Updated list of great WordPress Plugins

Introduction

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a WordPress plugin for any need. In some cases it could take a whole day to just compare and test plugins before deciding.

This list can be used as a cheat sheet – to go straight to great plugins as your starting point.

There is list assumes that you are already using Elementor Pro!

These are essentially the Snug Site “Go To” plugins.

Usually, plugins that are designed to perform the same function will differ significantly, and we can’t guarantee that the plugins listed below are perfect for a particular use-case – but it will certainly be a good place to start.

If a solution is missing from the list below, it’s probably because we haven’t road-tested enough plugins in that category to yet confirm that there is a “best option”.

Note: The ‘Paid’ option is only shown if better than the ‘Free’ option.

The List below is in three sections:

Frontend Plugins: Are plugins that a visitor will see and interactive with.

Backend Plugins: Are plugins that a visitor doesn’t need to know is running.

WooCommerce Plugins: Are also collected below.


Frontend Plugins

Custom Post Type

Free: CPTUI

Paid: Jetengine

Custom Taxonomy and Post Ordering

Free: Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order

Comments

Free: wpDiscuz

Contact Form

Free: JetFormBuilder

Paid: Gravity Forms

Custom User Avatars

Free: One User Avatar

Events Calendar

Free: The Events Calendar

Galleries

Paid: Elementor Pro

LMS 

Free: LearnDash

Memberships – No Payment System

Free:  Ultimate Member

Memberships – Payment System

Paid: Memberpress

Page Builder

Free: Elementor

Paid: Elementor Pro

Popups

Paid: Jetpopup

Slider

(Sliders are evil and should be banished from the internet)

Social Sharing Links

Free: Super Socializer

Paid: Elementor Pro

Translation

Free: TranslatePress

Backend Plugins

Backups

Free: UpdraftPlus

301 Redirection

Free: Redirection

Cache

Free: Autoptimize with Cache Enabler

Free: (For webstes on Litespeed servers): LiteSpeed Cache

Duplicate Posts

Free: Duplicate Page

Exclude Posts from Search

Free: Search Exclude

Header and Footer Code

Free: Head, Footer and Post Injections

Image Optimisation

Free: EWWW Image Optimizer

Mail Logging

Free:  WP Mail Logging

Media Library Management

Free: Happy Files

Paid: Happy Files

Preload Pages

Free: Flying Pages

Schedule Content Changes

Free: PublishPress Revisions

SEO

Free: Rank Math

Security

Free: Wordfence

SMTP Mailer

Free: Easy WP SMTP

User Switching

Free: User Switching

WooCommerce Plugins

Ajax Search

Free: WP Extended Search

Auto Complete Addresses

Free: Address correction autocomplete for Woo

Back in Stock Notifier

Free: Back in Stock Notifier for WooCommerce

Cart & Checkout Messages

Paid: WooCommerce Cart Notices

Complicated Shipping

Paid: WooCommerce Advanced Shipping

Custom Checkout Fields

Paid: Flexible Checkout Fields for WooCommerce

Custom Extra Email per Product

Free: WC Custom Emails Per Product

Extend Search

Free: Ajax Search Lite

Paid: Ajax Search Pro

Follow Up Emails

Free: ShopMagic

Paid: ShopMagic

Free Shipping Per Product

Free: WooCommerce Free Shipping Per Product

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