Comprehensive List of 51 Most Essential Plugins for WordPress 2017

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Most Essential Plugins for WordPress

Check the list of comprehensive & most essential plugins for WordPress. These are also the best WordPress plugins too.

You love WordPress because it allows to do the task very easily, thanks to availability of various Plugins. Just like how free you are using an Android phone, you are free to install any WordPress plugins.Essential WordPress plugins

Below is the collection of 51 most essentials plugins for WordPress that we found helpful. You might not need all of them but all of them are pretty useful and so we made to 51 of them. Check it out by yourself –

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JetPack by WordPress

JetPack is mother of all WordPress plugins. First install and then tell me.

As soon as I install WordPress on any blogs, I just consider navigating to Plugins > Add New and search for JetPack. I would say JetPack is one of the wonderful plugin designed for easy WordPress handling and it does the work for lot many plugins under one roof. I have stated atleast 10 reasons why I use JetPack plugin for WordPress.JetPack by WordPressJetPack can do following things for you –

  • Easy Contact Form, no need to look further for another plugin
  • Add custom CSS codes on your site
  • Automatically share content on famous search engine, Social network for the recent post that you have published.
  • Using Mobile theme module, you can show mobile friendly website to your visitors on mobile devices like Android, iPhone or on tablet as well.
  • Photon module will make your site images load faster by caching them to WordPress CDN, improving site speed.
  • Related posts can also be shown
  • Show sharing buttons
  • View incredible site stats
  • Allow and manage subscriptions on your site, completely free
  • Easily correct any grammar or spelling mistakes before the post is published
  • More features in the Pro versions.

With those features in one plugin, you are making your site load faster as each plugins contributes to your requests or page size.

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Pros

All in one functionality in just one plugin.

Cons

With JetPack I can only imagine only Pros but it does have few cons –

  • If you have Photon module enabled, and if you disable it, then on your previous shared posts at Facebook Fan page and Google+ page, you will get broken featured image. Actually not a con, just a catch in functionality but a thing you should know before using it

WordPress SEO by Yoast

SEO supereasy with Yoast, the best SEO plugin ever

SEO for any site is very important. For those who want more options under your WordPress SEO plugin, they can go with Yoast SEO Plugin. Yoast plugin has the option to set Breadcrumbs on your site, order on how to display pages, media, posts in search engines and allows you to add two more things – get rid of Sitemap plugin as it comes with built-in Sitemap tool and secondly take care of most of the ‘Google Search Console’ options here like – fixing the crawler errors, not-found errors and lot more.WordPress Yoast SEOPros

  • Option to generate Sitemap.
  • Great features in the free plugin as well.

Cons

  • Free version allows targeting with only one focus keyword.

Ad Injection

Managing ads on your site effectively.

90% of WordPress blogs are meant to generate income from advertising. By far, Ad Injection is the best ever WordPress plugin to manage advertising scripts easily and effectively. Using Ad Injection you can handle Google AdSense, Media.net, Infolinks, VigLink & other CPM ad-codes on your site effectively. Currently I am using it on all of my blogs.Ad Injection Plugin -essential WP pluginApart from placements, Ad Injection includes several other Settings like block certain IPs, shows ads to visitors from only search engines, ad rotation, split testing, repeat ads, disabling ads on pages, homepage, search results, 404 Error pages, filters are available & many more. All these from a full free plugin.

Pros

  • Full control on ads on your blog

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W3 Total Cache

The award winning & the best performance optimization WordPress plugin

W3 Total Cache is essential plugin for WordPress blog as it will significantly improve page loading time thereby enhancing user experience. You will see atleast 10x improvement in your site overall performance.W3 Total CacheThe W3 Total Cache includes following functions –

  • Enables you to catch WordPress pages and posts
  • Allows you to minify Javascript and CSS in order to speed up your site
  • Caching database
  • Catching of objects
  • HTTP compression
  • Enable fragment caching reduce execution time for common operations

AMP

With increase in mobile users, people wants information available right on their mobile devices. If you website is featured rich, then it might be slow to load on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. This is why Accelerated Mobile Project was created to provide fast loading mobile optimized content. Using AMP plugin by Automattic, the makers of JetPack plugin you can get AMP compatible versions of your WordPress posts.AMP for WordPress Plugin

Pros

AMP means faster loading pages

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Cons

Don’t support ads. This is where other AMP WordPress plugins have taken advantage.

