Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs report, provides details on the best plugins and WordPress alpha, beta, release candidate and stable version.
Last Updated: September 20, 2017
These are the plugins I use in all my projects when developing websites or blogs. I also use some of these plugin in my blog. Most are free open source plugins found in the WordPress repository but there are a few commercial plugins I highly recommend.
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- WordPress Plugins Compatibility
Extremely Important: Remember some plugins and themes will not be compatible with the current WordPress version. You should always create a backup before you upgrade any plugin or theme. Most important you should have a testing platform to carry out all different type of test. This will prevent you from having issues and crashing your website.
You can always use the following plugin Better Plugin Compatibility Control which is also added to my list below. This will give you a head start by letting you know if your plugins are compatible with the latest version. Once you have completed the check and updated to the latest version, you can disable or remove the plugin.
Important Information: All these plugins work with Suffusion theme 4.4.9.
Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs
Most of the following plugins have been tested with the current WordPress version 4.8.2. However I have not done an extensive test on some of the plugins. Other plugins the community have reported working with the latest version. If I find any issues or the issues are reported in the wordpress.org 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 checking any WordPress plugin that you choose to installed in your website that is not included in my list below. I recommend the following URL Packet Storm Security. 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: Purple color, these plugins are compatible with the current stable version 4.8.2.
- Previous Stable Version: Royal Blue color, these plugins are compatible with the previous stable version 4.7.5 and 4.6.1.
- Old Versions Need To Upgrade: Black color information, these plugins are compatible with versions 4.5.4, 4.4.2 and 4.3.3.
- Development Version: Navy Blue color, these plugins are compatible with Alpha, Beta and RC versions. Current development version 4.9 Alpha.
- Red information, is for your own interest and extra information on individual plugins.
Information: Always remember to try and not have too many plugins added to your website or blog. The more plugins you add the more request and processing resources it 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 Compatibility List
If you don’t know how to install a plugin, please click on the following URL How To Install WordPress Plugins.
- Audio Player
- Broken Link Checker
- Business Directory
- Contact Forms
- Custom CSS
- Data Tables
- Debug Troubleshooting
- Event Organizer
- Manage Emails Notification
- Manage WordPress Admin
- Manage WordPress Cron Jobs
- Manage WordPress Downloads
- Manage WordPress Media Library
- Manage WordPress Users
- Optimize CSS And JS
- Optimize Database
- Optimize Images
- Pricing Tables
- RSS Feed
- Shopping Cart And eCommerce
- Slideshow And Image
- SMTP Mailer
- Social Network
- Social Sharing Buttons
- SSL Checking
- Online Visitors Statistics
- Taxonomy Filtering
- Tracking Code
- Visual Editor
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