Every blogger hopes their blog has the right features to keep their visitors engaged when browsing through their blog. If you’re a WordPress user, you have a slight advantage from other bloggers who use a different CMS because of the many plugins there are to decorate a blog.
WordPress plugins gives a blog the extra bells and whistle to make their site appealing to visitors. Some plugins protects your site from spammers and hackers and others give you extra features like menu icons. I can go on and on about it but I’d rather give you a list.
If you’re just getting started as a blogger, you might be wondering which plugin to use. Here is a list of 100+ plugins most bloggers are using. Keep in mind I’m only scratching the surface, there are tons of other plugins available and more continue to be developed.
WordPress Plugins List
3D Flip Book – Allows you to browse images, PDFs or HTMLs as a flipbook. It
can be used for magazines, books, cards, brochures, booklets and much more in natural way.
AddThis Share Buttons – Get your content shared on social media and drive traffic to your blog.
Akismet – Use this plugin to protect your blog from spammy comments.
Appointment Hour Booking – Create booking forms for appointments with a start time and a defined duration.
BackUp WordPress – Schedule automated backups of your WordPress site.
Better Click To Tweet – Add elegant tweet boxes on your posts or pages.
Broken Link Checker – Checks your blog for broken links and missing
Contact Form 7 – This is a simple plugin that will let you manage multiple
contact forms and it’s customizable.
Contextual Related Posts – Display related posts on your site via short codes, widgets and custom post type.
ConvertKit – Easily integrate ConvertKit forms and landing pages into your
Custom Facebook Feed – Display your Facebook page or group on your website.
Disqus Comment System – This is another popular comment system that replaces your site’s one.
Duplicate Post – Clone posts and pages with no problem.
Easy Google Fonts – Customize your WordPress theme with web-friendly Google fonts to make your blog really stand out.
Genesis Simple Edits – Easily edit the byline, post-meta and footer area of any Genesis theme.
Genesis Title Toggle – This plugin allows you to turn on/off page titles on
a per page basis, and set site wide defaults from Theme Settings.
Google Adsense – Use this plugin for a simple point and click UI rather than manually inserting snippets yourself.
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP – Display your Google analytics data right on your WordPress dashboard.
Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate an XML sitemap to help
search engines better index your blog.
Heatmap for WordPress – Use this plugin to find out what your visitors are
doing on your blog.
Huge IT Portfolio Gallery – If you provide services like web design, you
want to showcase your work. You can create eye-catching galleries with your images or videos.
Image Widget – Add image widgets to your site with this plugin.
Instagram Feed – Display one or more Instagram feeds on your website. Fully customizable and responsive.
Jetpack by WordPress – This plugin has a lot of extras for your
self-hosted WordPress blog like customizable features like sidebar widgets, security features like Akismet and social sharing tools.
Logo Showcase – Display responsive logo slideshow – logo slider and logo carousel on your website.
MailChimp for WordPress – If you use MailChimp as your email provider, you can set up subscription boxes throughout your blog with this plugin and new subscribers will automatically be updated to your list.
MailPoet Newsletters – MailPoet users can send newsletters, create
autoresponders and capture new subscribers.
Maintenance Mode – Let visitors know when your blog is down for
MaxButtons – Create eye-catching buttons and social media icons.
Menu Icons – Add pretty icons to your navigation menu to give it a
Modern Events Calendar Lite – A responsive, mobile-friendly, FREE, and comprehensive events management plugin which is extremely user-friendly and well-designed for displaying event calendars on websites.
MyComment Authors – Show some love to your top commenters by displaying a list on your posts, pages, or sidebar.
NextGEN Gallery – You can create gorgeous galleries with this popular
Online Backup for WordPress – this plugin automatically backs up your
WordPress database and file system.
PayPal Now Button by Scott Paterson – Add a PayPal Buy Now Button to your website without codes. Official PayPal partner.
PushEngage – Push notifications for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Safari, UC Browser and Samsung Internet browsers.
Redirection by Josh Godley – Manages all your 301 redirects and monitors 404 errors.
Revive Old Post – This plugin keeps older posts alive by sharing on
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Seriously Simple Podcasting – A top-rated podcasting plugin for beginners. Has straight-forward set up instructions, advanced features, and plenty of customization options.
Simple Custom CSS – This plugin allows you to customize your WordPress theme without the hassle.
SiteGuard – Protect your blog against attacks to the management page and login.
Social Media and Share Icons – Add social media icons to your website. Many customized options available.
Social Warfare – Maximize social shares and drive more traffic using share buttons, create calls to action via in-post click-to-tweets, popular posts widgets based on share popularity, link-shortening, Google Analytics and more.
Strong Testimonial by WP Chill – Displays your testimonials or reviews on
SumoMe – Get sharing tools and capture email subscribers with this
Testimonials by Handsome Apps – Use this plugin to create stylish
TinyMCE Advanced – Use this plugin to set font family and font size, search and replace in the editor and many more options.
Varnish HTTP Purge – Purges URLs of changed posts and pages when they are modified.
W3 Total Cache – Use this plugin for caching browsers, pages, objects and database.
WooCommerce – If you’re going to sell products, use this extendable
ecommerce plugin to display your products beautifully.
Wordfence Security – Protects your blog from being hacked.
WordPress SEO – This all-in-one plugin helps you make sure your blog
posts and pages are optimized for search engines.
WP Author Box Lite – Use this plugin to add your social media profiles to
WP BackItUp – Backup your content, settings, themes, plugins and media.
WP Cache – One of the easiest WordPress cache plugins available.
WP Edit – This plugin allows you to edit your content by adding H1/H2
titles, fonts, and other styles.
WP Live Chat Support – Use this free plugin to chat with your visitors.
WP Maintenance Mode – Let your visitors know your site is down for
maintenance or announce a coming soon page.
WP Optimize – Clean up your WP database and optimize it without doing manual queries.
WP Post Signature – Use this plugin to add a signature under your blog posts.
WP Smush – This plugin reduces image file sizes to improve your site’s
WP Super Cache – This plugin generates html files from your WordPress
blog. After an html file is created, your webserver will serve that file
instead of processing the heavier PHP scripts.
WPForms – User friendly contact form plugin.
Yoast SEO – This plugin will help you make sure the content you published is optimized for search engines.
YouTube – Embed a responsive video, YouTube channel gallery or playlist
gallery to your blog.
Zip Recipes – Not only can you display your recipes with their pretty recipe boxes, but this plugin also shows up in Google’s recipe search.
So Where Can You Get These Plugins?
Most of these WordPress plugins can be found in the Plugins section of your WordPress admin dashboard. Or you can go to wordpress.org, download the plugin and upload it to your website.
I hope you found this post helpful! What are some of your favorite plugins you use for your website?