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.

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Last Updated 4/12/2015

Best Author Biography WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Sexy Author Bio


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Best Custom Admin Theme WordPress Plugins

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Best Custom Login WordPress Plugins

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Best Email Opt-in WordPress Plugins

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Best Slider WordPress Plugins

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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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Marketer, Entrepreneur and Blogger at Penguin Initiatives
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.

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