10 Useful WordPress Plugins

Useful WordPress Plugins

As a rule, when designers start a new project they’re using the same array of technical tricks as in previous projects. In this blog post let’s focus on useful WordPress plugins that cover all aspects i.e. all parts of the site, including security, imagery, promotion, SEO, eCommerce, etc.

Our list includes only those plugins which are maintained and supported, be sure that you’ll get a response from developers if something goes wrong. Plugins that won’t work are not included into this round-up.

When creating the list I wasn’t pursuing the aim to gather a large number of plugins, no one needs huge lists. For each aspect I’ve chosen the best, in my opinion. Browse through the list, and don’t forget to submit your opinion at the bottom.

BTW, if you think that some plugins needs to be included into the round-up, submit the link into the comments and add some brief description. Thanks in advance.

Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram

Alpine Photo Tile for Instagram

Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.2
Last Updated: 2013-7-20
Downloads: 30,846

Are you a heavy Instagram user? Then probably you’d want to integrate some shots from a specific profile or group of tags. Check out the Alpine PhotoTile plugin, with its help embedding Instagram photos is no longer a problem. There are several options of integration either by URL or to the slideshow. Embedding widget is possible with the help of a shortcode.

Notable features:

  • Embed into sidebar, post or page
  • Multiple customization styles
  • Slideshow presentation of shots
  • Widget is embedded via shortcode

WP User Avatar

WP User Avatar WordPress Plugin

Requires: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-8-7
Downloads: 92,662

Seems like using images from Gravatar is pretty boring, if you want to add a bit of user profile customization to your site WP User Avatar plugin is specifically for you. All images are uploaded via gallery as any other image used for the post.

Notable features:

  • Upload your avatar to your WP Avatar setting
  • Show Gravatar avatar if WP User avatar is not available
  • Disable easily Gravatar images
  • Contributors and Subscribers have the rights to upload avatars

Related Posts by Zemanta

Related Posts WordPress Plugin by Zemanta

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-7-8
Downloads: 24,705

Increasing traffic is a real problem for every site owner. Here is a great solution for you – Zemanta. With its help you can bring more visitors to your blog or site from across the web.


Jetpack WordPress Plugin

Requires: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-8-6
Downloads: 6,246,151

Back in those days WordPress had some features that were later omitted. With Jetpack plugin you’ll be able to get back all those features to your self-hosted website.

Notable features:

  • Simple e-mail subscription to your blog post and comments
  • Social media enable comments
  • Embedded WP.me url shortener
  • Media embedding from side sources
  • Automatic posting to social media profiles

WordPress SEO

WordPress SEO WordPress Plugin

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-7-3
Downloads: 5,627,117

SEO still means a lot for your website. There is a great number of tools that really help improve SEO. If you’re looking for one of these, WordPress SEO by Yoast is the right choice. It was developed by a WP SEO consultant and WP developer and made sure that all aspects of SEO were taken into consideration.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 WordPress Plugin

Requires: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-8-8
Downloads: 12,013,803

With Check out one of the best contact form managers. With Contact form 7 you can easily manage number of forms and with the help of simple mark-up. Contact from 7 supports Ajax, CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.

NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery

Requires: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.2
Last Updated: 2013-7-30
Downloads: 7,759,357

Check out one of the best WordPress gallery plugins – NextGEN Gallery. As you can see, there are more than 7,7 million downloads. So many people can’t be mistaken. This plugin offers immense abilities for managing the imagery content of your site/blog.

Notable features:

  • Uploading and managing image galleries
  • Batch uploads
  • Meta data import
  • Adding, deleting, rearranging and sorting available
  • Thumbnail editor
  • Slideshows and thumbnail galleries on board


WooCommerce eCommerce WordPress Plugin

Requires: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6 beta 3
Last Updated: 2013-7-19
Downloads: 1,251,737

Today even a lazy-bone has an online store. If you have a WordPress-powered site you can turn it easily into a store. All you need is a WooCommerce plugin that is pretty easy to configure. The features below will give you a know why you should use this plugin.

  • Accept credit cards and PayPal payments
  • Simple offline gateways
  • Ship your items using a flat cost
  • Ship for free, or require a coupon to enable
  • Powerful analytics, including eCommerce tracking
  • Social media integration
  • Encourage your customers to share their purchases in return for a coupon

User Role Editor

User Role Editor WordPress Plugin

Requires: 3.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-8-2
Downloads: 739,192

Seems like, setting roles for users in standard WordPress admin is a bit too boring. Consider User Role Editor for this purpose, apart from changing a role of a specific user you can change a bunch of capabilities (see the screenshot below).

User Role Editor Capabilities

Bulletproof Security

Bulletproof Security WordPress Plugin

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6
Last Updated: 2013-8-1
Downloads: 779,205

Protect your site against XSS, CRLF, RFI, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts. With Bulletproof Protection plugin you’ll be to enable one-click protection for your WordPress site. Built-in .htaccess file editing, uploading and downloading.

Notable features:

  • Brute Force Login Security Protection
  • Logged DB Fields
  • Email Alerting Options
  • Dynamic DB Form
  • Enhanced Search
  • Stand-alone Unlock Form bpsunlock.php

Well I hope this list was helpful for you. If you live your WordPress life a bunch of great plugins is exactly what you need. Stay tuned to get all the latest updates.

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4 Responses to 10 Useful WordPress Plugins

  1. Adhir says:

    Thanks for this plugin list.. i found many best plugins from this list…

    • I found it very refreshing that you refer to these plugins as useful, because a lot of other sites advertise some plugins as being universally the best.

      A new WordPress user may be mislead with pretentious article titles such as “the best, a must for…etc.)

      I’m glad that you are more humble in our writing :)

  2. Joel says:

    What about SlideshowFx (demo: wp. oopstouch .com) for your photo galleries? This plugin supports Google+, Flickr and Facebook web albums (Instagram support for Joomla websites only).