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The 16 Best WordPress Plugins List

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In the battle for WordPress plugin supremacy, the need to reach the top spot has never been more in demand. As of January 2016, we’ve compiled a list of the top 16 WordPress plugins – each of which promises to be as effective as they are functional. So without any further ado, sit back and put your reading glasses on (or contact lenses) as we take you through a look at our top choices.

Google XML Sitemaps

It’s never been easier to submit your website for indexing, and what better way to get your site’s data to Google than via the official search engine plugin. With over a million installations since its initial release – this plugin is possibly the most beneficial for WordPress users keen to keep on top of their content, as well as any SEO specialists hoping to stay in Google’s spotlight.

Google XML Sitemaps plugin

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W3 Total Cache

Who doesn’t hate page load times? Even the fastest broadband speeds and browsers can struggle to load particular content – but fortunately for WordPress users there is a solution. W3 Total Cache is everything that it says on the tin – a caching tool that minimizes loading times by reducing the on-page byte size. It’s a great way to make sure that your website runs at its peak and also covers network caching too to further enhance speeds.

W3 Total Cache

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iThemes Security

A reliable security provider is something that most websites could stand to benefit from, and iThemes certainly doesn’t disappoint. Considered the leading security plugin for WordPress and with almost 750,000 users; it can protect the most exposed locations of a website (consider forms, chat widgets and so on), without detracting from page load times or general functionality.

iThemes Security

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Shortcodes Ultimate

If there’s one thing that all WordPress users appreciate – it’s the power of the short code! Shortcodes Ultimate is a powerhouse of short codes, and it makes programming even easier than ever before. With frequent updates and consistent improvements to the built-in shortcode database, users of all experience levels can enjoy the time saving potential of coding without the need to trawl through hours of code.

Shortcodes Ultimate

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Mail Poet

Mailchimp and Infusion soft might be useful platforms to utilize, but how about a built-in WordPress plugin that takes care of the hard work for you? With Mail Poet, you can send newsletters, distribute notifications and establish auto-responders at the drop of a hat. What better way to enhance your subscription list and interact with your audience on an automated level?

mailpoet

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EventOn

This has to be one of the most versatile WordPress plugins that we’ve come across to date. The EventOn plugin could suit a variety of needs; from booking events such as gigs, all the way to weddings, celebrations and general activities. It’s possible to add unique data fields, categorize events (of which there isn’t a limit on number of events), and even integrate Google Maps for further ease of use. Simply great.

EventOn wp plugin

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Ninja Popups 

If you’re keen to grab as many email subscribers as possible, without bombarding your audience with ads and promotional materials, then check out the Ninja Popups plugin. It’s easy to install and does exactly what its name might suggest; it allows a fully customizable popup to appear at a predefined time. There’s no limit to what your popup can portray, so feel free to add your own offers, discounts, or general information to suit.

Ninja

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Hide My WP

If keeping your CMS private and confidential is a top priority, then take a look at the awe-inspiring Hide My WP plugin. The site may provide paid options to remove the little ‘site by WordPress’ phrase at the bottom of a site, but there are a variety of tools that can still identify the platform that you used. This plugin stops that from happening by masking the platform from priers.

Hide My WP

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MyMail

Marketing to potential customers has never been easier, especially with the all new MyMail plugin for WordPress users. It works in collaboration with other plugins, such as the Ninja Popups above – meaning that all that you’ll need to do is to enter your subscribers email addresses into the plugin, customize the content to be distributed, and then sit back as the schedule takes care of sending, responses and receipt marks such as unsubscribes and spam.

MyMail

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Table Rate Shipping

If you sell online to consumers around the world, then the chances are that your customers will have asked for personalized shipping rates from time to time. The Table Rate Shipping plugin makes this activity easy – and with options to customize each and every table entry; there’s no reason why even those in the most remote of locations couldn’t keep on top of your particular fees and varying service charges.

Table Rate Shipping plugin for wordpress

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Interactive World Maps

With a whopping collection of SVG maps that covers the entire length and breadth of Earth, the Interactive World Maps plugin can be as expansive as you need. It’s ideal for local uses, as well as global purposes. With hundreds of maps to choose from, as well as the ability to customize countries, regions, towns and cities with unique colors, patterns and codes – there’s no aspect of travel that couldn’t benefit from it.

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WPForms

Having a contact form on your business website should be high up on your priority list.
WPForms plugin is a drag and drop, user-friendly form builder and it allows you to create any form you want: a contact form, an email subscription form, an order form, a payment form and so on. There’s a feature of an instant form notification so you can have the option to respond quickly to your leads.
This plugin is completely responsive so it works fantastic on any device.

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MonsterInsights

With MonsterInsights plugin, you connect your website to Google Analytics so that you can learn more information about your website users like where they’re from and what they’re doing on your website. That way, you can learn which sections you should improve, what needs some modification and what should remain the same. The setup is easy and you don’t have to use any code. You can get real-time statistics about ads, downloads, links, posts and more, so that you can achieve the maximum potential.

monsterinsights wp plugin

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Social Warfare

The Social Warfare plugin is easy to use. You can add beautifully designed share buttons in different locations on your website: above posts, below posts or floating.
Some of the great features in this plugin are proven to give you a huge boost in social shares.
One example is a feature of adding a twitter quote box within your content. You have the option of choosing from a selection of great designs. Another useful feature is displaying share counts only when they’re above a specified number and displaying your popular posts according to the share counts.

social warfare wp plugin

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Snapshot

Backing up your website is probably the first thing you should do. If for some reason your website went down, or someone hacked it, there’s nothing to worry, as with Snapshot plugin you can restore your site from a backup and it’s up and running just like before.
This plugin also has a Pro version that backs up your backup in case it was lost, corrupted or deleted by mistake. It also saves your backup on multiple locations and you can even schedule the backups so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to do so.

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Broken Link Checker

This is an important plugin as it monitors all the links from your posts, pages. comments and other content from your website. It identifies the links that are broken and no longer work, missing images or redirects. This plugin notifies you about any broken link found, via email or the dashboard. The broken links found can be edited easily and directly from the plugin page so you don’t have to update each post manually. You can edit the URL, remove the link, mark it as not broken or dismiss the link from the broken link section.

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The above 16 are just a selection of our top WordPress plugins. With so many variations to choose from, it’s never been a better time to update your existing website, or create a new one entirely. We recommend the above for a few reasons; their reliability, proven track record and general performance, but stay tuned for an update to this list in the future as we plan on bringing you an even greater variety of WP plugins and widgets to enhance the overall functionality of your website.

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