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

821641
Version: 5.1.3 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 114,413,880

Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

Yoast SEO

9826755
Version: 11.6 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 6 days ago - Downloads: 183,074,839

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

WooCommerce

923325
Version: 3.6.5 - Requires: 4.7 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 week ago - Downloads: 72,501,005

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

Limit Login Attempts

92195
Version: 1.7.1 - Requires: 2.8 - Compatible up to: 3.3.2 - Last updated: 7 years ago - Downloads: 1,659,037

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

Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan

963412
Version: 7.3.4 - Requires: 3.9 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 4 weeks ago - Downloads: 126,252,782

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

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

963142
Version: 1.16.15 - Requires: 3.2 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 27,879,697

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

W3 Total Cache

864177
Version: 0.9.7.5 - Requires: 3.2 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 15,901,046

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

WordPress Gallery Plugin – NextGEN Gallery

843158
Version: 3.2.4 - Requires: 4.0.0 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 26,513,361

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 25 million downloads.

Ninja Forms – The Easy and Powerful Forms Builder

88994
Version: 3.4.16 - Requires: 5.0 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 3 weeks ago - Downloads: 18,694,993

Ninja Forms is an easy to use drag and drop form builder with an intuitive UI that can be used to create contact forms, email subscription forms, lead …

Mailchimp for WordPress

961148
Version: 4.5.2 - Requires: 4.1 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 19,689,264

Mailchimp for WordPress, the #1 Mailchimp plugin.

Smush Image Compression and Optimization

964287
Version: 3.2.1 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 15,901,096

Compress and optimize (or optimise) image files, improve performance and boost your SEO rank using Smush WordPress image compression and optimization.

Redirection

86462
Version: 4.3.1 - Requires: 4.8 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 17,623,051

Manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and improve your site, with no knowledge of Apache or Nginx needed.

Shortcodes Ultimate

985000
Version: 5.3.0 - Requires: 3.5 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 7,151,469

A comprehensive collection of visual components for your site

Google Analytics

6499
Version: 2.1.5 - Requires: 3.8 - Compatible up to: 4.9.10 - Last updated: 8 months ago - Downloads: 3,865,617

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

945916
Version: 6.97 - Requires: 3.3 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 20,986,749

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

TablePress

1003557
Version: 1.9.2 - Requires: 4.9.1 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 4,597,069

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

The Events Calendar

881669
Version: 4.9.4 - Requires: 4.7 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 week ago - Downloads: 17,723,499

The Events Calendar is a carefully crafted, extensible plugin that lets you easily manage and…

Popups by OptinMonster – Best WordPress Popup Plugin

86176
Version: 1.6.9 - Requires: 3.5.1 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 20,802,577

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

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

984558
Version: 1.5.3.1 - Requires: 4.8 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 3 weeks ago - Downloads: 25,771,021

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

Autoptimize

94835
Version: 2.5.1 - Requires: 4.0 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 7,564,107

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

80289
Version: 2.5.14 - Requires: 4.7 - Compatible up to: 5.1.1 - Last updated: 4 months ago - Downloads: 5,495,710

bbPress is forum software, made the WordPress way.

Really Simple SSL

982138
Version: 3.2.3 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 6 days ago - Downloads: 15,806,139

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

AMP

70179
Version: 1.2.0 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 3 weeks ago - Downloads: 3,295,460

Enable AMP on your WordPress site, the WordPress way.

Custom Sidebars – Dynamic Widget Area Manager

941002
Version: 3.2.3 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.1.1 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 3,641,320

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

BuddyPress

84324
Version: 4.3.0 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.1.1 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 7,817,728

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

Elementor Page Builder

963691
Version: 2.6.2 - Requires: 4.7 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 day ago - Downloads: 29,397,949

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

984638
Version: 2.2.8 - Requires: 3.5 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 day ago - Downloads: 4,593,753

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

WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips

100736
Version: 2.2.14 - Requires: 3.5 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 month ago - Downloads: 2,614,747

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

Ultimate Member – User Profile & Membership Plugin

86773
Version: 2.0.52 - Requires: 4.9 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 4 days ago - Downloads: 2,670,931

The #1 user profile & membership plugin for WordPress.

Advanced Ads – Ad Manager & AdSense

98769
Version: 1.14.1 - Requires: 4.6 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 1 week ago - Downloads: 2,285,575

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

BulkPress

9841
Version: 0.3.5 - Requires: 3.1 - Compatible up to: 4.6.14 - Last updated: 2 years ago - Downloads: 66,167

Add posts, pages, categories and custom post types and taxonomy terms in bulk! Managing vast…

Anti-Captcha (anti-spam botblocker)

845
Version: 20141103 - Requires: 2.8.4 - Compatible up to: 4.0.0 - Last updated: 4 years ago - Downloads: 83,426

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

Health Check & Troubleshooting

72102
Version: 1.3.2 - Requires: 4.0 - Compatible up to: 5.2.2 - Last updated: 2 months ago - Downloads: 970,746

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

GDPR

8657
Version: 2.1.0 - Requires: 4.7 - Compatible up to: 4.9.10 - Last updated: 1 year ago - Downloads: 260,292

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