#1 - Jetpack

Jetpack lets users power their websites with features such as Infinite Scroll, Custom CSS, and spam-free Contact Forms in order to take advantage of visitor engagement, site performance and security.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Automattic

#2 - WooCommerce

WooCommerce is an extendable eCommerce plugin that helps small and big business owners alike help them achieve sales.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: WooThemes

#3 - TinyMCE Advanced

TinyMCE Advanced alters the Visual Editor Toolbar, allowing users to create and edit tables, have more options when inserting lists and setting Font Family and Font Size.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Andrew Ozz

#4 - Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 allows users to manage multiple contact forms and customize the form and mail contents with ease.

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Installs: 1+ million

#5 - Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to filter all the comments a post receives and separates real comments from robot-generated ones.

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Installs: 1+ Million
Author: Matt Mullenweg

#6 - WordPress Importer

WordPress Importer imports posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: WordPress.org

#7 - All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack is a WordPress Search Engine Optimization plugin that automatically optimizes your WordPress blog to give it the best chance for appearing up in higher positions and on earlier pages for search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Michael Torbert

#8 - Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is a plugin meant to improve a user's WordPress SEO. Users can write in their own meta description,snippet preview and keyword to have the best idea of how their post will show up in search engines.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Joost de Valk

#9 - NextGEN Gallery

NextGen Gallery is the most popular WordPress image gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time, with over 13 million downloads.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: photocrati

#10 - Really Simple CAPTCHA

Really Simple CAPTCHA, a plugin developed by the maker of Contact Form 7, is a CAPTCHA module intended to be used in partnership with other plugins. It is intended to work with Contact Form 7, but it is also compatible with other contact form plugins.

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Installs: 1+ million

#11 - Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps is a plugin that will generate a special XML sitemap to help search engines log the entire structure of a users' site and changes that are made to it.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Arne Brachhold

#12 - Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security provides free enterprise-class WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Wordfence

#13 - WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is a plugin that speeds up the rate a user's blog loads by producing very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static HTML files compared to the denser and more expensive PHP scripts.

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Installs: 1+ million

#14 - Hello Dolly

This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Matt Mullenweg

#15 - WP-PageNavi

Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Lester Chan

#16 - Advanced Custom Fields

Customise WordPress with powerful, professional and intuitive fields

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: elliotcondon

#17 - Google Analytics by Yoast

Track your WordPress site easily with the latest tracking codes and lots added data for search result pages and error pages.

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Installs: 1+ million
Author: Joost de Valk

#18 - Regenerate Thumbnails

Allows you to regenerate your thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.

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Installs: 900,000+
Author: Alex Mills

#19 - W3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

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Installs: 900,000+

#20 - Disable Comments

Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according to post type. Multisite friendly.

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Installs: 700,000+
Author: Samir Shah

#21 - Duplicate Post

Clone posts and pages.

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Installs: 700,000+
Author: lopo

#22 - WP Multibyte Patch

Multibyte functionality enhancement for the WordPress Japanese package.

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Installs: 700,000+

#23 - iThemes Security (Formerly Better WP Security)

Protect your WordPress site by hiding vital areas of your site, protecting access to important files, preventing brute-force login attempts, detecting

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Installs: 600,000+
Author: iThemes

#24 - Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

The visual editor widget for WordPress.

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Installs: 600,000+
Author: Marco Chiesi

#25 - Meta Slider

Easy to use WordPress slider plugin. Create SEO optimised responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.

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Installs: 500,000+
Author: Matcha Labs

#26 - Page Builder by SiteOrigin

Build responsive page layouts using the widgets you know and love using this simple drag and drop page builder.

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Installs: 500,000+
Author: Greg Priday

#27 - Google Analytics

Enables google analytics on all pages.

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Installs: 500,000+
Author: Kevin Sylvestre

#28 - WP-DB-Backup

On-demand backup of your WordPress database.

