Top 25+1 WordPress plugins that will sparkle up your blog

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WordPress is certainly one of the most feature rich and user-friendly publishing platforms available today.There are plenty of advantages in WordPress. The main factor why people love WordPress is it’s attraction through it’s awesome premium themes. The second main factor is it’s best plugins which takes your blog to the next level in the blog-o-sphere. In this post I’ll be listing top 25 WordPress plugins that I liked the most.

WordPress is famous for many reasons , but the plugins and themes plays the main game.

WordPress themes plays a vital role in the appearance of a blog and plugins in the management of the blog. These two thing makes a WordPress blog admirable. WordPress plugins are of two types free and premium , there is a little difference between them.

Free plugins provides you with some limited features whereas premium will fulfills your needs.

Choosing a best plugin for your blog is bit difficult , but don’t worry I’m here to help you out. After a hard work, I’ve listed down some the best plugins which will definitely sparkle up your blog. I’ve categorized them into different segment to help choose the better one , so mate are you ready ?

So let’s start up and make your blog sparkle 😉

Top 25 WordPress plugins

Top 25 WordPress plugins

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Top 25 WordPress Plugins that I’ve liked:

Friends lets start up with some awesome Plugins which will bring up your Blog and make it sparkle 🙂

#1: Security Plugins :-

Security is the main problem of  a WordPress blogs. Recently many of the WordPress blogs were hacked due to some loopholes in their security. There are some awesome plugins which will keep your blog 99 % safe from hackers .

1. WP Better Security:

Better WP Security takes the best WordPress security features and techniques and combines them in a single plugin thereby ensuring that as many security holes as possible are patched without having to worry about conflicting features or the possibility of missing anything on your site. The best part of this plugin is that it’s 100% Free 🙂 This plugin got 4.8 out of 5 Ratings , It’s it Amazing ? So I’ll prefer this plugin for security.

2. Wordfence Security:

Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security plugin that includes a firewall, anti-virus scanning, cellphone sign-in (two factor authentication), malicious URL scanning and live traffic including crawlers. Wordfence is the only WordPress security plugin that can verify and repair your core, theme and plugin files, even if you don’t have backups.

3. Bullet Proof Security:

This plugins gives you a all round WordPress website security protection. Website security protection against: XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking and lots More .. This Plugin Ranks 3rd in the Security Category.

So , the top 3 security plugins are listed above and I ensure that all of them will be working. Lets now start the comments category.

#2: Spam Comments

Spam :)

Spam 🙂

Image credits: Spam

The commenting feature on WordPress is proven to be the best as it links up your website or blog with your name! But there is a small disadvantage, the spam .
The Spam comments always spoils the game , I just hate spams , you too ? That’s good. But you cannot spend all the time deleting the spam comments yourself , you’ll need a help and that too a strong help, so here is the helping plugins :-

 1. Anti-Spam:

Anti-spam plugin blocks spam in comments automatically, invisibly for users and for admins. This Plugin got 4.6 out of 5 Rating.

2. Spam Free WordPress:

Comment spam blocking plugin that blocks automated spam with zero false positives.

3. Akismet:

Akismet is the best spam prevention plugin for WordPress. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. This Plugin got the maximums Hits ( downloads ) 16,789,373 , Isn’t this Cool ?
You can get the API key for the plugin for free: How To get Akismet API key for free

#3: SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is one of the key factor to make our blog stand out to crowd. Setting up of SEO needs takes lot’s of time. But WordPress has some plugins that saves your time , Let’s have a look :

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast:

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the best and easy to use SEO plugin which helps you getting out of the box SEO results . this is a free plugin and awesome one too.

2. All in One SEO:

WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for search engines. One the best SEO plugin after WordPress SEO. This Plugin got a download hits of 15,403,441 and 3.8 out of 5 Rating. This Plugin has free version and premium version too.

3. SEOPressor:

Real-time evaluation and recommendations to improve site content for SEO. It’s essentially as though you’re having an SEO expert right beside you and suggesting on ways to improve your site’s on-page SEO. This is a premium Plugin. 

So , here we end up with the SEO plugins for best search results. Utility Plugins are of great need , there are some out of the box , best WordPress utility plugins, which I have listed Below.

