Essential Wordpress Plugins - All Encompassing List

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Essential Wordpress Plugins - All Encompassing List

This list contains the most fundamental types of Wordpress Plugins I've installed on my websites. Cache, bulk posts/pages, theme builder, discussion board, forms, sitemap, migration, importer, security, SEO, backup, mailchimp, gallery, custom widgets, etc. and other types of plugins. All tested for compatibility.

Plugins on the list:

Contact Form 7

821725
Version: 5.1.6 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 131,568,696

Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

Yoast SEO

9827076
Version: 13.1 - Requires: 5.2 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 week ago - Downloads: 227,030,620

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

WooCommerce

923493
Version: 3.9.2 - Requires: 5.0 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 day ago - Downloads: 86,138,159

WooCommerce is a flexible, open-source eCommerce solution built on WordPress. Sell anything, anywhere and make your way.

Limit Login Attempts

92197
Version: 1.7.1 - Requires: 2.8 - Compatible up to: 3.3.2 - Last updated: 7 years ago - Downloads: 1,682,429

Limit rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies, for each IP. Fully customizable.

Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan

963502
Version: 7.4.6 - Requires: 3.9 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 weeks ago - Downloads: 152,862,811

Secure your website with the most comprehensive WordPress security plugin. Firewall, malware scan, blocking, live traffic, login security & more.

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

963389
Version: 1.16.22 - Requires: 3.2 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 6 days ago - Downloads: 32,866,960

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

W3 Total Cache

864380
Version: 0.13.1 - Requires: 3.2 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 weeks ago - Downloads: 19,947,841

Search Engine (SEO) & Performance Optimization (WPO) via caching. Integrated caching: CDN, Page, Minify, Object, Fragment, Database support.

WordPress Gallery Plugin – NextGEN Gallery

863419
Version: 3.2.23 - Requires: 4.0.0 - Compatible up to: 5.3.0 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 28,574,561

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 27 million downloads.

SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle

98119
Version: 1.16.0 - Requires: 4.2 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 weeks ago - Downloads: 17,351,872

The SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle gives you a collection of widgets that you can use and customize. All the widgets are built on our powerful framework, g …

WP-PageNavi

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Version: 2.93.1 - Requires: 3.2 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 4 months ago - Downloads: 9,925,701

Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.

Ninja Forms Contact Form – The Drag and Drop Form Builder for WordPress

881033
Version: 3.4.23 - Requires: 5.1 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 weeks ago - Downloads: 21,001,412

The 100% beginner friendly WordPress form builder. Drag & drop form fields to build beautiful, professional contact forms in minutes.

MC4WP: Mailchimp for WordPress

961225
Version: 4.7.5 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 weeks ago - Downloads: 25,339,732

Mailchimp for WordPress, the #1 unofficial Mailchimp plugin.

MetaSlider

94566
Version: 3.15.3 - Requires: 3.5 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 3 months ago - Downloads: 12,185,772

Easy to use WordPress slider plugin. Create SEO-optimized responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.

Smush – Compress, Optimize and Lazy Load Images

964715
Version: 3.4.2 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 20,342,853

Compress and optimize images with lazy load, WebP conversion, and resize detection to boost performance and make your site load amazingly fast.

Redirection

86493
Version: 4.7 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 week ago - Downloads: 22,577,963

Manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and improve your site, with no knowledge…

WordPress Shortcodes Plugin — Shortcodes Ultimate

985204
Version: 5.7.0 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 8,953,588

A comprehensive collection of visual components for your site

WP Mail SMTP by WPForms

86419
Version: 1.8.1 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 11,157,898

The most popular WordPress SMTP and PHP Mailer plugin. Trusted by over 1 million sites.

Google Analytics

64101
Version: 2.2.5 - Requires: 3.8 - Compatible up to: 5.2.5 - Last updated: 7 months ago - Downloads: 4,105,883

Use Google Analytics on your Wordpress site without touching any code, and view visitor reports right in your Wordpress admin dashboard!

All-in-One WP Migration

946171
Version: 7.17 - Requires: 3.3 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 weeks ago - Downloads: 30,134,348

Move, transfer, copy, migrate, and backup a site with 1-click. Quick, easy, and reliable.

TablePress

1003710
Version: 1.10 - Requires: 5.3 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 5,237,077

Embed beautiful and feature-rich tables into your posts and pages, without having to write code.

The Events Calendar

881712
Version: 5.0.2.1 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 day ago - Downloads: 21,340,313

The Events Calendar is a carefully crafted, extensible plugin that lets you easily manage and share events. Beautiful. Solid. Awesome.

Popups by OptinMonster – Best WordPress Popup Plugin

84199
Version: 1.9.6 - Requires: 4.7.0 - Compatible up to: 5.3.0 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 32,079,032

OptinMonster is the best WordPress popup plugin, helping you grow your email list and sales with email popups, exit intent popups, floating bars and m …

ManageWP Worker

94537
Version: 4.9.3 - Requires: 3.1 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 weeks ago - Downloads: 10,337,648

A better way to manage dozens of WordPress websites.

