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
My List of 101 Wicked Cool WordPress Plugins and Theme
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.
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.
1. RDFa Breadcrumb
An easy template tag for showing a breadcrumb menu on your site and on google search results with
built in RDFa Markup.
2. WordPress Reset
Resets the WordPress database back to it’s defaults. Deletes all customization and content. Does not
modify files only resets the database.
3. External Links
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!
5. Snazzy Archives
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!
6. WP Smush.it
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.
7. WP Greet Box
Display a different greeting message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from.
8. WordPress Download Monitor
Plugin with interface for uploading and managing download files, inserting download links in posts,
and monitoring download hits.
9. Google XML Sitemaps for Videos
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.
10. nRelate Related Content
nRelate is designed to drive eyeballs deeper into your site by displaying related content as either
thumbnails, text, or both.
11. SEO Smart Links
Lets WordPress automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with
corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your site.
12. Viper’s Video Quicktags
Allows easy and XHTML valid posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube,
DailyMotion, Vimeo, and more.
13. Tweet Old Post
Plugin to tweet about your old posts to get more hits for them and keep them alive.
14. WP Splash Image
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.
15. SEO Rank Report
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.
16. Social Media Tabs
Social media tabs allows you to add facebook, google +1, twitter, flickr, pinterest, YouTube
subscription and RSS profiles and feeds to any widget
17. Pricing Table
WordPress Pricing Table plugin will help you to generate pricing table in the easitest and dynamic way.
18. Lightbox Plus
Lightbox Plus permits users to view larger versions of images, simple slide shows, videos and content
all in an overlay.
19. Booking Calendar
Its a plugin for online reservation and availability checking service for your site.
20. Widget Logic
Widget Logic lets you control on which pages widgets appear using WP’s conditional tags. It also adds
a ‘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
24. Sidebar Login
Easily add an ajax-enhanced login widget to your site’s sidebar.
25. PHP Code Widget
Like the Text widget, but also allows working PHP code to be inserted.
26. Peter’s Login Redirect
Redirect users to different locations after logging in and logging out.
27. Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin
Add a classified ads section to your WordPress site, quickly and easily.
28. WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart
Very easy to use Simple WordPress Paypal Shopping Cart Plugin. Great for selling products online in
one click from your WordPress site.
29. Quick Notice Bar
This plugin will help you to display a sticky message in your site.
30. Quick Chat
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.
32. Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
Adds a WYSIWYG widget based on the standard TinyMCE WordPress visual editor.
33. Social Login
Allow your visitors to comment and login with social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Paypal,
LinkedIn, LiveJournal, OpenID, VKontakte, Google, Yahoo
34. Strx Magic Floating Sidebar Maker
Magic Floating Sidebar Maker, makes your blog sidebar floatable so it floats down as your visitor
35. Search Meter
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.
37. WP Customer Reviews
WP Customer Reviews allows your customers and visitors to leave reviews or testimonials of your
services. Reviews are Microformat enabled (hReview).
38. WP SlimStat
A powerful real-time web analytics plugin for WordPress.
39. Custom Field Template
This plugin extends the functionality of custom fields.
40. Custom Post Type UI
Admin UI for creating custom post types and custom taxonomies in WordPress
41. SyntaxHighlighter Evolved
Easily post syntax-highlighted code to your site without having to modify the code at all. As seen on
42. Print Friendly and PDF Button
The #1 Print and PDF button for your WordPress site. Printer Friendly pages without coding, css, or
print.css. Fast, easy, and professional.
43. Admin Menu Editor
Lets you edit the WordPress admin menu. You can re-order, hide or rename menus, add custom menus
Duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another in 3 easy steps.
45. Slick Social Share Buttons
Slick social share buttons adds facebook, twitter, google +1, linkedin, digg, delicious, reddit,
stumbleupon, buffer and pinterest pin it social media
46. Editorial Calendar
The Editorial Calendar makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your
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.
48. Wordfence Security
Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security plugin that includes a firewall, virus scanning,
real-time traffic with geolocation and more.
49. Front-end Editor
Edit content inline, without going to the admin area.
50. P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
See which plugins are slowing down your site. This plugin creates a performance report for your site.
51. White Label CMS
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.
52. Faster Image Insert
Fully integrates media manager into editing interface, avoid reloading thickbox pop-up, with enhanced
features like multi-insert & mass-editing.
53. User Meta
WordPress user management plugin. Custom user profile,registration with extra fields. Custom Login,
Import users from csv and many more.
54. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Keep your valuable WordPress website, its media and database backed up to Dropbox in minutes with
this sleek, easy to use plugin.
