50 Best WordPress Plugins For Every Blog
Today I want to give you my top list of best wordpress plugins for any blog in 2017 but before we move forward let me ask a question, What would WordPress be without plugins and what are plugins?
Those little tools and software that help us achieve (almost) anything with the platform. Any need or important requirement can be covered with a plugin and if it does not exist, it can be created or developed. There are no limits.
Within the official directory of plugins in WordPress we can find thousands of plugins, in addition to some others that are developed by third parties.
But what are the best WordPress plugins?
We could define two main categories of plugins:
- The essential and universal plugins.They are the most basic and work for all types of blog or web page, regardless of the theme, niche or industry.
- Special and specific plugins.They are those that adapt to a certain need and depend on the user and the niche or topic on which it is focused.
The best thing is to have the essentials installed and then focus on the specials we need for our blog or project on the Web.
50 top WordPress Plugins for 2017 – by Category
In this guide, you will know the 50 best WordPress plugins, sorted by category and with a short description so you know its functions and usefulness.
If you have doubts about the installation, check the following tutorial from wp beginner: How to install a plugin in WordPress .
These are the categories of plugins
- Statistics and Analytics
- Social networks
- Marketing, Sales and E-Commerce
- Email Marketing
- Extra Utilities
These are the universal plugins that I recommend you install in WordPress regardless of the type of page or the topic or niche in which you are focused. Check everyone and install them.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
Without doubt the best plugin to do internal SEO settings in WordPress. It offers everything needed to optimize the platform and also offers a very useful tool to create entries and pages optimized for search engines. These are its main advantages:
- Control panel with different options
- Change the titles of entries, pages, categories, files, etc.
- Breadcrumbs options
- Change Category URL
- Analyze pages and posts with suggestions to improve on-page SEO.
- Helps focus positioning on entries or pages based on a primary keyword
- Automatic creation of XML Sitemaps
- Many other options more
Overall, this is a very complete plugin, an all-in-one solution for configuring and optimizing WordPress for SEO and one of the best wordpress plugin so far.
Link: WordPress SEO by Yoast
IThemes Security (Formerly Better WP Security)
Security is one of the best wordpress plugin that any WordPress user must have. It is best to protect the platform from the beginning and not until we have been attacked or hacked.
The best and most complete security plugin for WordPress is definitely iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security). Some of the most important features and functions include:
- Changes and protects administrator URLs in WordPress, including wp-admin, wp-login.php and more
- With “away” mode you can disable the option to log in to WordPress for a certain time
- Rename admin account
- Change the wp-content structure
- Eliminates error messages when logging in
- Quick tips with one-click solutions to improve security and protect WordPress in all aspects
- Much more!
Definitely an essential plugin that you can not miss in your blog or website.
Link: iThemes Security
Ninja Forms is an excellent plugin for creating all types of contact forms for your blog. It offers a friendly interface, easy to use and with the option to add extensions to increase the capacity and functions that come by default.
It includes anti-spam function, the possibility to develop extensions and advanced functions, export contacts, messages in CSV and much more.
Download: Ninja Forms
Spam is something common on the Internet and WordPress is not saved from it. Akismet is the best plugin to moderate SPAM and prevent it from becoming annoying and invasive. To begin, you need to create an API key, later the plugin is activated and you will no longer have to deal with SPAM in the comments of your blog.
Check the installation tutorial here: How to configure Akismet.
Excellent tool to optimize and reduce the size of images that are uploaded to WordPress.This helps to optimize platform performance and improve load times, which translates to various benefits in SEO and site usability.
Download: Wp Smush It.
W3 Total Cache
It helps improve WordPress performance by speeding up loading times on entries, pages and other sections of a website.
For a faster, clean and effective WordPress, this plugin is definitely indispensable.
Download: W3 Total Cache
It contains a number of tools and solutions that make the experience and functions of WordPress even more complete. Here are some of the features of this excellent plugin which makes it one of the best wordpress plugins ever developed:
- Traffic statistics including page views, traffic sources, number of visits and more.
- Email subscription for users when commenting on entries or pages
- CSS editor included
- Can publish entries from any email client
- Different content and social media widgets
- Set Widgets to only appear on certain pages
- Carousel of images
- Backup and Scan with VaultPress
- Many other things
Jetpack contains excellent options to improve WordPress in all aspects and give you access to a series of very useful tools.
In order to use it, you will need to link your site to a WordPress.com account.
Download: Jetpack by WordPress.com
Broken Link Checker
No one wants to have useless links on their site that lead to the “faulty” 404 error page.
With Broken Link Check you can automatically check the links in your blog or page that are “broken” and do not work. Often it happens that certain links are modified or eliminated; With this tool to detect them and eliminate them becomes simple.
