WordPress is a most popular Content Management System(CMS) for making a new website. It is free and open source and based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites and WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web.
One very popular feature of WordPress is its plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the core installation. WordPress has a database of over 26,000 plugins, each of which offers custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs. These customizations range from SEO (Search Engine Optimization) enhancers, to client portals used to display private information to logged in users, to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets and navigation bars.
Here are the Best 20 WordPress plugins in 2014; which are strongly recommended for your wordpress site /sites.
If you’re looking for a WordPress rating plugin that will empower you as admin to setup different kind of ratings with muti-criteria and flexible questions with customizable answer options – this is the Plugin for you. With this you will never need another rating plugin again. Comes with multiple forms, custom styles and much more.
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
3. 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.
The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 9 million downloads.
5. Easy WordPress Parallax Slider
Sliders add a great looking featured area on your website but can be very simple. It can also be difficult to have multiple sliders on your website at the same time. The Easy WordPress Parallax Slider gives you numerous options for every slider you create.
Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.
7. WP Smush.it
Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress.
Allows you to minify your CSS and JS files for faster page loading for visitors.
Disqus is truly revolutionizing the blog comment system, allowing you to instantly turn your blog into a social media community. Disqus allows you to create a much more interactive blog community that connects seamlessly with all of the top social media sites online.
10. Pretty Link
This plugin allows you to cloak your affiliate links with ease. Pretty Link also allows you to track each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from.
Attacks on blogs have become more and more prevalent these days. It’s critical that you keep your blog safe with something like ‘Better WP Security’. Which makes it super easy to secure your site in just a few seconds.
Facebook Like Box Widget is a social plugin that enables Facebook Page owners to attract and gain Likes from their own website. The Like Box enables you.
13. Floating Social Bar
For those of you who would prefer a horizontal share bar that scrolls down the page, this is the one for you. Maximize your social media shares without slowing down your site. You can see this in action at www.wpbeginner.com.
Improve the appearance and ranking of WordPress Posts, Pages, and eCommerce Products in Google Search and Social Website shares.
15. WP Super Cache
A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.
16. Related Posts by Zemanta
Zemanta recommends your content to new audiences both on your blog and across our network of high-quality sites.
17. Digg Digg
Your all in one share buttons plugin. Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Just like Mashable!
bbPress is the de facto WordPress forum plugin. It is an impressive forum solution that integrates seamlessly with WordPress. It may also be the only WordPress forum plugin with its own book!
Multiply blog traffic by strengthening on page SEO, increasing the number of indexed pages, auto convert search terms into post tags, and more.
20. WooCommerce – Excelling eCommerce
WooCommerce is a powerful, extendable eCommerce plugin that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.
BTW, here is a nice tool that shows most downloaded plugin from wordpress plugin directory.
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