Unless you are completely new to WordPress, you definitely have come across a few best WordPress Plugins posts already. In that case, why should you bother reading another one?

Well, unlike most other lists, I have made this list based on practical experience. I have taken the time to compare the features of various plugins and find out which ones offer the most values for you.

Each of these plugins is incredibly popular. They are used by millions of users all over the world. That means you can easily get support in case of any difficulties.

If you are starting a brand new WordPress site or looking for the essential WordPress plugins, over 345 users recommend you to check this listing out. Give these plugins a try and see for yourself.

53 Essential WordPress plugins 2018 (recommended)

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    UberMenu

    17.5
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    With over 50k sales, UberMenu is a popular product which is even trending right now at CodeCanyon platform. It packs almost every feature which you might require to boos …. Read full review

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    Monarch Plugin

    10.6
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    Monarch is an incredible WordPress social media plugin that is loved by many because it consists of over 20 social sharing networks that you can display on your website. You have the freedom to add th …. Read full review
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    AffiliateWP

    9.9
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    One major thing the first recommendation was missing, was add-ons. So, here is the second best affiliate management plugins, and it’s again a premium one. It’s extre …. Read full review

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    Bloom popups

    Bloom Plugin

    6.7
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    What’s the most effective way of building an email list? There is no definitive answer to that question. A …. Read full review
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    Easy Digital Downloads

    6.3
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    If all your products are digital, then this should be the plugin to pick. It comes with every possible feature required for this specific niche, and most of the features …. Read full review

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    WP File Download

    6.0
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    The default WordPress setup features file management for images and videos only. Rest of the files are not that supported. Today, you’re going to learn how to make tho …. Read full review

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    bbPress

    5.9
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    As I mentioned above, bbPress is the highly recommended product which is available for free. But, it gets integrated deep into the WordPress and works properly with almo …. Read full review

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    LifterLMS

    4.2
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    LifterLMS is an incredibly powerful plugin to convert your WordPress site into a fully featured learning management system. This all-in-one solution offers all the necessary features for creating and …. Read full review
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    Jetpack

    4.2
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    What If I told you just now, that you can get the popular post functionality along with a bunch of other important ones too? If you’re interested in saving the total n …. Read full review

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    WP Media Folder

    4.1
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    In this detailed plugin review, let’s find if the search for the best WordPress media manager plugin ends at …. Read full review
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    Reviewer-Screenshot

    Reviewer Plugin

    4.0
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    Reviewer plugin allows you to add stylish and attractive reviews to your WordPress pages and posts, split into seven parts, an overall rating, comprising unlimited criteria, pros and cons, a thumbnail …. Read full review
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    RoyalSlider

    3.9
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    It’s a premium plugin which takes care of every functionality one might require from a slider plugin. And, this is the reason why it’s being used by tons of other pr …. Read full review

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    OptinMonster

    3.6
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    In 2013, OptinMonster was established in the open market. It is particularly one of the best-selling newsletter plugins in many aspects of all times. At present, it is largely used by approximately …. Read full review
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    SumoMe

    3.5
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    SumoMe is a powerful and a free list building plugin. It comes with a full-blown marketing solution.  In the WordPress store, it is one of the most popular free marketing plugins with about 100,000 a …. Read full review
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    Yoast SEO

    3.4
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    Over a million WordPress users use Yoast WordPress SEO plugins which is by far the most popular and most robust plugin out there. With every update, the user experience seems to improve, and the featu …. Read full review
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    WooCommerce Product Table

    2.9
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    WooCommerce doesn’t come with a dedicated option to show product tables. That means you have to use a third-party plugin to show a table of your products. While there are several WooCommerce plug …. Read full review
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    All in one schema.org rich snippets

    2.9
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    All in one schema.org rich snippets is a plugin and which I would recommend you use in conjunction with plug-ins like all in one SEO pack or York’s SEO. this plugin helps you boost your click-through …. Read full review
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    Cook Pro

    2.3
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    While the previous two plugins enable you to publish recipes, Cook Pro will help you to display all the recipes on your blog in different styles. You can choose to show the recipes in any post, page, …. Read full review
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    Cooked Classic

    2.3
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    Your food blog needs a powerful solution for displaying recipes, and Cooked Classic can be an excellent choice in that case. The drag-and-drop recipe builder comes with 10 ready-made recipe layouts al …. Read full review
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    Divi Page Builder

    1.7
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    Divi builder is a very powerful page builder plugin from Elegant Themes. You can use this theme to create fully functional splash pages. There is a readymade splash screen design available in the Divi …. Read full review
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    Taqyeem-plugin

    Taqyeem

    1.6
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    Taqyeem is a significant review plugin that comes with a sleek design, light and dark theme and readily available in the market at affordable and reasonable pricing. The special features of this re …. Read full review
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    Thrive Builder

    1.2
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    Thrive Themes is renowned for creating effective online marketing products. And Thrive Landing Pages is their solutions for creating highly converting landing pages. You can use this plugin to create …. Read full review
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    WP Rocket

    1.2
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    Featuring very simple setting options, WP Rocker is my pick for the best caching plugin. The advanced compression technologies used …. Read full review
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    Restrict Content Pro

    1.2
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    Restrict Content Pro is a very popular membership plugin for WordPress. This feature-rich plugin allows you to lock your valuable contents only for the members. The simple member management options wi …. Read full review
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    Visual Composer WP Theme

    Visual Composer

    1.2
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    Visual Composer is a powerful and top rated page builder currently powering over 50,000 websites globally. With a clean bill of health from over 100,000 people, it is true to say Visual Composer is in …. Read full review
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    Pippity

