The plugin repository is one of the best things about WordPress — it contains thousands of plugins. All plugins in the official repository are GPL licensed and completely free to use. You can access the plugin repository from within your WordPress Admin by going to Plugins -> Add New.


The Pro Plugin Directory is not a marketplace and does not sell plugins, rather — it is a directory of premium (paid) WordPress plugins with reviews and helpful  information. It’s a steadily growing excellent resource for finding some of the best premium WordPress plugins.

Code Canyon

CodeCanyon is one of the Envato marketplaces — probably the world’s largest repository of code and plugins for just about any platform you can imagine. Their WordPress category boasts 5300+ WordPress plugins.

Some of our favourites …

  • Elementor is a suberb live page builder with a focus on speed and flexibility. This is the page builder to watch!
  • Ninja Forms claims to be the most powerful, flexible, and easiest WordPress form builder. Check it out and see what you think!
  • PippinsPlugins has a fantastic range of high quality plugins, AffiliateWP is our choice for affiliate functionality in WordPress. Easy Digital Downloads is also an excellent e-commerce plugin for digital products.
  • Advanced Custom Fields is a great example of just how good a WordPress plugin can be. It’s like giving your WordPress site steroids. It’s simply incredible and highly recommended when you need to work with custom data.
  • WooCommerce is the hugely popular e-commerce plugin. They also produce a few other excellent plugins, including Sensei — an online coursework plugin.
  • iThemes are the creators of our go-to backup and migration plugin: BackupBuddy.
  • Visual Composer is probably the mostly widely-used page layout / builder plugins for WordPress.
  • Yoast: the undisputed king of WordPress SEO. His SEO plugins are practically essential for any WordPress site.
  • Gravity Forms is our favourite form builder plugin, when it comes to form creation in WordPress, there’s not much you can’t do with Gravity Forms.
  • Elegant Themes produce some excellent plugins. The new Divi Builder is simply brilliant, as are Bloom Email Opt-Ins and Monarch Social Media Sharing.
  • WPMUDEV have a huge range of plugins for SEO, Marketing, Community and BuddyPress.

We also maintain an extensive list of Recommended Plugins in our WP NET KnowledgeBase.

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