Best WordPress Plugin

Top WordPress Plugins and Widgets

The wordpress plugins are arranged broadly by category of usage. As far as I know, all these plugins are compatible with the latest WordPress 2.5 version. Please feel free to suggest great plugins in comments that I can add to this list.

Wordpress plugins
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Manage WordPress Comments

  • Subscribe To Comments – Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.
  • WP AJAX Edit Comments – Allows users and admins to edit comments on a post inline using AJAX.
  • Close Old Posts – Closes comments on old posts without any DB queries.
  • WP Grins – allows you to put clickable smilies on your post and comments forms.
  • Live Comment Preview – the simplest way to get live comment previews on your site.
  • Show Top Commentators – Encourage more discussion from your readers, by displaying their names and number of comments they have made recently to your sidebar.
  • CommentLuv – shows a link to the last post from the commenters blog in their comment.
  • MyAvatars – shows MyBlogLog�s avatars in your comments
  • Comment Relish – Sends a thank you e-mail to your first time commentators.
  • Favatars – displays the favicon associated with the commenter�s website.
  • Dofollow – lets you remove the nofollow attribute from your comments.
  • OpenID Comments for WordPress – allows users to leave comments using their OpenID.
  • Extended Comment Options – allows you to switch comments and/or pings on or off for batches of existing posts.
  • Get Recent Comments – displays excerpts of the most recent comments and/or trackbacks that have been posted to the articles in your blog.

Stop WordPress Spam

  • Akismet – intelligently blocks spam comments. Checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they are spam or not.
  • Bad Behavior – is a set of PHP scripts which prevents spambots from accessing your site by analyzing their actual HTTP requests and comparing them to profiles from known spambots.
  • WP-Contact Form with Spam Protection – creates a contact form on your blog, through which your readers can contact you easily.
  • Defensio is a spam filtering web service to block comment spam.
  • Digital Fingerprint � useful for detecting content theft.

Expert WordPress SEO

  • Google XML Sitemaps Generator – creates a sitemap of all articles on your WordPress blog. Helps Google and other search engines index every article you write.
  • Permalink Redirect – replies a 301 permanent redirect, if requested URI is different from entry�s (or archive�s) permalink. It is used to ensure that there is only one URL associated with each blog entry.
  • All in One SEO Pack – Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
  • Head META Description – Insert HTML META description tags using post excerpts.
  • Enforce www. Preference – will help preserve your permalinks by enforcing your no-www or yes-www preference and will strip off index.php from the ends of URIs.
  • Broken Link Checker – monitors and notifies you for broken links on your blog.
  • Quick META Keywords – will automatically add META Keywords tags to every single post based on categories under which the article is categorized.

Easy WordPress Navigation

  • Related Entries – Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches. Increase pageviews by providing targeted related content.
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) – gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry.
  • WP-PageNavi – Adds a more advanced page navigation to WordPress, which is very useful for navigation on index and category pages.
  • Evermore – Abbreviate all posts when viewed on multiple post pages. Helpful to create expandable posts summaries in WordPress. Combine with Less that changes the (more�) link so it displays the entire post, not just the part after the “more”.
  • Random Redirect – Allows you to create a link to a random post on your blog. Lets readers browse in a StumbleUpon-like fashion.
  • WP-Cumulus – displays your tags and/or categories in 3D by placing them on a rotating sphere
  • Lightbox JS Plugin – used to overlay images on the current page into neat Javascript-powered overlay popups.
  • Homepage Excerpts – Gives flexibility to use both full posts and excerpts on the homepage.
  • WordPress Mobile Edition – shows an interface designed for a mobile device when visitors come to your site on a mobile device.
  • Popularity Contest – keeps a count of your post, category and archive views, comments, trackbacks, etc. and uses them to determine which of your posts are most popular.
  • Extended Live Archive – implements a dynamic, AJAXified way of digging into the archives of a blog.
  • Landing Sites – When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, it shows them related posts to their search on your blog.
  • Clean Archives – designed to display your archive listings in a clean and uniform fashion. It lists the Month / Year, the day of the month the article was published, the title of the article, and the number of comments that have been made on each article.
  • Custom Query String – set the number of posts (custom queries) for every single page on your website like categories, archives, or search results pages.
  • KB Advanced RSS Widget – a wordpress widget that gives you complete control over how RSS feeds are parsed for your sidebar.
  • Permalinks Migration Plugin – safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website or affecting your search engine rankings.