#3: Utility:

Utility plugins

Utility plugins

Image credits: Wrench

1. JetPack:

Jetpack is probably one of the best free WordPress Plugin. It is a whole package of plugins that will improve the features of your WordPress site. Here are some of its features: Site Stats without additional load on the server, spelling and grammar check, mobile theme, sharing, backup and much more.

2. W3 Total Cache:

This plugin improves user experience by boosting server performance and reducing download time. It also provides transparent CDN or content delivery network integration. It’s a free Plugin.

3. BackWPup:

With this plugin, you can use the backup files to save your entire installation, which include WP-Content. It pushes them to an outside backup service, if you choose not to save your backup files in one server. You can restore your installation with one backup.zip file.

4. Contact Form:

You may require a contact form if you are creating a website. For that, the best free and most suitable plugin is Contact Form 7. It is so easy to use and can deal with dozens of numerous contact forms.This is one of the best contact form plugins.

5. FontPress – Font Manager Plugin:

This plugin will allow you to customize your WordPress site with customized fonts. You can even do it without writing any code or file.  Amazing plugin which will make your blog sparkle!

6. WordPress Quiz:

WP Quiz is a plugin of WordPress that allows you easily create the multiple choice questions for many purposes, such as teaching, blogging, advertising and etc.
The Main Features are : –

  • MVC code structure
  • Nice design
  • Multimedia in questions
  • Many configuration options
  • Randomly sort questions and answers
  • Customize interface
  • Localization
  • Shortcode
  • Multiple quizzes on the same page
  • Preview questions when finish
  • Submit score via email to owner
  • Social sharing
  • Statistic with chart

This is the unique plugin ever made for WordPress, this is a premium plugin which provides you with out of the box services.

7.WordPress Email Newsletter Plugin:

This is a bulk emailer plugin that was created particularly for WordPress 3.x versions. It is very rich in features and so easy to use. With this plugin, you can send professional newsletters quickly to your existing user database. This is a premium Plugin .

8. Attention Grabber: WordPress Notification Bar:

This will allow you to grab user attention through a fully customizable, but simple banner in your site, which is displayed on the top or ottom of the page. This is also a premium plugin.

9. ROYALSLIDER:

This is jQuery content slider that is cross device capable and incorporated with fluid layout and touch base navigation.

10. CSS3 Responsive Web Pricing Tables:

This is actually a pure CSS3 Web Pricing Table Grid set designed for WordPress that has 12 predetermined color versions and a couple of table styles.

11. WordPress Live Chat Plugin for Sales and Support:

This plugin will allow you to chat with your clients easily within your website for sales and support. There is no need for monthly payments when you are using this plugin. Just install it and it is ready for business.

12. Go – Responsive Pricing & Compare Tables for WP:

This is a responsive plugin that will allow you to create beautiful tables quickly and easily, and incorporate them into your WordPress powered website.

3. Toolset Plugin :- Develop your WordPress site without PHP knowledge!

Toolset plugins make website development faster and give you the power to create sites exactly like you want. Web developers get more work done with Toolset. This plugin is available for free trial.

14. Emma Boxes – Multipurpose Boxes:

This plugin was created to display various kinds of contents. You can select the kind of content that you will display, create custom contents and show them. It might interest you to know that Emma Boxes has been optimized for displaying WooCommerce content.

15. LivIcons for WordPress – Animated Vector Icons:

LivIcons are cross browser vector icons. They are built with JavaScript and there is a individual mini animation for every icon (except ‘Brand names’ ones). LivIcons are powerful in animated mode when you need strong attention effects  (for example on ‘call-to-action’ buttons, different promo blocks etc.) and in static mode, as well.

16. Subscribers Magnet:

This plugin will allow you to integrate email list signup forms easily to almost all sections of your WordPress site. If you want to save time, track your signups, and gain tons of email subscribers this is for you! want to increase your subscribers ? then buy it!

17. Hide My WP – No one can know you use WordPress!

This plugin will let you control PHP files access. It will protect your website from almost all XSS and SQL Injection attacks, which means that you no longer have to worry about security very much. 

18. Logos Showcase – Multi-Use Responsive WP Plugin:

This plugin will allow you to display images in a carousel slider or grid. It is the perfect option for displaying lists of partners, sponsor logos, supporters and clients in your WordPress powered site.

