Most of the Blogs about blogging will provide you with a list of Top 10 WordPress Plugins or Top 20 Plugins. There are catchy headlines such as Top 20 Most Essential WordPress Plugins or Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins. But do they really make your Blog any good.
No successful Blogger has yet shared the real list of what they are using. How come their Blogs are so elegant and still everything is so accessible. You follow the Lists provided add plugins and then after some days remove or replace them with something similar. Oh! What a waste of Time.
Here I’m sharing some plugins which are “Must Haves” for a truly successful Blog. Some of these are essentials for your Blog to be running efficiently and some are for Content Creation, Content Promotion, Security, SEO as well as to create a highly successful Blog . Also included are the Top WP Plugins required for setting up your Online Store for selling products to selling Digital downloads.
If you want to give your Audience a smoother and richer experience, I would advise you to get a premium plugin from Code Canyon. The guys at Code Canyon are great at designing plugins and you would find a plugin almost for anything you plan to do with your Blog/Website.
If you have not created a Blog yet and are just researching, then also have a look at 9 Simple Steps to Create Your Own Blog.
Jetpack this is must have plugin and All in one work horse. Jetpack adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.
- Customization. Make your WordPress site uniquely yours with Custom CSS, Carousels, spam-free Contact Forms, Sidebar Widgets,Infinite Scroll, and Tiled Galleries.
- Mobile theme. Instant and customization lightweight responsive theme designed for phones and tablets.
- Publicise. As soon as you publish a post it automatically shares it with your connected social media accounts.
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
Social Media Sharing and Conversion
3. Digg Digg
With Digg Digg by Buffer, you have an all in one social sharing plugin for your blog. Display all social sharing buttons nicely on your blog and make it look amazing, just like Mashable.
- Display all popular social sharing buttons with count, such as Twitter, Buffer, Facebook Share, Facebook Like, Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dZone, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Sphinn, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage, Serpd, Pinterest, Pocket and Tumblr.
- Facebook Like (Iframe or XFBML), support thumbnail generation, multiple languages, show faces and send button.
SumoMe offers a wide suite of option starting from Floating Sharing buttons to a Smart List Builder, Subscription Scroll Box to Signup Bars. Configured with all options it comes out to be a powerful social media sharing and list building plugin. It also offer A/B testing of List Boxes and seamlessly integrates with most popular mailing list service providers.
In a single WordPress plugin, Filament contains a group of useful features including Flare, a social share button plugin that makes it easy for others to share your blogpost on Twitter, Facebook, Buffer, and more—even spots like Hacker News and Reddit. Other Filament apps include: MailChimp subscribe form, Google Analytics tracking, all-in-one profiles, code management, and share highlighter.
Shareaholic is an all-in-one content amplification and monetization platform, that includes related content recommendations, promoted content, social sharing, following, site monetization apps such as affiliate linking, and social analytics. This module makes it a snap for any website — big or small — to engage and grow their traffic, market their content, gain insights, and monetize their traffic, all from one powerful but easy-to-use dashboard.
This WordPress plugin allows you to lock a portion of your content behind a social share button so that the content can only be accessed once a user shares to Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.
Built by the team at CoSchedule (which also makes a helpful WordPress calendar and scheduler), this WordPress plugin makes it simple to highlight snippets of your blogpost for readers to easily share on Twitter. For sites not running WordPress, consider a tool like clicktotweet.
WordPress PopUp brings a proven solution for effective advertising to your site or network. Introduce mailing lists, exclusive offers and other advertisements to your clients, users or visitors with a polished pop-up ad. Because the WordPress PopUp interface provides a simple, flexible design template in a familiar workspace, you can spend more time creating and less time building. Plus, with this fully-responsive plugin, your pop-ups will look fantastic on every device.
10. WP Popular Posts
WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog.
- Multi-widget capable. That is, you can have several widgets of WordPress Popular Posts on your blog – each with its own settings!
- Time Range – list those posts of your blog that have been the most popular ones within a specific time range (eg. last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days, etc.)!
- Custom Post-type support. Wanna show other stuff than just posts and pages?
