, and almost immediately our conversions went through the roof. It paid for itself in a little under a week.
  8. WP Super Cache Does this website seem pretty fast to you? If so, thank WP Super Cache. Built by Automattician Donncha O Caoimh, this fully featured caching plugin will keep your hosting company off your back for using up the server’s resources.

There you have it. These are the best plugins out there for a basic installation, either using WordPress as a blog or otherwise. What plugins do you like? Are there any we should add to the list? Let us know if the comments what you think.

85 comments on “Best WordPress Plugins
  1. Pijush Mitra says:

    I am using All in One SEO Pack, Akismet, W3 Total Cache, Google XML Sitemap Generator among the plugins suggested by Michael.
    Note: Michael, I love the simplicity of your All in One SEO Pack.

    • Thank you for your comment Pijush. We welcome any feedback you have regarding how we can improve our All in One SEO Pack plugin. Let me know if there are any features you’d like to see added.

  2. Maddy says:

    really nice post, keep sharing

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  4. Nick says:

    Thank you Michael, that’s a great list, but what about a cool plugin to add social media icons? Similar as with the “All in one SEO”-plugin we tried to include everything into what the sharers’ hearts may want. Happy for any feedback – we’re improving the plugin continuously.

  5. Juliette says:

    Hi Michael,

    We just got our first client and they want a website that they can sell there written songs. But I am not sure what wordpress theme can do this.

    They want when someone purchase a song no one else can buy the same song. Is there a wordpress theme that does this. I need some way if someone down load the manuscript it gets deleted somehow from the site. We don’t want people purchase the same musical manuscript and then we have multiple versions of the same song.

    This could end up being a law suit or copyright issue.


    • Hi Juliette,

      You don’t want a theme for this, you want a plugin. Functionality should be reserved for plugins, design and layout should be reserved for themes. Otherwise you may decide to change your theme and you lose all the functionality and content associated with it. Any good e-commerce plugin such as WooCommerce will provide this functionality or you could look at EasyDigitalDownloads which is a great plugin.

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