30 Most Popular WordPress Plugins of 2012

WordPress is certainly one of the most feature rich and user-friendly publishing platforms available today. WordPress originally gained a position in the market by being an open source and entirely free platform. WordPress plugins which add functionality and new features to your WordPress Powered blog, without even editing a single line of code is extremely essential.

If you’re a newbie and have just installed WordPress then it will be a very difficult time to choose the most useful WordPress plugins for 2012 from among the 19,000+ plugins. So, here in today’s post I have compiled a list of best free WordPress plugins for 2012. Select according to your requirements. I will update the following list regularly as I come across new or better plugins.

1. WordPress Related Posts

WordPress Related Posts generates a list of related posts with thumbnails and gives you click-through statistics.

WordPress Related Posts

2. Special Recent Posts

Special Recent Posts (SRP) FREE Edition is a very powerful plugin/widget for WordPress which displays your recent posts with thumbnails.

Special Recent Posts

3. Rating-Widget

The Rating-Widget Star Ratings WordPress plugin allows you to create and manage ratings from within your WordPress dashboard.


4. Usernoise Modal Feedback

Usernoise is a “just works” modal contact / feedback form. You will not need to change even a line of code in your site.

Usernoise Modal Feedback

5. Google Maps via Store Locator Plus

Store Locator Plus is an advanced system for managing multiple physical locations via a fully integrated WordPress solution.

Google Maps via Store Locator Plus

6. Ultimate TinyMCE

Beef up your visual tinymce editor with a plethora of advanced options.

Ultimate TinyMCE

7. XCloner – Backup and Restore

XCloner is a Backup and Restore component designed for PHP/Mysql websites, it can work as a native plugin for WordPress and Joomla!.

XCloner - Backup and Restore

8. GRAND FlAGallery

GRAND Flash Album Gallery is a Photo Gallery, Video Gallery, Music Album & Banner Rotator plugin with powerfull admin to manage your media content.

GRAND FlAGallery

9. WYSIWYG Editor

WYSIWYG HTML Visual Editor & Drag And Drop Web Page Editor, Desktop Publisher For WordPress.


10. Really Simple Twitter Feed Widget

This plugin displays the latest posts from a Twitter account in a sidebar widget.

Really Simple Twitter Feed Widget

11. Artiss YouTube Embed

A simple to use method of embedding YouTube videos into your posts and pages but with powerful features for those that need them.

Artiss YouTube Embed

12. Related Posts & Images by Zemanta

This plugin finds related posts and related images while you write your post. Pick related posts manually!

Related Posts & Images by Zemanta

13. Print Friendly and PDF Button

The Print Friendly & PDF button saves paper and ink when printing or creating a PDF. It’s fast, easy, and looks great when printed.

Print Friendly and PDF Button

14. Social Login

Allow your visitors to comment and login with social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Paypal, LinkedIn, LiveJournal, OpenID, VKontakte, Google, Yahoo.

Social Login

15. Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox

All your visitors should know about your facebook page and tell their friends. With this plugin you can display a preconfigured Facebook Fan Page-Like.

Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox

16. WP Easy Gallery

WP Easy Gallery is an easy to use WordPress gallery plugin that allows you to create and manage multiple image galleries through a simple admin interface.

WP Easy Gallery

17. NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

Automatically publishes your blogposts to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Blogger and Tumblr, Delicious, etc profiles and/or pages.

NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

18. Adminimize

Adminimize is a WordPress plugin that lets you hide ‘unnecessary’ items from the WordPress backend and many many more …


19. MailChimp List Subscribe Form

The MailChimp plugin allows you to quickly and easily add a signup form for your MailChimp list.

MailChimp List Subscribe Form

20. BulletProof Security

BulletProof Security protects your WordPress website against XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts.

BulletProof Security

21. Xhanch – My Twitter

The best plugin to display your latest tweets, replies, direct messages, retweets, auto and manual tweet and lots more. Support multiple accounts.

Xhanch - My Twitter

22. White Label CMS

The White Label CMS plugin is for developers who want to give their clients a more personalised and less confusing content management system.

White Label CMS

23. Tweetable

Tweetable is intended to help integrate Twitter into your blog. It can automatically tweet links to your blog posts as they are published.


24. Network Publisher

Plugin enables you to Automatically Publish or Self Publish your Blog Posts to 20+ Social Networks.

Network Publisher

25.  Zopim Live Chat

Zopim is an award winning chat solution that helps website owners to engage their visitors and convert customers into fans!

Zopim Live Chat

26. Related Posts via Categories

This Plugin will display the related posts list via categories. It can automatically display the related posts list after the content of any single post of selected post types by options.

Related Posts via Categories

27. Page Flip Image Gallery

FlippingBook WordPress Gallery plugin helps you to create Image Gallery with Page Flip effects on your blog.

Page Flip Image Gallery

28. Auto ThickBox Plus

Auto ThickBox Plus is WordPress plugin that applies ThickBox script to your site automatically.

Auto ThickBox Plus

29. Facebook Members

Facebook Members is a WordPres Social Plugin that enables Facebook Page owners to attract and gain Likes from their own website. It uses Facebook Like Box.

Facebook Members

30. Post video players, slideshow albums, photo galleries and music

Post your videos, photo galleries/flash slideshows, music and playlists easily and in seconds.

Post video players, slideshow albums, photo galleries and music

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