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TablePress

TablePress is designed for those bloggers who don’t know how to create HTML tables. Forget coding and easily integrate tables on your blog wherever necessary.TablePress

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is yet another popular Cache plugin available for WordPress. The debate of W3 Total Cache vs WP Super Cache still remains hot favoring both.WP Super Cache

All in One SEO Pack

This plugin is most downloaded SEO Plugin for WordPress blogs. It will optimize site title, post/page title and automatically generates meta tags.All in One SEO Plugin

Broken Link Checker

This plugin will check out for any link which is broken, shows not found error or timeout error. Quite essential in terms of SEO.

Insights

For those who are much concerned of internal linking on their blogs via manual methods, Insights Plugin is designed for them. Select a keyword and it will list out articles relating, allowing users to go through one click inter linking. We currently use this plugin on our blog.Insight Plugin

Akismet

Akismet is all time popular plugin designed to keep away the spam comments on your blog.Akismet

LiveFyre

Too many comments on your site can result in slow loading of pages. This where external comments plugin is quite important.

CommentLuv

CommentLuv plugin redefines the way you show up comments in your blog. There are Bloggers who have enabled this plugin and it’s of the powerful social enticement plugin.CommentLuv PluginDownload CommentLuv for WordPress

WP Optimize

Essential required for any database errors, optimizations.wp optimize

CleanUp

Clean up plugin will automatically delete the junk files, trashes, auto saves, post version from your blog. This will help to speed up your blog for fast loading & performance.

Google XML SiteMap

XML sitemap will help Google on how to index your site in a better way by predefining a structure which is easily understood by Google. It’s the must have plugin for those who are looking to get their site indexed in Google Search Engine.Google XML SitemapYou might not need this if you are using Sitemap module in the Yoast plugin.

Image Watermark

For those who need to watermark images, Image Watermark plugin will help you to automatically add watermark to images uploaded and also to the existing images on your site.

Contact Form 7

This plugin will easily create a Contact Form which can be integrated anywhere in your blog. You can handle multiple Contact forms using this plugin. If you are using JetPack by WordPress you shouldn’t use this plugin as it includes Contact forms pre-installed.

WP-DB-Backup

WP-DB-Backup plugin will allow you to easily backup WordPress Database table. So any user who is worried of messing the stuff, should install this plugin to keep his blog safe from hackers.

WPtouch Mobile Plugin

Even though Responsive WordPress designs are out in the market, many bloggers still use the the older WordPress themes which is non-compatible on mobile devices.  WP Touch Mobile plugin will automatically design mobile version of your blog.WP Touch Mobile

Captcha

Worried of spam comments on your blog. Captcha plugin will make things harder for those auto commenting software as it brings on the captcha code to be entered.

WP-PageNavi

This plugin will replace old type post navigation ie., older posts, newer posts with your custom post navigation.

BulletProof Security

Hackers are every where. Your WordPress blog might be easier for hackers to get through but BulletProof Security WordPress plugin is designed for you to keep hackers away.

UpdraftPlus – WordPress Backup and Restoration

A blogger is always worried of hackers and security of his blog. UpdraftPlus plugin will allow you to easily backup and restore your WordPress blog.

WP e-Commerce

WP eCommerce allows you to convert your WordPress blog to eCommerce site easily with paying anything.

Add Link to Facebook

This plugin will automatically send a link to your wall, page when you publish an article.

NextGEN Gallery

NextGen Gallery is the intuitive way to show up Gallery on blog but I think the newly improved WordPress Gallery is better option, still NextGen Gallery makes it to the list of best 51 WordPress plugins here.

Advanced Custom Fields

This plugin will allows you to add custom fields on your blog editor providing easy way to quick integration.

Bookmarklet

Bookmarklet plugin for WordPress allows you to add social media sharing options apart from normal Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus buttons. It supports 22 famous social bookmarking sites.

Theme-Check

Theme-Check is the most essential plugin for developers.

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So those were our collection of most essential Plugins for WordPress blogs. Anything else you are using apart from what is mentioned above? Do let us know via comment and we will be happy to add it to the list.

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