This is absolutely true that wordpress is one of the best and widely used blogging software in the world , but do you know what makes wordpress so much popular ? The answer is its wide range of plugins which are mostly free and few are paid . This is the credit of plugins which helps a webmaster or blogger to create any feature/option/function on a website / blog without any knowledge of programming language . what you all need to do is to search for the plugin , install the plugin ,activate it and configure it as per your requirements. But among such a huge number and category of wordpress plugin available in the market , it is difficult for a webmaster / blogger to know the function of each plugin , and if he don’t know that which feature is available in which plugin then it is impossible for webmaster to create that feature on his wordpress website.
The list of top most important / popular / famous wordpress plugins and its detailed feature and for what purpose it is used is explained below, so that a webmaster should know where to use the plugin .
1 . WordPress Seo by yoast : the use and feature of this plugin is to configure the search engine optimization of your wordpress site , this plugin will automatically , prompt the best suggestions for creating a seo friendly website to rank higher in search engines like google , bing , yahoo , msn etc , This plugin is also used by the world most popular blog known as mashable and tech crunch .
2.Woocommerce : This plugin is used for implementing ecommerce feature on your wordpress website , this plugin , create carting system and other mandatory options which a online selling store must have is present in this plugin . it is the number one wordpress plugin for using wordpress as a ecommerce site. This plugin is the most widely used ecommerce plugin for creating ecommerce website on wordpress plateform.
3.WP Super Cache : This plugin is used on wordpress website / blog for optimizing cache , if your website once have daily traffic / visitors more than 1000 , your site will automatically perform slow , hence in order to make you website / blog load fast , this plugin is very helpful in making your site faster accessible.
4.Broken link checker : The use of this plugin is to check the broken links on your wordpress website , because brocken links on website creates negative impact on search engine listings as well as in the mind of your visitors , hence this plugin will automatically scan whole pages of your website, and tell you to take an action on the broken links , either to delete / ignore the link.
5.NextGEN Gallery : This is one of the most popular plugin which is widely used on various wordpress websites to create a photo gallery , It has lot of feature so that your photos within the gallery of your website can be enhanced with multiple options , which gives a awesome & beautiful look to your photo gallery. This plugin will enable you to upload multiple photos zip , it create beautiful thumbnails , or you can also create a slide show type photo gallery , you can rotate , zoom and water mark your images as well.
6.Captcha : This is also one of the most important plugin for security of your wordpress blog / website , it allow you to prevent robot comments which are generated by boats , It is applied on administrative login page and in comment box , before any body post any comment , he must have to solve / type the captcha code in the empty box provided . Hence it keep the bad guys away from your wordpress website / blog.
- Contact form 7 : This plugin is used for creating customized contact form in your wordpress website , it can be used by your visitors to feedback you , email you any message or it can be used for making any enquiry , by using this plugin you can create your own custom contact forms any where on any page of website.
8.Google Analytics Dashboard for wp : This plugin is used for displaying the google analytic report directly on your website dashboard , you need not to go to google analytics for accessing your website analysis. It also alow you to view the realtime data aswell , Just you need to key in your google analytic code in this plugin after creating an account with google analytics.
9.Meta Slider : This plugin is used to create a photo slide show option / feature on your home page or any other page of your website , This slider is highly customizable , you can increase , decrease the length , width , of slider , set the exact position on your home page , you can set multiple style and design for your photos and the process of adding photo to slider is very simple .
10.Buddypress : This plugin is used for creating your wordpress website as a social networking website , in which you will get lot of basic options and features which are available on a social networking websites like facebook . It is best for using within a community or organization.
11.MailChimp for WordPress : This plugin is used for creating an option on your website to subscribe user for email subscription , which help them in getting the latest post notification in the inbox of your subscriber email. It is very useful plugin to boost your email subscribers.
12.TinyMCE Advanced : This plugin will create various advanced feature and options in your text editor of the page or post , hence it will be helpful in creating various options on your web pages which is not possible by basic text editor which comes with wordpress , for example if you want to insert table on you web page then you don’t have any option in basic editor to insert table , but if you install and activate you will get various advanced options which you can implement easily on your web pages or posts.
13.Share button by Add to Any : This plugin will create a small sharing icon of social networking websites like google+ , facebook , twitter , pintrest etc below your each post or article , hence it is very easy for your visitor to share your post on their social networking sites in just 1 click. It is very effective in getting new visitors by social media.
14.Wp Google Maps : This plugin is used for inserting live google map on your pages of website. For inserting the map of any place or region you have an option to locate in your webpage , which shows in different views and also how to reach from different places.
15.Newsletter : This plugin is used on your website / blog which allow your visitors to subscribe for your news letter , once you create your newsletter and upload , this plugin will automatically forward the newsletter to your each subscribers.
16.Backupwordpress : This is one of the most important plugin which I advice to use every one , since this plugin allows you to take a complete backup of your wordpress site , it had also option to keep your complete backup on cloud , whenever you wish to restore you can restore from cloud , This is essential if your site get attacked by bad guys of internet , in such condition you can easily restore your complete website / blog from cloud , and save you lot of hard work which you had done in creating that blog / website.
- Form Maker : This plugin will allow you to create a kind of simple web application like google forms which can be used on your website for collecting various kind of data from your visitors, it is very simple to use and configure.
18.Continous Announcement Scroller : This plugin is used for creating a scrolling flash news and creating an online notice board , which can be used on the website of school , colleges , university or any organization , website to update news and events . it creates a notice so that the heading of the notice scrolls continuously from bottom to top and when any one click on the notice , then the detail of the notice downloaded in pdf or any other format to view the detailed notice.
19.Horizontal Scrolling Announcement : This plugin is also used to create flash news and important notice on the website , but by using this plugin news and updates are scrolled horizontally from right to left direction any where on your home page .
20.WP Youtube Lyte : This plugin will allow you to embedded any youtube video and player in side bar widget or footer of the website / home page , once you install this plugin then you need to drag and drop the plugin from the widget to any side bar , or footer of the website.
21.Image vertical reel scroll slide show : This plugin will allow you to create a vertical slide show of thumbnails of your photos in the side bar of the website , it can be easily configured by just dragging and dropping the plugin from widget to right sidebar , and then select and upload the images and photos in the plugin database.
22.Events Manager : This plugin is used to create event booking feature on your wordpress website , You can convert your wordpress website to ticket booking website for small Drama Theater , Paid seminar & paid party booking website , you can also create a doctors appointment website by using this plugin , but you need to also integrate a compactable payment gateway of your region or country with this plugin for processing the payment options.
23.TabelPress: It is the most popular for creating multi functional and multi optional tables like excel sheet in your wordpress website. There is a facility in this plugin which will enable you to import your complete data of excel sheet in to your website is the very similar manner without making any change in the excel sheet.
24.Google Adsense : If you had monetized your website with google adsense , then you must use this plugin which is officially developed by google itself for its adsense publishers . which has several options , the best feature is that you need not to think yourself that where you should put the ads code and where not , because this plugin automatically scans your complete website and automatically finds best place and best type of ads unit should be placed on your website.
25.Facebook like box : This plugin will create a facebook like box which shows the faces of your facebook fans and also it display how much you have on your facebook page and it also allow your visitor to directly like your facebook fan page in just 1 single click.
26.WP Live Chat Support : This is an awesome plugin which create a live chat support feature on your website , which could help your visitors to interact with you better for help , enquires and support .