- Display a thumbnail of your posts! (see the FAQ section for technical requirements).
- Use your own layout! Control how your most popular posts are shown on your theme.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) displays pages, posts, and custom post types related to the current entry, introducing your readers to other relevant content on your site.
Related Posts by Zemanta brings new visitors to your site, helping you increase your reach and readership.
Related Posts is unique because it gives you the option to editorially curate related content for each post, or let Zemanta automatically recommend sources from around the web
Adding Disqus to your site turns comments into a community. Comments are no longer a costly burden, they’re an active asset to your site. Disqus though a Comment threading platform, also works similar to Outbrain and works as a great promotion tool and increases your Contents reach.
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Content Creation and Presentation
14. Page Builder by SiteOrigin
Page Builder by SiteOrigin is the most popular page creation plugin for WordPress. It makes it easy to create responsive column based content, using the widgets you know and love. Your content will accurately adapt to all mobile devices, ensuring your site is mobile-ready. Read more on SiteOrigin.
It’s an intuitive interface that looks just like WordPress itself. It’s easy to learn, so you’ll be building beautiful, responsive content in no time.
15. SiteOrigins Widgets Bundle
The SiteOrigin widget bundle gives you a collection of widgets that you can use and customize. All the widgets are built on a powerful framework, giving you advanced forms, unlimited colors and 1500+ icons.
16. TinyMCE Advanced
This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. It includes 15 plugins for TinyMCE that are automatically enabled or disabled depending on what buttons are chosen.
Some of the features added by this plugin
- Support for creating and editing tables.
- More options when inserting lists.
- Search and Replace in the editor.
- Ability to set Font Family and Font Size.
- And many others.
With this plugin you will also be able to enable the TinyMCE menu. It is a convenient way to access a lot of features that are not used frequently.
This plugin adds a new Visual Editor widget type that allows you to insert rich text and media objects in your sidebars with no hassle. The default WordPress text widget lacks of functionality and it requires HTML knowledge, this plugin was born to overcome these limitations. With Black Studio TinyMCE Widget you will be able to edit your widgets in a WYSIWYG manner using the native WordPress TinyMCE editor, just like you do in posts and pages. And if you are a developer you may still switch back and forth from Visual to HTML mode.
18. WP Google Maps
The easiest to use Google maps plugin! Add a customized Google map to your WordPress posts and/or pages quickly and easily with the supplied shortcode. No fuss. No iFrames and super easy to use! Perfect for contact page maps, routes, maps showing delivery areas and any other use you can think of!
While the free version of WP Google Maps allows you to create a Google map with as many markers as you like, the Pro version allows you to do so much more!
This is a YouTube embedding plugin. Embed responsive YouTube video players and playlists in posts/pages and widgets. Add video thumbnails, analytics, SEO, and more
20. My Curator
MyCurator discovers interesting, usable content throughout the day, inspiring you to regularly curate new posts. Click-to-copy from the full article text and images right in the WordPress editor. The GetIt bookmarklet captures content you find on the web for later curation or right to a draft post. Customize to your specific niche by choosing what sources to read and what to look for in each article. You can Train MyCurator’s Relevance engine for even more accuracy. Save the best articles to Notebooks for complex curations & content writing research.
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Responsive Lightbox allows users to view larger versions of images and galleries in a lightbox (overlay) effect optimized for mobile devices.
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 lightbox overlay. The embedded videos can be viewed on iPhone and iPad too.
Here are some Video Editing tools and resources for creating mesmerising Videos
Ad Injection from Reviewmylife injects any kind of advert or other content (e.g. Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, ClickBank, TradeDoubler, etc) into the existing content of your WordPress posts and pages. You can control the number of adverts based on the post length, and it can restrict who sees adverts by post age, visitor referrer and IP address. Adverts can be configured in the post (random, top, and bottom positions) or in any widget/sidebar area. There’s support for A:B split testing / ad rotation. And support for dynamic restrictions (by IP address and referer). Note that this is an advanced plugin with loads of options. If you want a really simple plugin this might not be the one for you!
