May 282014

Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs report, provides details on the best plugins and WordPress alpha, beta, release candidate and stable version.

Last Updated: April 2, 2018

Latest News: I have added more information the this post.

The following list of plugins are the plugins I use in all my projects. Some of these plugins are currently used in this blog. Most are free open source plugins found in WordPress repository. A few plugins are commercial plugins I recommend.

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First Time Blogging Revision Update Tutorials:

  1. First time blogging using WordPress
  2. WordPress Plugins Compatibility

Note: Most of these plugins work with Suffusion theme 4.5.3.


Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs

Most of the plugins below have been tested with the current WordPress version 4.9. I have not done an extensive test with all plugins. In regards to some plugins, the community have reported that they work with the latest version. If I find any issues or the issues are reported in the site, I will also share it here for you to know.

The following URL Release Archives shows you all the versions released by WordPress since the beginning.

I only add the plugins that are well supported, are continually updated, have no security issues and they receive prompt replies by the developers or other WordPress community supporters. If you find a plugin added to the list and it is contrary to the above, it is because the plugin still works well, does what is meant to do and it does not represent a security issue.

You might also be interested in other WordPress plugins that are not the list below. Click on the following URL Packet Storm Security to learn more. This website does a superb job at finding any security or vulnerability in WordPress plugins. However let me assure you that the WordPress moderators and developers do a great job in monitoring and temporarily removing a plugin from the repository if it has security issues until the plugin authors create a patch to secure the plugin.

WordPress Plugins Legend

WordPress Version Legend:

  • Current Version: Navy Blue color, these plugins are compatible with the current stable version 4.9.
  • Previous Stable Version: Purple color, these plugins are compatible with the previous stable version 4.8.3.
  • Old Versions Need To Upgrade: Black color information, these plugins are compatible with versions 4.7.7, 4.6.1, 4.5.4 and 4.4.2.
  • Development Version: Royal Blue color, these plugins are compatible with Alpha, Beta and RC versions. Current development version 5.0 Alpha.
  • Red information, is for your own interest and extra information on individual plugins.

Information: Remember not to have too many plugins added to your website. The more plugins you add the more request and processing resources your site requires to use from your server.

Please read the following link Help Support WordPress Plugins And Themes Developers to help support the developers.

WordPress Plugins List

If you don’t know how to install a plugin, please click on the following URL How To Install WordPress Plugins.

  1. Advertising
  2. Affiliate
  3. Anti-Spam
  4. Audio Player
  5. Backup
  6. Broken Link Checker
  7. Business Directory
  8. Cache
  9. Contact Forms
  10. Custom CSS
  11. Data Tables
  12. Debug Troubleshooting
  13. Donations
  14. Event Organizer
  15. Lightbox
  16. Management
  17. Membership
  18. Mobile
  19. Optimize CSS And JS
  20. Optimize Database
  21. Optimize Images
  22. Performance
  23. Pricing Tables
  24. Redirect
  25. RSS Feed
  26. Security
  27. SEO
  28. Shopping Cart And eCommerce
  29. Shortcodes
  30. Slideshow And Image
  31. SMTP Mailer
  32. Social Network
  33. Social Sharing Buttons
  34. Subscription
  35. SSL Checking
  36. Online Visitors Statistics
  37. Taxonomy Filtering
  38. Tracking Code
  39. Translation
  40. Visual Editor

Important Recommended Action

Important: Remember some plugins and themes are not compatible with the current version of WordPress. It is a good idea to create a backup before you upgrade any plugins or theme. Most important, if you can have a testing platform to carry out all your testing that would help you further. This will prevent you from having issues on your live site and crashing your site.

The following plugin Better Plugin Compatibility Control will let you know if your plugins are compatible with the latest WordPress version.


This list will change from time to time and it will grow with more plugins added. Please keep coming back to review the changes and additions.

If you have a questions please let me know


Manuel Ballesta RuizManuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  10 Responses to “Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs”

  1. It is good to be updated when it comes to wordpress plug-ins. You will be able to secure and harden your blog security by always updating these things.

    • Thank you James for your comment. Keeping plugins up to date is very important for the stability and security of your WordPress website.

  2. Hello Manuel,

    Thank you for your great introduction to the WP Plugins you are using. It help us a lot as we are new into WP. We normally use Joomla.

    There is one Plugin for SEO I am missing on your list All-in-One-SEO-Package or WordPress SEO by Yoast. I had hope to find one of them on your list to help us deciding which one we shall use.

    • Hello Jason, thank you for your comment. Sorry I missed adding WordPress SEO by Yoast. This is the plugin that I recommend for SEO and it works extremely well with my theme, suffusion. If you require any more information please let me know. I will be glad to assist you further and helping you with WordPress. I also have worked and still work with Joomla. Both platforms are great but WordPress wins me over all the time :)

  3. A family member linked me to your resource. Thanks for the details.

  4. Hello Manuel
    Can you help me?
    I want to protect my Website with Better WP Security but i am confused in the settings. I mean what options should i enable?

    Sorry for my bad english.

    • Hello vsg24, yes I agree there are many settings to configure with Better WP Security. First thing first, 1) Enable the plugin and under dashboard make sure you select default settings then just keep track of what the dashboard says and you will know which other options to enable or not. Also make sure you create a backup before you install this plugin just in case it breaks your website.

      If you need more specific settings simply let me know which area you wish to know more about and I will share with your my configuration.

      Kind regards

  5. I want to install a simple page like counter plugin with no comments option that is compatible with WordPress 3.7.1, where people simply go to my page click the like button and the count appears beside the button on the page. I have Jetpack which gives me a like button on each page which requires people to sign in to WordPress. I want to know whether they like my pages – not WordPress. Please advise.

    • Hello Ian Coburn thank you for your question. The only plugin that I know of is It has not been tested with WordPress 3.7.1 but the developer is very active. It does state that it is compatible with WordPress 3.6.1 and it was updated on the 21-10-2013. I would test this on a testing site first unless you trust it and test it on your website. Always create a backup just in case something goes wrong.

      Kind regards

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