There are tons of plugins available in WordPress library. They can be used for various purposes including SEO, backup, marketing, security, personalization and website management. It’s difficult to find a plugin that matches your requirements, themes, and design.
In this article, we list 20 most popular WordPress plugins in different categories. They are widely acclaimed, clean and handle the tasks in a perfect manner.
Most popular social sharing plugin: Social Warfare
Social Warfare is an elegant, easy to use social media sharing plugin for WordPress. It is lightning fast and comes with over 5,000 style combinations to personalize your sharing experience. It also allows you to set a different image for Pinterest, Twitter shares and skyrocket the traffic from them.
Popular posts widget is another advantage of the plugin which will display most popular posts from your site based on the share counts they have received. Display of share counts encourage readers to share contents with their followers and it will finally boost your website traffic. «Read More»
Most popular SEO plugin: Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a top-rated plugin to optimize your contents for search engines and social media. It guides you to improve the SEO score by optimizing keywords, meta description, images, slug, title, and links.
Authors can show different titles, description, and images for the social media posts if needed. Using the snippet preview, they can see how the page will look like in the search results. It helps them to make changes in the SEO part and boost organic traffic as well as website rankings. XML Sitemaps, RSS optimization, Social meta integration are some other features of the plugin. «Read More»
Most popular backup plugin: UpdraftPlus
UpdraftPlus is a great plugin to backup your WordPress website. It is simple and offers many features to customize each and every part of the backup operation. Choose the type of files, connect your cloud storage service and set a schedule for the automatic backup. That’s it. The output will be saved in the chosen destination which can be restored when you need in a single click. «Read More»
Most popular eCommerce plugin: WooCommerce
WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin. There is a large number of extensions and themes are available for WooCommerce with unlimited features and customization tools. Thus it gives you full control in building an online business portal. It lets you sell physical, digital as well as affiliate products through the site.
Most popular security plugin: Wordfence Security
Wordfence Security is the most popular plugin in the category with more than 2 million downloads so far. It will continuously monitor your site, identifies fake users or bots and block them instantly before they launch any kind of attack. With latest definitions and additional tools, it provides best possible protection to your WordPress site. «Read More»
Most popular contact form plugin: Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is an essential plugin for WordPress blogs and websites. It lets you add forms in posts, pages or sidebar widgets. The plugin is very flexible and you can customize the fields, appearance in several ways. It is supported by Ajax submission, Akismet, and CAPTCHA. So you need not bother about the spam comments. Contact form 7 works well with many foreign and local languages too. «Read More»
Most popular email marketing plugin: Thrive Leads
Thrive Leads is the most advanced list building solution for the marketers. It expands your list and ensures repeated visits to the site. The plugin adopts best conversation & list building strategies to maximize your conversations and grow traffic.
Thrive Leads has a huge library of well-designed attractive templates with tons of customization options to manage even a single part of the form. It is compatible with hundreds of email marketing and autoresponder services like Google, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, MailChimp, Aweber etc. «Read More»
Most popular affiliate marketing plugin: ThirstyAffiliates
ThirstyAffiliates is one of the best plugins to manage your marketing tasks. It allows you to insert links into posts, pages, comments and manage them from one place. The sweetest thing is that it can automatically connect your keywords with the affiliate links and which will boost your income.
The plugins will shorten, customize the URL with options to assign link attributes to them either globally or individually. It will tell you which links are popular and make more money on your site. Google click tracking, geo-targeting and scheduled links for limited promotions are other notable features ThirstyAffilates offer. «Read More»
Most popular image gallery plugin: Envira Gallery
Envira is a widely acclaimed drag and drop photo gallery plugin. It is easy to use, fully responsive and delivers high-quality output on all devices. It lets you customize the gallery in terms of image dimensions, size, lightbox effects and many other parameters to give unique viewing experience to the users.
