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The Handiest Plugins for WordPress – A Must Read


The Handiest Plugins for WordPress – A Must Read

One of the things people like about WordPress is its huge directory of third-party extensions. But with over 54,000 free extensions listed on and thousands more listed elsewhere, it can be difficult to find the extension you need.

From SEO plugins to project management plugins, you will discover the best WordPress plugins for everything!

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is the SEO extension that we officially recommend, as an extension that we use on Kinsta’s blog. It offers a simple way for beginners to take care of most of the on-page SEO of your blog, including:

  • Easy installation wizard to configure SEO settings on the website side
  • An analysis tool to help you optimize individual pages.
  • An XML sitemap tool
  • Open Graph support (which allows you to control the appearance of your content on social media)
  • Many other smaller parameters

Sucuri Security

Sucuri Security is the best WordPress security extension. It is a freemium extension that offers a complete approach to WordPress security.

In the free version, it offers:

  • File integrity monitoring to track changes in files
  • Remote malware scanning
  • Monitoring of black lists
  • Audit of the security activity
  • Safety Notifications

And with a paid plan, you can also add a website firewall.

WP Rocket

WP Rocket is a premium cache and performance extension that makes a wide variety of optimizations to speed up your WordPress site. It is also fully compatible with Kinsta’s built-in cache, so you can use it on your Kinsta-hosted sites even if we do not normally allow cache extensions.

In addition to page caching, WP Rocket can also help you to:

  • Minimize your HTML, CSS and JavaScript files
  • Concatenate your CSS and JavaScript files
  • Add lazy loading for images and videos
  • Optimize your database
  • Make tons of small optimizations, such as deleting query strings, disabling emojis, and more.


Although it was only published in 2016, Elementor quickly rose through the ranks and is now one of the most popular page builders with more than 1.2 million active installations, according to

It offers a generous free version that allows you to create complex designs with a simple drag and drop and live visual preview.

And Elementor Pro – the paid version – allows you to build your entire WordPress theme using the same drag-and-drop interface.

Social Warfare

Social Warfare helps you add great sharing buttons to your WordPress site. Your visitors can click on the button to quickly share your content on social media. And you can also display the number of shares on your own site to add social evidence.

It has a free version that is suitable for basic sharing buttons. But the Pro version adds support for more social networks, as well as useful features such as:

  • Specific image sharing for Pinterest
  • Many customization options
  • Click-to-tweet

And it can even help you recover lost share counters if you have already moved your site to HTTPS or changed your domain name.


Modula is a lightweight gallery extension that allows you to quickly create beautiful galleries.

Its simple wizard allows you to quickly create a gallery. Then, users who want more control can dig into the optional settings to refine the appearance and operation of the gallery.

The free version is provided with a limit of 20 images per gallery. But you can remove this limit, as well as access more advanced features such as filterable galleries.

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is one of the most popular form extensions, especially for developers. It offers advanced functionality and customization – if what you want involves a form, Gravity Forms can certainly do it.

Some of the functions it can offer include:

  • Multi-page forms with conditional logic
  • File uploads
  • Investigations
  • Payments to be made
  • User registration

While Gravity Forms is exclusively a premium extension, Ninja Forms is a free basic extension that you can extend with various paid add-ons.


WooCommerce is not only a popular eCommerce WordPress extension; it is the most popular way to build an eCommerce store. It supplies ~42% of all eCommerce shops on the Internet.

You can use WooCommerce to sell physical and digital products (although many people choose the following extension in this section for digital products).

Beyond the core of the WooCommerce extension, there is a massive market of official and third-party extensions that can help you add all kinds of additional features to your store.


Imagify is an easy-to-use image compression extension from the same developers as WP Rocket. It can help you manually or automatically to:

·       Compress the images you upload to your site using three different methods (including lossless compression and lossy compression)

·       Resize the actual dimensions of your images to a maximum size you specify

Imagify is free up to 25 MB of images per month (~250 images). Thereafter, the plans paid data per month. You can also purchase unique plans, which is convenient if you need to optimize an existing media library in bulk.


Zero BS CRM is proud of its CRM, hence its name (Zero Bullshit CRM), . It’s about simplicity and convenience – giving you all the information you need to understand your customers and nothing that can bother you.

It is ideal for eCommerce sites, agencies, startups, small businesses and anyone who wants to better manage customer relationships.


LearnDash is a popular LMS extension used by large universities – such as the University of Michigan – and small digital entities – such as WP Elevation and Pro Blogger.

It helps you create detailed online courses, with games, engagement triggers and drop-in content.

Whether you want to create free courses or accept payments and monetize your courses directly, LearnDash has the functionality you need.

Business Directory Plugin

The Business Directory extension helps you create a Yelp directory for your chosen niche. This is a free basic extension that you can extend if necessary with a variety of premium modules.

You can create free or premium lists. And with premium modules, you can also add features such as evaluations, map display, more detailed searches, complaint lists, etc.


Originally launched in 2004 as a solution for support forums, bbPress is the quintessence of the WordPress forum extension. In fact, even today, it is still used on support forums, so it’s about the best demo you’ll ever get!

bbPress has always emphasized lightness, so there is not a ton of features included in the kernel. But because it is so popular and has been around for so long, you can find tons of useful extensions if you want more features.


