The 50 Most Powerful WordPress Plug-ins To Try In 2022

The 50 Most Powerful WordPress Plug-ins To Try In 2022

I will go over the top 50 most powerful WordPress plugins that you should be using in 2022. While you go thru this list, you will learn about some new plug-ins that will revolutionize your WordPress website, and upgrade it into a powerful digital business asset. I will list each plug-in, in no particular category with a short description of its main features and mostly keep things short for each plugin that I mention. Let’s jump right into it.  

WP Mail SMTP 

WP Mail SMTP easily resolves email delivery problems by improving and changing how your WordPress site sends email. This plugin main thing is that if you let your website send an email on its own, it has a chance to get inside the recipient’s spam folder. So this plugin helps keep your email from going into the spam folder. 

Uncanny Automator 

With Uncanny Automator, use your existing plugins, sites, and apps to build powerful workflows that do everything automatically. Control exactly what happens with every form submission, user registration, product purchase, and more. I found out about this program and immediately thought about zapier. This plugin adds automation capabilities to your WordPress site and essentially have all your plugins talk to each other. Really cool concept.  

Live Chat 

This plugin is a live chat tool that helps close more sales on your website, they have a lot of other integrations including WordPress. They use the power of AI to bring your customers along the sales journey to a sale. The app includes customization, reports and analytics, and security.  

Autoptimize

Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy. It can aggregate, minify and cache scripts and styles, injects CSS in the page head by default but can also inline critical CSS and defer the aggregated full CSS, moves and defers scripts to the footer, and minifies HTML. This was one of the performance plugins I used until I upgraded to WP Rocket, another performance and caching plugin. 

Advanced Custom Fields 

Advanced Custom Fields turns WordPress sites into a fully-fledged content management system by giving you all the tools to do more with your data. Witch this you can truly create custom fields inside your post type without having to code anything.  

Ninja Forms 

Use Ninja Forms to create beautiful, user friendly WordPress forms that will make you feel like a professional web developer, after installing this plugin. You’ll have the option in the dashboard to go in and create forms that are very easy to build and customize in my opinion. although, I actually prefer the form builder that comes with Elementor PRO.  

Enable Media Replace 

A free, lightweight and easy to use plugin that allows you to seamlessly replace an image or file in your Media Library by uploading a new file in its place. No more deleting, renaming and re-uploading files. This plugin makes it super easy to replace files and saves you a lot of time from the grunt work of re-uploading the images.  

Yoast Duplicate Post 

This plugin allows users to clone posts of any type, or copy them to new drafts for further editing. Super simple plugin that helps clone the post on your WordPress dashboard.  

WP Rocket 

WP Rocket is the most powerful web performance plugin in the world. It will instantly reduce your load time and boost your Google PageSpeed and Core Web Vitals scores. No coding skills are needed. This one is in my top 10 Press plugins of all time at the moment. Its simple to use and powerful as it will boost your site speed tremendously. With this you can upgrade your site to 100%-page speed score instantly.  

Hubspot for WordPress 

Enables you to grow your business better. It helps turn visitors into leads, nurture them into customers, and measure your business growth. It comes with free tools that help bring together your business processes in one place. From costumer acquisition to client satisfaction to other business services that can help your brand stay on track. I’m currently using this Hubspot for my business and will like to grow more into it into the future.  

Woocommerce 

Whether you’re launching a business, taking brick-and-mortar retail online, or developing sites for clients, use WooCommerce for a store that powerfully blends content and commerce. This plugin comes with powerful tools that showcase your products, take payments, grow a membership website, and more.  

Elementor  

A website builder that delivers high-end page designs and advanced capabilities, never before seen on WordPress. I really enjoy using Elementor pro and all its features, and this plugin is growing every week with new updates and features that I almost can’t keep up with it. If your looking to jump into a WordPress website make sure to try out Elementor PRO and see how you like building your website with it.  

Imagify  

Imagify is the most advanced tool to optimize images. You can now use this power directly in WordPress. Alongside WP Rocket this plug-in is a charm, it helps deliver amazing image quality at a smaller size cost.  