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I believe making money from blogging shouldn’t take more time than, well, blogging. VigLink automatically pays you when people buy the brands and products you write about. By signing up for VigLink and installing this plugin, you can automatically monetize links to over 30,000 cooperating merchants. It works in the background to find product mentions in the text and links the Words with an affiliate link to Amazon, Ebay and other merchants. So anywhere it finds a mention like ” Skagen Mens Watches ” it will be automatically linked to the section in Amazon or Ebay.
VigLink Convert, is a product that converts ordinary links into monetized links, works on existing links across all of your pages. It even works for links distributed in your RSS feeds.
SkimLinks is another Auto Affiliation Network similar to VigLink which you can use with Contextual Advertising Programs to make the most of your Blogs content. SkimLinks is the perfect partner for sites with product-related links and keywords on any niche from fishing to fashion or technology to travel. No advertising, no banners, just simple relevant links to retailers your users love.
Thirsty Affiliates empowers website owners with the tools they need to monetize their WordPress website with affiliate marketing. It lets you administer your affiliate links, assists you with inserting them into your posts, pages and comments and gives you a central location in WordPress to manage all of your affiliate links. Thirsty Affiliates will create pretty links from ugly affiliate links (aka link redirection or link cloaking) all the while giving you the double benefit of protecting your commissions from theft.
Send newsletters post notifications or autoresponders from WordPress easily, and beautifully. Create newsletters, automated emails, post notifications and autoresponders. Capture subscribers with this single signup widget. Drop your posts, images, social icons in your newsletter. Change fonts and colors on the fly. A simple newsletter solution for WordPress. Built with the idea that newsletters in WordPress should be easy.
- Drag & drop newsletter editor
- Send your latest posts automatically
- Autoresponders, i.e. “Send email 3 days after someone subscribes”
- Send emails to your WordPress users
- Start collecting subscribers in 2-clicks with our sign up widget
- Single or double opt-in, your choice
- Import subscribers in 2 steps
- Get stats for your newsletter: opens, clicks, unsubscribes
- Drag and drop subscription form designer
- Your newsletters look the same in Gmail, iPhone, Android, Outlook, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.
- Send with your web host, Gmail, any SMTP, like SendGrid, Amazon SES Mandrill, etc…
- Segment your lists based on unopened, opened and clicked
- Selection of over 70 themes. Photoshop files included
- Sending newsletters in the free version is limited to 2000 subscribers
Adding sign-up methods for your MailChimp lists to your WordPress site should be easy. With this plugin, it finally is. MailChimp for WordPress lets you create a highly customizable sign-up form. You can show the form anywhere you want using a simple shortcode, widget or template function. You can also add MailChimp sign-up checkboxes to various other forms on your site, like your comment or contact forms.
Page Speed and Blog Optimization
30. WP Super Cache
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
31. W3 Total Cache
Recommended by web hosts like: Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost, MediaTemple, Go Daddy, Host Gator and countless more. Trusted by countless companies like: AT&T, stevesouders.com, mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, yoast.com, kiss925.com, pearsonified.com, lockergnome.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, css-tricks.com and tens of thousands of others.
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy. It concatenates all scripts and styles, minifies and compresses them, adds expires headers, caches them, and moves styles to the page head, and scripts to the footer. It also minifies the HTML code itself, making your page really lightweight. There are advanced options available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each and every site’s specific need.
The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can optimize the images that you have already uploaded, convert your images automatically to the file format that will produce the smallest image size (make sure you read the WARNINGS), and optionally apply lossy reductions for PNG and JPG images.
34. WP Smush
WP Smush strips hidden, bulky information from your images, reducing the file size without losing quality. The faster your site loads, the more Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines will like it. Heavy image files may be slowing down your site without you even knowing it. WP Smush meticulously scans every image you upload – or have already added to your site – and cuts all the unnecessary data for you.
35. BJ LazyLoad
Lazy loading makes your site load faster and saves bandwidth. Uses jQuery and degrades gracefully for non-js users. Works with both images and iframes
36. WP Optimize
WP-Optimize is an extensive WordPress database cleanup and optimization tool. It doesn’t require PhpMyAdmin to clean and optimize your database tables.