Contact Form by WPForms – Drag & Drop Form Builder for WordPress

985917
Version: 1.5.8.2 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 38,817,162

The best WordPress contact form plugin. Drag & Drop online form builder that helps you create beautiful contact forms with just a few clicks.

Cookie Notice for GDPR & CCPA

1002348
Version: 1.2.50 - Requires: 3.3 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 6,493,719

Cookie Notice allows you to you elegantly inform users that your site uses cookies and helps you comply with the EU GDPR cookie law and CCPA regulatio …

Autoptimize

94992
Version: 2.6.2 - Requires: 4.4 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 3 days ago - Downloads: 9,923,747

Autoptimize speeds up your website by optimizing JS, CSS, images (incl. lazy-load), HTML and Google Fonts, asyncing JS, removing emoji cruft and more.

bbPress

80303
Version: 2.6.4 - Requires: 4.7 - Compatible up to: 5.4 - Last updated: 4 weeks ago - Downloads: 6,260,591

bbPress is forum software for WordPress.

Really Simple SSL

1003674
Version: 3.2.9 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 4 weeks ago - Downloads: 24,505,791

No setup required! You only need an SSL certificate, and this plugin will do the rest.

AMP

72205
Version: 1.4.4 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 week ago - Downloads: 4,808,559

Official AMP plugin, supported by the AMP team. Formerly Accelerated Mobile Pages, AMP enables great experiences across both mobile and desktop.

Custom Sidebars – Dynamic Widget Area Manager

941011
Version: 3.2.3 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.1.4 - Last updated: 9 months ago - Downloads: 3,792,071

Flexible sidebars for custom widget configurations on every page, post and custom post type on your site.

BuddyPress

84331
Version: 5.1.2 - Requires: 4.7 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 8,463,781

BuddyPress helps site builders & developers add community features to their websites, with user profiles, activity streams, and more!

Adminimize

96233
Version: 1.11.6 - Requires: 4.0 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 1,882,070

Adminimize that lets you hide 'unnecessary' items from the WordPress backend

Elementor Page Builder

985056
Version: 2.9.3 - Requires: 5.0 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 23 hours ago - Downloads: 47,140,836

The most advanced frontend drag & drop page builder. Create high-end, pixel perfect websites at record speeds. Any theme, any page, any design.

Social Media Share Buttons & Social Sharing Icons

984874
Version: 2.5.1 - Requires: 3.5 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 week ago - Downloads: 6,240,977

Share buttons and share icons plugin for social media sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Pinterest etc.

WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips

100807
Version: 2.4.6 - Requires: 3.5 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 weeks ago - Downloads: 3,532,138

Create, print & automatically email PDF invoices & packing slips for WooCommerce orders.

Translate WordPress with GTranslate

981386
Version: 2.8.53 - Requires: 2.8.1 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 days ago - Downloads: 4,458,307

Translate WordPress with Google Translate multilanguage plugin to make your website multilingual. Complete multilingual solution for WordPress.

Ultimate Member – User Profile & Membership Plugin

86893
Version: 2.1.4 - Requires: 5.0 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 days ago - Downloads: 3,316,338

The #1 user profile & membership plugin for WordPress.

Advanced Ads – Ad Manager & AdSense

98929
Version: 1.17.2 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 3 weeks ago - Downloads: 3,136,867

Manage and optimize your ads. All ad codes, Google AdSense Auto ads, ad widget, rotation, header and footer code injection, Google AdSense partner sup …

GiveWP – Donation Plugin and Fundraising Platform

96385
Version: 2.5.13 - Requires: 4.8 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 1,486,026

Accept donations and begin fundraising with GiveWP, the highest rated WordPress donation plugin for online giving.

BulkPress

9646
Version: 0.3.5 - Requires: 3.1 - Compatible up to: 4.6.17 - Last updated: 3 years ago - Downloads: 72,838

Add posts, pages, categories and custom post types and taxonomy terms in bulk! Managing vast amounts of content made a walk in the park!

Anti-Captcha (anti-spam botblocker)

845
Version: 20141103 - Requires: 2.8.4 - Compatible up to: 4.0.0 - Last updated: 5 years ago - Downloads: 83,714

Anti-Captcha is a transparent spam solution that does not require any end-user interaction.

Health Check & Troubleshooting

74106
Version: 1.4.2 - Requires: 4.0 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 1,409,956

Health Check identifies common problems, and helps you troubleshoot plugin and theme conflicts.

Reading Time WP

9211
Version: 2.0.9 - Requires: 3.0.1 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 3 months ago - Downloads: 96,698

Reading Time WP creates an estimated reading time of your posts that is inserted above the content or by using a shortcode.

PublishPress Content Calendar and Notifications

96104
Version: 2.0.2 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.3.2 - Last updated: 1 week ago - Downloads: 73,334

PublishPress is the plugin for professional publishers. Get an editorial calendar, flexible permissions and notifications.

GDPR

8658
Version: 2.1.0 - Requires: 4.7 - Compatible up to: 4.9.13 - Last updated: 1 year ago - Downloads: 273,120

This plugin is meant to assist with the GDPR obligations of a Data processor and Controller.