2016 Top 40 WordPress Plugins.

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My popular all new 2016 SalesBlog! WordPress plugins list is here! If you want your WordPress website to be at the top of the game then here are my latest suggestions of “must have” premier plugins to help you get there. All of these plugins have been used on my websites from this exhaustively researched list at one time or another.


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1.) Bonus! Stop Referrer Spam: While not a plugin a necessary cloud tool. “Our tool gathers your websites referrer statistics daily and compares them to all other websites. Correlating your referrer with other websites referrers allows us to automatically detect spam hosts. With the help of a lot of participating users we are even able detect new referrer spam hosts before they even hit your statistics. Ghost referrer spam can only be filtered because there is no real traffic on your website, spammers fake their visits on your website leading to bogus statistics. Our tool automates this process and creates a new filter as soon as we detect a new spam host.”
Version 1.1 | By xse media | Visit site

2.) AddToAny Share Buttons: Share buttons for your pages including AddToAny’s universal sharing button, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp and many more.
Version 1.6.9 | By AddToAny | Visit plugin site

3.) Adminimize: Visually compresses the administrative meta-boxes so that more admin page content can be initially.
Version 1.8.5 | By Frank Bültge | Visit plugin site

4.) Akismet: Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
Version 3.1.7 | By Automattic | Visit plugin site

5.) All In One SEO Pack: Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
Version 2.2.7.5 | By Michael Torbert | Visit plugin site

6.) Author Bio Box: Display a box with the author’s biography and also social icons in bottom of the post.
Version 3.3.0 | By claudiosanches | Visit plugin site

7.) Awesome Weather Widget: A weather widget that actually looks cool and does amazing stuff.
Version 1.1.5 | By Hal Gatewood | Visit plugin site

8.) Broken Link Checker: Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
Version 1.10.10 | By Janis Elsts | Visit plugin site

9.) Custom 404 Pro: Override the default 404 page with any page from the Admin Panel.
Version 1.4.2 | By Kunal Nagar | Visit plugin site

10.) Delete Me: Allow specific WordPress roles to delete themselves.
Version 1.9 | By Clinton Caldwell | Visit plugin site

11.) Display Widgets: Adds checkboxes to each widget to show or hide on site pages.
Version 2.05 | By Strategy11 | Visit plugin site

12.) Easy WP SMTP: Send email via SMTP from your WordPress Blog.
Version 1.2.2 | By Thomas Milburn | Visit plugin site

13.) Email Encoder Bundle – Protect Email Address: Protect email addresses on your site and hide them from spambots by using an encoding method.
Version 1.2.0 | By wpecommerce | Visit plugin site

14.) Emu2 – Email Users 2: Allows admins to send an e-mail to the single, multiple group of blog users. You can extract all e-mail addresses as well for external mass mailings. Credits to Vincent Prat http://www.vincentprat.info
Version 0.83b | By Juergen Schulze, 1manfactory@gmail.com | Visit plugin site

15.) Enhanced Text Widget: An enhanced version of the default text widget where you may have Text, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Flash, Shortcodes, and/or PHP as content with linkable widget title.
Version 1.4.5 | By Boston Dell-Vandenberg | Visit plugin site

16.) GD Press Tools: GD Press Tools is a collection of various administration, seo, maintenance and security related tools that can help with everyday blog tasks and blog optimizations.
Version 2.7 | By Google | Visit plugin site

17.) Google AdSense: Use Google AdSense and other Google tools with your WordPress site.
Version 1.2.1 | By Milan Petrovic | Visit plugin site

18.) Google Analytics Dashboard for WP: This plugin will display Google Analytics data and statistics into Admin Dashboard.
Version 4.9.1.2 | By Alin Marcu | Visit plugin site

19.) Login Logo: Drop a PNG file named login-logo.png into your wp-content directory. This simple plugin takes care of the rest, with zero configuration.
Version 1.27 | By Mark Jaquith | Visit plugin site