Download: Broken Link Checker
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
If you have a blog and publish content frequently, then you need a plugin of related articles to increase the participation and the time that your readers stay browsing and consuming information.
To avoid reading an entry and then go somewhere else or close the sale, use YARPP, an excellent plugin that places links with similar content at the end of the entries. This plugin is Very complete, useful and superior to other plugins of related articles.
Google Analytics for WordPress
This plugin is automatically synchronized with your Google account to add Google Analytics and start monitoring visits and behavior of your web traffic.
Easy and quick to set up.
Link: Google Analytics for WordPress(Get it at wordpress.org)
If you are going to monetize your blog and have affiliate links or any other that has a structure that makes it clear its purpose (sell and advertise), then Pretty Link will be very helpful in creating personalized links and “hiding” your affiliate link.
With this you increase conversions and also you have access to the report of clicks and other statistics on each link that you create.
Link: Prettyl Link
Although we saw that iThemes Security is the best WordPress plugin for security, we will see other useful security plugins (some complement each other well).
Duo Two Factor Authentication
Add another security layer to your WordPress installation. Once users are logged in, the plugin will ask for another additional password to verify their identity.
Excellent protection, especially for sites with 2 or more users who frequently enter your WordPress desktop.
Download: Duo Two Factor Authentication
New! – Wordfence Security offers free “business-level” security for your WordPress site.Help on two main fronts:
- Prevent your site from becoming infected with malware or viruses
- Detect what it is that an infected site has to there to take action and eliminate the problem
Along with iThemes Security, WordPress Security seems to me one of the best security plugins in recent months and will be a pillar for many sites in 2016.
Like many plugins, they offer a very basic and free full version, while for premium support, premium audits, scheduled scans and much more, they have a paid version.
Download: Wordfence security is also available at the wordpress.org website, just search for it and download
Limit Login Attempts
Configures a maximum number of attempts in which a user can log in to WordPress.When the maximum is reached, it blocks the IP of the device and thus prevents massive attacks or brute force to WordPress.
Download: also available at the wordpress.org website, just search for it and download
UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration
New! – Backing up our website or blog should be a top priority of maintenance.Nowadays there are endless services with which we can make these backups that in case of emergency, save us from a terrible scenario! No one is in the mood to waste hours and hours of work because of an attack or error.
With UpdraftPlus, we can make manual or automatic “backups” in services like Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, via FTP, SFTP, email and others. Other services are included for the paid version.
Download: Updraft plus Backup and Restoration
From the same developers of iThemes Security (iThemes), BackupBuddy is the perfect solution for creating backups and backups automatically in WordPress. It also allows you to restore WordPress and migrate it to another domain or installation in a simple and uncomplicated way.
Very good plugin that completes perfect with iThemes Security.
Another excellent solution for creating backups and backups with WordPress. In a couple of clicks you can send all WordPress files to your Dropbox account.
In this way, if necessary, the platform is quickly restored.
Download: Back WPup
New! – Sucuri is a service that helps to remove all type of virus, malware or problem of a hacked site in a matter of few hours. Obviously it has a cost since its professionals do the work 100% manual.
In addition to the service Sucuri offers this excellent plugin that helps to scan, audit and reinforce security on several fronts.
Install it and have the peace of mind that your blog or page is 100% secure.
Download: Sucuri Security
Statistics and Analytics
Let’s see different plugins to insert Google Analytics and alternatives to monitor statistics in WordPress:
A more advanced plugin where you can see diagrams with “heatmaps” or highlighted areas where users click more and navigate. This way it is easier to realize which pages and areas of your blog or webpage have more attention and conversions.
It is an excellent complement to Google Analytics. The best thing is that all statistics and reports can be viewed from the same WordPress desktop.
Link: Hotspots Analytics
Clicky by Yoast
Clicky is an excellent alternative to use as a complement or replacement for Google Analytics. It offers real-time visits, updated statistics and a large control panel that is easy to understand and interpret.
With this plugin you can configure Clicky quickly and safely.
Link: Clicky by Yoast
Simple Google Analytics
A very simple plugin where all you have to do is copy the code of Analytics (format UA-000000) and the monitoring of statistics will begin to be done at that very moment. Fast and easy.
Link: Simple Google Analytics
The list of best wordpress plugins will not be valid without social sharing plugins, One of the best ways to position yourself, create branding and get traffic is through social networks, which have been growing exponentially in the last months and years.
Check the following list to know the best Plugins social network plugins:
New! – With Monarch Social Sharing Plugin you can add different social media button formats with a modern design that does not interfere with content and offers an easy way for people who consume your content to share it on different social networks.