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Installs: 500,000+
Author: Austin Matzko

#29 - Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Displays Google Analytics reports in your WordPress Dashboard. Inserts the latest Google Analytics tracking code in your pages.

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Installs: 500,000+
Author: Alin Marcu

#30 - Duplicator

Duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another.

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Installs: 500,000+
Author: Bob Riley

#31 - UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration

Backup and restoration made easy. Complete backups; manual or scheduled (backup to S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, SFTP, email + others).

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Installs: 500,000+
Author: David Anderson

#32 - Clef Two-Factor Authentication

Secure two-factor that people love to use: strong authentication without passwords or tokens; single sign on/off; magical user experience.

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Installs: 400,000+
Author: Dave Ross

#33 - Fast Secure Contact Form

An easy and powerful form builder that lets your visitors send you email. Blocks all automated spammers. No templates to mess with.

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Installs: 400,000+
Author: Mike Challis

#34 - Google Analyticator

Easily view your Google Analytics and real-time statistics inside WordPress! Makes it super simple to add your tracking code too.

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Installs: 400,000+
Author: Noah Kagan

#35 - Redirection

Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files.

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Installs: 400,000+
Author: John Godley

#36 - Image Widget

A simple image widget that uses the native WordPress media manager to add image widgets to your site.

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Installs: 400,000+

#37 - WPtouch Mobile Plugin

Make your WordPress website mobile-friendly with just a few clicks.

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Installs: 400,000+

#38 - WP-Optimize

Simple but effective plugin allows you to extensively clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without doing manual queries.

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Installs: 400,000+
Author: ruhanirabin

#39 - Broken Link Checker

This plugin will check your posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notify you if any are found.

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Installs: 400,000+
Author: ManageWP

#40 - Shortcodes Ultimate

Supercharge your WordPress theme with mega pack of shortcodes

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Installs: 400,000+
Author: MadFork

#41 - WP Mail SMTP

Reconfigures the wp_mail() function to use SMTP instead of mail() and creates an options page to manage the settings.

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Installs: 300,000+

#42 - BackWPup Free - WordPress Backup Plugin

Schedule complete automatic backups of your WordPress installation. Decide which content will be stored (Dropbox, S3…). This is the free version

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: Inpsyde GmbH

#43 - Breadcrumb NavXT

Adds breadcrumb navigation showing the visitor's path to their current location.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: John Havlik

#44 - InfiniteWP Client

Install this plugin on unlimited sites and manage them all from a central dashboard. This plugin communicates with your InfiniteWP Admin Panel.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: infinitewp

#45 - Captcha by BestWebSoft

This plugin allows you to implement super security captcha form into web forms.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: bestwebsoft

#46 - Contact Form by BestWebSoft

Add Contact Form to your WordPress website.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: bestwebsoft

#47 - Post Types Order

Post Order and custom Post Type Objects (posts, any custom post types) using a Drag and Drop Sortable JavaScript AJAX interface.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: Nsp Code

#48 - Page Links To

Lets you make a WordPress page (or other content type) link to an external URL of your choosing, instead of its WordPress URL.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: Mark Jaquith

#49 - WP Maintenance Mode

Adds a splash page to your site that lets visitors know your site is down for maintenance. It's perfect for a coming soon page.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: Designmodo

#50 - TablePress

Embed beautiful and feature-rich tables into your posts and pages, without having to write code.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: TobiasBg

#51 - Contact Form DB

Saves submitted form data to the database. Export the data to a file or use short codes to display it.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: Michael Simpson

#52 - MailChimp for WordPress

MailChimp for WordPress, the absolute best. Add subscribers to your MailChimp lists from your WordPress site, with ease.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: Ibericode

#53 - Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Display a list of related posts on your site based on a powerful unique algorithm. Earn money by including sponsored content!

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: Jeff Parker

#54 - SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam

Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress on the forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. For WP, WPMU, and BuddyPress.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: Mike Challis

#55 - User Role Editor

User Role Editor WordPress plugin makes user roles and capabilities changing easy. Edit/add/delete WordPress user roles and capabilities.