Interactive WordPress Posts

  • Share This – lets your visitors to add your post to various social bookmarking sites, or send a link via e-mail to a friend.
  • Sociable – automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed.
  • WP-Email – Allows people to recommend/send your WordPress blog’s post/page to a friend.
  • WP-PostRatings – Adds an AJAX rating system for your WordPress blog’s post/page.
  • Viper’s Video QuickTags – easy posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo etc.

WordPress Twiter Plugins

  • TweetSuite -� integrates Twitter with your blog with server-side TweetBacks, ReTweet-This buttons, digg-like Tweet-This Button, automatic tweeting of new posts etc.
  • WP Twitip ID – Lets users add their twitter username to the comment form
  • Check out more top Twitter plugins

WordPress Database tools

  • WordPress Database Backup – On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Back up your blog today.
  • WP-Supercache – A modification of WP-Cache that produces static html files.
  • DB-cache – another caching plugin which claims your site will work much faster and will use less disk space for cached files.
  • WP-DBManager – Lets you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries.

WordPress Admin Management Tools

  • PodPress – adds lots of features designed to make WordPress the ideal platform for hosting a podcast.
  • TinyMCE Advanced – adds 16 plugins to TinyMCE, the WordPress wysiwyg editor. Adds over 40 new buttons to the toolbar, which is now two rows plus one hidden row.
  • Exec-PHP – allows php tags inside the content or excerpt of your posts and pages to be executed just as in usual PHP files.
  • Photo Dropper – lets you add free photos (Flickr / Creative Commons) to your blog posts without leaving WordPress.
  • Stats – Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a API key.
  • Admin Drop Down Menu – eliminates the need for this double clicking on the Admin screens by allowing you to see the second level menu just by placing your mouse over a main menu.
  • Maintenance Mode Plugin – Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.
  • Theme Test Drive – allows you to safely test drive any theme on your blog as an administrator, while visitors continue to see the default one.

WordPress Advertising

  • Ad Rotator – Rotates Ads randomly from a specified text file.
  • AdSense-Deluxe – is a WordPress plugin offering advanced options for managing the automatic insertion of Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your WordPress posts. More Google Adsense WP plugins.
  • Buy Me a Beer – allows your readers to donate money to you via PayPal on pretext of buying a beer.
  • WordPress BankRoll – offers to help you cut out the middleman by allowing advertisers to buy reviews directly on your blog.

WordPress Blog Translation

  • Global Translator – Translate your blog into multiple languages in a search engine friendly way.
  • Translator Plugin Pro – provides automatic machine translation of your blog in 13+1 languages. Costs $30.

Enhance WordPress RSS Feeds

  • FD Feedburner – Redirects the main feed and optionally the comments feed to
  • Simple Feed Copyright – adds a simple copyright notice to full text wordpress feeds.
  • Add Related Posts to Your Feed – adds a list of Related Posts to your full text feed. Requires either UTW or Related Posts plugin installed and activated.
  • RSS Signature – allow the addition of a custom tagline, signature or copyright message to the wordpress generated rss feeds.

Random WordPress Stuff

  • Democracy – adds AJAX polling functionality to your WordPress blog.
  • flickrRSS – allows you to easily display Flickr photos on your weblog.

If you liked this, you might like our wordpress articles. I know there are many great wordpress plugins out there I might have missed, please suggest them in comments, and I might add them here. This post is constantly updated.

  1. Good Stuff man…a whole gallery of wordpress plugins compitable to new wordpress version…excellent

    WordPress become more powerful now…amazing…

    Now people can use wordpress in more professional way.


    • Liongress
    • March 3rd, 2010

    Hello, very interesting post, I used All in One SEO and Akismet in my blog. I found an easier way to integrate gallery into my WordPress. Named GRAND Flash Album Gallery – multi category flash skin based photo gallery with powerful admin. I used it in my blog. There are so many different settings. You can adjust the color scheme for your blog as you wish. There are many different skins. You can present your photo gallery in a wonderful way, there is a full-screen mode. This is a very cool plugin.

    • thegaytruth
    • March 22nd, 2010

    After coming back to WordPress after about 4 years, this has really helped me figure out which plugins to include. I especially like the Comment Relish plugin. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Glad to see I’m not the only “WP Plugin Junkee” out there. Great list, I’m going to try a couple of these on my blog.

