9+ Best WordPress Plugins for User Generated Content

best plugins for user generated content

Looking for a plugin to enable user-generated content on your WordPress website?

Using such a plugin allows your visitors and followers to submit content on your website directly from its front-end. It can be in the form of written articles, images, videos, audio files, digital images, etc.

User-generated content can be a great way of marketing your business because this content comes mostly from your clients and they are not usually paid for doing that. You can encourage content submissions by your users as a part of your publicity campaigns, guest post submissions, etc.

One of the most successful examples of such a campaign was Starbucks White Cup contest Launch. Starbucks Customers were asked to join the contest and submit a picture of their doodled Starbucks cup as an entry. The winner’s doodle would feature on the limited edition Starbucks cups. More than 4000 customers sent their entries within 3 weeks.

The contest was a huge success. It helped them earn free publicity and customer loyalty by showing users how much they value their customer’s feedback.

In this article, we’ll show you some of the best WordPress plugins for user-generated content sites.

1. WPForms

wpforms, user-generated content plugins

WPForms is a super powerful drag-and-drop form builder plugin that enables you to accept user content submissions, such as guest posts, testimonials, reviews, etc. without having to provide wp-admin access to users. The plugin comes with attractive form templates, that makes it easier for you to create any types of forms. It is super flexible in terms of customization as well thanks to the drag-and-drop builder that it tags along.

This plugin also helps you integrate payment options with your user submission form. This comes in handy if you accept sponsored articles on your site. It is compatible with the latest version of WordPress and works wonderfully across browsers.

2. RafflePress


RafflePress is the best giveaway plugin for WordPress. With RafflePress, you can easily run a contest on your WordPress site to collect user-generated like photos, blog posts, and more. What makes it so effective is the giveaway entry actions.

With verified entry actions like Submit an Image and Write a Blog Post, users are rewarded with extra giveaway entries for performing the action. This is the perfect way to increase user-generated content submissions. Plus, the drag-and-drop giveaway builder lets you create a giveaway campaign in minutes and there are even beautiful giveaway templates so you can get started quickly.

3. Smash Balloon

smash balloon instagram feed pro

Instagram Feed Pro by Smash Balloon takes all of the work out of collecting user-generated content. With this plugin, you can collect user-generated content right from Instagram and showcase it on your website instantly.

Setting up a user-generated content feed is super easy. All you have to do is connect your Instagram account and select the Instagram hashtag feed type. Then, any Instagram posts using your branded hashtag will automatically be displayed in a beautiful feed on your site.

The feeds are highly customizable as well. You can decide which posts to display or hide, choose from different feed layouts, design the feed to match your brand, and more.

4. NextGen Gallery

NextGen Gallery is another amazing plugin that helps you accept user-generated content on your website. With this plugin, your users can submit media galleries right from the front-end. It offers beautiful galleries to display your images in various fancy styles.

You can also have a lot of premium extensions to extend your functions. A few functionalities you can enable with the premium extensions are image proofing, integrate social share buttons, a full-screen pro lightbox, enable digital downloads, and more. Because of its responsive design, your pictures look stunning across devices.

5. WP User Frontend Pro

WP User Front end Pro, user-generated content plugin

WP User Frontend Pro is an amazing plugin for accepting any types of user-generated content. With WP USer Frontend Pro, you can create beautiful directory & membership sites, event registration forms, accept guest articles, and more. Users are even allowed to upload products from the front-end.

This plugin is best suited for membership sites that want to publish stunning content area for the logged in users. The plugin even lets you offer individual dashboards to your users which can be accessed from the front-end itself. With its brilliant custom field support, you can create any kind of form that you want.

6. AccessPress Anonymous Post Pro


AccessPress Anonymous Post Pro is another robust plugin that can be a great addition to your user-generated content site. With this plugin, you can accept standard WordPress guest posts from your users along with a featured image. It even notifies you every time there is a new submission.

With this plugin activated, anyone can submit a post on your site. You can have editable form labels, tooltips/suggestive texts, categorize, and do a lot more. This plugin also comes with a custom field to specify author name and URL. The plugin is consistently being maintained and supported.

7. Frontend Publishing Pro

Frontend Publishing Pro is another plugin that’s worth giving a try. It’s a fully responsive, flexible and user-friendly WordPress plugin that makes creating user-friendly content sites much easier.

You can create an unlimited number of forms, custom post types, custom fields, enable validators and do a lot more. It even has the option to let you send a thank you message to the users every time they submit a post. Besides, it supports accepting media files in various formats as well.

8. Prometheus User Submitted Content

Prometheus, user-generated content

Prometheus is a new addition to the WordPress market. The plugin has been loaded with great features so that it’s easy for you to create a user-generated content site with the least effort. You can add a submission form anywhere on your website. It can be on your widget, on a specific page or post, etc. To avoid confusion, you can set up submission rules for your users and display it wherever you want.

It also offers you the option to ban users who break the rules that you’ve set up. The Google ReCaptcha option ensures that your site is safe and is protected from spam. The plugin also sends you email notifications every time there is a new submission on your website. To keep your site clean, you are also capable of filtering curse words and censor unwanted content.

9. User Submitted Posts

User Submitted Post

User Submitted Posts is a free WordPress plugin for accepting and publishing user-submitted content. Currently, this plugin has 20,000+ active installs. It comes with an advanced post submission form by which users can submit a form right from the front-end.

Like other advanced plugins, this plugin also lets you display your form anywhere on your website using the shortcode that it offers. The plugin also lets you translate your posts to more than 20 different languages. It also auto-detects already logged in users, supports multiple emails with email alerts, lets you assign submitted posts to any registered user and do a lot more.

10. Formidable Forms

formidable forms

Formidable Forms is another awesome WordPress form builder that allows you to accept user generated content.

You simply need to create a file upload form and publish it on your site. Then users can submit documents, files, music, and photos for avatars, galleries, or email attachments.

You can also enable ‘Save and Continue’ so that users can autosave their forms and resume later. Lastly, users can preview, review, and edit data before submitting.

These are some of the plugins that can help you create a user-generated content campaign on your website. For more details, check out this guide on How to Use User Generated Content in WordPress to Grow Your Business to know more.

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  1. While WPForms Post Submissions will permit users to create content, it provides no ability to permit users to edit or remove their content, making it a lot less useful.

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