The WordPress.org 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 WordPress.org 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.
Some of our favourites …
- SevenSpark produce some superb navigation oriented plugins — UberMenu and ShiftNav Pro are two of our favourites.
- 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.
- Dev7 Studios is a long-time favourite of ours. They produce high quality plugins for image sliders and gallery display. However, their Custom Emails plugin is also superb.
- WooThemes are the creators of the hugely popular e-commerce plugin, WooCommerce. They also produce a few other excellent plugins, including Sensei — an online coursework plugin.
- iThemes are the creators of our go-to WordPress backup plugin: BackupBuddy. The also produce the excellent e-commerce plugin, Exchange and a bunch of others.
- Visual Composer is probably the mostly widely-used page layout / builder plugins for WordPress, and we’re real fans of their excellent range of modules and the front-end interface.
- Yoast: the undisputed king of WordPress SEO. His SEO and Google Analytics 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.
- Though you wouldn’t figure it from the name, 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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