40 Most Popular WordPress Plugins For Websites

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Are you looking for the best and most popular WordPress plugins on the web? Do you want to add cool features to your own or your client’s website? Then this article must definitely be on your bookmark list!

What will you find in this list?

This list will show you the most popular WordPress plugins, both free, paid and free with paid versions as well. You will find the best WordPress plugins for:

  • backing up and restoring your website
  • protection, security auditing and malware scanning
  • turning your website mobile/responsive
  • SEO optimizing your website
  • creating awesome, functional forms
  • creating beautiful sliders, grids and galleries, for both videos and photos
  • social sharing
  • popups
  • advertisement
  • selling online and affiliate programs
  • audio players
  • highly functional and user-friendly mega menus
  • management
  • optimization
  • and more!

Check them out! Let us know which ones you like most and if you have some other popular WordPress plugins to add to the list, then don’t be shy and say so in the comment section below.

Backup WordPress Plugin

BackupBuddy lets you move a WordPress site to another domain or host easily. This is a very popular feature for WordPress developers who build a custom site for a client on a temporary domain or locally.


UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration

This plugin offers backup and restoration made easy. Complete backups: manual or scheduled (backup to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others).


Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening

The Sucuri WordPress Security plugin is a security toolset for security integrity monitoring, malware detection and security hardening.


WPtouch Mobile Plugin

WPtouch Pro 4 will create a beautiful mobile friendly version of your site for visitors.


WordPress SEO by Yoast

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.


Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is hands down the best contact form plugin for WordPress powered websites.


Advanced Custom Fields Plugin

Advanced Custom Fields is the perfect solution for any WordPress website which needs more flexible data like other Content Management Systems.


Metaslider WordPress Slideshow Plugin

Create SEO optimised responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.


LayerSlider Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin

LayerSlider WP is a premium multi-purpose slider for creating image galleries, content sliders, and mind-blowing slideshows with must-see effects, even from your WordPress posts and pages.


Slider Pro – Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin

Slider Pro is a fully responsive and touch-enabled WordPress slider plugin that allows you to create professional and elegant sliders.


Essential Grid WordPress Plugin

Essential Grid is a premium plugin for WordPress that allows you to display various content formats in a highly customizable grid.


Media Grid – WordPress Responsive Portfolio Plugin

Media Grid is an unique tool to create unlimited responsive, filterable and paginated portfolios with ease, taking advantage of masonry script.


Video Gallery WordPress Plugin for YouTube, Vimeo and Self-Hosted Videos

This is a great plugin for creating video galleries for Youtube, Vimeo and others.


Responsive Photo Gallery WordPress Plugin

Photo Gallery is an advanced plugin with a list of tools and options for adding and editing images for different views. It is fully responsive.


Soliloquy Lite – Responsive WordPress Slider

Soliloquy is audited by Mark Jaquith, lead developer of WordPress, for security and features the easiest to use and most performance optimized code for a WordPress slider plugin.


Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress

Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress allows you to share on more than 40 of major social networks including wide range of mobile sharing options.


Ninja Popups for WordPress

Create impressive and very effective popups with this plugin. It’s highly customizable!


AdSanity Ads Banner Magemenet Plugin

If you feel that other advertising solutions for WordPress are quite complicated, then Adsanity is perfect for you. It is beginner friendly, and doesn’t compromise on any features.


WooCommerce Plugin – excelling eCommerce

WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything.


Pretty Link Pro Affiliate Link Plugin For WordPress

Pretty Link Pro is a Plugin for WordPress that will enable you to shrink, cloak, track, organize, share and test all of your links on your own domain and server.


Full-width Audio Player Plugin

This plugin allows to add a audio player at the top or bottom of the window. The audio player runs with the new HTML5 audio engine.


UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin

UberMenu™ is a user-friendly, highly customizable, responsive Mega Menu WordPress plugin.


Bookly – Responsive WordPress Appointment Booking and Scheduling Plugin

Bookly Plugin – is a great easy-to-use and easy-to-manage booking tool for service providers who think about their customers.


Edit Flow – Editorial Workflow Management Plugin

Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress.


iThemes Security Pro

This is one of the best WordPress security plugin to secure & protect your WordPress site.


Wordfence Security

The Wordfence WordPress security plugin provides free enterprise-class WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware.


Login Lockdown

This plugin limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period.


Security Ninja

This plugin performs 35+ security tests including brute-force attacks and has many more useful features.


EWWW Image Optimizer WordPress Plugin

Reduce file sizes for images in WordPress including NextGEN, GRAND FlAGallery and more using lossless/lossy methods and image format conversion.


Rankie – WordPress Rank Tracker Plugin

Rankie – WordPress rank tracker is a wordpress rank checker plugin that will help you track wordpress rankings on Google keeping a close eye on each keyword position.


Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.


Disqus Comment System

The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus.


Responsive Lightbox by dFactory

Responsive Lightbox allows users to view larger versions of images and galleries in a lightbox (overlay) effect optimized for mobile devices.


Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin

Slider Revolution is an innovative, responsive WordPress Slider Plugin that displays your content the beautiful way.


RoyalSlider – Touch Content Slider for WordPress

Royal Slider for WordPress is responsive image gallery and HTML content slider plugin with touch swipe navigation.


Justified Image Grid – Premium WordPress Gallery Plugin

This responsive WordPress gallery plugin aligns your thumbnails into a justified grid using jQuery, like Flickr and Google image search.


Awesome Gallery WordPress Plugin

Awesome Gallery was built to help you building nice looking galleries using images pulled from various sources, like posts, attachments, pages, custom post types including WooCommerce products, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, 500px albums, NEXTGEN Gallery, and even RSS feeds.


NextGen Gallery WordPress Plugin

NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, and one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time, with over 13 million downloads.


SocialBox – Social Profile Showcase Plugin

With SocialBox you get an absolutely easy to use WordPress Plugin which enables you to add a sleek social widget to your WordPress site or blog.



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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.


  1. Ian Anderson says:

    Of all the plugins on this list (a lot of them are great), Backup Buddy is the most useful. I remember struggling like crazy before using backupbuddy – those days sucked. Highly recommend BB!

  2. Wright says:

    Good job folk, I really like to use ‘Yoast SEO’. Its really helpful for me in my website designs. Its fully optimized and awesome to use the plugin. Feel comfortable while using this plugin.

  3. Rahul says:

    All wordpress plugins are helpful for website developer. Thanks for sharing this article.

  4. Cheenu Lott says:

    Thank you for the great list of plugins! But I always wonder how many plugins is good to have installed from the perfomance point of view…

    • Iggy says:

      Hi Cheenu,

      You should only install as many plugins as you need to run the website. Anything that’s active and isn’t used is just taking your resources.

  5. Brandon says:

    Anyone have any experience, thoughts on WordFence? Does it work with custom themes?

  6. ramesh@web says:

    Great huge collection you have.. Thanks buddy.
    Can anyone help me out? I am searching for a plugin like yellow pages business listing. Any recommendation? Thanks in advance

  7. samdani says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing some of Awesome collections of essential and popular wordpress plugins , seeing the features of these plugins it may be peeped in your mind , these are the best wordpress plugins and as per i have known reality is that .

  8. Michael Amaral says:

    Thank you so much for this useful post.
    I want to recommend you Avartan Slider which included 50+ pre-built sliders and 150+ unique example slides.
    It is responsive and light weight.

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