20.) Microblog Poster: Automatically publishes your new and old blog content to Social Networks. Auto posts to Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Tumblr, Blogger, Xing.
Version 1.6.7 | By Efficient Scripts | Visit plugin site

21.) Ninja Forms: Ninja Forms is a webform builder with unparalleled ease of use and features.
Version 2.9.33 | By The WP Ninjas | Visit plugin site

22.) One-Click Child Theme: Allows you to easily child theme any theme from the theme.
Version 1.6 | By tychay | Visit plugin site

23.) Post Layout: Adds HTML or JavaScript code into posts and pages with per category configuration without modify the theme.
Version 2.2.5 | By Stefano Lissa | Visit plugin site

24.) qrcode_wprhe: qrcode WordPress plugin to generate individual and URL relating qr codes within your WordPress articles.
Version 1.2.6 | By Rene Hermenau | Visit plugin site



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25.) Redirection: Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors
Version 2.2.13 | By John Godley | Visit plugin site

26.) SEO No Duplicate: This plugin helps you manage your search engine duplicate content, by setting your post page’s canonical to the permalink.
Version 0.5.0 | By Thaya Kareeson | Visit plugin site

27.) Shockingly Simple Favicon: A simple way to put a favicon on your site.
Version 1.8.2 | By matias s | Visit plugin site

28.) SSQuiz: With this plugin you can make quizzes really fast. Add questions/quizzes, rearrange questions, edit answers, insert multimedia in questions, – all of this can be done on single page within several seconds.
Version 1.02 | By SSVadim | Visit plugin site

29.) Sticky Menu (or Anything!) on Scroll: Pick any element on your page, and it will stick when it reaches the top of the page when you scroll down. Usually handy for navigation menus, but can be used for any (unique) element on your page.
Version 1.3.1 | By Mark Senff | Visit plugin site

30.) Stop Registration Spam: Stop robot registrations using a custom question.
Version 1.12 | By Tom Royal | Visit plugin site

31.) Subscribe to Comments Reloaded: Subscribe to Comments Reloaded is a robust plugin that enables commenter to sign up for e-mail notifications. It includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenter can use to unsubscribe to certain posts or suspend all notifications.
Version 15820 | By camu, reedyseth, Raam Dev | Visit plugin site

32.) Thank Me Later: Automatically send a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts. The plugin is highly configurable with multiple messages, variable delay and restrictions.
Version 3.3.2 | By Brendon Boshell | Visit plugin site

33.) Top 10: Count daily and total visits per post and display the most popular posts based on the number of views.
Version 2.2.4 | By Ajay D’Souza | Visit plugin site

34.) UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore: Backup and restore: take backups locally, or backup to Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, (S)FTP, WebDAV & email, on automatic schedules.
Version 1.9.26 | By UpdraftPlus.Com, DavidAnderson | Visit plugin site

35.) Visitor Maps and Who’s Online: Displays Visitor Maps with location pins, city, and country. Includes a Who’s Online Sidebar to show how many users are online. Includes a Who’s Online admin dashboard to view visitor details. The visitor details include: what page the visitor is on, IP address, host lookup, online time, city, state, country, geolocation maps and more.
Version 1.5.8.10 | By Mike Challis | Visit plugin site

36.) wBounce: wBounce improves bounce rate to boost conversions and sales. The free alternative to Bounce Exchange for WordPress.
Version 1.5.1.5 | By Kevin Weber | Visit plugin site

37.) WP-SpamFree: An extremely powerful anti-spam plugin that virtually eliminates comment spam.
Version 2.1.1.4 | By WP-SpamFree | Visit plugin site

38.) WP Job Manager: Manage job listings from the WordPress admin panel, and allow users to post jobs directly to your site.
Version 1.23.13 | By Mike Jolley | Visit plugin site

39.) WPSP – Terms of Use: Show the Terms of Use of the website on the registration page.
Version 1.0 | By WP Simple Plugins | Visit plugin site

40.) ZenCache: ZenCache is an advanced WordPress caching plugin inspired by simplicity. Speed up your site (BIG time!) with a reliable and fast WordPress cache.
Version 151107 | By ZenCache / WebSharks, Inc. | Visit plugin site

Note: Chris Lott, lottspace.com and totallysales.com are not responsible for any issues with your website or other plugin incompatibilities after trying the listed plugins. Always make a backup prior to using a new plugin.

