Best Free & Premium WordPress Plugins by Category in 2014

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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


Best Premium: Fanciest Author Box


Best Custom Admin Theme WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Helios Solutions Custom Admin Theme


Best Premium: Modern Admin


Best Custom Login WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Custom Login


Best Premium: Pathway – Custom WordPress Login Page


Best Email Opt-in WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Optin Forms


Best Premium: OptinMonster


Best Forms WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Contact Form 7


Best Premium: Gravity Forms


Best Google Maps WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Comprehensive Google Map Plugin


Best Premium: Interactive World Maps


Best Live Chat WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WP Live Chat Support


Best Premium: WordPress Live Chat


Best Logos WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Logo Slider


Best Premium: Logos WordPress Plugin


Best Navigation Menu WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Responsive Menu


Best Premium: UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin


Best Notification Bar WordPress Plugins

Best Free: GC Message Bar


Best Premium: Foobar – WordPress Notification Bars


Best Popular Posts WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WordPress Popular Posts


Best Premium: Popular Posts Bar Widget


Best Pricing Tables WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Easy Pricing Tables


Best Premium: CSS3 Responsive Web Pricing Tables Grids


Best Question & Answer WordPress Plugins

Best Free: DQ Question & Answer


Best Premium: SabaiDiscuss for WordPress


Best Heavyweight Shortcodes WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Shortcodes Ultimate


Best Premium: Intense Shortcodes


Best Lightweight Shortcodes WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Bootstrap Shortcodes for WordPress


Best Premium: Elegant Shortcodes


Best Redirection WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Permalink Finder Plugin


Best Premium: 5sec Redirect


Best Reviews WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WP Product Review


Best Premium: Taqyeem – WordPress Review Plugin


Best SEO WordPress Plugins

Best Free: WordPress SEO by Yoast


Best Premium: Premium SEO Pack


Best Social Counts WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Social Count Plus


Best Premium: Monarch Social Sharing Plugin


Get Plugin

Best Social Locking WordPress Plugins

Best Free: OnePress Social Locker


Best Premium: Social Locker for WordPress


Best Social Sharing WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Simple Share Buttons Adder


Best Premium: Monarch Social Sharing Plugin


Get Plugin

Best Testimonials WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Easy Testimonials


Best Premium: Testimonials Showcase


Best Visual Builder WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Page Builder by SiteOrigin


Best Premium: Visual Composer: Page Builder for WordPress


Best WordPress Management WordPress Plugins

Best Free: InfiniteWP Client


Best Premium: ManageWP Worker


Best Social Login / Registration WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Nextend Social Connect Plugins for WordPress


Best Premium: UserPro


UserPro Best Premium Social Login / Registration WordPress Plugin
  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Buffer

Get Plugin

Best Favicon Generator WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Favicon by RealFaviconGenerator


Best Premium: Fresh Favicon


Best Feedback / Polling / Survey WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Feedweb


Best Premium: WP Form Builder Feedback Survey Quiz Manager Pro


Best Slider WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Cyclone Slider 2


Best Premium: Slider Revolution


Best Portfolio / Grid WordPress Plugins

Best Free: Nimble Portfolio


Best Premium: Essential Grid


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.

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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20 Comments
  1. Reply

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

    • Sore
    • February 2, 2015
    Reply

    Great article. Thanks.

  2. Reply

    Great article, big thanks for useful information.

  3. Reply

    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

    • Abid
    • January 7, 2015
    Reply

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

  4. Reply

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

    Dale.

    • Nick
    • January 1, 2015
    Reply

    Take a look at Simple tasks and todo’s as well, a new plugin which creates a task-list overlay on top of your website and wordpress admin. Very handy for development, to keep track of things to do! https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-tasks-todos/screenshots

  5. Reply

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

    • Kateryna
    • December 9, 2014
    Reply

    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.

  6. Reply

    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.

  7. Reply

    Nice list – thank you!

  8. Reply

    Here is Easy PopUp Show, a wordpress plugin developed by me that you can use to grow your list.

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-popup-show/screenshots/

  9. Reply

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

  10. Reply

    Hi this is really a great list within categories
    please have a look to our plugin for forms and registering it’s really worth to try and will be revolutionary, so cheap yet full of of functions :)

    http://codecanyon.net/item/forms-management-systemwordpress-frontend-plugin/8978741?WT.ac=portfolio_item&WT.z_author=MOSTASHAROON

    Thanks for the efforts

  11. Reply

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

    • Dasari
    • October 9, 2014
    Reply

    Thanks Andy,

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

    is it safe to use seo search terms tagging?

  12. Reply

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

    • Nick
    • October 1, 2014
    Reply

    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!

  13. Reply

    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.

    • Simon
    • September 30, 2014
    Reply

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

 

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