Most Popular WordPress Plugins and Tools of 2015




One of the reasons for loving WordPress is that it has a bigger repository of plugins. Owing to the availability of plugins, WordPress is a versatile content management system. Also, many tools are made available by the vendors for WordPress. The plugins and tools are necessarily required by the developers for easy workflow, therefore, every developer uses one or more plugin or tool for its projects. Following is the collection of 8 plugins and tools based on popularity and usage.
 
1.WooCommerce
 
This plugin is widely used for making WordPress an eCommerce solution. A developer has to make a lesser effort for driving the eCommerce through WordPress website. Though, this plugin is free of cost for downloading, to get the enhanced functionality for running an online store, premium extensions have to be bought from the parent website that is WooThemes.com.
 
Detail is here.
WordPress version required- 3.8 or higher
 
2.All in one SEO

This plugin is favorite of many WordPress developers. According to the statistics provided at WordPress.org, this plugin has been downloaded by more that 21 million of users. The very special feature is “Nonce Security”. The pro version of this plugin is paid, which has added features than the free version. The developer of this plugin is Semperplugins.com.
 
Detail is here.
WordPress version required- 3.3 or higher
 
3.Akismet

It is a hugely popular plugin for checking if a comment on the website or blog is a spam. If it detects a comment as spam, user is reported on the dashboard. In the comment section of the dashboard user could see the suspicious comment and hidden spam URLs if detected. The detection mechanism works using the Akismet web service.
 
Detail is here.
WordPress version required- 3.1 or higher
 
4.Wordfence

Wordfence is a powerful security plugin that provides WordPress website a foolproof protection against attacks. If an infected or attacked website runs this plugin, it analyses source code for finding the discrepancy in that and improvises that. Another task, it does is, blocking the attacker who tries to intrude into the security. The actual power of this plugin is the real time blocking of that attacker for all the websites which deploy it. This plugin is absolutely free to download, but to get the support from its side, users will have to shell out the specified amount.
 
Detail is here.
WordPress version required- 3.3.1 or higher
 
5.WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is another superb SEO (search engine optimization) plugin for WordPress. Its specialty is that it analyses the content from the SEO point of view, also optimizes the titles and description of the website. Apart from this, user gets XML sitemap generated automatically, it also rectifies permalinks and source code of the website.
 
Detail is here.
WordPress version required- 3.8 or higher
 
6.Google Analytics Dashboard For WP

The developers use this plugin for displaying the statistics on the WordPress dashboard. It reports the data in real time. The owner of the website can see all the details of channels through which visitors come to the website, also the user can choose to display the stats on the frontend articles. Apart from seeing the stats, visual changes can also be done. Overall, this plugin is very nice and used widely.
 
Detail is here.
WordPress version required- 2.8 or higher
 
7.TemplateToaster

TemplateToaster is not a WordPress plugin, but it is a tool. This tool is widely used for making WordPress themes. Actually, this is two in one tool, which is used for designing and encoding the themes. Also referred, a theme generator, this tool automatically generates the source code for respective designs made. It is not a single tool of its kind, but yeah, this is an advanced tool of its kind. To download the tool, a user has to pay the price, but support is provided free of cost for the lifetime.
 
Detail is here.
WordPress version required- 3.1 or higher
 
8.Contact Form 7

This absolutely free WordPress plugin is really a nice way to build up multiple contact forms for blogs and websites. Its users consider it simple and flexible. These two attributes have made Contact Form 7 more popular among the WordPress users. It is simple to use because just a little markup use will tweak the contact forms and email content, and flexibility comes from the support for CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering and AJAX submission.
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