Top WordPress Plugins

Want to know which are the top WordPress plugins? On this page, you will find the most popular WordPress plugins in the market with reviews and ratings from our experts and users.

With over 40,000 WordPress plugins available, it can be really overwhelming when trying to pick the best WordPress plugin for the task.

We have hand-picked the best and most-used WordPress plugins in the market. In other words, we have done the research, so you don’t have to.

Here are the top must have WordPress plugins.


Shortcodes Ultimate

Shortcodes Ultimate is one of the most popular and highly rates free plugins in the directory. It adds dozens of shortcodes to your WordPress site, making it quick and easy to add all kinds of content and styling to your posts and pages. Find out all the details in our Shortcodes Ultimate review.

Download Shortcodes Ultimate | Read our Shortcodes Ultimate Review


Meta Slider

Meta Slider is a popular and highly rated free plugin that allows you to create image sliders. It has a few different options for slider styles and transition effects for your slides. In our Meta Slider review, we’ll take a look at its main features and user interface.

Download Meta Slider | Read our Meta Slider Review



Do you want to boost your email list sign ups? OptinMonster is the best conversion and lead generation tool in the market today. In this OptinMonster review, we will take a look at its features and what makes it the best lead generation plugin for WordPress powered websites.

Download OptinMonster | Read our OptinMonster Review


Fast Secure Contact Form

Need a simple contact form plugin for your WordPress site? Fast Secure Contact Form is a free plugin that’s popular and highly rated on — but is it the right form plugin for you? Find out all its pros and cons in our Fast Secure Contact Form review.

Download Fast Secure Contact Form | Read our Fast Secure Contact Form Review


MailChimp for WordPress

MailChimp for WordPress is among the most popular free plugins in the WordPress directory. It allows you to easily create a signup form for your MailChimp list, so you can stay in touch with your visitors. Find out in our MailChimp for WordPress review if it’s the best choice for you.

Download MailChimp for WordPress | Read our MailChimp for WordPress Review


Beaver Builder

Are you looking for a powerful page builder for your WordPress site? Beaver Builder is a popular drag and drop page builder for WordPress. In this Beaver Builder review, we will take a look at its features, performance, and ease of use.

Download Beaver Builder | Read our Beaver Builder Review


Yoast SEO

Are you comparing different WordPress SEO plugins? Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress plugins ever. It is also one of the best SEO plugin for WordPress powered websites. In this Yoast SEO Review, we will take a look at the features and performance of the plugin.

Download Yoast SEO | Read our Yoast SEO Review


Envira Gallery

Are you looking for a plugin to add responsive galleries on your WordPress site? Envira Gallery is one of the best WordPress gallery plugins in the market. In this Envira Gallery review, we will take a look its features and performance.

Download Envira Gallery | Read our Envira Gallery Review


CSS Hero

Do you want to edit CSS of your themes without writing any code? CSS Hero is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to edit CSS of any WordPress theme directly from the front-end using a live preview. In this CSS Hero review, we will take a look at its features, performance, and ease of use.

Download CSS Hero | Read our CSS Hero Review



Are you looking for a backup plugin for your WordPress site? BackupBuddy is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins in the market. In this BackupBuddy review, we will take a look at what makes it the top WordPress backup plugin.

Download BackupBuddy | Read our BackupBuddy Review



Worried about hackers bringing down your site, or spreading malware to your visitors? Then you need a security plugin to keep your site safe. Sucuri is the leading name is software security, and their security plugin for WordPress is among the most popular. Find out if Sucuri is right for your in our Sucuri review.

Download Sucuri | Read our Sucuri Review


WP Super Cache

Are you looking for a caching plugin for your WordPress website? WP Super Cache is a popular free caching plugin for WordPress users. In this WP Super Cache review, we will take a look at its performance and features. We will also compare it with other popular caching plugins.

Download WP Super Cache | Read our WP Super Cache Review


Gravity Forms

Looking for a contact form plugin for your WordPress site? Gravity Forms is often ranked among the top WordPress contact form plugins. In this Gravity Forms review, we will look at its features and performance to find out if it truly deserves to be called the best contact form plugin for WordPress.

