Must Have WordPress Plugins



I get a lot of request about which WordPress plugins I prefer. I decided to create a list of my must have WordPress plugins of all time. Plugins can help your WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. By using these plugins it will help your site become more effective and make you an efficient blogger.

Must Have Plugin

Akismet: (Comment Spam Prevention for Your Blog)  Is an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at managing comment spam. Basically is a spam filtering service.



Search Engine Optimization

All In One SEO Pack: Optimizes your WordPress website or blog for search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. 



WordPress SEO by Yoast: The most complete WordPress Plugin, Yoast WordPress SEO plugin, is an all in one SEO solution for your WordPress blog. The best feature in my opinion of this plugin is the page analysis. The page analysis functionality checks simple things you’re bound to forget. 



Google XML Sitesmaps: This plugin will generate a special XML site map which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask to better index your blog. 



Google Analytics for WordPress: Display Google Analytics reports and real time statistics in your WordPress Dashboard.



WordPress Stats: This plugin helps you track your site visitors, the post their viewing, and the most popular pages. 




Google Site Verification Plugin Using Meta Tag:  Simple insert your Google meta tag verification code using this plugin. 




Cachin Plugins


W3 Total Cache: W3 total cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance and reducing the download time. 



WP Super Cache: A very fast catching engine for WordPress that produces static HTML files. 


RSS Subscription Related

Feedburner FeedSmith: It detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your Feedburner. 



Category Specific RSS Menu: This WordPress plugins allows you to present a menu with multiple RSS feed subscriptions option to your sites in addition to your normal RSS subscription.



Add To Any Subscribe Button: The subscribe button help people subscribe to your blog using any feed any feed reader. 

Add To Any is the universal sharing platform  for any website:

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Blogger 
  • Type Pad
  • Tumblr
  • Joomla

Google Adsense Plugins

Google Adsense Plugin: The Google Adsense plugins creates blocks to display ads on your website. The plugin allows to customize ads displaying formats such as text ads, images, and text with ads. 



Adsense Deluxe: is probably the most popular plugins which allows you to manage your Google Adsense. 

Photo Gallery Plugin

Simple Photo Gallery: A simpler, user friendly photo gallery plugin that lets you add an image gallery to each post and page. 



NetGen Gallery: The most popular WordPress gallery plugin with over 10 million downloads. 



Contact Forms Related

Contact Form 7: Can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibility. The best part of  Contact Form7 is the simplicity of use and free of charge. 



WP Contact Form: The plugin allows you to implement a feedback form to a web-page or a post in no time. 

Gravity Forms: The plugin is a full featured contact form plugin that features a drag and drop interface, advanced notifications, routing, and lead capture. The plugins lets you build complex, interactive, and contact forms. 



Social Media Plugins

Share This: This plugins lets you add social media buttons and insights provide a web wide view of social intelligence in real time analytics for brands, publishers, and developers. 



Shareaholic: The easiest way to share and bookmark great content with their all in one content amplification suite that’s easy to install and simple to use. 



Pay Pal Donation, Payment, and E-commerce

WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart: Lets you add an “add to cart” button for your product on any posts or pages. 



WordPress EStore: This plugin allows you to sell digital products from your WordPress blog easily while maintaining the security of your digital file. 



WordPress Donation Plugin: The all in one donation plugin, creates a different kind of donations, set goals, monitor your results, donation forms, thank you emails, and much more. 




WP Easy Paypal Payment Accept: Easy to use WordPress plugging to accept Paypal payment  for a service, product, or donation in one click. 



Pay Pal For Digital Goods: This plugin provides you a short code to generate a customizable Pay Pal payment button that allows a user to pay for an item instantly. 


Membership Plugins


WordPress eMember: WP eMember plugin is an easy to use and powerful WordPress membership plugin that can turn your existing or new WordPress site into a membership site. 


Simple Membership Plugin: This plugin adds membership functionality to your site.



Affiliate Plugins

WP Affiliate Platform: Is a simple affiliate program management plugging for WordPress blog/site to increase your product sales. 

WordPress Affiliate Link Manager: Manage all of your affiliates links easily by converting specific keywords from your blog. 



These are my must have WordPress plugins. Please feel free to share any of your favorite plugins below in the comment area. Please subscribe to my website to stay updated with online marketing trends and free resources. 

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    December 12, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Please add – All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets to the List 😉
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    October 4, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Hi Nancy, over the years I’ve used a good many of the plugins mentioned here. So I came here looking for some new ideas.
    The Paypal donate plugin caught my attention. In this day and age, when people appreciate what you are producing, it nice for them to have this option.
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    March 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Nancy, I think you should try Blog2Social. It’s a great Social Media plugin, maybe better than Share this or Shareholic.

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    Rayhan Islam
    June 5, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Hello Nancy,
    You are really great. I am a new blogger. I must use All In One SEO Plugin that you mentioned. It looks pretty good to me. Thanks for sharing.

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