    Pippity Plugin

    1.1
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    Pippity is an important newsletter plugin that rightly aims relentlessly on user best experience. You will be able to view actually what your esteemed visitors will see with its live preview feature. …. Read full review
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    FEEDZY RSS Feeds Plugin

    1.1
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    RSS feeds might not be that much popular anymore, but they still provide an easy way to collect the latest posts from different websites. If you want to display feed items from other sources on your W …. Read full review
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    ProfilePress

    0.8
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    (1 vote)
    Do you want to create a custom login or registration forms for your WordPress site? Want to customize the profile page? If you do, you have come to the right place. In today’s post, I am going to …. Read full review
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    UserPro

    0.8
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    Starting with a premium plugin which is currently trending on the platform like CodeCanyon, was the easiest choice for me, and also the obvious one. It’s a plugin that …. Read full review

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    Premium SEO Pack

    0.7
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    Premium SEO Pack gives you an array of features that packed into one plugin it provides you with minification of CSS and JS compression to help improve the page speed of your website. Used by thousand …. Read full review
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    Contact Form 7

    0.6
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    With over million of active installs, Contact Form 7 is the number one plugin. Its journey started as a simple form to add a contact us page on a WordPress website but w …. Read full review

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    Slider Revolution

    0.6
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    This is one of the most popular slideshows plugins for WordPress. Slider Revolution allows you to create regular slideshows, image carousels, hero sections, social media feeds, and beautiful media gal …. Read full review
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    Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress

    0.6
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    With over 15000 purchases and counting Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress his hands down one of the most popular social media plug-ins out there. It comes jam packed with a ton of features to inc …. Read full review
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    Ninja Forms

    0.6
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    It’s free to use product which is also available in a premium form with additional functionalities and dedicated support from the developer. It comes with tons of func …. Read full review

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    S2Member

    0.6
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    S2Member is a fully featured membership platform for WordPress. You can use this plugin to create a membership website or reserve some of your contents as member-only. The plugin allows you to choose …. Read full review
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    VaultPress

    0.6
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    Powered by Automattic, VaultPress is the most reliable backup plugin for WordPress. It allows you to backup your website including al …. Read full review
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    W3 Total Cache

    0.6
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    With over a million active installs, W3 Total Cache is the most advanced plugin out there, which offers all these features to the webmaster. One can configure those avai …. Read full review

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    BuddyPress

    0.1
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    It’s a different type of forum running the plugin, which is a social networking tool. In simple words, it can allow you to run a proper Read full review

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    Snapshot Pro

    0.0
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    Snapshot Pro is another premium product, and it comes with every feature or functionality one might dream of. It is coded well to stay perfectly integrated with Dropbox …. Read full review

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    Visual Form Builder

    0.0
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    This plugin promises that you don’t need to write any code in order to setup any sort of form, and it does keep its promise, thanks to the proper functionalities in the …. Read full review

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    ARMember

    0.0
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    (1 vote)
    ARMember is a completely included participation stage for WordPress. You can utilize this module to make an enrollment site or hold some of your substance as part as it were. The module enables you to …. Read full review
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    FormCraft

    0.0
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    If you’re still checking out the options, then have a look at this trending product at ThemeForest. It comes with proper support from the developer and packs premium v …. Read full review

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    Recipe Box

    0.0
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    Recipe Box is another incredibly popular WordPress plugin for adding and displaying different types of recipes on your food blog. The fully featured plugin will allow you to enrich the recipes with lo …. Read full review
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    NextGEN Gallery

    NextGEN Gallery

    0.0
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    NextGEN Gallery is the jack of WordPress gallery plugins. You can add easily images to a gallery from your computer, from the Media library or a server folder. This particular gallery plugin helps …. Read full review
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    WR Page Builder

    0.0
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    WooRocket is the developers of WR Page Builder formerly known as IRPageBuilder which has enabled many users to successfully build their websites from the beginning to the end. The cool thing about WR …. Read full review
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    WP Super Cache

    0.0
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    A free plugin developed by the WordPress developers, is I think the best way to define how important WP Super Cache plugin is. It can take care of a WordPress blog and i …. Read full review

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    Envira Gallery

    0.0
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    If you want to create a professional gallery, then Envira gallery is for you. It is used to create beautiful photo and video galleries that is responsive. The plugin is …. Read full review
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    Gravity Forms

    0.0
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    Does it require any introduction? Haven’t you heard its name? Gravity Forms is the number one solution for every similar requirement and it totally suits the WordPress platform. It comes with built- …. Read full review
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    MonsterInsights

    0.0
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    Featuring a simple integration process, this is an excellent analytics plugin for your WordPress site. It uses the …. Read full review
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    Weglot translate Plugin

    -1.0
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    Creating a multilingual website is not your everyday task. Unless you are a professional WordPress developer, it is highly unlikely that you ever had to create such a website. But when you have a p …. Read full review
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    Wordfence Premium

    -1.0
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    Wordfence is another widely used security plugin for WordPress. It comes with various security features like malware scanning, web application firewall, constant threat analysis, etc. to protect your …. Read full review
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    Soliloquy

    -0.4
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    Soliloquy provides a drag-and-drop interface for creating beautiful slideshows. It comes with lots of ready-made slider templates to help you get started within a few minutes. It is also possible to c …. Read full review
53 Must-have WordPress Plugins 2018 (real-time updates) Summery
NameEditor’s RatingPricing Model
Posts Table Pro 4/5Free trail, Subscription
UberMenu 3.9/5One time license
Monarch Plugin 3.9/5Subscription
AffiliateWP 3.6/5One time license, Subscription
Bloom Plugin 4/5Subscription