Essential WordPress Plugins and Tools

Security Plugins:

  • iThemes Security
  • WordFence Security
  • Wordfence Assistant
  • JetPack
  • Akismet
  • WangGuard

Backup:

  • UpDraftPlus – Backup/Restore
  • UpDraftPlus-Migrator (Premium Package)
  • WordPress Importer

Speed Plugins:

  • Cache Enabler
  • CDN Enabler
  • WP Smush
  • W3 Total Cache
  • WP Super Cache
  • WP-Optimize
  • Use Google Libraries
  • Lazy Load

Media Plugins:

  • WP Smush
  • Enhanced Media Library
  • Freemage
  • ImageInject

SEO Plugins:

  • Advanced Permalinks
  • Yoast SEO
  • Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps

User Management:

  • Allow Multiple Accounts
  • WangGuard
  • Social Login
  • Inactive User Deleter
  • Login With Ajax
  • Network Username Restrictions Override
  • Unconfirmed
  • WP User Manager
  • WPFront User Role Editor
  • WP-CRM
  • SugarCRM web-to-lead

System And Database Plugins:

  • WP htaccess Control
  • WP-Cron Control
  • WPMovieLibrary
  • Admin Columns
  • WP-DBManager
  • File Manager
  • WP Config File Editor
  • WP Config Interface
  • Transient Cleaner

MultiSite Plugins:

  • WordPress MU Domain Mapping

Odds and Ends Plugins:

  • Admin Columns
  • TablePress
  • Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
  • Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
  • (Make up a DMCA page yourself)
  • Classic Facebook Feed
  • Awesome Support
  • Theme Check
  • Contact Form 7
  • Horizontal scrolling announcement
  • Itro Popup
  • Maintenance Mode
  • Website Monetization by MageNet
  • Advanced Custom Fields

Enhanced Posting Plugins:

  • TinyMCE Advanced
  • Auto Post Scheduler
  • Syndicate Out
  • WordPress Crosspost
  • WP.com Cross-Post
  • PressForward
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Classic Facebook Feed
  • NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster
  • LinkedIn Profile Synchronizer Tool

Directories Plugins:

  • Business Directory Plugin
  • Events Manager
  • Q and A Focus Plus FAQ
  • Resume Submissions & Job Postings
  • WP Resume
  • MN Star Rating
  • WP Sugar free

Classifieds Plugins:

  • AWPCP – Classifieds Plugin
  • WPAdverts – Classifieds Plugin
  • CLASSIFIEDS (from wpmudev)

Social Site Plugins:

  • BuddyPress
  • bbPress
  • MN Star Rating
  • Thumbs Rating
  • Vote It Up
  • WPeddit: Standalone Edition

Analytics:

  • Google Analytics
  • Alexa Certify
  • Quantcast Quantifier

Widget Plugins:

  • Pinterest Pinboard Widget
  • TweetsWind also provides a nice Twitter and other widgets (not a plugin – add to a txt/html widget area)
  • The GoodReads Widget also at Goodreads or JetPack
  • And the missing childrens widget if you wish to help
  • Widget Rotator Pro
  • Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

eCommerce Plugins:

  • WooCommerce

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