At the time of writing this post, there are 71,588,439 sites in the world using WordPress. That’s a lot. But why do so many people use WordPress? Well, a lot of reasons but a few stand out… it’s free, it’s easy to setup and use and it’s loaded with functionality.
One of the major components of WordPress are its plugins. There are currently 27,462 plugins in the WordPress repository. Most can be used to their full ability for free.
But here’s the problem, there are too many plugins. No one wants to sift through 27,000 plugins to find a few they like. So, I did it for you, kinda. I went through and found some of the coolest, most underused plugins that will totally pimp your WordPress site and listed them below (in no particular order).
My List of Wicked Cool WordPress Plugins
An easy template tag for showing a breadcrumb menu on your site and on google search results with built in RDFa Markup.
Resets the WordPress database back to it’s defaults. Deletes all customizations and content. Does not modify files only resets the database.
Force all external links to open in a new window. Add rel=nofollow to all external links. Add an icon to all external links.
Project management and task tracking software… think Basecamp for the WordPress Dashboard!
Snazzy Archives is a visualization plugin for your WordPress site featuring an unique way to display all your posts. Your archive page will never be boring again!
6. WP Smush.it
Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it. Every image you add to a page or post will be automatically run through Smush.it behind the scenes. You don’t have to do anything different.You can also run your existing images through Smush.it via the WordPress Media Library.
7. WP Greet Box
Display a different greeting message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from.
Plugin with interface for uploading and managing download files, inserting download links in posts, and monitoring download hits.
The Video Sitemap plugin will generate an XML Sitemap for your WordPress blog using all YouTube videos that you may have embedded in your blog posts.
nRelate is designed to drive eyeballs deeper into your site by displaying related content as either thumbnails, text, or both.
11. SEO Smart Links
Lets WordPress automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your site.
Allows easy and XHTML valid posting of videos from various websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, and more.
13. Tweet Old Post
Plugin to tweet about your old posts to get more hits for them and keep them alive.
15. SEO Rank Report
Track your Google rankings every 3 days and see reports of your progress in a graph. You will also be able to visualize your traffic flow in response to ranking changes and receive emails notifying you of major rank changes.
18. Lightbox Plus
Lightbox Plus permits users to view larger versions of images, simple slide shows, videos and content all in an overlay.
19. Booking Calendar
Its a plugin for online reservation and availability checking service for your site.
Displays Visitor Maps with location pins, city, and country. Includes a Who’s Online Sidebar. Has an admin dashboard to view visitor details.
The best Post Ratings plugins online, and it’s free. Adds an AJAX rating system for your WordPress blog’s post/page.
Redirect users to different locations after logging in and logging out.
Add a classified ads section to your WordPress site, quickly and easily.
30. Quick Chat
Self hosted WordPress chat plugin supporting private chat, chat rooms, avatars, user list, words filtering, smilies, caching plugins and more.
Theme Options UI Builder for WordPress. A simple way to create & save Theme Options and Meta Boxes for free or premium themes.
Magic Floating Sidebar Maker, makes your blog sidebar floatable so it floats down as your visitor scrolls.
35. Search Meter
Search Meter tracks what your readers are searching for on your blog. View full details of recent searches or stats for the last day, week or month.
38. WP SlimStat
A powerful real-time web analytics plugin for WordPress.
This plugin extends the functionality of custom fields.
The #1 Print and PDF button for your WordPress site. Printer Friendly pages without coding, css, or print.css. Fast, easy, and professional.
Lets you edit the WordPress admin menu. You can re-order, hide or rename menus, add custom menus and more.
Duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another in 3 easy steps.
Slick social share buttons adds facebook, twitter, google +1, linkedin, digg, delicious, reddit, stumbleupon, buffer and pinterest pin it social media
See which plugins are slowing down your site. This plugin creates a performance report for your site.
51. White Label CMS
Version: 1.5.1 Allows complete customization of dashboard panels and logos, removal of menus, giving editors access to widgets and menus plus lots more.
Fully integrates media manager into editing interface, avoid reloading thickbox pop-up, with enhanced features like multi-insert & mass-editing.
53. User Meta
WordPress user management plugin. Custom user profile,registration with extra fields. Custom Login, Import users from csv and many more.
Keep your valuable WordPress website, its media and database backed up to Dropbox in minutes with this sleek, easy to use plugin.
Sell digital downloads through WordPress with this complete digital downloads management plugin. Integrates with Paypal and many others.
Creates a widget, which allows you to add drop down mega menus from any WordPress custom menu using jQuery.
Adds “live search” functionality to your WordPress site. Uses the built-in search and jQuery.
Cool Video Gallery is a Video Gallery plugin for WordPress with option to upload videos, add Youtube videos and manage them in multiple galleries.
Easy management of 125×125 ads on your blog. Ads can be run for a specified number of days, and will automatically be taken down. Track clicks too.
Embeds a Google Map into your site and lets you add map markers with custom icons and information windows.
Summary statistics of blog.
Display awesome Announcements, Welcome notes, Greetings, Events, News etc with attractive style, colors, themes and position it anywhere in the page.
Wp-Insert is the most powerful yet easiest to use WordPress ad management plugin which does a lot more than ad management.
Customize completly your WordPress Login Screen and Dashboard easily. Add your logo, change background image, colors, styles, Dashboard footer etc.
Provides an easy way to highlight important content on your posts and pages inside a box with a drop shadow.
Social Networking for WordPress: forum, activity, member directory, mail, chat, profile page, groups, events, gallery, mobile, RSS and more!
77. Paid Downloads
The plugin allows to sell digital content and accept payments via PayPal, Payza or InterKassa. It delivers download link after completed payment.
Add awesome looking embedded HTML representations of actual tweets in your blog posts just by adding simple shortcodes.
79. WP Total Hacks
WP Total Hacks can customize more than 20 settings on your WordPress Site. PHP5 is required!
Plugin adds next & prev nav links on single posts to have a “browse post by post nav style”. Includes customizeable parameters.
Install this plugin on unlimited sites and manage them all from a central dashboard. This plugin communicates with your InfiniteWP Admin Panel.
Pagebar adds a nice page bar to your blog posts, multipaged posts and paged comments.
Very lightweight jQuery script that wraps search terms in an HTML5 mark tag when referer is a search engine or within wp search results.
Allows multiple permalink structures and category-specific permalinks without needing redirects.