Yoast SEO 

To rank highly in search engines, you need to beat the competition. You need a better, faster, stronger website than the people who sell or do the same kinds of things as you. Yoast SEO is the most-used WordPress SEO plugin, and has helped millions of people like you to get ahead and to stay ahead. This plugin alongside others in its class is great for SEO in WordPress. If you’re getting started this is a good one for you.  

Sucuri 

The Sucuri Security WordPress plugin is free to all WordPress users. It is a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture. Currently the ownership of this plugin was transferred to GoDaddy. This plugin is a great option for your website security and is highly recommended for keeping your site secure.  

Google Site Kit 

Site Kit is the official WordPress plugin from Google for insights about how people find and use your site. Site Kit is the one-stop solution to deploy, manage, and get insights from critical Google tools to make the site successful on the web. Google makes great products and software, and this is one of them. In my time using this plugin it helped me get a good understanding of how my site is doing right when I log in with tabs for their other services also.  

Rank Math 

SEO might be the best and most consistent source of traffic for one’s website, but it’s not without its quirks. The constant process of optimizing your posts can sometimes take more time than actually writing the content. Anyways from my time using this, it seemed polished and very intuitive. I have a few SEO tools here you can use that will help you dominate your market and this is one of them.  

Jetpack 

Jetpack is a sort of all-in-one security and growth platform that helps your website in all areas of growth, I believe it’s a powerful plugin that tries to do everything for you in one place, it probably tries to do a little too much but hey, what it’s doing works for a lot of people.  

Wordfence 

This very popular security and firewall plugin has been around for quite a while and is still is one of the best WordPress plugins out there. Part of what they do includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect your WordPress website.  

UpdraftPlus

Updraft Plus simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over three million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click! I myself use another tool for sftp and accessing and backing up my website but Updraft Plus is another way to quickly get going and taking care of your website backups.  

Really Simple SSL 

Really Simple SSL automatically detects your settings and configures your website to run over HTTPS. To keep it lightweight, we kept the options to a minimum. Your website will move to SSL with one click. This plugin was a very easy and powerful add on to my website, it helps serve all your website files and pages over HTTPS which is a secure layer over your website connection. 

WP Fastest Cache 

Great free options with a premium version that provides more website performance capabilities. But if you’re looking for just a speed boost on your site, check out the free version.  

Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder is a flexible drag and drop page builder that works on the front end of your WordPress website. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re going to love taking control of your website. This plugin is a major competitor to Elementor and Divi builder, they are now competing over the WordPress front end development market at the moment.  

WPForms 

WPForms allows you to create beautiful contact forms, feedback form, subscription forms, payment forms, and other types of forms for your site in minutes, not hours! It’s a great little form that does a little bit of everything, it also integrates well with other plugins witch is great.  

Akismet  

Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. With some WordPress installs, Akismet is installed for free and helps you get started the right way with its awesome features.  

Contact Form 7 

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.  

MonsterInsights

At MonsterInsights, we make it “effortless” to properly connect your WordPress site with Google Analytics, so you can start making data-driven decisions to grow your business. I use this plugin to track my website visitors and it helps me make sure I’m providing as much value as a can.  

Smush 

Smush helps you optimize all your media files, especially your image files. It’s an award-winning plugin by the WPMU DEV that can fully improve your google page scores.  

Redirection

Redirection is the most popular redirect manager for WordPress. With it you can easily manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This can help reduce errors and improve your site ranking.  When rebuilding a website, I used this to help make sure that when my old pages don’t exist anymore, I redirect my visitors to my home page.   

Ultimate Member 

The plugin makes it a breeze for users to sign-up and become members of your website. The plugin allows you to add beautiful user profiles to your site and is perfect for creating advanced online communities and membership sites. This is a great plugin for getting online communities started quickly and as simple as possible.  

MailChimp for WordPress 

This plugin helps you grow your Mailchimp lists and write better newsletters through various methods. You can create good looking opt-in forms or integrate with any existing form on your site, like your comment, contact or checkout form. Super simple plugin that integrates your WordPress website with your MailChimp account.  

MemberPress 

MemberPress will help you confidently create, manage and track membership subscriptions and sell digital download products. Another community plugin I’ve tried along side of ultimate member. While I ended up working more with ultimate member for my live projects, memberpress is a great option for creating a community website with WordPress.  