Download Gravity Forms | Read our Gravity Forms Review



Looking for an easier way to manage ads on your site? The AdSanity WordPress plugin allows you to create and display banner ads of all sizes on your site using widgets and shortcodes, and get stats on views and clicks. Read all about how it’s done in our AdSanity review.

Download AdSanity | Read our AdSanity Review


Insert Headers and Footers

Want to quickly add code to your WordPress site’s header or footer tags, without messing with your theme files? You need a simple plugin that will insert your code for you. Check out our Insert Headers and Footers review to see how this plugin can help.

Download Insert Headers and Footers | Read our Insert Headers and Footers Review


Floating Social Bar

Want to grow your blog traffic by increasing shares on social media? Make it easy for your visitors to share the content they love with Floating Social Bar. Find out why we named it the best social media plugin for WordPress in our Floating Social Bar review.

Download Floating Social Bar | Read our Floating Social Bar Review


MailPoet Newsletters

Need an easy way to send simple email newsletters right from your WordPress dashboard? The MailPoet Newsletters plugin could be just what you’re looking for. Find out how easy it is to set up in our MailPoet Newsletters review.

Download MailPoet Newsletters | Read our MailPoet Newsletters Review

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Want to create eye-catching sliders for your WordPress site? LayerSlider can help you show off images, videos, post content, and more. It includes hundreds of different animations and the ability to layer content in each slide. But is it the best slider plugin available? Find out in our LayerSlider review.

Download LayerSlider | Read our LayerSlider Review

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Slider Revolution

Need to create advanced sliders with images, videos, posts, social media, and other content? Want to configure every detail of the slider’s animations and appearance? Then you need a plugin like Slider Revolution. Find out how you can get control over every aspect of your sliders in our Slider Revolution review.

Download Slider Revolution | Read our Slider Revolution Review



Are your visitors frustrating by irrelevant results when searching your site? The default WordPress search feature is so basic, it’s probably not indexing all the content your visitors are searching for. In our SearchWP review, find out how this plugin can power up your search and give your visitors the results they need.

Download SearchWP | Read our SearchWP Review


Page Builder by SiteOrigin

Want to quickly and easily create complex page layouts with columns, widgets, and more? Give the Page Builder by SiteOrigin plugin a try. In our Page Builder by SiteOrigin review, find out how this free plugin can help you build responsive page layouts using widgets, no coding necessary.

Download Page Builder by SiteOrigin | Read our Page Builder by SiteOrigin Review


Lazy Load for Videos

Embedded videos slowing down your site? You don’t want to frustrate your visitors or drop in the search engine rankings. Load your pages faster with the Lazy Load for Videos WordPress plugin. Find out how it works to speed up your site in our Lazy Load for Videos review.

Download Lazy Load for Videos | Read our Lazy Load for Videos Review

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Visual Composer

Want a more flexible, powerful visual editor for your pages, without the need for coding? With Visual Composer, you can create more complex layouts using a drag-and-drop editor, from the front or back end of your site. Find out how it all works in our Visual Composer review.

Download Visual Composer | Read our Visual Composer Review


Compact Archives

Want to help your visitors navigate your blog posts with a better archive widget? Check out our Compact Archives review! This widget plugin gives you more advanced options for displaying your posts by publication date. Increase engag

Download Compact Archives | Read our Compact Archives Review



Need to power up your self-hosted WordPress site? The Jetpack plugin from Automattic gives you access to all the best features you miss from From visitor engagement to site stats, from security features to display options, Jetpack has it all. Find out if it’s is right for you in our Jetpack review.

Download Jetpack | Read our Jetpack Review


The Events Calendar

Searching for a plugin that will let you share events with your visitors? The Events Calendar by Modern Tribe is a fully-featured plugin designed to work right out of the box. Find out how you can create your own calendar in 5 minutes in our The Events Calendar review.