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Installs: 300,000+

#56 - Widget Logic

Widget Logic lets you control on which pages widgets appear using WP's conditional tags. It also adds a 'widget_content' filter.

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Installs: 300,000+
Author: alanft

#57 - Simple Page Ordering

Order your pages and other hierarchical post types with simple drag and drop right from the standard page list.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Jake Goldman

#58 - Disqus Comment System

The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Disqus

#59 - The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar is a carefully crafted, extensible plugin that lets you easily share your events. Beautiful. Solid. Awesome.

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Installs: 200,000+

#60 - MailPoet Newsletters

Send newsletters post notifications or autoresponders from WordPress easily, and beautifully. Start to capture subscribers with our widget now.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: MailPoet Staff

#61 - bbPress

bbPress is forum software, made the WordPress way

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Matt Mullenweg

#62 - WP Smush

Reduce image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO using the free WPMU DEV WordPress Smush API.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: WPMU DEV

#63 - Share Buttons by AddToAny

Share buttons for WordPress including AddToAny's universal sharing button, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp and many more.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: micropat

#64 - Lightbox Plus Colorbox

Lightbox Plus Colorbox permits users to view larger versions of images, simple slide shows, videos and content all in an overlay.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Dan Zappone

#65 - Facebook

Add Facebook social plugins and the ability to publish new posts to a Facebook Timeline or Facebook Page. Official Facebook plugin.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Facebook

#66 - Custom Post Type UI

Admin UI for creating custom post types and custom taxonomies in WordPress

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Brad Williams

#67 - SEO Ultimate

This all-in-one SEO plugin gives you control over meta titles & descriptions, open graph, auto-linking, rich-snippets, 404 monitoring, siloing &am

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Installs: 200,000+

#68 - SEO Friendly Images

SEO Friendly Images automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images improving traffic from search engines.

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Installs: 200,000+

#69 - Social Media Widget

Adds links to all of your social media and sharing site profiles. Tons of icons come in 3 sizes, 4 icon styles, and 4 animations.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Noah Kagan

#70 - All In One WP Security & Firewall

A comprehensive, user-friendly, all in one WordPress security and firewall plugin for your site.

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Installs: 200,000+

#71 - Antispam Bee

another popular solution to fight spam is Antispam Bee“ – Matt Mullenweg, Q&A WordCamp Europe 2014

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: pluginkollektiv

#72 - Ninja Forms

Create forms and manage submissions easily with a simple drag and drop interface. Contact forms, subscription forms, or any other form for WordPress.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: wpninjasllc

#73 - WP-PostViews

Enables you to display how many times a post/page had been viewed.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Lester Chan

#74 - BackUpWordPress

Simple automated backups of your WordPress powered website.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Human Made

#75 - Easy FancyBox

Easily enable the FancyBox jQuery extension on just about all media links. Multi-Site compatible. Supports iFrame and Flash movies.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: RavanH

#76 - WP Google Maps

The easiest to use Google maps plugin! Create a custom Google map with high quality markers containing categories, descriptions, images and links.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: WPGMaps

#77 - Login LockDown

Limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: mvandemar

#78 - EWWW Image Optimizer

Reduce file sizes for images in WordPress including NextGEN, GRAND FlAGallery and more using lossless/lossy methods and image format conversion.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: nosilver4u

#79 - Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin

Easily redirect pages/posts or custom post types to another page/post or external URL by specifying the redirect URL and type (301, 302, 307, meta).

