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Updated by Heather Lynn on Sep 22, 2017
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Must Have Wordpress Plugins: For Every Category

Here is a list of Plugins that I use/have used on my blogs, and absolutely love!

I encourage you to add onto this list, and hopefully turn this into a great resource for people looking for great Wordpress Plugins!
Thank you! :-)


MailChimp for WordPress

MailChimp for WordPress Adding sign-up methods for your MailChimp lists to your WordPress site should be easy. With this plugin, it finally is. MailChimp for WordPress lets you create a highly customizable sign-up form. You can show the form anywhere you want using a simple shortcode, widget or template function.

WordPress › EWWW Image Optimizer " WordPress Plugins

The EWWW Image Optimizer is a WordPress plugin that will automatically and losslessly optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It can also optimize the images that you have already uploaded in the past. It is also now possible to convert your images automatically to the file format that will produce the smallest image (make sure you read the WARNINGS).

Jetpack by

Jetpack adds powerful features previously only available to users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools. Features include: Customization. Make your WordPress site uniquely yours with Custom CSS, Carousels, spam-free Contact Forms, Sidebar Widgets, Infinite Scroll, and Tiled Galleries. Mobile theme. Instant and customizable lightweight responsive theme designed for phones and tablets.

UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration

UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, OpenStack Swift and email) and restore with a single click. Backups of files and database can have separate schedules.

Shareaholic | share buttons, related posts, social analytics & more

The easiest, most effective way to grow your website traffic, effectively engage your audience, monetize, and gain insights for free.

WP Wall

WP Wall is a 'Wall' widget that appears in your blog's side bar. Readers can add a quick comment about the blog as a whole, and the comment will appear in the sidebar immediately (without reloading the page).

99 Robots Follow Us Badges

The 99 Robots Follow Us Badges showcases your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn. YouTube, Tumblr and other social media badges.

Editorial Calendar

Did you remember to write a post for next Tuesday? What about the Tuesday after that? WordPress doesn't make it easy to see when your posts are scheduled. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. Make a plan and be awesome!

Lightweight Social Icons

Lightweight Social Icons is an easy to use, lightweight social icon widget which lets you display your favorite social profile icons. The icons use an icon font, meaning you can choose the size, border radius (roundess), color and hover color of your icons! Check out GeneratePress, our awesome WordPress theme!

WordPress › Editorial Assistant by Zemanta

After Zemanta analyzes your post, a point and click interface allows you to insert related posts and related images. By not having to search for related posts, you will save time and be more efficient.

List category posts

List Category Posts allows you to list posts by category in a post/page using the [catlist] shortcode. This shortcode accepts a category name or id, t

After Post Manager

A powerful plugin to add text, signature or a form at the end of each post. Now use shortcodes to live your imagination.

Better Click To Tweet

The Best Click To Tweet Plugin on the Market, FREE! This plugin allows you to easily create tweetable content for your readers. Using a simple shortcode, your selected text is highlighted and made tweetable. Why Better? This plugin started as a complete retool of the "Click To Tweet" plugin by Todaymade.

WP AdminTools

WP AdminTools allows comprehensive SEO optimization, database clean up and many useful features that extend your WordPress Blog. Get all SEO features you need with this plugin. General Settings Get an overview of how many items are stored in the database and marked as trash, revision or spam (dashbord box).


Upgrade to CommentLuv Pro CommentLuv Pro has even more amazing features that can bring even more traffic and comments to your blog by giving you the ability to fight spam, add keywords, integrate twitterlink, add a top commentators widget, social enticements and by having it installed on your site, you

WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO, this was true when Joost wrote his original WordPress SEO article in 2008 (and updated every few months) and it's still true today, but that doesn't mean you can't improve it further!

SiteCondor SEO

Improve your on-page SEO, optimize content quality, and keep your site healthy.


EasyAzon is the quickest way to create Amazon affiliate links from within your WordPress post editor. You can create text affiliate links direct to any product available for sale on without going through the tedious steps of manually creating links from within the website (huge time saver).

Wordfence - WordPress Security Plugin

The current frequency of attacks we're seeing across all WordPress sites running Wordfence is attacks per minute. Map is currently showing of all attacks to avoid overloading your web browser. These statistics and the graph below are continually updated if you stay on this page.

Categories to Tags Converter

Convert existing categories to tags or tags to categories, selectively.

Privy Website Widget

Simple website banners and exit intent popups to grow your email list.

Listly: Listicles For WordPress

Listly exists because the human species is drawn to numbered lists. Fact: List posts get viewed and shared more than other content. Analytics drive publishers to create 30% of content as numbered list posts. Listly makes it easy to create, maintain, and engage your readers with compelling list posts (also known as listicles in pop culture) right inside your WordPress site.

RebelMouse: Your Social Front Page

Add your RebelMouse to your blog! RebelMouse is your social front page; connect all of your social networks(twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest, etc..) or hashtags to create a beautiful, dynamic site in seconds. RebelMouse shows the world what you care about and automatically updates as you share.

WordPress › Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog's "Comments" admin screen.

Juiz Last Tweet Widget

Add a widget to your sidebar to show your latest tweet(s) with style and without JavaScript! Retweet, Favorite and Reply links are available. This sidebar's widget offer you the possibility to show your last tweet(s) (THE last by default) in your WordPress web site.