My popular all new 2015 totallysales 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.
Note: Chris Lott, lottspace.com and totallysales.com are not responsible for any issues with your website or other plugin incompatibilities after trying the below plugins. Always make a backup prior to using a new plugin.
1.) .html on PAGES: Adds .html to pages.
Version 1.1 | By IntroSites | Visit plugin site
2.) 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 2.5.6 | By Automattic | Visit plugin site
3.) All in One SEO Pack: Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
Version 126.96.36.199 | By Michael Torbert | Visit plugin site
4.) Antispam Bee: Easy and extremely productive spam-fighting plugin with many sophisticated solutions. Includes protection again trackback spam.
Version 2.5.1 | By Jared Atchison | Visit plugin site
5.) Basic User Avatars: Adds an avatar upload field to user profiles.
Version 1.0.0 | By Sorin Iclanzan | Visit plugin site
6.) Contact Form 7: Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
Version 3.3.1 | By Takayuki Miyoshi | Visit plugin site
7.) Contextual Related Posts: Displaying a set of related posts on your website or in your feed. Increase reader retention and reduce bounce rates
Version 1.8.3 | By Ajay D’Souza | Visit plugin site
8.) Custom Comment Form Title: Create custom Comment Form Titles for individual posts.
Version 2.0.1 | By MediaCairn Design Studio | Visit plugin site
9.) Delete Me: Allow specific WordPress roles to delete themselves.
Version 1.1 | By Clinton Caldwell | Visit plugin site
10.) Display Widgets: Adds checkboxes to each widget to show or hide on site pages.
Version 2.03 | By Strategy11 | Visit plugin site
11.) Drop Caps: Generate the code for drop caps.
Version 2.1 | By Thomas Milburn | Visit plugin site
12.) 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 Victor Villaverde Laan | Visit plugin site
13.) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org | Visit plugin site
Version 1.4.4 | By Boston Dell-Vandenberg | Visit plugin site
15.) Exclude Pages from Navigation: Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation. IMPORTANT NOTE: This will remove the pages from any “consumer” side page listings, which may not be limited to your page navigation listings.
Version 1.92 | By Simon Wheatley | 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 2.6.0 | By Milan Petrovic | Visit plugin site
17.) Google Analytics Dashboard for WP: This plugin will display Google Analytics data and statistics into Admin Dashboard.
Version 4.3.4 | By Alin Marcu | Visit plugin site
18.) Google XML Sitemaps: This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
Version 3.2.8 | By Arne Brachhold | Visit plugin site
19.) Linked Image: Links the first image in your post to the post itself.
Version 1.0 | By Wessley Roche | Visit plugin site
20.) 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
21.) One-Click Child Theme: Allows you to easily child theme any theme from the theme.
Version 1.2 | By tychay | Visit plugin site
Version 2.2.3 | By Stefano Lissa | Visit plugin site
23.) Quick Cache:WordPress advanced cache plugin; speed without compromise!
Version 141001 | By s2Member® / WebSharks, Inc. | Visit plugin site
24.) Really Simple CAPTCHA: Really Simple CAPTCHA is a CAPTCHA module intended to be called from other plugins.
Version 1.8 | By Takayuki Miyoshi | Visit plugin site
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.) 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
28.) Shareaholic | share buttons, analytics, related content: Whether you want to get people sharing, grow your fans, make money, or know who’s reading your content, Shareaholic will help you get it done.
Version 188.8.131.52 | By Shareaholic | Visit plugin site
29.) Shockingly Simple Favicon: A simple way to put a favicon on your site.
Version 1.8.2 | By matias s | Visit plugin site
30.) Social Tags: Give your tags social skills.
Version 0.1 | By Jonah Dahlquist | Visit plugin site
31.) Stop Registration Spam: Stop robot registrations using a custom question.
Version 1.12 | By Tom Royal | Visit plugin site
32.) 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 2.0.2 | By camu | Visit plugin site
33.) 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 2.1 | By Brendon Boshell | Visit plugin site
34.) Revive Old Post (Former Tweet Old Post): WordPress plugin that helps you to keeps your old posts alive by sharing them and driving more traffic to them from twitter/facebook or linkedin.
Version 6.8.4 | By ThemeIsle | Visit plugin site
35.) 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
36.) User Role Editor: It allows you to change/add/delete any WordPress user role (except administrator) capabilities list with a few clicks.
Version 3.8.2 | By Vladimir Garagulya | Visit plugin site
37.) WordPress Access Control: This plugin is a powerful tool which gives you fine grained control over your pages and posts (and custom post types), allowing you to restrict a page, post, or custom post type to members, non-members, or even specific roles. You can customize how these pages and posts show up in search results, where users are directed when they visit them, and much more. You can even make your entire blog members only!.
Version 3.1.4 | By Brandon Wamboldt | Visit plugin site
38.) WP-SpamFree: An extremely powerful anti-spam plugin that virtually eliminates comment spam.
Version 184.108.40.206 | By WP-SpamFree | Visit plugin site
39.) WP Hide Dashboard: A simple plugin that removes the Dashboard menu, the Personal Options section and the Help link on the Profile page, hides the Dashboard links in the toolbar menu (if activated), and prevents Dashboard access to users assigned to the Subscriber role.
Version 2.2 | By Kim Parsell | Visit plugin site
Version 1.0 | By WP Simple Plugins | Visit plugin site
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