With more than 55,000 plugins in the WordPress plugin repository, it may seem like a daunting task to choose the right one(s) for your site. Nonetheless, selecting the right WordPress plugins will allow you to extend your site’s functionality and streamline your day-to-day routine.
A common clue to choosing “the right” WordPress plugin is to look at its popularity. Aside from ratings, a widely-used plugin usually means it’s sought out by a large segment of the WordPress community, and it’s been succesfull in improving site functionality.
If you’ve ever wondered which WordPress plugins WP Engine customers use the most, we’ve gathered some data on our platform’s top 10 most popular WordPress plugins below.
Rankings are based on the number of accounts using the plugin and the number of total installs. Perhaps you’ve heard of them all? (Scroll down for No. 1.)
The Most Popular WordPress Plugins On WP Engine
10. Duplicate Post
Duplicate Post is a WordPress plugin that lets you clone a blog post, custom post type, or site page with a single click. The plugin also allows you to edit a post as a new draft.
9. Regenerate Thumbnails
The Regenerate Thumbnails plugin lets you regenerate the thumbnails of your image attachments. This is especially useful for eCommerce sites that have a high volume of product thumbnails to list.
WooCommerce is one of the most widely-used eCommerce solutions, powering more than 22% of the top 1 million eCommerce sites. Using this plugin, you can exert greater control over your online shop, whether you sell digital or physical products.
If you’re looking to extend the capability of WordPress fields, Advanced Custom Fields is a great way to gain advanced flexibility for field type customization. (Advanced Custom Fields also won Torque’s 2016 Plugin Madness tournament.)
6. WPBakery Visual Composer
Visual Composer by WPBakery is a page builder that allows you to build any layout you can imagine with an intuitive drag and drop interface. This plugin also offers an add-on that extends functionality across multiple languages.
5. Jetpack by WordPress.com
Think of Jetpack as an expansive toolkit for your WordPress site(s). Using this plugin, you can fully customize your site with free themes, image tools, and rich content, increase traffic through automatic social sharing, related content, and faster load times, and get a safer, stronger site via secure logins and protection from brute force attacks.
4. Revolution Slider
Revolution Slider (aka Slider Revolution) allows you to easily create custom, responsive sliders with its large range of innovative features.
3. Gravity Forms
Using Gravity Forms, you can create advanced contact forms on your WordPress site, integrating it with a variety of external services, like PayPal, MailChimp, and more.
2. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is a simple but flexible contact form plugin that gives you the ability to manage multiple contact forms with many customization options.
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is the most widely-used plugin by WP Engine customers. With Yoast SEO you can easily optimize your WordPress site, as it analyzes your content and gives you actionable recommendations to optimize images, meta descriptions, and more. It’s a must-have for any content writer or blogger looking to improve site content.
Which popular WordPress plugins (or lesser known ones) couldn’t you live without? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
For more on WordPress plugins, check out this ebook: The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Plugins.