55. Easy Digital Downloads
Sell digital downloads through WordPress with this complete digital downloads management plugin.
Integrates with Paypal and many others.
56. JQuery Mega Menu Widget
Creates a widget, which allows you to add drop down mega menus from any WordPress custom menu
57. Dave’s WordPress Live Search
Adds “live search” functionality to your WordPress site. Uses the built-in search and jQuery.
58. Usernoise Modal Feedback / Contact Form
Modal contact / feedback form designed “the Apple way”.
59. Velvet Blues Update URLs
Update URLs is a quick and easy solution to fix old URLs and links in content, custom fields, meta
boxes and excerpts.
60. Plugin Central
Dashboard plugin update notification, update all plugins at once, move your plugins from one blog to
another with plugin install.
posts and pages.
62. Cool Video Gallery
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.
64. Floating Menu
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
66. ManageWP Worker
ManageWP Worker plugin allows you to remotely manage your WordPress sites from one dashboard.
67. Lightbox Pop
Create a simple, non-annoying lightbox popup in your blog.
68. Basic Google Maps Placemarks
Embeds a Google Map into your site and lets you add map markers with custom icons and information
Summary statistics of blog.
Display awesome Announcements, Welcome notes, Greetings, Events, News etc with attractive style,
colors, themes and position it anywhere in the page.
71. WP-CopyProtect [Protect Your Blog Posts]
Protect your blog content from getting copied. A simple plug-in developed to stop the Copy cats.
72. Thank Me Later
Thank Me Later (TML) will automatically send an e-mail to your those who leave a comment at your
Wp-Insert is the most powerful yet easiest to use WordPress ad management plugin which does a lot
more than ad management.
74. Erident Custom Login and Dashboard
Customize completly your WordPress Login Screen and Dashboard easily. Add your logo, change
background image, colors, styles, Dashboard footer etc.
75. Drop Shadow Boxes
Provides an easy way to highlight important content on your posts and pages inside a box with a drop
76. WP Symposium A Social Network For WordPress
Social Networking for WordPress: forum, activity, member directory, mail, chat, profile page, groups,
events, gallery, mobile, RSS and more!
77. Paid Downloads
The plugin allows to sell digital content and accept payments via PayPal, Payza or InterKassa. It
delivers download link after completed payment.
78. Twitter Blackbird Pie
Add awesome looking embedded HTML representations of actual tweets in your blog posts just by
adding simple shortcodes.
79. WP Total Hacks
WP Total Hacks can customize more than 20 settings on your WordPress Site. PHP5 is required!
80. WP Single Post Navigation
Plugin adds next & prev nav links on single posts to have a “browse post by post nav style”. Includes
81. Camera Slideshow
A jQuery slideshow with a responsive layout, easy to use with an extended admin panel.
82. Related Content by Wordnik
Keep users on your site longer. Introducing the fast, smart way to show related content on your blog
with thumbnail images or text.
83. Admin Post Navigation
Adds links to navigate to the next and previous posts when editing a post in the WordPress admin.
84. WP Editor
WP Editor is a plugin for WordPress that replaces the default plugin and theme editors as well as the
Highly customizable plugin to display Instagram photos in a sidebar widget, a post or on a page. Also
an image gallery with paging functionality.
86. InfiniteWP Client
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.
88. Highlight Search Terms
Very lightweight jQuery script that wraps search terms in an HTML5 mark tag when referer is a search
engine or within wp search results.
89. Advanced Permalinks
Allows multiple permalink structures and category-specific permalinks without needing redirects.
90. T(-) Countdown
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.
92. Auto Excerpt everywhere
The plugin automatically displays excerpts instead of full post contents in your blog. Custom excerpts
and generated excerpts supported.
93. Autolink URI
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.
95. Magic Post Thumbnail
Automatically generate thumbnails for your posts. Magic Post Thumbnail use Google
Image/Flickr/Pixabay to create an Automatic Featured Image.
96. Disable Comments
Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according
to post type. Multisite friendly.
97. Google Analytics Counter Tracker
Google analytics counter tracker – analyse the visitors hits on you website and display it graphically.
98. Google Author Link
Manage your Google Authorship Links with this simple plugin. Works for single author and multiauthor
Publish posts automatically to a Medium.com profile.
100. Inline Related Posts
Inline Related Posts AUTOMATICALLY inserts related posts INSIDE your content, capturing
immediately the reader’s attention.
101. Tynt Insight for WordPress
Learn what’s being copied off your website and how you can leverage this behaviour to get more
traffic, more often.