Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs report, provides details on the best plugins and WordPress alpha, beta, release candidate and stable version.
Last Updated: December 23, 2017
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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Note: Most of these plugins work with Suffusion theme 4.4.9.
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 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 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.
- Audio Player
- Broken Link Checker
- Business Directory
- Contact Forms
- Custom CSS
- Data Tables
- Debug Troubleshooting
- Event Organizer
- 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
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