Download The Events Calendar | Read our The Events Calendar Review

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Advanced Custom Fields

Looking for an easier way to add and manage your custom fields? Advanced Custom Fields uses WordPress’s built-in custom fields features, but makes them more accessible with a more user-friendly GUI. Find out how you can save time managing your custom fields in our Advanced Custom Fields review.

Download Advanced Custom Fields | Read our Advanced Custom Fields Review


Google Maps Builder

Do you want to share your favorite locations with your visitors? If you want to create full-featured Google Maps with multiple markers on your website, you need the Google Maps Builder plugin. Find out how it can make map building easy in our Google Maps Builder review.

Download Google Maps Builder | Read our Google Maps Builder Review


Easy Digital Downloads

Need a quick and easy way to sell digital products on your site? You don’t need a fully-featured eCommerce plugin — you need a lightweight, simple solution like Easy Digital Downloads. Find out how you can get started selling your digital products in our Easy Digital Downloads review.

Download Easy Digital Downloads | Read our Easy Digital Downloads Review



Want a way to add more community interaction to your WordPress site with forums? Take a look at bbPress, a free, lightweight forum plugin focused on ease of integration, ease of use, web standards, and speed. Read our bbPress review to find out if it’s the right forum plugin for your site.

Download bbPress | Read our bbPress Review



Looking for a way to make money selling products on your blog? Whether you’re selling digital or physical items, WooCommerce can turn your WordPress blog into an online shopfront. Learn about WooCommerce’s features and how you can start your own online store in our WooCommerce review.

Download WooCommerce | Read our WooCommerce Review

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Ninja Forms

Need to quickly create a great-looking contact form on your WordPress website? Then you need a form plugin. Ninja Forms is one of the most popular free contact form plugins, but is it the easiest to use? Find out whether it measures up in our Ninja Forms review.

Download Ninja Forms | Read our Ninja Forms Review

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Want to make your blog look more professional with pagination? Replace those “Older posts” and “Newer posts” links with numbers instead, helping your readers to navigate your blog more easily. See how you can improve your blog navigation in our WP-PageNavi review.

Download WP-PageNavi | Read our WP-PageNavi Review

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Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Need an easy way to interlink your content and keep readers engaged? Reduce your bounce and increase on-page times with the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP). Check out our Yet Another Related Posts Plugin review to see if this plugin is right for your blog.

Download Yet Another Related Posts Plugin | Read our Yet Another Related Posts Plugin Review

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Image Widget

Need to add images to your sidebar, footer, or other widget areas? WordPress won’t let you do that out of the box, so you’ll need a plugin like Image Widget. In our Image Widget review, find out if the plugin has the features you need, and how you can use it to display images on your site.

Download Image Widget | Read our Image Widget Review


NextGen Gallery

Looking for the best image gallery plugin for WordPress? NextGEN Gallery is one of the oldest and most popular image gallery plugins in the directory, but is it the best? Read our NextGEN Gallery review to find out if it lives up to the hype.

Download NextGen Gallery | Read our NextGen Gallery Review



Looking for an easier way to redirect URLs on your WordPress site? There’s no need to mess around with .htaccess, potentially breaking your website, when you use the Redirection WordPress plugin. Find out how to set up redirects the easy way in our Redirection review.

Download Redirection | Read our Redirection Review


iThemes Security

Need to protect your WordPress site from hackers? Keep your site locked down and secure with the fully-featured iThemes Security plugin. In our iThemes Security review, you’ll find out how it protects your site from all kinds of security threats, from brute force login attempts to troublesome bots and vulnerabilities.

Download iThemes Security | Read our iThemes Security Review


TinyMCE Advanced

Are you feeling limited by the WordPress visual editor? Can’t find the formatting options you need? Take a look at the TinyMCE Advanced plugin. This plugin can help you customize your TinyMCE visual editor so that all the formatting tools and shortcuts you need are right at your fingertips. Find out how in our TinyMCE Advanced review.