This is a premium plugin that has a cost depending on the plan you choose with Elegant Themes.
My best recommendation!
Download: Monarch Social Media Sharing
Making the user who visits your blog consume your content, stay on the site for a long time and share it with your social network contacts is a very important aspect.
With Shareaholic you can make people who visit your blog share your posts through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other important social networks.
It also allows you to add a section of related articles at the bottom of each post, so you can spend more time and take advantage of all the knowledge you share day by day.
Includes your own control panel to view statistics and performance reports.
Link: Go to wordpress website Shareaholic for wordpress
Wp Social Sharing
New! – With WP Social Sharing you can add great design social icons for users to share your content. More traffic always available!
Download: WP Social Sharing
Click to Tweet
An excellent plugin that allows you to create a phrase or a tweet so that users who are reading your posts or any other type of content can publish it on your Twitter with a single click.
Example: I have a fitness blog where I posted a sentence that says “To be able to lose weight you need to have discipline and determination” ← Click to tweet this!
The plugin allows clicking the phrase to open a Twitter window where the user is allowed to send the tweet.
A very good plugin for traffic and branding.
Link: Click to Tweet.
AddToAny Share Button
New! – Another very good plugin to add buttons that allow sharing content of your blog in social networks.
Download: AddToAny Share
Floating Social Bar
If you want to give a different style to social networking buttons, Floating Social Bar is an excellent plugin that will allow you to add a bar at the top with buttons from Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
The best thing is that while the user is going down the page, the bar automatically also low, allowing it to always be visible.
Try this plugin alternating with Digg Digg and check which converts best
Link: Floating Social Bar.
Marketing, Sales and E-Commerce
WordPress is an excellent platform for doing business, marketing, selling products and creating a complete eCommerce store and running perfectly within a few hours.
Check the following plugins to have solutions in these aspects:
The best and most popular plugin to convert WordPress is a virtual store immediately and easily. With WooCommerce you have access to different extensions that give more power and possibilities to the plugin and of course to all the functions of a professional virtual store (add products with different attributes like size, color and size, sell physical and virtual products, use different platforms Payment, etc.).
To take full advantage of the plugin, it is best to use a theme or template that is 100% compatible and has the appropriate interface and structure for a virtual store.
Easy Digital Downloads
Excellent plugin to sell digital products like eBooks or courses. When you install it you will have access to a special control panel with all the functions and features necessary to start accepting payments via Paypal.
A simple and very effective plugin for “infomarketing” within your blog.
Link: Easy Digital Downloads
Optimize Press 2.0
A very useful plugin (which can also be used as a theme), which allows the creation of different pages and marketing designs, including:
- Capture pages
- Letters of sale
- Memberships and Membership Zone
- Lesson Pages
- And much more.
The best and most innovative of OptimizePress 2.0 is its “Live Editor”, a unique interface within WordPress with which it is very easy to create and customize all the pages that are made. No programming or codes. In a few minutes you can create capture, sales or other pages.
In addition to this it is adapted to the latest trends in marketing and Web design.
Highly recommended if you want to do business on the Internet or sell a digital product.
Thrive Themes Content Builder
New! – One of the main disadvantages of OptimizePress is the large number of pop-ups we have to deal with in order to build our different Marketing sites.
The content builder of Thrive Themes literally edits the page you are going to create, without extra menus, without popup windows, everything is “live” and in the final design.
It’s easy to use, intuitive and includes a lot of marketing page templates like landing pages, lesson pages, download pages, webinars, home-pages and much, much more.
It works very well to sell and promote all kinds of digital or physical products.
Another very good eCommerce solution courtesy of iThemes, one of the world’s largest content providers, plugins and WordPress resources. With Exchange you can transform WordPress into a functional online store to sell all kinds of products, with a special panel to manage products, track orders, review sales history and more. It also has themes and templates for both design and operation to be excellent.
Link iThemes Exchange
WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart
A very simple and fast way to integrate Paypal with WordPress. It includes many options like adding purchase buttons to tickets, selling any file (MP3, Videos, PDFs) with a couple of clicks, synchronizing with emails and much more.
One of the best traffic and marketing strategies is to create a list of email subscribers.For this you will need an autoresponder to capture prospects and send messages.
In addition to this, there are excellent plugins to get the most out of this method of marketing. Here are the best WordPress plugins for email marketing:
New! – Thrive Leads is in my opinion the best plugin to increase your list of subscribers.It includes different formats and forms to show the forms:
- Sticky ribbon
- In-line Forms
- 2-Step Opt-in
- Form Slide-In
- Opt-In Widget
Each one with different options to configure the times and places where we want them to be displayed. In addition they offer a great function of statistics, a / b testing, designs of first level and adaptation to a great amount of autoresponders.
