Must Have Have Plugins

With the amount of WordPress sites I’ve been doing lately, I’ve encountered a list of plugins I keep returning too. They may not be perfect, but they do what I need, and they do it well.

  • Contact Form 7
    • Really flexible contact form with changeable elements, optional CAPTCHA, multilingual support, recipients dependent on a drop down value, etc.
  • WPML
    • The best available multilingual plugin available for WordPress, adds a host of features for developing multi language sites.
  • TinyMCE Advanced
    • Adds more commands to the WordPress default editor, such as tables and the option to stop removing extra breaks.
  • Members
    • Adds enhanced role and capability management features, a must for any large or complex CMS built on WordPress. It’s very powerful
  • HTML and Flash Video Player
    • A nice plugin adding shortcodes for inserting a Flash/HTML5 video player in WordPress posts
    • Requires a hook in the template you are using
    • Shortcode is [videoplayer file=”video/video.flv” /]
  • WP e-Commerce
    • Full e-commerce functionality wrapped up in a nice plugin. Support for popular payment gateways like PayPal and Google Checkout. Very bloated though.
  • Fluency Admin
    • Changed up the WordPress admin area adding a much needed visual makeover, and some minor new features.
  • Really Simple CAPTCHA
    • Required to add CAPTCHA functionality to Contact Form 7, can be used in your own plugins as well. Very simple, not all that secure but easy to