37. WpTouch Mobile
WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website.
The administration panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site to your mobile visitors, without modifying a single bit of code (or affecting) your regular desktop theme.
The theme also includes the ability for visitors to switch between the theme on your mobile WordPress website and your website’s regular theme.
Search Engine Optimisation
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content. Supported since over 9 years and rated as the best WordPress plugin, it will do exactly what it’s supposed to do – providing a complete XML sitemap for search engines.
Not Required If Using WP SEO by Yoast
- Detects links that don’t work, missing images, deleted YouTube videos and other problems.
- Periodically checks links in posts, pages, comments, custom fields and the blogroll.
- New and modified entries are checked ASAP.
- Notifies you on the Dashboard if any problems are found.
- Lets you edit all instances of a specific link at once.
40. WP SEO By Yoast
This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere. Along with SEO you can use these most Surprising ideas to promote your Blog to get high volume traffic.
41. All in One SEO
All in One SEO Pack Optimizes your WordPress blog for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
- XML Sitemap support – submit your sitemap to Google and Bing and improve your SEO
- Google Analytics support
- Support for SEO on Custom Post Types
- Advanced Canonical URLs
- Fine tune Page Navigational Links
- Built-in API so other plugins/themes can access and extend functionality
- ONLY plugin to provide SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce sites
- Nonce Security built into All in One SEO Pack
- Support for CMS-style WordPress installations
- Automatically optimizes your titles for Google and other search engines
- Generates META tags automatically
- Avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blogs
- For beginners, you don’t even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install.
- For advanced users, you can fine-tune everything to optimize your SEO
- You can override any title and set any META description and any META keywords you want.
Blog Security and Backups
Wordfence starts by checking if your site is already infected. It does a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster.
An extremely powerful and user-friendly WordPress anti-spam plugin that eliminates comment spam, trackback spam, contact form spam & registration spam. An All-in-one Spam Solution for WordPress – Without CAPTCHAS
Wanguard API works over SSL, so all connections are secure connections. This is mandatory for all European websites because you are sending information. Using a service that does not comply with all European laws or send information without encryption, it can mean heavy fines. If you don’t want to use secure connection, you can disable it from WangGuard configuration page.
45. User Role Editor
With User Role Editor WordPress plugin you can change user role (except Administrator) capabilities easy, with a few clicks. Just turn on check boxes of capabilities you wish to add to the selected role and click “Update” button to save your changes. That’s done. Add new roles and customize its capabilities according to your needs, from scratch of as a copy of other existing role.
UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, OpenStack Swift and email) and restore with a single click. Backups of files and database can have separate schedules.
Ecommerce and Digital Product Store Plugins
47. WP Estore
In a Nutshell… this powerful, sleek and conversion oriented WordPress shopping cart plugin allows you to sell any type of digital products and services from your WordPress powered site securely with complete automation. Once you set it up, the whole process (the buying, payment verification, and the delivering of the product(s) without revealing the real URL of the product) works on auto-pilot. You can view a simple overview of the WP eStore’s digital delivery operations here.
Easy Digital Downloads is a complete e-commerce solution for selling digital products in a light, performant, and easy to use plugin. Rather that attempting to provide every feature under the sun, Easy Digital Downloads makes selling digital simple and complete by providing just the features you need.
Transform your WordPress website into a thoroughbred eCommerce store. Delivering enterprise-level quality and features, backed by a name you can trust. Say “hello” to the WooCommerce eCommerce plugin. WooCommerce is built by the experienced folk at WooThemes who also offer premium eCommerce themes and extensions to further enhance your shopfront.
WordPress Download Manager is a Files / Documents Management Plugin and Complete e-Commerce Solution for selling digital products. WordPress Download Manager plugin will help you to manage, track, control file downloads & sell digital products easily from your WordPress site. Use Password Protection, User Roles Protection to control access to your files. And simply setup prices when you need to sell the digital item. User can directly download free items and when item has a price user will have to go through cart & checkout. It has easiest checkout option to give the user better experience in purchasing an item and which always increase the probability of successful completion of an order.
Over To You
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