Restrict Content Pro 

Restrict Content makes it simple to limit access to posts, pages, media, custom post types, and even API requests. Using this has made things simpler with managing my membership websites. 

Divi 

 It can be enjoyed by design professionals and newcomers alike, giving you the power to create spectacular designs with surprising ease and efficiency. I believe that It’s a great option alongside Elementor PRO and Beaverbuilder.  

Slider Revolution  

The Slider Revolution editor was built to save hours or even days of work on every project. This slider creator is really one of the most powerful and popular plugins on the market. Make sure to check it out when you’re building your site headers.  

Polylang 

Polylang allows you to create a bilingual or multilingual WordPress site. You write posts, pages and create categories and post tags as usual, and then define the language for each of them. Super cool plugin, with this you can get your site pages and post translated in different languages.  

Disable Comments 

Instantly allow or disallow comments from any post type in WordPress (Pages, Posts, or Media) to stop the spammers and gain complete control over your full website. Simple and easy 1 click action type of plugin that also comes in many languages.  

All in One SEO (AIOSEO) 

All in One SEO for WordPress is the original WordPress SEO plugin started in 2007. Over 2 million smart website owners use AIOSEO to properly setup WordPress SEO, so their websites can rank higher in search engines. This is a plugin I use myself regularly, basically, it helps build your website SEO by a scoring system and provides feedback on how to help get the site to rank higher on search engines.     

BuddyPress 

BuddyPress is a suite of components that are common to a typical social network, and allows for great add-on features through WordPress’s extensive plugin system, it provides many components to help build your website into a social platform with WordPress.  

Broken Link Checker 

Broken Link Checker monitors and tests all internal links & external links on your site looking for broken links. It helps you fix bad links to improve SEO and user experience. Great little, plugin that does as its name says.  

Advanced File Manager 

Most powerful and user friendly file manager for wordpress. Edit, Delete, upload, delete, download, zip, copy etc multiple file operations, No need of any cpanel and FTP. With this you can access the WordPress file system thru the dashboard and proves to work to simplify the way we access our WordPress content files.  

Social Icons 

Social Icons provides you with an easy way to display various popular social icons via widgets and shortcodes. You can drag the widget in your sidebars and change the settings from the widget form itself. This plugin helps you include your social media links on your website.  

White label CMS 

The White Label CMS plugin is for developers who want to give their clients a more personalized and less confusing content management system. I sometime let my clients have access to their websites and it’s a great way to sort of hand over some website functions to the clients if they choose to.  

Classic Editor 

An older version of what we now know as the Gutenberg editor, Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. 

Custom Post Type UI 

Custom Post Type UI provides an easy-to-use interface for registering and managing custom post types and taxonomies for your website. A good way of creating custom menus in the dashboard or “post types”. 

Smartcrawl 

With SmartCrawl, there’s no more juggling settings, making guesses, and wondering if your SEO is properly optimized. Use SmartCrawl’s one-click setup, automatic XML sitemaps, improved social sharing, real-time keyword and content analysis, and scans and reports. Like the All in one SEO plug in, Smartcrawl help with optimizing your search engine results of your website.  

ShortPixel 

Increase your website’s SEO ranking, number of visitors, and ultimately your sales by optimizing any image or PDF document on your website. Like Imagify this helps by compressing and optimizing your media files to have an improved website experience.  

TranslatePress 

A better way of translating your WordPress site directly from the front-end, with full support for WooCommerce, complex themes and site builders. A WordPress translation plugin that’s easy to use for a change. I see this plugin working along side of polylang or other translation plugins, In the future I am looking to have the website translated in other languages, so that’s super exciting to have plugins like this available.  

Code Snippets 

Code Snippets is an easy, clean and simple way to run code snippets on your site. It removes the need to add custom snippets to your theme’s functions file. This plugin can help add new script to your website and it seems to be really light weight and is easy to work with.  

Hide My WP Ghost 

The plugin adds filters and security layers to prevent Scripts and SQL Injections, Brute Force attacks, XML-RPC attacks and more. This is one of the few plugins on this list that I want to review because of its long interesting list of security features.