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20 Most Commonly Used Plugins on WordPress Blogs

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One of the best things about the WordPress platform is the extensive list of plugins available to extend and add new functionality to your site. Let’s take a look at the 20 most commonly used plugins on WordPress blogs across the web, including those that provide additional features, to those that simply alleviate the simple tasks of running a blog.

All in One SEO Pack

Most popular WordPress plugin

The All in One is a super handy plugin that instantly transforms your WordPress blog into a search engine friendly site.

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Google XML Sitemaps

Most popular WordPress plugin

The Google XML Sitemaps plugin creates an auto-updating sitemap for the spiders to feast on, ensuring your latest contest is indexed by the search engines.

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Akismet

Most popular WordPress plugin

Akismet is the daddy of spam capturing, keeping thousands of blogs clean from unscrupulous robots and individuals aiming to tarnish your site with their comments and links.

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Contact Form 7

Most popular WordPress plugin

Contact Form 7 is a simple but flexible contact form solution for WordPress blogs, easy to install and set up, and includes Captcha and spam filtering features.

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GD Star Rating

Most popular WordPress plugin

Give users powers to vote and rate the articles and content on your blog with the GD Star Rating plugin. Especially useful for your design gallery website.

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Add to Any: Share/Bookmark/Email Button

Most popular WordPress plugin

Allow users to share, bookmark and email your articles with their friends to increase traffic and gain higher visibility in the social media world.

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Random Pages Widget – For Visitors & SEO

Most popular WordPress plugin

Have a widgetized sidebar? Use this Random Pages Widget to display a list of pages and posts to allow users to dig deeper into your sites content.

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NextGEN Gallery

Most popular WordPress plugin

Who doesn’t love lightbox galleries? The NextGEN Gallery allows easy insertion of fancy javascript image popups to WordPress through a single plugin.

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Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

Most popular WordPress plugin

There are plenty of related posts plugins out there, but this particular version is packed full of options and customization settings.

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Google Analytics for WordPress

Most popular WordPress plugin

Easily insert your Analytics tracking code and keep an eye on stats from links, comments and your blogroll.

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Easy AdSense

Most popular WordPress plugin

Easily insert revenue generating Google ads to your site, and benefit from a range of helpful features with the Easy AdSense plugin.

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WP Super Cache

Most popular WordPress plugin

WP Super Cache protects your site from large traffic influxes by loading static files in place of the dynamic pages. Highly renown for defending against the Digg effect.

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Sociable

Most popular WordPress plugin

The Sociable plugin is packed full of social bookmarking sites, allowing you to instantly add various buttons through one simple plugin file.

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Broken Link Checker

Most popular WordPress plugin

The Broken Link Checker does exactly what it says on the tin, monitors your WordPress blog and informs of any links getting lost in cyberspace.

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Google Analyticator

Most popular WordPress plugin

Google Analyticator is another super handy plugin providing instant analytics tracking. Additional features include admin dashboard with detailed stats.

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WP e-Commerce

Most popular WordPress plugin

Transform your blog into an e-Commerce system with this great plugin. Complete with elegant and easy to use features typical of any full blown cart solution.

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Twitter Tools

Most popular WordPress plugin

Twitter is everywhere, including your blog with the Twitter Tools plugin! It allows easy integration between WordPress and your Twitter account.

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Youtube Brackets

Most popular WordPress plugin

Forget complicated embed codes, with the YouTube Brackets plugin simply post videos to your articles with easy bracket codes.

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WP-PageNavi

Most popular WordPress plugin

Easily add more page navigation functionality to your blog with the WP PageNavi plugin. Allows custom page numbering and wordings amongst more.

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WordPress.com Stats

Most popular WordPress plugin

Discover interesting metrics about your blog with the Stats plugin, covering the most popular requests such as pageviews, popular posts and traffic stats.

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Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

82 Comments

  1. Great post, a few plugins I hadn’t seen there before so might give them a go in the future. I only use 4 of them ;)

  2. A plugin for backup is needed. I use “WordPress Database Backup” and it does a great job. http://www.ilfilosofo.com/blog/wp-db-backup

  3. Robb Luther says:

    Excellent Post. I do use most of these, but I am anxious to try the Random Pages Widget – For Visitors & SEO…

    Thanks!

  4. A few here that I didnt have, I’ll be installing them now. Haha, nice work.

  5. Raffi Darrow says:

    Thanks for this post. A few I am interested in. I often use plugins that allow a feed from one page to appear on the home page, like a news feed.

  6. VeryCreative says:

    Great plugins, i just wait to use them.
    Thanks!
    Chris

  7. R.W. Jackson says:

    Thanks. Navigating the plug-in waters just got easier thanks to this post. Another plug in I would add to the list is the WP -> Twitter

    Thanks,

    R.W.

  8. nice collection, i am going to try the ad sense one.

  9. Ted Goas says:

    Great list! A nice collection of plugins to reference when creating a new WordPress site.