19. Booking System PRO (WordPress Plugin):

This is a plugin that helps in creating bookings and reservation systems easily into a WordPress powered blog or website. 

20. Quform – WordPress Form Builder:

If you are requiring custom forms and a WordPress user but do not have the knowledge or time for codes, Quform is the perfect tool for you. This plugin will allow you to create multiple forms quickly and easily in WordPress with complete control.

21. Sidebar & Widget Manager for WordPress:

This is a premium plugin for WordPress that will let you have complete control over the widget areas, page contents and the widgets themselves. If you will widgetize your page, you could drag and drop the widgets in the page content area using horizontal and vertical alignment.

22. The Countdown Pro:

You can add countdown functionality easily into a sidebar or content area using this plugin. With its up and down counting function, you can have complete control over your counter.

23. WordPress Social Share Buttons

Adding jQuery social sharing buttons to your WordPress website is more fun with this plugin. Buttons can be added through jQuery to enable faster loading of pages.

24. Banner Rotator / Content Slider:

This plugin includes five kinds of banner plugins for WordPress. These include thumbnails banner, content slider, carousel, banner with playlist and banner rotator.

25. Fanciest Author Box:

This is an author bio plugin that is rich in features. It adds the author bio before, after or both automatically into pages, custom post types and posts.

So, utility plugins ends up here. There are lots of awesome utility plugins, but these are the best ones.

Bonus:

26. Total Feedback:

Total feedback is an awesome feedback receiving plugin for WordPress with intuitive dashboard which shows the detailed results about the feedback(s) you got. It has many advanced options like in how much seconds do you want to show your feedback form for new visitors, and you can decide to show the feedback form only once per visitor.

 

Over to You !

Even though there are a  lot of plugins to install, you should take care of pagespeed in one hand. Because some plugins uses too much CPU resources which might result in suspension of your hosting account.

The list ends up , now tell me which plugins do you use ? Do you know any of the other best plugins ?
I would like to have your awesome answers  through Comments

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Shantanu Vishwanadha is a WordPress Lover and Chief Editor at IT-Vizkids He is a Tech Lover and a Spiritualist. He Loves Computers and is a Programmer, Besides this he is a DJ and a Photographer. He is a Gadget Consultant too.

47 Comments to Top 25+1 WordPress plugins that will sparkle up your blog

  1. Hi,

    Nice collection of useful plugins. These are the most important plugins for a new blog. Also it is goo to know the best plugins in each category so that we can choose the best one which we like and use it.

    Also is it not an issue to use many plugins which in result reduce our Page Load Speed ?

  2. Excellent list of plugins Shanthanu. Very good detail of each one. However you should’ve concentrated more free plugins only. Because most of the bloggers could’ne afford premium plugins. Thanks For the share anyway. 🙂
    Have a good day:)

  3. This is an awesome list you have put together here! I especially love the Fanciest Author Box. I’m going to have to go check it out and see if I can’t add it to my own site now!

  4. As much as i am tempted to use all the plugins you listed here because of their awesome features and usefulness, i try to limit the number of plugins i use on my site. Thanks for sharing such a list, i use some of the listed plugins here.

  5. I really huge list of powerful and useful plugins for wordpress users.
    Great job by Guest author.
    Sriram bro, I wanna inform you that make sure to nofollow your affiliate links, otherwise Google will penalize your site.
    Be safe buddy 🙂
    Regards!
    Ankit

  6. Hi Shantanu,

    You’ve presented awesome plugins and they makes WordPress awesome!

    I’m using many of these plugins for my blog and I’m happy with plugins such as BPS Security, JetPack, WP SEO by Yoast, SEO Pressor and I wonder how you missed CommentLuv?

    Regarding ‘WordPress Email Newsletter’, does it use our SMTP server? If it is so, it will truly consume heavy server resources and needs to pay more for hosting. When email list grows, it won’t be feasible anymore.

    • Hello Suresh !
      Thanks for your Awesome Comment !
      I think i did big mistake , How can i forget CommentLuv ?
      thanks for the Remainder! 🙂
      Yeah! WordPress Email Newsletter uses our SMTP server. yes you are absolutely right!
      Thanks for stopping by ! 🙂
      Happy blogging 😉

  7. Nice list indeed….awesomely explained the utility too….But don’t you think using all of them together might increase the site load speed….??? WordPress blogs are very useful because of these plug-ins….They can really sparkle a blog if use properly…all the best bro….