Download TinyMCE Advanced | Read our TinyMCE Advanced Review



Are you looking to cut down on spam emails from your WordPress site, or send email via Gmail or Google Apps from your website? Take a look at the WP Mail SMTP plugin, which forces the WordPress wp_mail() function to use SMTP instead of the PHP mail() function. In our WP Mail SMTP review, you’ll find out how this plugin can help you send email from your WordPress site on your own terms.

Download WP Mail SMTP | Read our WP Mail SMTP Review



Looking for a way to organize and manage your affiliate links and optimize your income? The ThirstyAffiliates plugin for WordPress can help you manage and cloak your links, so you can earn more. Find out how in our ThirstyAffiliates review below.

Download ThirstyAffiliates | Read our ThirstyAffiliates Review



Are you looking for an easy way to make your existing WordPress site mobile-friendly, without sacrificing your current design? No problem — you can do that with the WPtouch plugin. Our WPtouch review will show you how this plugin can help you create a beautiful site that looks good on any device.

Download WPtouch | Read our WPtouch Review



Do you need to present data on your site, calculate formulas, share a spreadsheet, or organize a lot of information for your visitors? If so, your site can benefit from using HTML tables to present the information in an easy-to-read format. In our TablePress review, you’ll find out how to create tables in WordPress to show off your data.

Download TablePress | Read our TablePress Review


Login LockDown

Worried about hackers gaining access to your WordPress dashboard? One of the ways you can protect your WordPress site is by limiting the number of incorrect login attempts within a short time period. In our Login LockDown review, you’ll find out exactly how this plugin will help to keep your site secure.

Download Login LockDown | Read our Login LockDown Review


Edit Flow

Do you manage an editorial team for your blog, and find that WordPress is lacking all the features you need? In our Edit Flow review, find out how this free and open source plugin can help you manage your writers and editors, plan your content, and streamline your editorial workflow.

Download Edit Flow | Read our Edit Flow Review


Google XML Sitemaps

Concerned about Google indexing your WordPress site properly? Then you could use the help of the Google XML Sitemaps plugin for WordPress. In our Google XML Sitemaps review, you’ll learn all about how this free plugin can help you generate a special sitemap and notify all the major search engines whenever your blog is updated, ensuring your site will get indexed properly.

Download Google XML Sitemaps | Read our Google XML Sitemaps Review



Want to login easily while using strong passwords on your WordPress site? Clef is a popular two-factor authentication tool that allows you to log in to your WordPress site without entering a password. In this Clef review, we will take a look at its features and ease of use.

Download Clef | Read our Clef Review


WordFence Security

Are you looking for a WordPress security plugin? WordFence Security is one of the most popular WordPress security plugins in the market. In this WordFence Security review, we will take a look at its features and performance to find out if it is really the best WordPress security plugin in the market.

Download WordFence Security | Read our WordFence Security Review



Want to reduce comment spam on your WordPress site? Akismet is the most popular WordPress comment spam protection tool. It is also the only other plugin that comes pre-installed with every WordPress website. In this Akismet review, we will take a look at its features, effectiveness, and ease of use.

Download Akismet | Read our Akismet Review


All In One SEO Pack

Are you looking for a SEO plugin for your WordPress website? All in One SEO Pack is a popular WordPress SEO plugin used by over a million websites. In this All in One SEO Pack review, we will take a look at its features, performance, and ease of use.

Download All In One SEO Pack | Read our All In One SEO Pack Review


Contact Form 7

Are you looking for a free contact form plugin for your WordPress site? Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular WordPress plugins installed on more than a million websites. In this Contact Form 7 review, we will take a look at its features, ease of use, and support options.

Download Contact Form 7 | Read our Contact Form 7 Review



Looking for a slider plugin for your WordPress site? Soliloquy is one of the best WordPress slider plugins on the market. In this Soliloquy review, we will take a look at its features, pricing, and performance.

Download Soliloquy | Read our Soliloquy Review


W3 Total Cache

Are you looking for a Caching plugin to speed up your WordPress site? W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins for WordPress powered sites. In this W3 Total Cache review, we will take a look at its performance, features, and ease of use. The goal is to find out if W3 Total Cache truly the best WordPress caching plugin.

