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The 25 Best WordPress Plugins 2021 (TL;DR)

WordPress powers more than 41% of the web. Amazing, huh? WordPress is an Open Source project. So you can either choose a plugin from among thousands of already existing ones, or you can create your own plugins to suit your specific needs.

And then there are hundreds of thousands of premium WordPress plugins as well. Almost all the plugins that we need already exists, so you don’t have to think about creating a new one. Trust me, there’s actually a WordPress Plugin for almost anything!

The 25 Best WordPress Plugins

There are 58,678 (and counting!) Plugins listed in the official WordPress Plugin Directory and it can transform your WordPress site into anything you can imagine. So here is a quick list of my favorite WordPress plugins.

1. Advanced Editor Tools

Advanced Editor Tools (previously TinyMCE Advanced) introduces a “Classic Paragraph” block for the block editor (Gutenberg). If you are not ready to switch to the block editor, or have plugins that cannot be used there (yet), using the Classic Paragraph block is your best option. It lets you to continue to use the familiar TinyMCE editor for most tasks, and at the same time gives you full access to all blocks and new features in the block editor.

2. Classic Editor

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

3.AMP WordPress

AMP WordPress is a powerful tool which applies many optimizations and best practices automatically on your site, making it easier for you to achieve good page experience for your visitors.

4. Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker monitors and tests all internal links & external links on your site looking for broken links. It helps you fix bad links to improve SEO and user experience.

5. Disable Feeds

Disable Feeds disables all RSS/Atom/RDF feeds on your site. It is useful if you use WordPress purely as a content management system (and not for blogging). All requests for feeds will be redirected to the corresponding HTML content.

6. Dynamic To Top Plugin

Dynamic “To Top” Plugin adds an automatic and dynamic “To Top” button to easily scroll long pages back to the top. It features an intuitive control panel to style and adjust to each website’s need. The button only appears for JS enabled browsers and can be optionally disabled for mobile visitors.

7. Simple URLs

Simple URLs is a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.

8. Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed

Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed displays Instagram posts from your Instagram accounts, either in the same single feed or in multiple different ones.

9. WP Mail SMTP

WP Mail SMTP by WPForms fixes your email deliverability by reconfiguring WordPress to use a proper SMTP provider when sending emails.

10. WP Word Count

WP Word Count tells you exactly how many words you’ve written on your site with statistics by month and author.

11. Yoast Duplicate Post

Yoast Duplicate Post allows users to clone posts of any type, or copy them to new drafts for further editing.

12. Editorial Calendar

Editorial Calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog.

13. Buttonizer

Buttonizer is the most versatile Smart Floating Action (Sticky) Button plugin for WordPress. Choose from over 30 click actions and chat buttons to customize your website, such as adding a button for WhatsApp Chat, Phone Calls, Messenger, Social Media Sharing and much, much more.

14. Page Links To

Page Links To allows you to make a WordPress page (or post or custom post type) link to a URL of your choosing, instead of its WordPress URL. It also will redirect people who go to the old (or “normal”) URL to the new one you’ve chosen.

15. All In One Schema Rich Snippets

All In One Schema Rich Snippets lets you implement schema markups like Review, Events, Recipes, Article, Products, Services etc.

16. Really Simple SSL

Really Simple SSL automatically detects your settings and configures your website to run over https.

17. Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly

Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly lets you create a printer friendly & PDF version of your WordPress posts and pages.

18. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

19. Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms lets you create beautiful, user friendly WordPress forms that will make you feel like a professional web developer!

20. Jetpack

Jetpack is made by WordPress experts to make WordPress sites safer and faster, and help you grow your traffic.

21. Hummingbird

Hummingbird makes your website faster and optimizes site performance by adding new ways to boost Google PageSpeed Insights with fine-tuned controls over file compression, deferring CSS and JavaScript styles and scripts, minify for CSS and JS, Lazy Load integration, and world-class caching.

22. Smush

Smush lets you optimize images, turn on lazy load, resize, compress & improve your Google Page Speed with the incredibly powerful and 100% free WordPress image smusher.

23. WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

24. Rank Math SEO

Rank Math SEO is the best WordPress SEO plugin to help every website owner get access to the SEO tools they need to improve their SEO and attract more traffic to their website.

25. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is the most popular WordPress SEO plugin with over 5 million active installations. Yoast SEO is packed full of features, designed to help visitors and search engines to get the most out of your website.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger,
— @maheshone