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: prophecy2040

#80 - SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle

A collection of all widgets, neatly bundled into a single plugin. It's also a framework to code your own widgets on top of.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Greg Priday

#81 - Display Widgets

Simply hide widgets on specified pages. Adds checkboxes to each widget to either show or hide it on every site page

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Steph Wells

#82 - WordPress Popular Posts

WordPress Popular Posts is a highly customizable widget that displays the most popular posts on your blog.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Hector Cabrera

#83 - YITH WooCommerce Wishlist

YITH WooCommerce Wishlist add all Wishlist features to your website. Needs WooCommerce to work. WooCommerce 2.3.x compatible.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: YITHEMES

#84 - Force Regenerate Thumbnails

Delete and REALLY force the regenerate thumbnail.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Pedro Elsner

#85 - AddThis Sharing Buttons

AddThis provides the best sharing tools to help you make your website smarter.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: abramsm

#86 - Types

The complete and reliable plugin for managing custom post types, custom taxonomies and custom fields.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: brucepearson

#87 - PS Auto Sitemap

Auto generator of a customizable and designed sitemap page.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: jim912

#88 - ManageWP Worker

ManageWP is the ultimate WordPress productivity tool, allowing you to efficiently manage your websites.

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: ManageWP

#89 - underConstruction

Creates a 'Coming Soon' page that will show for all users who are not logged in

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Installs: 200,000+
Author: Jeremy Massel

#90 - MailChimp List Subscribe Form

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

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: crowdfavorite

#91 - WP Statistics

Complete statistics for your WordPress site.

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: Mostafa Soufi

#92 - Ultimate TinyMCE

Beef up the WordPress TinyMCE content editor with a plethora of advanced options.

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: Josh (WP Edit)

#93 - Gallery

Photo Gallery is an advanced plugin with a list of tools and options for adding and editing images for different views. It is fully responsive.

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: webdorado

#94 - WP Google Fonts

The WP Google Fonts plugin allows you to easily add fonts from the Google Font Directory to your WordPress theme.

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: Adrian3

#95 - Ultimate Coming Soon Page

Creates a Coming Soon page or Launch page for your Website while it's under construction and collects emails from your visitors.

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: John Turner

#96 - WP Clone by WP Academy

Move or copy a WordPress site to another server or to another domain name, move to/from local server hosting, and backup sites.

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: WP Academy

#97 - WooSidebars

WooSidebars adds functionality to display different widgets in a sidebar, according to a context (for example, a specific page or a category).

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: WooThemes

#98 - StatCounter - Free Real Time Visitor Stats

StatCounter.com powered real-time detailed stats about the visitors to your blog.

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: Aodhan Cullen

#99 - Sucuri Security - Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening

The Sucuri WordPress Security plugin is a security toolset for security integrity monitoring, malware detection and security hardening.

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Installs: 100,000+
Author: Daniel Cid

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WordPress is well known for its expansive plugin repository. Now, with WordPress plugins hitting their 1 billionth download, it’s a great opportunity to dive into which free WordPress plugins led the pack.

These 99 free WordPress plugins were chosen and ranked from sheer number of active website installations in 2015.

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7 Responses to "Top 99 Free WordPress Plugins of 2015"

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    Chris   September 24, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Ultimate TinyMCE won’t even work with WordPress versions after 2014. Who researched this list?

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      James Montgomery   September 24, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      You’re absolutely right. I suppose a better name for this article might be ‘Top 99 Most Used Free WordPress Plugins of 2015’ since it’s a list based on sheer number of installs. Thanks for the feedback!

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    Max Foundry   September 25, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Did you take a look at MaxButtons for your list?
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/maxbuttons/

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      James Montgomery   September 26, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Cool plugin! This list is moreso for the plugins with the most active installs. It seems like MaxButtons would fall just short of this list – but maybe we could include it in another list :)

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    Solwin Infotech   December 8, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Superb collection. Almost all the useful plugins are here under one roof. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up!!

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    Troy   April 11, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Excellent Plugins. I have found another similar slider plugin which is “Avartan Slider”. Which has multi slider functionality. Which has lots of and unique features.
    You can Check it: http://avartanslider.com/
    Avartan Slider is available in Lite and Pro version.

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    clinton   July 20, 2016 at 8:11 am

    great plugins.I found this plugin recently and it has been great so far – Dropbox Backup. it offers different features,easy and reliable to work with.it is the best backup plugin i have used in 3 years

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