  3. Hey great list of WordPress plugins.

    I’m currently using many of the ones that you listed. I presently use: pagenavi, db manager, WP related posts, WP stats, total cache (better than super cache IMO), subscribe to comments, sexy bookmarks, Seo slugs, Seo smart links, seo friendly images, Google XML sitemap, Google Analytics, Contact form 7, broken link checker, redirection, and all-in-one SEO packs.

    All of the above have worked well. Redirection is a very useful plugin, but the documentation is terrible.

    One problem that I have is with XHTML errors from plugins especially with follow me and sexy bookmarks.

    thanks for the list, I will try a few that you’ve suggested.

  4. Oh, I am still looking for a good spam plugin. Askimet flags all of my spam, but it’s tedious to have to delete the flagged spam constantly.

    I’ve tried bad behavior and all of the spam stopped which was great. However, it seems to block several search engine bots too and I couldn’t figure out how to correct this.

    I tried another similar program to bad behavior that blocks spam bots from visiting the site… I can’t remember the name, but it slowed my site to a complete crawl. I’ll try Defensio and see how that works.


  5. This list will do well for any site under construction. However it’s a bit extensive and will take forever to install! Any suggestion of integrated plugin script that has the best of the above? Mucho appreciation for the list again. 😉

  6. What is the better between All in One SEO Pack or Platinum SEO Pack

  7. Listed all the good plugins at one site, it really helps a newcomer to use this plugins.
    Good work

    • Pablo
    • June 11th, 2010

    Thank you, there were a lot that i dodn’t know about and i need it a lot! thank you.

  8. Hi,

    I like your post. It’s quite comprehensive.

    I need a good plugin for social integration (I don’t like share this) and I think I found a decent plugin used by any other site.

    The site is

    Can you tell me the plugin they are using for tweets and fshare, with a more button to explore other options.

  9. Great list!! I was desperately on the lookout for something for my site

    I am planning to place the comment plugin and google translator on my website.

  10. Fantastic list and incredibly useful. thank you for compiling and sharing these great resources.

  11. very much in depth information, i really appreciate ur efforts, thanks a lot.

  12. This is definitely one of the most comprehensive lists that I’ve seen on the web as of yet. Usually bloggers point out how All in One SEO Pack is the grandaddy of SEO plugins and then name a few others, but you go as far to categorize the best plugins by Comments, Twitter, Spam-fighting, Admin and so forth.

    That’s definitely the mark of a blogger who knows his plugins.

    I’ll be referencing this post on my main blog.

  13. the google translator si a nice free tool that you can get online’,;

  14. provides many ideas to improve the performance wordpress blog. Thank you for good job

  15. Thanks..
    That AdRotate was really helpful.
    Now i am using it.

  16. Great list thank you. Good work !

  17. hi great job.

  18. I have a specialty themed WordPress site using the Premium Press theme called Coupon Press. Does anybody know if there are any restrictions in using any of these plugins on a Premium Press site?

  19. wow this list is so organized. Bookmarked for later exploration of those plugins to see which are best for my needs.

  20. This is by far the most extensive list of SEO Plugins that I have yet to come across. You even went as far as to categorize them based on application while most bloggers just give it a quick mention and move on. That’s definitely the mark of a blogger who knows his plugins.

    I’ll be referencing this post on my main blog.

  21. Excellent choices of plugins, this helps a lot to us bloggers… But I hope this plugins shows little bugs or no bugs at all.. I’ve use one plugins for how many months but that plugins slows my site and just recently it appears to be a redirecting to an error page. I just delete the plugin and details in .htaccess and walaaa.. my site is back and very loads so fast…

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    • Angel Lee
    • March 10th, 2011

    After looking through your list (fantastic list by the way), I just want to add one more to the list – EzAffiliateCash Ads Plugin for WordPress. I believe it used to be a paid plugin but the owner has made it free recently; it’s an all-in-one advertisement plugin that allows you to test different popular advertising methods on wordpress powered websites. I personally have tested it on my blogs (WP 3.x) and it works great. If you want to find out more about it you can visit

    I don’t think you can find it on the official list but it’s indeed a gem!

    Just my 2 cents!


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  26. I’ve just come across this site purely by accident whilst searching for something else. Interestingly enough there are some great plugins on here although the list does look a little out of date now based on the version of WordPress that we are currently on. However, for my site some of these will be worth a go. Thanks for putting the list together!

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