The 20 Best WordPress Plugins 2012
WordPress has become one of the most feature rich content management systems on the market today. As a webmaster it is the only platform I tend to work in due to its openness, extensibility and large supportive community. Today WordPress has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. As a result a huge market has grown for creating high quality themes and plugins for all manner of uses.
In this post I will look at some of the best WordPress plugins that I have come across that will help you in constructing your next website.
Content timeline is powerful and lightweight responsive WordPress plugin, best for displaying any organized content. It is fully customizable, and easily implementable with any js script, video, flash etc. Well structured code, and wide ranged API functions make it simple to get started and flexible for customization.
Slider PRO is one of the most powerful slider plugins for WordPress on the market (some buyers have been saying that it’s actually the best).
The slider is fully responsive and mobile-ready. It provides 150+ options, 100+ possible transition effects, from simple ‘fade’, ‘slide’ or ‘swipe’ effects to more complex ‘slice’ effects, 15+ skins and much more. Also, the slider’s administration area is very powerful and uses the default WordPress design, which WordPress users are already familiar with.
This slider plugin is carefully coded, using WordPress development best practices. Please take a look at the list of features below and visit the slider’s dedicated website, sliderpro.net, for more information, screencasts and examples.
Tag your images or create fancy tooltips with no limitations!
You can easily tag your images or you can create fancy tooltips on your images. It is compatible with most of the browsers and of course it is highly customizable! It supports also permission control and it is deeply integrated with WordPress. You can allow your users to create stickies but you can approve or reject them from a pending list.
If you use WordPress, require custom forms and don’t like wasting time or simply don’t want to touch any code then this is the must have tool for you.
Quform WordPress is a cutting edge plugin that allows you to build multiple forms in WordPress easily and quickly with total control. If it’s a complex quote or booking form or just a simple contact form, Quform plugin will allow you to do this without touching any code. In a few clicks you will have a fully functional form. It’s that simple.
Over 400,000 WordPress Sites Are Already Using Gravity Forms. Is Yours?
This CSS Responsive Pricing Table plugin will help you to create unlimited CSS Responsive pricing tables with unlimited combination of colors and styles to suit your existing wordpress theme.
This CSS Responsive Pricing Tables plugin is packed with 10 Easy Customizable Predefined Themes.
So the default WordPress gallery sucks. It’s not very powerful or flexible. It just spits out your images. But you don’t want that, you want fancy lightbox slideshows and drag and drop ordering and all kinds of bells and whistles.
That’s where Showcase comes in. Showcase aims to redefine the “gallery” in WordPress. Showcase makes the whole process of uploading, ordering and editing your images as simple as it can be. Then it makes your gallery look stunning by automatically showing your gallery in a beautiful lightbox slideshow.
Fanciest Author Box is a WordPress plugin developed by ThematoSoup. It’s long list of features allows you to give identity to your single or multi-author WordPress blog.
This premium author bio plugin is very easy to use and customize. Right after installation the author bio is, by default, enabled on all your posts, pages and custom post types. You can also implement it as a widget in your sidebars, as a template tag or manually using a shortcode. It’s translation ready and users color pickers which allow you to set your own color scheme.
Social widgets are a nice asset that let you present yourself in a more personal manner and enable people to connect with you easily.
UberMenu is a user-friendly, highly customizable, responsive Mega Menu WordPress plugin. It works out of the box with the WordPress 3 Menu System, making it simple to get started but powerful enough to create highly customized and creative mega menu configurations.
Special Recent Posts PRO is a very powerful plugin/widget for WordPress which displays your recent posts with thumbnails.
It’s the perfect solution for online magazines or simple blogs and it comes with more than 60+ customization options available.
You can dynamically re-size thumbnails to any desired dimension, drag multiple widget instances and configure each one with its specific settings.
You can also use auto-generated PHP code/shortcodes to insert the widget in any part of your theme.
Combine all of your favorite social networks profiles & feeds into slick slide out or static tabs with Social Network Tabs for WordPress
Fast loading with each social network feed loaded using AJAX only when required!
Without a doubt the best and most feature rich WordPress SEO plugin out on the market today. I’ve used this since launch on all my sites and cannot fault it in any way.
WordPress SEO is the most complete WordPress SEO plugin that exists today for WordPress.org users. It incorporates everything from a snippet preview and page analysis functionality that helps you optimize your pages content, images titles, meta descriptions and more to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.
Visual Composer for WordPress will save you tons of time working on the site content. Now you’ll be able to create complex layouts within minutes! It’s build on top of the Twitter Bootstrap and jQuery UI framework – get the best from world leading experts!
With this premium WordPress plugin you’ll get full control over Page Content, Sidebars (Widget areas) and Widgets. When you “widgetize” a page you can drop and drag widgets in page content area with vertical or Horizontal widgets alignment. And you can create custom sidebars so you can display relevant content on different pages
Personalize your wordpress website with customized fonts. With FontPress you can do that without put your hands on any file or writing any line of code. Forget wasting time in editing your CSS or JS files to test a single font, with FontPress it’s all very simple.
The email newsletter plugin is an advanced bulk emailer designed especially for WordPress 3. It is very easy to use and feature rich. Heaps of features which allow you to quickly send professional newsletters to your existing wordpress user database.
If your serious about list building and adding a large group followers to your website you need a good list building plugin. There is a lot of them to choose from and I won’t be the judge here, but I think this is one of the best WordPress plugins. It give your visitors multiple chances to connect with you increasing the chances of getting an opt-in.
RESPONSIVE, LOCALIZED, AWESOME, FULLY FEATURED, FAST. THE MOST ADVANCED STOCK VIDEO GALLERY IN THE WORLD! NOW AS A WORDPRESS PLUGIN!
WORDPRESS 3.4 COMPATIBLE
1. Three skins for you to choose from. So now it can fit perfectly in your site design.
2. A custom admin panel prepared for the gallery. Feeds from self hosted videos, videos hosted on s3 amazon, youtube, vimeo, images, vimeo or even audio ( so it’s a media gallery )
3. Has html5 functionality so that it can display on iPhone / iPad.
4. Cross-browser compatible. Works on every major browser.
This is my list of hand-picked Best WordPress Plugins – please share your opinion! What are your favourite plugins? Do you use any of these plugins? How many plugins have you installed and do plan on using new pluings? If you should recommend the best WordPress plugin – what would you emphasize?