BlogAid’s 55 Best WordPress Plugins of 2011

WordPress PluginsIf you read BlogAid regularly, you know how helpful the Tips Tuesday posts are. I’ve been collecting a list of all the plugins I use and recommend on those posts, plus all of the plugins that my clients are using that work well. Here are the top 55 WordPress plugins of 2011 arranged by category. If there is more than one of the same type, my fave is at the top.

Database and Site Management

BackupBuddy – entire site backup, malware scanner, and repair tool.

Site Auto Backup – cPanel backup of entire site.

WP Cleanup – to tidy up your database.

Revision Control – to keep post revisions from building up again.

WP Optimize – like WP Cleaner.

Broken Link Checker – crawls site and reports broken links via email.

Theme Authentication Checker (TAC) – Checks for malicious code in theme.

Login Lockdown – Protects against brute force attacks on login page.

Formatting and Layout

TinyMCE Advanced – Advanced rich text editor that is fully customizable.

Ultimate TinyMCE – Advanced rich text editor, but not as customizable.

Pricing Table – Create multiple pricing tables.

Price Table – Create multiple pricing tables.

Contact Forms

Fast and Secure Contact Form – up to four contact forms. Easy to set up and use.

Contact Form 7 – multiple contact forms that can be fully customized.

Gravity Forms – extremely versatile and configurable contact form with PayPal integration.

Social Sharing

SexyBookmarks – add multiple share menu including Twitter, Facebook, Google, Plus One, and a host of other share sites like StumbleUpon and Digg.

Twitter, Facebook, Google, Plus One Share – add multiple share buttons with one plugin.

Social Toolbar – adds toolbar with multiple icons to top of site. Choose colors and icons.


Akismet – controls comment spam.

Growmap Anti Spambot (GASP) – controls comment spam.

Highlight Comments – differentiates the blog author’s comments in the stream.

CommentLuv – Places a link to your commenters last blog post at the end of their comment and threads comments by reply.


WordPress SEO – by Yoast – complete SEO for entire site, including XML site map.

All in One SEO Pack – complete SEO for entire site.


Google Analyticator – installs correct code for Google Analytics on your site and includes analytics snapshot module in the WordPress Dashboard.

Google Analytics – by Yoast – installs correct code for Google Analytics on your site and includes tracking for ecommerce.

XML Sitemap

Google XML Sitemap – auto-generates an XML map of your site.

Google XML Sitemap for Videos – generates an XML map for all videos on your site.

File Manager

WP Download Manager – allows you to upload files and the pro version allows you to sell them too.

WordPress Downloads Monitor – upload and manage downloads, tracking download hits, and displaying link.


Redirection – 301 redirects.

Under Construction

Under Construction – displays special page to non-logged in viewers while site is being worked on.

Custom Coming Soon Page – displays special page to non-logged in viewers while site is being worked on.


EventBrite – extensive tools to manage, promote, and sell your event.

Events Manager – event registration management. Will be integrating PayPal soon.

Ajax Event Calendar – localized community calendar that allows authorized users to manage events in custom categories.

All in One Event Calendar – event calendar system with month, week, agenda views, upcoming events widget, color-coded categories, recurrence, and import/export of .ics feeds.

Google Calendar Events – Parses Google Calendar feeds and displays the events as a calendar grid or list on a page, post or widget.

Stout Google Calendar – Customizable calendar that allows you to embed Google Calendar events on your site.

Image Gallery

NextGen – allows you to create multiple slideshows on your site.

Photo Space – adds any image attached to a post or a page to the gallery.

AnythingSlider – combines features found in several jQuery sliders into a single package.

Video Playlist and Image Gallery – Post video players, slideshow albums, photo galleries and music / podcast playlist.

Multiple Galleries – Create multiple galleries on a single page.

Premium Featured Posts Slider – multiple post types and layouts.


CaptionBox – Allows you to add a scrolling transcript below your video.

TubePress – Versatile and customizable video gallery.

Viper’s Video Quicktags – Embed videos from multiple sources.

Vimeo Shortcode – Embeds videos from Vimeo.


StudioPress Plugins – Plugins that are made specifically to run on the Genesis framework.


WP Touch – Creates a mobile-friendly version of your blog. Also has Pro version.

Post Type Column Editor – Control the type of columns in post or page list.

Microkid’s Related Posts – searchable related posts that are reciprocal.

Yet Another Related Post Plugin – Display a list of related entries on your site and feeds based on a unique algorithm.

WP E-commerce – Customizable shopping cart plugin to sell items and digital media from your site.

What’s Your Favorite?

Is your favorite plugin on this list? If not, let us know what it is and why.

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    • BlogAid says

      Glad you found it helpful, Coretta. I have several short videos coming soon to actually show what many of the popular and useful plugins do and/or how to configure them properly.