Best Free & Premium WordPress Plugins by Category in 2014

Best Free & Premium WordPress Plugins by Category in 2014

These best free & premium WordPress plugins were hand-picked because they were deemed the most flexible, usable, stable and just plain useful for a wide array of use cases. Most of them are relevant to almost any type of WordPress website.

I have tested out the vast majority of them myself and for the ones I have not tested personally I relied on popularity and average ratings to determine inclusion. Only the best made the list. I hope you find this well-researched list useful.

Best WordPress Plugin Categories

Last Updated 4/12/2015

Best Author Biography WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Sexy Author Bio


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Best Premium: Fanciest Author Box


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Best Custom Admin Theme WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Helios Solutions Custom Admin Theme


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Best Premium: Modern Admin


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Best Custom Login WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Custom Login


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Best Premium: Pathway – Custom WordPress Login Page


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Best Email Opt-in WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Optin Forms


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Best Premium: OptinMonster


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Best Forms WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Contact Form 7


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Best Premium: Gravity Forms


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Best Google Maps WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Comprehensive Google Map Plugin


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Best Premium: Interactive World Maps


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Best Live Chat WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WP Live Chat Support


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Best Premium: WordPress Live Chat


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Best Logos WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Logo Slider


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Best Premium: Logos WordPress Plugin


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Best Navigation Menu WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Responsive Menu


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Best Premium: UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin


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Best Notification Bar WordPress Plugins

Best Free: GC Message Bar


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Best Premium: Foobar – WordPress Notification Bars


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Best Popular Posts WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WordPress Popular Posts


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Best Premium: Popular Posts Bar Widget


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Best Pricing Tables WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Easy Pricing Tables


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Best Premium: CSS3 Responsive Web Pricing Tables Grids


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Best Question & Answer WordPress Plugins

Best Free: DQ Question & Answer


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Best Premium: SabaiDiscuss for WordPress


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Best Heavyweight Shortcodes WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Shortcodes Ultimate


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Best Premium: Intense Shortcodes


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Best Lightweight Shortcodes WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Bootstrap Shortcodes for WordPress


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Best Premium: Elegant Shortcodes


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Best Redirection WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Permalink Finder Plugin


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Best Premium: 5sec Redirect


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Best Reviews WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WP Product Review


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Best Premium: Taqyeem – WordPress Review Plugin


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Best SEO WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WordPress SEO by Yoast


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Best Premium: Premium SEO Pack


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Best Social Counts WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Social Count Plus


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Best Premium: Monarch Social Sharing Plugin


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Best Social Locking WordPress Plugins

Best Free: OnePress Social Locker


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Best Premium: Social Locker for WordPress


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Best Social Sharing WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Simple Share Buttons Adder


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Best Premium: Monarch Social Sharing Plugin


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Best Testimonials WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Easy Testimonials


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Best Premium: Testimonials Showcase


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Best Visual Builder WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Page Builder by SiteOrigin


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Best Premium: Visual Composer: Page Builder for WordPress


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Best WordPress Management WordPress Plugins

Best Free: InfiniteWP Client


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Best Premium: ManageWP Worker


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Best Social Login / Registration WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Nextend Social Connect Plugins for WordPress


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Best Favicon Generator WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Favicon by RealFaviconGenerator


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Best Premium: Fresh Favicon


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Best Feedback / Polling / Survey WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Feedweb


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Best Premium: WP Form Builder Feedback Survey Quiz Manager Pro


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Best Slider WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Cyclone Slider 2


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Best Premium: Slider Revolution


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Best Portfolio / Grid WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Nimble Portfolio


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Best Premium: Essential Grid


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Did I miss any of the best free and/or premium WordPress plugins?

If so, feel free to share any of the best free and/or premium WordPress plugins I missed in the comments down below!

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Andy Forsberg is a digital marketer in Minneapolis, MN and has been developing profitable websites for over 17 years. Andy is an expert at digital marketing and front-end web development. He is known for his Google Analytics, Salesforce, SEO & WordPress expertise. Andy is also the creator of the open source Sexy Author Bio WordPress Plugin (the plugin being used to present Andy's bio to you right now) and the Chrome extension that detects WordPress Themes and Hosts known as WPSNIFFER.

20 Comments

  1. Nice list. Really useful. Simple, well done with your tab thank you !

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  2. Hi Andy,
    This is really a great list of Best Free and Paid WordPress Plugins. Find some awesome and new plugins and hope those will help me to get more traffic in my blog.
    Thanks for sharing this informative post.

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  3. Hi Andy, thanks a lot for this great list. It just has one little flaw: we’re not on there 😉

    We’ve built a 100% free, innovative (!), so-easy-that-my-granny-can-use-it-plugin which allows bloggers to add social & share icons to their blogs, give them counts, add pop-ups and many other features. Please have a look: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-social-media-icons/. Your feedback as expert-reviewer would be highly appreciated – we’ll build it into the plugin!

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  4. Wow! This is such a fantastic list. And I like seeing that we are using several of these already. Thank you!

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  5. Thanks Andy,

    Just refreshed my mind with the best ones available in wordpress,

    is it safe to use seo search terms tagging?

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  6. Pretty impressive list. Looks like you’ve put a lot of time and effort into this. (y)

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  7. Great compilation of plugins Andy!
    I’d like to add 2 security plugins to your list: Wordfence (free and paid version) and BruteProtect (free).

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  8. Nice list – thank you!

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  9. I have looked at several “best wordpress plugins” lists and this one is pretty good because it narrows things down to a few best plugins for every type of functionality.

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  10. Good article. I think it would be really usefull to focus little bit more on content creating plugins, because in the end the most important for a website is to be attractive for users.
    There is a great solution from h5p.org (https://wordpress.org/plugins/h5p/) to create for free highly cusgtomized and interactive content like interactive vidoes, images, quizzes etc. I really like this plugin because you can create various summaries, images with hotspots and even games with html5.

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  11. Nice list andy, I’m using WordPress SEO by yoast. This plugin is awesome.

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  12. Adding schema markup to your website is getting more important. What are the best plugins for doing that?

    Dale.

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  13. Yoast WordPress SEO. So far, so good. Didn’t have any problem once it setted up finally.

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  14. Thank you for that cool list! I have a great addition: ourselves :)

    We recently released a FREE plugin which allows to add social icons to a website: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-social-media-icons/

    We think it’s the best one on the market and user feedback seems to confirm that: in less than 4 months we got over 60k downloads, >280 5-star-reviews and an overall rating of 4.9/5.0.

    If you also like us – why not include us in your (future) list as well?

    Thank you!!

    John

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  15. Great article, big thanks for useful information.

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  16. Great article. Thanks.

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  17. Thanks a bundle for sharing such a helpful article keep it up
    Cheers

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