When it comes to functionality and performance, it’s hard to beat a WordPress website.
But all that power doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of the plugins you select to solve problems and add features.
The challenge, of course, is choosing the right ones. Since you have to choose from a database of more than 22,000 options, the whole topic of WordPress plugins can be overwhelming.
So I wanted to share this infographic that lays out 30 of WordPress’s most popular plugins:
Here it is again, grouped by category:
Playing Nice with Google
While you’re at it, check out these alternatives to Google Analytics
Other Technical Functionality
- WP Super Cache
- Jetpack by WordPress.com
- Broken Link Checker
- W3 Total Cache
- WP-DB-Backup (Note: According to this website, the plugin hasn’t been updated in over two years, so it may have compatibility problems with newer versions of WordPress.)
Connecting with Visitors
- Contact Form 7
- Really Simple CAPTCHA
- Fast Secure Contact Form
- Share Buttons by Lockerz / AddToAny
- WP to Twitter
- Buddy Press
- TinyMCE Advanced
- NextGEN Gallery
- Word Press Importer
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
- Smart YouTube PRO
Monetizing Your Site
One word of warning: Too many plugins can slow down your site. When considering them, keep these 5 principles of website usability at the top of your mind.
Do you agree with this list? What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Share your thoughts in the comments below.