At the time of writing this post, there are 76.5 million sites in the world using WordPress. That’s a lot. But why do so many people use WordPress? Well, a lot of reasons but a few stand out… it’s free, it’s easy to setup and use and it’s loaded with functionality.
One of the major components of WordPress are its plugins. There are currently 47,457 plugins in the WordPress repository. Most can be used to their full ability for free.
But here’s the problem, there are too many plugins. No one wants to sift through the 47,000+ plugins to find a few you like. So, I did it for you, kinda. I went through and found some of the coolest, most underused plugins that will totally pimp your WordPress site and listed them below (in no particular order).
My List of 101 Wicked Cool WordPress Plugins
An easy template tag for showing a breadcrumb menu on your site and on google search results with built in RDFa Markup.
Resets the WordPress database back to it’s defaults. Deletes all customization and content. Does not modify files only resets the database.
Force all external links to open in a new window. Add rel=nofollow to all external links. Add an icon to all external links.
Project management and task tracking software… think Basecamp for the WordPress Dashboard!
Snazzy Archives is a visualization plugin for your WordPress site featuring an unique way to display all your posts. Your archive page will never be boring again!
Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it. Every image you add to a page or post will be automatically run through Smush.it behind the scenes. You don’t have to do anything different.You can also run your existing images through Smush.it via the WordPress Media Library.
Display a different greeting message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from.
Plugin with interface for uploading and managing download files, inserting download links in posts, and monitoring download hits.
The Video Sitemap plugin will generate an XML Sitemap for your WordPress blog using all YouTube videos that you may have embedded in your blog posts.
Lets WordPress automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your site.
Allows easy and XHTML valid posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, and more.
Plugin to tweet about your old posts to get more hits for them and keep them alive.
WP Splash Image is a plugin for WordPress to display picture, video or html code with a lightbox effect at the opening of the blog.
Track your Google rankings every 3 days and see reports of your progress in a graph. You will also be able to visualize your traffic flow in response to ranking changes and receive emails notifying you of major rank changes.
Social media tabs allows you to add facebook, google +1, twitter, flickr, pinterest, YouTube subscription and RSS profiles and feeds to any widget
WordPress Pricing Table plugin will help you to generate pricing table in the easitest and dynamic way.
Lightbox Plus permits users to view larger versions of images, simple slide shows, videos and content all in an overlay.
Its a plugin for online reservation and availability checking service for your site.
Widget Logic lets you control on which pages widgets appear using WP’s conditional tags. It also adds
- ‘widget_content’ filter. 21. Theme My Login
Changes your normal WP login page to another page on your site that you can configure yourself. 22. Visitor Maps and Who’s Online
Displays Visitor Maps with location pins, city, and country. Includes a Who’s Online Sidebar. Has an admin dashboard to view visitor details.
The best Post Ratings plugins online, and it’s free. Adds an AJAX rating system for your WordPress
Easily add an ajax-enhanced login widget to your site’s sidebar.
Like the Text widget, but also allows working PHP code to be inserted.
Redirect users to different locations after logging in and logging out.
Add a classified ads section to your WordPress site, quickly and easily.
Very easy to use Simple WordPress Paypal Shopping Cart Plugin. Great for selling products online in one click from your WordPress site.
This plugin will help you to display a sticky message in your site.
Self hosted WordPress chat plugin supporting private chat, chat rooms, avatars, user list, words filtering, smilies, caching plugins and more.
Theme Options UI Builder for WordPress. A simple way to create & save Theme Options and Meta Boxes for free or premium themes.
Adds a WYSIWYG widget based on the standard TinyMCE WordPress visual editor.
Allow your visitors to comment and login with social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Paypal, LinkedIn, LiveJournal, OpenID, VKontakte, Google, Yahoo
Magic Floating Sidebar Maker, makes your blog sidebar floatable so it floats down as your visitor scrolls.
Search Meter tracks what your readers are searching for on your blog. View full details of recent searches or stats for the last day, week or month.
WPtouch: A simple, powerful and elegant mobile theme for your website.