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Chris Lott is a business solutions consultant with over 10 year’s sales management experience including business ownership, product management and marketing. He also owns and contributes to SalesBlog! and totallysales.

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19 thoughts on “2016 Top 40 WordPress Plugins.

  1. Hey Chris,

    First thanks for sharing the useful list of WP plugins. I am already started using all in one SEO. As for contact form, I found WPForms Lite to be easier than contact form 7. Check it out here:

    https://WordPress.org/plugins/wpforms-lite/

  2. Hello guys,

    First of all this isn’t spamming or robot writing. I just think this would fit well with the topic
    Well we just released our plugin called Adminyo – Intelligent WP Admin
    and it features quite a lot of bold and unique tools to speed and ease time while working inside the Admin Area.

    His main powers are:
    Quick Search – It will display a organized list of your results while your are typing. You also get 3 buttons near every result so you can edit,view or create a shortcut on your dashboard of the desired result.
    Pin to Dashboard – Create shortcuts of your most viewed or edited posts so you can instantly start working after you login. It supports all Custom Post Types.
    Floating Action Button – It will add a nice fixed action button on the edit pages so you can update,view,pin or scroll on top right at your finger tip.
    Misc. Tools – Adds small functions such as CTRL+S to save your progress in any of the post types, CTRL+D that will get you to the dashboard from anywhere or just customize your Admin menu with a auto-collapse function or completly hiding it.

    For more informations , demo or simply check some GIF’s please visit us at http://www.bit.do/adminyo

    We are really looking forward on developing this plugin and make it based on the community’s wishes and frustrations so any helpfull advice or idea may come to life.

    Thanks for your time and have a great day reader!

  3. Hi let me add one more plugin to your WordPress plugins collection .
    Blog Designer plugin is to design or add blogs to your page or website.
    And it have many features like Display Post Category, Display Post Tag, Display Post Author, Display Post Date, Display Post Comment Count.http://bit.ly/1UswSMs

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  5. Great!!!
    Good Article, All the plugins are useful.

  6. It’s a great article. I am very glad to know all the tips. It’s very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing these essential tips.

  7. Very informative article.Thanks for sharing this information. I used WordPress Event Calendar Plugin which helps me to arrange seminars, meetings, conferences, meet-ups and more.This Plugin have many features like Integrates seamlessly with ICal, Outlook and Google Calendar, Supports Multiple Views Weekly, Monthly and List and many more.

  8. A debt of gratitude is in order for the superb rundown. Entirely fascinating, the post is truly valuable.

  9. Very nice and wise collection of words to describe the importance of anti-spam plugins.
    I am running a video website. And when I started it, the Akismet was already installed. I want to ask is it necessary to install more anti-spam plugins to protect my website. I mean, professionally how many anti-spam plugins should be installed if you want 100% protection.

    • I use three different plugins. All listed here.

  10. I use Akismet which I find great for reducing my Spam diet and JetPack, Contact form 7 ,All in one SEO and many others . More information on must have WordPress plugins can be found here http://blog.templatetoaster.com

  11. Wow! There’s a lot of research behind this list.
    Impressive.

    But i’m quite surprised that plugins for making tweetable quotes are not included.
    They are really popular and do work to bring more traffic!

    Click to Tweet is the best among the free ones and TweetDis rocks as a premium one.

  12. Nice and Informative Article on WordPress plugins, All the plugins are useful for a beginning of WordPress blog.

    • Thank you for this list, there are very useful tools.

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