For me the most important plugin of 2016 in WordPress.
It costs $ 67 USD for one site or $ 97 USD for unlimited sites.
Check it out here: Thrive Leads
WordPress Calls to Action
If you are going to do email marketing, WordPress Calls to Action will allow you to create a sales and subscription flow within your own blog where you can grow your email list by measuring conversions, split tests, create pop ups with different messages and calls to Action, create attractive banners and much more.
Direct marketing in its maximum expression
Mailchimp for WordPress
If you use Mailchimp to create your list of subscribers, this plugin will make life easier with different tools to create forms, send messages, synchronize everything with your content and more.
In order to grow a list of subscribers it is necessary to add subscription forms to different parts of your blog.
The most popular autoresponders like Aweber, Mailchimp or Get Response offer their own forms; But if you want to go to the next level and add attractive designs and also measure performance (impressions, conversions and more) of each of the forms you use, then OptinSkin is the best plugin you can use.
It works with most autoresponders, offers an advanced statistics panel and the ability to add forms in different parts of the entries, sidebars and even as a pop up.
If you are looking for a plugin that can deploy a subscription form in the form of “pop up”, OptinMonster is all you need and more. It offers attractive designs, with modern colors and fonts and with the possibility to customize the designs as you like or need.
In addition to pop up also offers different ways to show shapes. Highly recommend.
Although WordPress includes a very good WYSIWYG editor, with TinyMCE Advanced you can customize your content to a higher level with more options, tools and different functions.
Excellent to give more style and originality to your tickets.
Link: TinyMCE Advanced
One of the best advantages that WordPress offers are shortcodes, small lines of code that allow you to add new design features and special functions for the content.
With this plugin you can add different icons, buttons, highlights, colors, notes, tabs and more with shortcodes.
It’s great for design issues and for adding premium graphics.
WP Touch Mobile Plugin
Although many themes already automatically adapt to different mobile devices and tablets, some are not yet ready for the users of these platforms have a good experience.
With WP Touch 3 you can transform any WordPress site into an effective, engaging mobile experience with many customization options.
It even works even for subjects that are already “responsive” (adaptable to other platforms).
WP Google Fonts
Add different Google sources to your WordPress theme quickly and easily. Very good plugin to keep up to date with Web design trends and aesthetics.
Add different types of image galleries to WordPress. Great for people who upload their own photos or for professional site that show photo galleries of a specific topic.
It also offers different options to add watermarks, labels, edit images and more.
One of the most complete plugins in terms of photography and galleries.
Link: NextGEN Gallery
Q2 W3 Fixed Widget
With this plugin you can create a fixed widget, that is to say, it does not disappear when a user or reader of your blog is consuming your content and lowering the bar of your browser with your cursor. In this way the widget (it can be an image, a banner, a list of links or a form of subscription) always accompanies it in its reading, which increases the possibility that it clicks and thus to have better conversions.
WordPress Editorial Calendar
Excellent plugin to create a calendar with the entries to write so that you have clarity on the content that has to be created. You can also drag entries between days to change their publication date, edit articles quickly and those with multiple authors.
An essential plugin if you have a calendar and blogging strategy either alone or with more authors.
Excellent option to create a membership site, which are useful when selling and delivering the content of a digital product, some lesson or specific course. With a couple of adjustments you can configure it, set different hierarchies and levels and be able to give access to different content in a varied and specific way.
If you want to know more about the operation, check this tutorial: Guide Member.
With Budypress you can transform your WordPress site into an entire social network where a community that shares content is created, create your profile and interact with a reliable and well-designed platform.
Excellent for schools, study groups, communities for courses or digital products or any other group of people where a type of social network is required.
Disqus Comment System
Although WordPress comes with a system of comments included, there are alternatives that offer excellent features. One of the best is Disqus, where they promote the interaction and creation of a community. Your system offers personalized profiles and a great design that will surely help improve the aesthetics of your blog.
Google XML Sitemaps(bonus)
This plugin is specialized in the creation of sitemaps. Generates a very simple and effective sitemaps .
Not all plugins are needed
Each of these plugins complies with a specific task and function, so you only have to install them when you really need them for our blog or Web page. What I recommend is to install all the plugins in the Essentials section, since those are the universals that are required in all sites regardless of the theme or purpose you have.
Then check each section and choose the ones you want and need. There are some that fulfill the same task, so you only need to install one (example: Digg Digg and Sharebar).
Keep this page well for reference when you need a specific plugin.
Now you have the complete list of best wordpress plugins for your new blog.