WP Customer Reviews allows your customers and visitors to leave reviews or testimonials of your services. Reviews are Microformat enabled (hReview).
A powerful real-time web analytics plugin for WordPress.
This plugin extends the functionality of custom fields.
Admin UI for creating custom post types and custom taxonomies in WordPress
Easily post syntax-highlighted code to your site without having to modify the code at all. As seen on WordPress.com.
The #1 Print and PDF button for your WordPress site. Printer Friendly pages without coding, css, or print.css. Fast, easy, and professional.
Lets you edit the WordPress admin menu. You can re-order, hide or rename menus, add custom menus and more.
Duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another in 3 easy steps.
Slick social share buttons adds facebook, twitter, google +1, linkedin, digg, delicious, reddit, stumbleupon, buffer and pinterest pin it social media
The Editorial Calendar makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your blog.
The easy way to start earning money from video content. Coull Vidlinkr turns every YouTube video on your website into a revenue stream within minutes.
Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security plugin that includes a firewall, virus scanning, real-time traffic with geolocation and more.
Edit content inline, without going to the admin area.
See which plugins are slowing down your site. This plugin creates a performance report for your site.
Version: 1.5.1 Allows complete customization of dashboard panels and logos, removal of menus, giving editors access to widgets and menus plus lots more.
WordPress user management plugin. Custom user profile,registration with extra fields. Custom Login, Import users from csv and many more.
Keep your valuable WordPress website, its media and database backed up to Dropbox in minutes with this sleek, easy to use plugin.
Sell digital downloads through WordPress with this complete digital downloads management plugin.
Integrates with Paypal and many others.
Creates a widget, which allows you to add drop down mega menus from any WordPress custom menu using jQuery.
Adds “live search” functionality to your WordPress site. Uses the built-in search and jQuery.
Modal contact / feedback form designed “the Apple way”.
Update URLs is a quick and easy solution to fix old URLs and links in content, custom fields, meta boxes and excerpts.
Dashboard plugin update notification, update all plugins at once, move your plugins from one blog to another with plugin install.
Cool Video Gallery is a Video Gallery plugin for WordPress with option to upload videos, add Youtube videos and manage them in multiple galleries.
Easy management of 125×125 ads on your blog. Ads can be run for a specified number of days, and will automatically be taken down. Track clicks too.
Floating Menu creates a sticky, floating menu widget from any WordPress custom menu using jQuery.
Displays gorgeous YouTube and Vimeo videos and galleries in your site. Please visit tubepress.org for
ManageWP Worker plugin allows you to remotely manage your WordPress sites from one dashboard.
Create a simple, non-annoying lightbox popup in your blog.
Embeds a Google Map into your site and lets you add map markers with custom icons and information windows.
Display awesome Announcements, Welcome notes, Greetings, Events, News etc with attractive style, colors, themes and position it anywhere in the page.
Protect your blog content from getting copied. A simple plug-in developed to stop the Copy cats.
Thank Me Later (TML) will automatically send an e-mail to your those who leave a comment at your blog.
Wp-Insert is the most powerful yet easiest to use WordPress ad management plugin which does a lot more than ad management.
Customize completly your WordPress Login Screen and Dashboard easily. Add your logo, change background image, colors, styles, Dashboard footer etc.
Provides an easy way to highlight important content on your posts and pages inside a box with a drop shadow.
Social Networking for WordPress: forum, activity, member directory, mail, chat, profile page, groups, events, gallery, mobile, RSS and more!
The plugin allows to sell digital content and accept payments via PayPal, Payza or InterKassa. It delivers download link after completed payment.
Add awesome looking embedded HTML representations of actual tweets in your blog posts just by adding simple shortcodes.
Plugin adds next & prev nav links on single posts to have a “browse post by post nav style”. Includes customizeable parameters.
A jQuery slideshow with a responsive layout, easy to use with an extended admin panel.
Keep users on your site longer. Introducing the fast, smart way to show related content on your blog with thumbnail images or text.
Adds links to navigate to the next and previous posts when editing a post in the WordPress admin.