  8. Hi Shantanu,

    Sensational list!

    I am partial to a few. Aksimet is a must. No need running a WP blog unless you stop spam with Aksimet. Simply the best.

    Any performance booster works well too. Speed up your blog and keep your bounce rate low. Use plug ins to optimize your page load speed.

    I would agree that it is best to go light on the plug ins. Sacrificing the performance of your blog simply is not worth the headaches associated with bogging down your blog, going too heavy on the plug in end.

    Thanks for sharing Shantanu!

    Ryan

  9. The list is truly wonderful. Also, I was in a problem from past few days in dealing with Spams so I have installed Anti Spam with your recommendation. The list is very well compiled but I think WP Mash Social Widget should be in the list.

    • hi Giriraj ,
      Akismet is the Best for Spam Comment prevention. but sometimes as mariliyn said it creates inconvenience for the readers and the authors.
      Ops , I forgot about the WP mash social Widget. it’s a all-round social widget.
      thanks 🙂
      good Luck mate 🙂

  10. hello shantanu and sriram. thanks for sharing these valuable plugins. i have a bad experience in using akismet though. some commenters complained about the difficulty of commenting when i am using akismet so i deleted the plugin and use another one.

    • Hello marilyn ,
      Yeah! Once i too had a experience like you.But don’t worry try re-installing akismet or Get a new API key.
      It works! there are many other spam preventing plugins which are capable of throwing out SPAM.

      Thanks for the Comment
      Good luck 🙂

  11. Hi Shantanu,
    I have used the plugin Better WP Security. It is extremely good to save your blog from the hand of hackers. Anti-spam plugin helps to check spam comments. I have not used all of the plugins but thanks for making a list of 25 plugins.

  12. Great list of plugins, a few of them are new to me. I think plugin like WordPress SEO is a must for every blogger. You know, sometimes these plugins can make you confused because there are so many great plugins you get tempted to use them which eventually affects loading speed.

    Really useful article, thanks

    • Hi Dhiraj ,
      Thanks for the visit!
      Yes, Dhiraj you are right. SEO is must have factor for every Blogger.
      Ha ha ! Really, they tempt up a lot! I feel like using all the plugins! 🙂
      Thanks for the Comment!
      Happy Blogging 😉

    • hi Oluwadamilare ,
      Welcome to RTS!
      Yeah! Brother , i assure you ! use any of the plugins From the above list and you’ll see your blog Sparkling up! 😉
      Thanks for the Comment!
      Happy Blogging! 😉

  13. Hi Shantanu,

    Thanks for sharing some exceptional plugins for WordPress users 🙂

    Am using some of it, but don’t know the details of many plugin which you’ve listed here.

    I read somewhere that adding more plugins will diminish the loading speed.

    Anyway, will check some important plugins and add.

    Keep sharing the useful stuffs, thanks Sriram for publishing it 🙂

    • hi Nirmala ma’am ,

      Welcome to RTS.

      Yeah! Many of the plugins listed here are really useful.
      Thanks for the Awesome Comment.
      With regards,
      Shantanu

  14. Good collections of plugins. Thanks for sharing. As for the Spam plugins, should we be using all 3 plugins that you have mentioned above or which one do you suggest?

  15. Honestly, You shared very useful plugins. And that is Expecting more useful posts from you. But your list does not have any logo slider plugin what To Gain Customers’ Trust Online 2016. Anyway thanks for sharing this content with us.

  16. Nice list! Thanks for gathering this useful information. One question: when I went through I didn’t see any recommendations considering emailing solution.
    I personnally use Sendinblue WP plugin since I experienced recurring disappointments with Mailchimp’s deliverability. I find it great and I would like to have your feeling on this.

    • Thanks for your suggestion John. I had some similar problems with WordPress email delivery and it was solved by a similar plugin.

  17. I really love the security plugin called Wordfence. It allow me to auto block any IP trying to hack my site, it notifies me of out-of-date plugins, and if you do get hacked it will show you which files have been changed, then show you a comparison of before and after, and easily allow you to go back to the previous version of any file. The basic model is also free with the option of a more advanced paid model. Very slick and super easy to set up and use.

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