Download W3 Total Cache | Read our W3 Total Cache Review

Plugins make it possible to create any kind of website using WordPress. There are currently more than 40,000 plugins available in the plugin directory alone. This makes it really hard for beginners to find out the best plugin for the job. A poorly coded plugin can make your website slow, put it at risk of being exploited, and it may even break your site.

We will try to give you an overview of how to choose the best plugin for your WordPress site. What are the things you should look for? and how to make the most out of WordPress plugins.

Finding The Best Plugin

As we mentioned earlier, that there are thousands of free and paid WordPress plugins. Locating a plugin for something that you want to do on your site can be difficult. Here is how you would begin your search.

Using plugins page to locate plugins

The search feature on the directory can help you narrow down your quest. However, you will still have to scroll down a lot and many of the results will not be relevant at all.

The best way to search for plugins is by using Google Search, or search through WPBeginner’s plugins category.

When looking at plugins in directory, look at the plugin stats below each listing. It shows the total number of active installs for a plugin, higher installs means that it has been tested and used by more websites. You will also see the average review stars, last updated, and tested up to information.

Plugin results page in directory

For more detailed instructions take a look at this beginner’s guide on how to choose the best WordPress plugin.

What’s The Difference Between Paid and Free WordPress Plugins?

There are thousands of WordPress plugins, which are available for free on directory. However, there are lots of WordPress plugins that are sold on third party websites as premium plugins. This makes many new users wonder whether premium or paid plugins are better in some way?

Free WordPress plugins are available to you for use without any warranties. Support for free plugins is usually very limited and it is not guaranteed. Some free plugin authors do provide excellent support for their free plugins, but sooner or later it becomes a chore. There is no financial incentive for plugin authors to keep answering user questions on their free plugins. This means that free WordPress plugins are available on as is basis with no warranties.

Paid WordPress plugins on the other hand offer premium support for their product. Most of them are licensed GPL too, which means they also come with limited warranty. But having access to support means you can get help much faster.

This does not mean that premium plugins are always a better alternative to free WordPress plugins. In fact, many of the most popular WordPress plugins are free. For example, Yoast SEO, WP Super Cache, Contact Form 7, and many more.

You should focus on finding a better plugin, that is easy to use, well coded, has excellent reviews. Once you have narrowed down your search you can decide whether you want to go for premium plugin or a free alternative. You can try the free plugins first but if they are too difficult to use, then you can go for a paid plugin.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin?

There are two most easy ways to install a WordPress plugin from the admin area of your site. For free WordPress plugins, you can go to Plugins » Add New and search for the plugin name that you want to install.

Carefully look at the results to make sure that you are downloading the plugin you wanted and then click on the Install button.

Installing plugin using search feature in WordPress admin area

If you downloaded a WordPress plugin in a zip file, then this is how you will install it.

Simply go to Plugins » Add New page, and then click on the ‘Upload Plugin’ button at the top.

Upload a plugin's zip file to install it on your WordPress site

WordPress will now show you a page where you can upload the plugin zip file. Simply click on the choose file button, locate the zip file on your computer, and then click on the install now button.

Plugin upload screen in WordPress

WordPress will now upload the plugin file to your website, extract it, and install the plugin. Once the installation is finished, it will show you a success message with a link to activate the plugin.

It is important to remember, that you need to activate a plugin before you could use it on your WordPress site.

Activate plugin after installation

For more detailed instructions, take a look at our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Help! I Can’t See Plugins Page on My WordPress Blog

If you do not see a plugins page on your WordPress blog, then the most likely reason is that you are using is a free blog hosting service that allows you to create free blogs on their servers. It is not the same as having your own self hosted site.

Take a look at our guide on the difference between and One of the main difference between the two is that you cannot install plugins on blog.

In order to use powerful WordPress plugins and themes you will need to move for a self hosted site. We have step by step instructions on how to move from to