One of the benefits of using WordPress is the huge number of plugins available which provide added functionality. As WordPress website developers we get to do a lot of testing, so this is our list recommended WordPress plugins.

 

WordPress Social Media Plugins

Video Sidebar Widgets, display videos such as Vimeo, YouTube, MySpace Videos etc. in the sidebar.

Digg Digg, add a floating bar with share buttons.

 

SEO and Digital Marketing Plugins

SEO Rank Reporter, tracks Google rankings and displays in an easy-to-read graph.

WordPress SEO by Yoast, improve your search positioning, write better content and fully optimise your website.

 

Gallery & Portfolio Plugins

WordPress Portfolio Plugin, for displaying a selection of websites with automatic screenshot creation.

Next GEN Gallery

Easy Media Gallery, a lot of features require the premium version.

OTW Portfolio Light, a great responsive portfolio with animated category filter, a 3 column template and hover effect, though the animation of Arconix Portfolio looks slicker in my view.

Arconix Portfolio, easy to use, creates a Portfolio custom post type, includes jQuery Quicksand for slick filtering animation, and there is plenty of documentation. Only downside is that it doesn’t seem to be mobile friendly.

Nimble Portfolio.

WEBphysiology Portfolio, good ratings but not tested.

Gmedia Gallery, good ratings but not tested, see the portfolio of styles.

WordPress Portfolio Plugins review from DesignMain.com.

Awesome Filterable Portfolio, modern filterable portfolio with smooth animations and cool image hover effects, demo looked great, but looked completely different on installation and documentation was poor, here is the support forum.

One Page Portfolio, a Pinterest style portfolio, very limited settings and displays only images from a particular post category.

SmoothSlider, from slider plugin specialists SliderVilla.

 

WordPress Security Plugins

Apparently, around 30,000 websites are hacked each day, so it’s well worth taking some security measures.

iThemes Security, provides over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site, works to fix common holes, stop automated attacks and strengthen user credentials.

All In One WP Security & Firewall, five star rated plugin offering user account, user login, user registration, file system and database security, blacklisting, firewall, security scanner, front end text copy protection, spam comments security and more.

BulletProof Security, five star rated, offering htaccess security, login security & monitoring, database backup and pro features.

Wordfence, free enterprise class security and performance plugin that makes your site up to 50 times faster and more secure.

 

Other Recommended WordPress Plugins

Pods, a framework for creating, managing, and deploying customized content types and fields. Pods requires some advanced WordPress and database knowledge, useful documentation available from the Pods websitePer Design, Web Design for Idiots, Open Script Solution, Using Magic Tags,

Slick Sitemap, creates a flowchart tree type sitemap based on your WordPress menus. Not responsive.

Open Links Directory, for building a website directory. Untested.

302 Moved Temporarily, redirects (except users that login) to another address by sending them a ‘302 Moved Temporarily’ message.

Database Manager, optimize, repair, backup, restore, drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.

BackWPup Free, WordPress backup solution, can be used to save your complete installation and push to an external backup service like Dropbox, S3, FTP and many more.

InfiniteWP, allows users to manage unlimited number of WordPress sites from their own server.

 

Weather Report Plugins

WP SimpleWeather, Awesome Weather Widget,

 

WooCommerce Plugins

A list of 55 of them!

 

Plugins Pending Review

Solve Media Captcha, secure & monetise your website with Captcha ads.

Wp Tiles, awesome easy to use tile plugin, not custom tiles, but shows posts, or pages etc.

Data Tables Generator by Supsystic, worth looking at?

Unyson PageBuilder type bunch of useful tools.

Pootle Pagebuilder