Developed by a team of renowned WordPress developers WPMU Dev, this is one of the best plugins to create a full-blown membership site using WordPress. You can create multiple types of memberships such as – guests, drip content, premium, etc. and lock content behind a paywall. The plugin supports multiple payment gateways while the premium version includes coupon system, advanced media protection and more.
Officially acquired by Automattic (the people behind WordPress), WooCommerce has been the most trusted and widely accepted ecommerce solution for WordPress. WooCommerce enables you to create feature-rich online shop within minutes. You can further extend capabilities by leveraging the power of premium add-ons.
Did you ever wish you could create an appointment booking system using WordPress? Well, your wish did come true with this feature-rich plugin, which enables you to accept, set and manage your bookings right from your WordPress site. And for more features like unlimited employees, user bios, streamlined scheduling and design customization options consider Appointments+ premium.
14. Ultimate Branding
This is a premium plugin developed by WPMU Dev, which isn’t available for free in the WordPress repository. This plugin enables you to whitelabel WordPress to suit your client’s requirements. It does so by removing all instances of the WordPress logo and text from the login screen and dashboard and replacing them with your brand’s visuals.
15. Login Lockdown
This is more of a must-have security plugin for WordPress and is installed by default in WordPress Softaculous installations. It essentially records the number of failed login attempts from a given IP address and blocks them upon three consecutive red flags.
While Login Lockdown is a “nip them at the bud” kind of a plugin, WordFence is the “prevention is better than cure and penicillin just in case” type. The plugin connects to a web service that provides enterprise grade protection to your WordPress site including proactive scanning and a host of other defensive features. If you’re dealing with financial transactions in your WordPress site, you’re better off with this plugin.
17. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin builds an XML site map for your site which helps search engines crawl through your site faster. It is a must-install-and-activate plugin if you’re serious about getting your site listed in SERPs.
Akismet is a free, enterprise-grade anti-spam solution for WordPress developed by the same people who built WordPress – Automattic. CleanTalk is another premium cloud-based anti-spam solution that’s gained a lot of traction lately.
I can go on and on about this amazing plugin that makes WordPress a whole lot better. Each feature is available modules which can independently activated. It includes free CDN, image optimization, mobile mode, site uptime and traffic monitor and tons of other amazing features.
Caching is one of the prime ways of speeding up a slow WordPress site. W3TC and WP Super Cache are the two most popular caching plugins for WordPress. There’s a new (premium) plugin under the same genre called WP-Rocket, which claims to take the complexity out of WordPress caching – which makes it an interesting option.