Best Plugins for WordPress

May 29, 2014


WordPress is a highly extensible Web Content Management System. The following list includes both paid and free WordPress plugins.

iThemes Security

iThemes Security

With the increasing popularity of WordPress CMS—Wordpress sites have become a popular target for spammers. To harden your site against spammers and other attacks, we recommend iThemes security plugin. The plugin supports:

  • Login limits to deter brute force attacks
  • Automated Database backups
  • Automated file and directory configuration
  • Intrusion and file change notifications
  • And more

If you are looking for a complete security plugin for WordPress, look no further than iThemes security: https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-wp-security/ . There is also a pro version of iThemes security with enhanced support and features: http://ithemes.com/security/ .

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is the best performance plugin for WordPress. Here are some  features:

  • Browser, Database, and Object Caching
  • CSS and JS Minification and Aggregation
  • Asynchronous Loading for JS and CSS
  • And more

Check out a full list of features here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/ . W3 Edge also offers premium support and a pro version of W3 Total Cache: https://www.w3-edge.com/products/w3-total-cache/ .

Visual Form Builder


Visual form builder is a great plugin for managing Web forms. The plugin includes a GUI form builder and allows you to easily add form fields and fieldsets to your forms. The plugin includes built-in support for: fieldset, checkboxes, text boxes and areas, select groups, and more. The plugin also supports:

  • Standard and Required Fields
  • JQuery Validation
  • Customized confirmation messages
  • Email notifications
  • From data accessible via the admin console
  • Data export to CSV format

If you are looking for a great GUI form builder, Visual form builder fits the bill: https://wordpress.org/plugins/visual-form-builder/ . There is also a pro version of form builder available here: http://vfbpro.com/ .

WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast


WordPress SEO is a great tool for optimizing your website for search engines. The plugin allows you to enter SEO titles and descriptions for posts and pages, and takes the guess work out of SEO by providing instant feedback and analysis of pages and posts in the admin console. The plugin also features:

  • XML Sitemap generation
  • Robots meta configuration
  • Permalinks cleanup
  • Breadcrumb controls
  • And more

If you are looking for a comprehensive SEO tool for WordPress, WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast is an excellent choice: https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/ .

Google Analytics for WordPress

Google Analytics WordPress
Google Analytics for WordPress is a great way to integrate analytics into your Web site. The plugin uses the asynchronous Google Analytics tracking code and supports:

  • Easy integration of analytics tracking code
  • Outbound link & downloads tracking
  • Debug mode
  • And more

Learn more about Google Analytics for WordPress: https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/ .

Tribe Events Calendar

Tribe Events Calendar
Tribe Events Calendar is a great plugin for displaying and managing events in WordPress. It provides all the features that you would expect in an events manager app including:

  • Built-in Calendar with list and calendar view
  • Event Search
  • Support for Google Maps
  • Event Taxonomies
  • Upcoming Events Widget
  • And more…

If you are looking for a rock-solid and accessible events manager in WordPress– look no further than Tribe Events Calendar. Learn more about Tribe Events Manager Plugin: http://wordpress.org/plugins/the-events-calendar/. There is also a pro version of Tribe Events Calendar with enhanced support and features: http://tri.be/shop/wordpress-events-calendar-pro/.

NextGEN Gallery

Nexgen gallery is a great way to incorporate slideshows and image galleries on your Web site. The plugin features:

  • Batch image uploads
  • Meta data entry
  • Thumbnail management
  • Automated watermarks
  • And more

Learn more about Nexgen gallery plugin: http://wordpress.org/plugins/nextgen-gallery/ .

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