The photos can be organized in albums, sort them with tags and add watermarks to protect your creative works. Envira also supports embed videos, slideshow, and e-commerce integrations and lets you use for various purposes. «Read More»
Most popular slider plugin: MetaSlider
MetaSlider is the most popular slider plugin in WordPress library. It is easy to use and lets you create stunning, SEO optimized slideshows within a few moments. It delivers responsive, mobile-ready outputs with drag and drop & image editing abilities.
Four types of slideshows can be created with MetaSlider- Flex Slider 2, Nivo Slider, Responsive slides, and Coin Slider. All are lightweight and come with various transition effects and beautiful themes. The plugin is multisite compatible and consumes less time to load. «Read More»
Most popular image compression plugin: WP Smush
WP Smush Pro is my favorite tool to optimize images on WordPress. It will automatically optimize, resize, compress images without losing quality. Set maximum width, height for your site images and the plugin will resize them on upload. Thus you can save server space, improve page speed and rank higher on search engines. «Read More»
Most popular cache plugin: W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache improves your website performance in many ways. It will clear cache, minify files and codes, reduce download times using CDN integration. The plugin compatible with any type of hosting, servers and clusters.
W3 Total Cache increases the visitors time on the site by reducing the page load time and optimizing the database. Thus it helps the site owners to reduce the bounce rate and increase the search engine page rankings. It is a perfect tool to rectify Google Page speed insights errors and improves the user experience across the devices.
Most popular Google AdSense plugin: Quick Adsense
Quick Adsense is a simple, popular plugin to insert AdSense codes in your WordPress website. It lets you create up to 10 ad slots and show them on different parts of the page. You can exclude specific pages, categories from showing the ads. «Read More»
Most popular related posts plugin: YUZO Related Posts
YUZO Related Posts displays similar articles on each page that related to its category or tag. The plugin is fast and easy to use. It features four different styles and configurable in terms of post type, thumbnail size, background colour, transitions and much more. «Read More»
Most popular social media feed plugin: WordPress Social Stream
It is a premium plugin from CodeCanyon. The plugin covers 15 social networks and 60 feed options to show and decorate your social media feed.
WordPress Social Stream will combine all of your social network feeds into one single network stream. It will allow you to create an unlimited number of streams with profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, YouTube, StumbleUpon etc. «Read More»
Most popular social media marketing plugin: Social Networks Auto-Poster
Social Networks Auto-Poster will automatically share your new contents on leading social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, StumbleUpon, Flipboard, Pinterest and many others. Thus it reduces your burden of sharing new blog posts on social sites. As soon as you published a content, the plugin will automatically share the links on connected profiles, business pages, and groups.
Most popular membership plugin: Ultimate Membership Pro
Ultimate Membership Pro is a well-known membership plugin for WordPress. It lets you create multi-level subscription plans and protect posts, pages, products, images, categories, and others from unauthorized users.
With the plugin, you can offer coupon codes and percentage or flat rate based discounts to the members. Social media login (Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr), recurring payments, custom inside content locker, download monitor, custom redirects are some other advantages of the plugin.
Ultimate Membership Pro is easy to use and comes with an attractive interface. It is integrated with leading services like Paypal, Stripe, Braintree, Authorize.net, Payza, 2CheckOut, and 9 email marketing tools. «Read More»
Most popular comment system plugin: Disqus
Disqus is a popular plugin that gives professional look to your comments section. It has a beautiful design and comes with powerful filters to detect spam commentators. It generates SEO friendly comments, displays popular posts from your site in the comment area and thus improves traffic to them. «Read More»
Most popular backend customization plugin: Tiny MCE Advanced
As you know, WordPress post editor has limited options to customize the texts. TinyMCE Advanced is a free light-weight plugin to add extra features to your editing screen. It will insert font family, font size, underline, font color, background color, find and replace, emoticons and various other buttons to beautify your contents. «Read More»
Most popular widgets plugin: Widgets Bundle
Widgets Bundle is another popular WordPress plugin 2018. It contains a collection of advanced and powerful plugins to better customize your blog. Image widgets, Call To Action widgets, Slider widgets, Price table widgets, Video widgets, Contact form widgets are some of the tools it can add to your sidebars or page builder pages.