WP Editor is a plugin for WordPress that replaces the default plugin and theme editors as well as the page/post editor.
Highly customizable plugin to display Instagram photos in a sidebar widget, a post or on a page. Also an image gallery with paging functionality.
Install this plugin on unlimited sites and manage them all from a central dashboard. This plugin communicates with your InfiniteWP Admin Panel.
Pagebar adds a nice page bar to your blog posts, multipaged posts and paged comments.
Very lightweight jQuery script that wraps search terms in an HTML5 mark tag when referer is a search engine or within wp search results.
Allows multiple permalink structures and category-specific permalinks without needing redirects.
T(-) Countdown will display a highly customizable, flash-free countdown timer as a sidebar widget or in a post or page using a shortcode.
Add-to- Any adds Share buttons for WordPress including the AddToAny sharing button, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp, many more, and follow icons too.
The plugin automatically displays excerpts instead of full post contents in your blog. Custom excerpts and generated excerpts supported.
The Autolink URI plugin for WordPress automatically converts urls to hyperlinked urls.
A powerful, lightweight and easy to use Atom/RSS aggregation and content curation plugin for WordPress with Full Text RSS import feature.
Automatically generate thumbnails for your posts. Magic Post Thumbnail use Google Image/Flickr/Pixabay to create an Automatic Featured Image.
Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according to post type. Multisite friendly.
Google analytics counter tracker – analyse the visitors hits on you website and display it graphically.
Manage your Google Authorship Links with this simple plugin. Works for single author and multi-author WordPress sites.
Publish posts automatically to a Medium.com profile.
Inline Related Posts AUTOMATICALLY inserts related posts INSIDE your content, capturing immediately the reader’s attention.
Learn what’s being copied off your website and how you can leverage this behaviour to get more traffic, more often.
More plugins that had not made my original list of WordPress Plugins
PopUpDomination.com – The premier WordPress pop-up tool for capturing more subscribers on your blog.
Welcome Gate – This is one of the fastest ways to increase opt-ins on your blog.
Fast Secure Contact Form – A super customizable contact form that lets your visitors send you email.
Feedburner – This plugin redirects all feeds to a Feedburner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.
Google Analyticator – Makes adding the Google Analytics code super easy to every page on your blog.
Platinum SEO Pack – Powerful all-in-one SEO plugin.
Digg Digg – Adds a floating share bar to your articles. This will make is easy for your readers to share your articles on their favorite social media sites.
Disqus Comment System – Disqus is truly revolutionizing the blog comment system, allowing you to instantly turn your blog into a social media community. Disqus allows you to create a much more interactive blog community that connects seamlessly with all of the top social media sites online. Disqus also provides threaded comments, which allows your commenters to engage with other commenters directly, rather than replying in general to all. The threaded replies are indented, making it easy to track sub-discussions.
Thank Me Later – Allows you to send out an automatic email to every person who comments on your blog post.
SEO Slugs – This plugin will help you optimize your blog post URLs for search engines. Removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO.
Pretty Link – This plugin allows you to cloak your affiliate links with ease. Pretty Link also allows you to track each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from.
Broken Link Checker – This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. This one is a must-have.
Canvas Theme – A highly customizable and mobile-responsive WordPress theme. Simply add your logo, make a few tweaks and you’re ready to go.
Get Noticed Theme – This is a great theme for information marketers and people looking to build a personal brand.
Generate Theme – This theme is designed for bloggers who are building a subscriber list.
OptimizePress2.0 – I consider this one to be an essential theme for all online marketers. Allows you to create squeeze pages, sales letter pages, launch sequences, membership sites and more. Excellent product I highly recommend.
Headway Theme – This theme is a drag-and-drop that allows you to design with ease.
Hades Theme – Fun magazine style theme.
Coraline Theme – Clean and simple. Can be customized for your brand simply by adding a header image.
Discover WordPress Theme – An excellent option for a business website.
Mojo Themes – Some of the best premium WordPress themes available.
ThemeForest.net – The largest WordPress marketplace online. Hundreds of mobile response WordPress designs.