    A quick not on the XML sitemap generator tool, this tool may not be the best way to create an XML sitemap. Yahoo actually banned it once because it was considering its updates as spamming the engine. A client of mine got banned for a few weeks cause of this plugin. Dynamic sitemap generators are few are far between and to find the right one is very hard.

    If creating a sitemap by hand is not in the cards, I’ve found this one to be decent.

  10. LIz says:

    I use or have used almost all of these, but I hadn’t heard of Twitter Tools and it is exactly what i was looking for! Thanks!

  11. pouya says:

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  12. Derek says:

    I’ve had most of these installed for a while now, and have always wondered if there are better ones out there. I’m guessing these are the most popular for a reason.

    Tanks, Chris!

  13. Nice article, very useful, think i will have to try out some more plugins from the wordpresssphere. Some of them are well know, others not. Thank you! =)

    Best regards

    Florian

  14. Q Ball says:

    I personally use half of the following plugins. Some I have used as an experiment, like sociable, and they are great too!

  15. Nice list of plugins. I any use, but not all. Thanks

  16. sadaf says:

    Its really been impressive for me

  17. RaphaelDDL says:

    Great!
    some i didn’t knew. But i used most in my last project :)

  18. Matt says:

    Nice. Thanks, Chris.

  19. abdusfauzi says:

    a must have collection of wordpress plugins :)

  20. benmckenna says:

    much love chris, like a pannini sticker album I went through it saying “goddit” or “niddit” but wonderfully comprehensive and very,very well presented

  21. Mark says:

    I use most of these. Looking for the All-In-One SEO pack to work well for me.

  22. Tom says:

    I am in the process of moving my static site, wordpress. These look like some very helpful plug-ins definitely going to take a look at a few of them.

  23. RobsonB says:

    It’s obviously a great addon to everyones blog… thank you so much! (of course, I will add some of it to muy own blog)

  24. Kaplang says:

    nice post, I am using most of these already

  25. ryan says:

    this is a great list. thanks for posting

  26. Xcobar says:

    Very nice post!
    I´m already using almost all listed plugins in my blogs.
    So, probably your post title could not be better: “20 most commonly used plugins on WordPress blogs” – ; )
    Greetings from Brazil!

  27. Christian says:

    Only one I think is missing would be pagemash

  28. Ben Rama says:

    i have 43 active plugins i didnt realise most people only have 5-6 i was lioke a kid in acandy store added all of teh above couldnt get the star ratings to fucntion – add to any is wicked but takes time to load
    i have a new site too just thought i’d mention : )

  29. Blog Skins says:

    Very nice list of plugins
    not to sure about 1 or 2 of them
    but most are of great use to every
    wordpress blogger out there..

    will be putting a list of plugins together
    that are the best of the best on my site soon.

  30. Amit says:

    This is really a brilliant list, thanks a lot for putting through a brilliant list.

  31. CMYK says:

    Nice list!

    Thanksss 4 sharing!

  32. Excellent site, keep up the good work

  33. We Are Web says:

    Great list, I think the plugins are one of the best things about WordPress.

  34. Suzanne says:

    Thank you, excellent list! But where is Samsarin? I would be dead in the water without Samsarin!

  35. Ira Mann says:

    Excellent List! This is a very informative group of helpful tools all in one place. Very Well Done. Keep up the great work.

  36. Jim says:

    Some great and not so great pliginns here. A few of them I find almost impossible to use and keep the site looking good. Could be the free themes I guess

  37. lien says:

    A great page and some helpfull comments on plugins

  38. teerperrY says:

    Hello, it really interesting, thanks

  39. LoL I use almost all of those. Great list too. :D

  40. miguel says:

    buen dato, nice,

  41. very much helping list you showing with description, i am using some of these listed and now getting more for further needs. thanks

  42. Rudy says:

    Great Post!!
    thanks

  43. ziare says:

    cool, i already use half of them :D . The other half is quite useful :))

  44. Excellent post I use quite of a few of these.. but there are a few that I have never heard of before. Thanks for the time put into this list.

  45. Paul G. says:

    I missed 1 or 2 of these, but I had most of them on. Great to know that I’m heading along the right lines!

    Thanks for the tips!

  46. Paul G. says:

    I use most of these, but I missed a few. Great to know I’m headed along the right lines.

    Thanks for the posts and the tips.

  47. Sohbet says:

    I use most of these, but I missed a few. Great to know I’m headed along the right lines.
    Thanks for the posts and the tips

  48. Sohbet says:

    Chris Spooner is a designer who has a love for creativity and enjoys experimenting with various techniques in both print and web. Check out Chris’ design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

  49. sohbet says:

    interesting information thank you

  50. hassan says:

    this is real awsome u are so freaking genius man thanks for the help i realy need this thank you i hope u will get what deserve i am sure if you are helping people u are succeed in your life

  51. Siva says:

    useful information… thank you

  52. Paul says:

    Great list. I have a list of ten plugins that attract traffic on my blog at http://www.paulpetch.com that may help a few folk out.

    What plugin do you use to generate the “about the author” info? It looks great,

  53. Kudos to the author of this article. You just clued me into some top notch plugins that I was not aware of. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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