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The Top 25 WordPress Plugins

Top 25 WordPress Plugins

Blogging wasn’t that cool 5 years ago. It was for geeks. Since then geeks have become sexy. Now blogging is done by almost everyone.

I think there is a link between the two!

WordPress is “the” platform if you want to take your blogging to the next level. Sure you can do Tumblr and Blogger…. but in the “I am serious about blogging” category, WordPress is the “go to” platform

Why WordPress rocks

One of the best things about WordPress is the global community that creates plugins that make it sing and dance.  Want to optimize your content and posts for search engines… there is a free plugin for that. Need a contact form…again there is a plugin already developed for you.

Other benefits include a vast global pool of experts that can design, develop and optimize your blog or website, then there is its low cost and the flexibility.

The top 25 WordPress plugins

So what are the top 25 WordPress plugins?

1. Akismet

One of the biggest problems with a WordPress blog is “spam comments. Akismet stops almost all spam in their tracks.

2. All in One SEO Pack

Need to optimize your blog for search engines? Then this one is the most popular. Another one worth checking out is “WordPress SEO Plugin” by Yoast.

3. Contact Form 7

One of the most important key elements for a blog or website is the ability for people to contact you and this is a very simple plugin that helps you do that.

4. Google XML Sitemaps

Making it easy for Google to crawl and index your site is vital. This plugin automatically generates a sitemap for you that makes it easy for Google’s bots to do that.

5. NextGen Gallery

The rise of a visual web has made it important to have images and photos as part of your content publishing tactics. NextGen makes this easy to do.

Want to see the next on the list then check out the infographic below!

top 25 wordpress plugins

To find out about the top 100 WordPress plugins visit LeadIn

What about you?

Do you use WordPress? What are your best plugins? Any on this list?

Look forward to your feedback and insights in the comments below.



Jeffbullas's Blog


  • Hey Jeff great use of the infographic! I like SEO by Yoast which makes my attempts at onpage SEO somewhat palatable. I always enjoy your excellent content….thanks for the hard work!

    • I moved from All in one SEO to Yoast as it seemed to be better at Optimizing for search about a year ago.

  • Hey Jeff! Great post. I am always looking to make my WordPress website more robust!

  • Z.

    I was hoping more for aggregation by quality when I clicked this. Not a big deal, but just feedback on what my expectation was.

  • Thanks for the list. I have already used some of them. Some plugins are really very effective. In fact, the plugins made WordPress more popular than other platforms.

    I am using a plugin called ” StatCounter – Free Real Time Visitor Stats.” It is really wonderful and easy-to-use.

    • vivienne neale

      Thanks Chris – just checked this out!

  • Glad to read the comments here about All in One. I was thinking of moving to Yoast so glad to see you recommend it too. v Yoast.

  • vivienne neale

    The question I want to ask and please excuse my ignorance is: ‘Are too many plugins detrimental? ‘ Is there an optimal number or can we simply have a plugin fest and enjoy it without penalty? 🙂

    • The short answer is “yes” if it slows down your site!

    • Jack Beauregard

      What is too many? It depends on your site. Just use the plugins you need, choose carefully (one bad plugin is maybe equal to five good ones) and always update if there is a new version.

  • It will take months of optimizing and content publishing and marketing. Its a long journey!

  • jacquimalpass

    Great post, I always enjoy reading your blog. This is very timely as I have just uninstalled loads of plugins.

    My site was getting really slow, so I did a whole load of research to determine what was wrong. I still have some work to do, but I discovered that 58% load was coming from Yeost SEO – which is gutting as it is such a good plugin.

    I was pleased to see that you recommended a different one and I am now trying that.

    Thanks for the great advice.

    • Nickmarquet

      Hmmm thats interesting as I’ve just installed Yeost SEO as everyone seems to rave about it…I’ve kept my old one but would be interested to hear of anyone else suffering this issue…?

  • Jack Beauregard

    So, that there is no backup plugin on the list, says a lot about the wordpress users in general. Download figures are an inappropiate quality criterion.

    • Jack, completely agree. Simple Backup for WP for me before any development starts.

    • Agreed. Stars and comments are much better option.

    • Spot on. I completely agree with Jack.

  • I have stat counter, but never put it on my blog. Afraid the low numbers of viewers will turn people away. I am using one through Blue Host which works.

  • Nickmarquet

    Yep agree needs a backup plugin I installed wp-google-drive & should Disqus Comment System be in there?

  • Sukhpreet Kaur

    Great post Jeff but you didn’t mention any plugin related to Google Authorship or am I missing something?

    Google Authorship is important for SEO 2014 and I’ve been using Author Profile Plus to claim the content ownership http://wordpress.org/plugins/author-profile-plus/ It’s an awesome plugin, had been seeing the results for my blog posts.

    • Hi Sukhpreet, I also still use the plugin, but I keep hearing more and more rumors that it is less important than it used to be. Less and less author avatars showing up on the search pages as well, which is very obvious… So I guess something changed (as usual).

  • Hey Jeff! This post is of great help for developers. Just updating your list, woocommerce has now 3,247,560 downloads.

  • nice plugins thanks bro

  • Dale Reardon

    I absolutely love WordPress SEO by Yoast and he makes a great range of paid plugins as well. Great support also.

  • Dale Reardon

    There is an absolutely amazing backup plugin called Updraft Plus and I use the premium business version. Lets you backup non WordPress files and databases also so it is a complete solution.

  • Dale Reardon

    Google authorship has been abandoned by Google. WordPress SEO by Yoast used to handle authorship but he has removed that feature since Google dropped it a few weeks ago.

  • I’m new to website design and started my first “blog” using wordpress.com — I am now on .org and have been navigating the plugins like a maniac. Here is my question: Can I use Jetpack AND additional plugins?

  • Interesting list Jeff. I am actually surprised that WordPress SEO from Yoast is still second to All in One on the SEO side of life. Recently I was reading WordPress SEO from Yoast was slower than All in One (he just released a Beta version of the plugin, probably to handle that) but frankly, it is still my favorite. And with the disappearance of nRelate Yarpp will only grow stronger and stronger I guess. Nice list!

  • Good

  • Marc Queralt i Bassa

    Seen today. You shared it on Twitter.
    Information requires update. For instance: super caché is over 9M downloads and sociable development is discontinued.
    Please, don’t share outdated content.

  • Bright Journal

    Some of these plugins are a must-have, Jetpack, AIOSEO, Akismet, Really Simple Captcha, Contact form 7. Been trying all of them. All are good plugins. Thanks for sharing this list, Jeff.

    Wahidin Wong