Give is a free basic extension with a variety of paid extensions. According to the figures, it is the most popular WordPress donation extension.

In the free version, it helps you create customized donation forms directly in your WordPress dashboard. You can even add goals and let donors choose from predefined or customized amounts.

To manage your campaign, you can view detailed information on donation activities directly in your dashboard. And you can even manage your donors and offer them tax-deductible receipts.

For more features, you can find tons of premium add-ons for features like :

·       Recurring donations

·       More payment methods

·       PDF receipts

  • Much more than that



Estatik gives you the possibility to display your real estate ads exactly as you wish. It includes a form builder to help you create your lists, as well as a list manager to help you manage your lists on the back office.

Other useful features include automatic search by AJAX, map view, support for different agents and much more.

PDF Embedder

PDF Embedder is a quick and easy way to integrate PDFs into your WordPress site. It uses JavaScript, instead of iFrames. And your visitors will be able to use the Next/Previous buttons to navigate through your PDFs. They can also be switched to full screen for distraction-free reading.

Age Verify

Age Verify makes it easy to add an age grid to all or some of your WordPress sites. You can choose the required age of visitors and the length of time this information is recorded. You can even check a box so that connected users never have to check their age, as well as customize the message that appears.

WP Project Manager

WP Project Manager is a freemium project management extension with a long list of features. In the free version, it helps you stay on track with unlimited projects.

For each project, users can send messages and use task lists and steps to stay organized.

And with the paid add-ons, you can add Kanban cards, Gantt charts, time tracking, and much more.

WordPress Download Manager

WordPress Download Manager helps you both download files and control who can then download these files.

On the sending side, this extension gives you support for sending in pieces so that you can bypass your site’s maximum sending limit for particularly large files. You can also connect to cloud storage providers to host your files.

Then, you can control who can upload your files with features like:

  • Access control by category
  • Password protection
  • CAPTCHA protection
  • IP Blocking


VaultPress is a subscription-based backup and security extension of Automattic, the same company behind

Depending on your plan, VaultPress offers automatic daily or real-time backups to the VaultPress Cloud storage.

From the VaultPress interface, you can easily download or restore one of your backups.

DW Question & Answer

DW Question & Answer creates a question and answer forum on your site with votes, view counters and answer counters. Readers can vote for the best answer, and people who submit a topic can even close a topic once their question has been answered.

You can also make things private if you don’t want guests to have access to them, which is good for something like a support forum.


OptinMonster helps you create a variety of different forms for your WordPress site using a drag and drop editor. Beyond that, it is known for the detailed functionality it gives you to target and trigger your forms, as well as easy A/B testing to help you optimize your forms.

Although it is now a platform-independent SaaS, OptinMonster originally started as a WordPress extension. And it still maintains a dedicated WordPress extension that allows you to manage your campaigns from your WordPress dashboard.

Ad Inserter

Ad Inserter is a flexible extension that allows you to inject a variety of different types of ads almost anywhere on your WordPress. You can inject ads into specific places, or use random criteria such as’random paragraph’.

You can also rotate ads and display statistics to see how the different ads work, as well as many other useful features.

Code Snippets

Code Snippets gives you a user-friendly interface to add all those code extracts you would have previously added to the functions.php file of your theme.

This is useful for two reasons:

  • Each code extract is separate, so you can enable/disable individual extracts as required.
  • Your code extracts will remain with you if you change the theme.

Lightweight Grid Columns

Lightweight Grid Columns helps you create reactive grids in your content using simple shortcodes. You can specify different widths for different devices, as well as add your own CSS classes or inline styles.

The grids are based on the Unsemantic Framework, and the extension is developed by Tom Usborne, the same person behind the popular GeneratePress theme.


The MailGun extension helps you to easily connect to the MailGun service to send your transactional emails. You can send up to 200 emails per day for free, but after that, you will have to pay for the MailGun service..

Pretty Links

Pretty Links helps you manage and hide the different affiliate links you use on your WordPress site. In addition to hiding your links, you can also easily insert affiliate links into your content directly from the WordPress editor – no need to go to the affiliate network every time you need a link.

And with the premium version, you can even automatically link certain keywords, split test affiliate programs, and more.

Subscribe to Comments Reloaded

Subscribe to Comments Reloaded allows commentators to subscribe to receive email notifications when a user responds to their comments. You can also require a double form for users to confirm their subscriptions.

And all these features are added using normal native WordPress comments.


Akismet is the sponsor of spam reduction extensions. Developed by Automattic, it has been around for what seems like an eternity and does an excellent job of filtering most comment and trackback spam.

You will need an API key to use it. But this API key is free for non-commercial use.

Slider Revolution

Slider Revolution is an innovative and responsive Slider WordPress plugin that powers more than 4 million websites. Whether it’s a slider, a carousel, a hero image or a video scene for the best conversion rates (or even an entire home page), the drag and drop visual editor will allow you to tell your own stories in no time!

– Fully responsive and correctly displayed on desktops and mobile devices.

– No development knowledge is required.

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