Best Free & Premium WordPress Plugins by Category in 2014

Best Free & Premium WordPress Plugins by Category in 2014

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Best WordPress Plugins

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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Best Author Biography WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Sexy Author Bio


Sexy Author Bio Best Free Author Biography WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Fanciest Author Box


Fanciest Author Box Best Premium Author Biography WordPress Plugin
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Best Custom Admin Theme WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Helios Solutions Custom Admin Theme


Helios Solutions Custom Admin Theme Best Free Custom Admin Theme WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Modern Admin


Modern Admin Best Premium Custom Admin Theme WordPress Plugin
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Best Custom Login WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Custom Login


Custom Login Best Free Custom Login WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Pathway – Custom WordPress Login Page


Pathway - Custom WordPress Login Page Best Premium Custom Login WordPress Plugin
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Best Email Opt-in WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Optin Forms


Optin Forms Best Free Email Opt-in WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: OptinMonster


OptinMonster Best Premium Email Opt-in WordPress Plugin
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Best Forms WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Contact Form 7


Contact Form 7 Best Free Forms WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Gravity Forms


Gravity Forms Best Premium Forms WordPress Plugin
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Best Google Maps WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Comprehensive Google Map Plugin


Comprehensive Google Map Plugin Best Free Google Maps WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Interactive World Maps


Interactive World Maps Best Premium Google Maps WordPress Plugin
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Best Live Chat WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WP Live Chat Support


WP Live Chat Support Best Free Live Chat WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: WordPress Live Chat


WordPress Live Chat Best Premium Live Chat WordPress Plugin
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Best Logos WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Logo Slider


Logo Slider Best Free Logos WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Logos WordPress Plugin


Logos WordPress Plugin Best Premium Logos WordPress Plugin
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Best Navigation Menu WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Responsive Menu


Responsive Menu Best Free Navigation Menu WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin


UberMenu - WordPress Mega Menu Plugin Best Premium Navigation Menu WordPress Plugin
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Best Notification Bar WordPress Plugins

Best Free: GC Message Bar


GC Message Bar Best Free Notification Bar WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Foobar – WordPress Notification Bars


Foobar - WordPress Notification Bars Best Premium Notification Bar WordPress Plugin
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Best Popular Posts WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WordPress Popular Posts


WordPress Popular Posts Best Free Popular Posts WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Popular Posts Bar Widget


Popular Posts Bar Widget Best Premium Popular Posts WordPress Plugin
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Best Pricing Tables WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Easy Pricing Tables


Easy Pricing Tables Best Free Pricing Tables WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: CSS3 Responsive Web Pricing Tables Grids


CSS3 Responsive Web Pricing Tables Grids Best Premium Pricing Tables WordPress Plugin
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Best Question & Answer WordPress Plugins

Best Free: DQ Question & Answer


DQ Question & Answer Best Free Question & Answer WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: SabaiDiscuss for WordPress


SabaiDiscuss for WordPress Best Premium Question & Answer WordPress Plugin
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Best Ready-to-use Shortcodes WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Shortcodes Ultimate


Shortcodes Ultimate Best Free Ready-to-use Shortcodes WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Intense Shortcodes


Intense Shortcodes Best Premium Ready-to-use Shortcodes WordPress Plugin
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Best Redirection WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Permalink Finder Plugin


Permalink Finder Plugin Best Free Redirection WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: 5sec Redirect


5sec Redirect Best Premium Redirection WordPress Plugin
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Best Reviews WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WP Product Review


WP Product Review Best Free Reviews WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Taqyeem – WordPress Review Plugin


Taqyeem - WordPress Review Plugin Best Premium Reviews WordPress Plugin
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Best SEO WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WordPress SEO by Yoast


WordPress SEO by Yoast Best Free SEO WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Premium SEO Pack


Premium SEO Pack Best Premium SEO WordPress Plugin
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Best Social Counts WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Social Count Plus


Social Count Plus Best Free Social Counts WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Monarch Social Sharing Plugin


Monarch Social Sharing Plugin Best Premium Social Counts WordPress Plugin
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Best Social Locking WordPress Plugins

Best Free: OnePress Social Locker


OnePress Social Locker Best Free Social Locking WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Social Locker for WordPress


Social Locker for WordPress Best Premium Social Locking WordPress Plugin
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Best Social Sharing WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Simple Share Buttons Adder


Simple Share Buttons Adder Best Free Social Sharing WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Monarch Social Sharing Plugin


Monarch Social Sharing Plugin Best Premium Social Sharing WordPress Plugin
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Best Testimonials WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Easy Testimonials


Easy Testimonials Best Free Testimonials WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Testimonials Showcase


Testimonials Showcase Best Premium Testimonials WordPress Plugin
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Best Visual Builder WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Page Builder by SiteOrigin


Page Builder by SiteOrigin Best Free Visual Builder WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Visual Composer: Page Builder for WordPress


Visual Composer: Page Builder for WordPress Best Premium Visual Builder WordPress Plugin
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Best WordPress Management WordPress Plugins

Best Free: InfiniteWP Client


InfiniteWP Client Best Free WordPress Management WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: ManageWP Worker


ManageWP Worker Best Premium WordPress Management WordPress Plugin
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Best Social Login / Registration WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Nextend Social Connect Plugins for WordPress


Nextend Social Connect Plugins for WordPress Best Free Social Login / Registration WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: UserPro


UserPro Best Premium Social Login / Registration WordPress Plugin
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Best Feedback / Polling / Survey WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Feedweb


Feedweb Best Free Feedback / Polling / Survey WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: WP Form Builder Feedback Survey Quiz Manager Pro


WP Form Builder Feedback Survey Quiz Manager Pro Best Premium Feedback / Polling / Survey WordPress Plugin
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Best Slider WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Cyclone Slider 2


Cyclone Slider 2 Best Free Slider WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Slider Revolution


Slider Revolution Best Premium Slider WordPress Plugin
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Best Portfolio / Grid WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Nimble Portfolio


Nimble Portfolio Best Free Portfolio / Grid WordPress Plugin
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Best Premium: Essential Grid


Essential Grid Best Premium Portfolio / Grid WordPress Plugin
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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!




11 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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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