What makes WordPress so damn awesome to use, is that it gives you the complete freedom and flexibility to create exceptional functional websites.
With WordPress you can build a website for absolutely any purpose. This is largely thanks to the fact that WordPress is an open source platform, so if you’re a developer, you can create a unique WordPress site for what ever goal or objective you have in mind.
If you’re not a developer, WordPress is still awesome. You can still create an powerful, fully functional website for any purpose, simply by exploring the thousands upon thousands of free ready-made plugins from the WP repository.
As you probably know, there are both free and premium (paid) plugins available for WordPress.
Personally I like to have a balance of some free quality plugins, and premium paid plugins on my WordPress sites.
In this post I want to share with you some premium plugins that are available for WordPress. In fact, I want to share with you 15 of some of the best premium WordPress plugins you’ll ever use, and ones that will add exceptional functionality to your WordPress site.
Granted, you won’t need all of these plugins on your site, but there will certainly be one or two that you could make good use of.
Out of the 15 listed below, I’m currently using 6 of them myself, however I’ve used all of them at some stage during my blogging journey.
Let’s dive in.
1. Thrive Leads
Thrive Leads is easily one of the best, if not the best, list building and drag-and-drop opt-in form builder plugin on the market. I’m not just saying that to puff up my own ego either.
I’m currently using Thrive Leads on this very site, and I have been for the last 12 months or so. It’s packed with tons of pro-tools and stand out features, features that many other plugins of this kind don’t even offer.
You also get lots of ready-made forms that you can customise further using the form editor. It’s a huge time saver when it comes to creating customised opt-in forms for your WordPress site.
Once your forms are up and running, you can then begin to do A-B testing on design, triggers, form behaviour to get the most conversions possible from your site visitors.
Thrive Leads is also very affordable, but perhaps the most important aspect of Thrive Leads is that it’s so simple and intuitive to use.
OptinMonster is very similar to Thrive Leads, however this is a more popular list building and drag-and-drop opt-in form builder plugin. It is currently being used by over 270,000 business and marketers from around the world.
Like Thrive Leads, OptinMonster is feature packed. But what makes it even more unique is that it’s available for all types of website building platforms. Well at least the one’s built on HTML anyway.
If you’d like to compare OptinMonster with Thrive Leads in more detail, check out my post here.
Thrive Content builder, also known as Thrive Visual Editor, is a powerful front end editor plugin for WordPress. This is one of the very plugin’s that I use myself to build and customise my WordPress site.
Plenty of similar page builder plugins have emerged out of the woodwork since TCB was released, but none of them offer the flexibility and built-in features as TCB.
Thrive Content Builder comes with a ton of front page design tools and elements, too many to mention here. It also comes complete with an array of landing page templates, sales page templates and much more.
Better Links Pro is an awesome affiliate link cloaking premium WordPress plugin. Before this little plugin came along, I was using the Pretty Link plugin.
This plugin is extremely lightweight and offers some very useful features. It’s not just an affiliate link redirector, it’s much more than that.
You can create short links, track affiliate link clicks and performance, change behaviour of affiliate links, replace keywords automatically and much more.
This plugin is very similar to BLP, with some additional built-in features. In addition, with Pretty Link Pro you get lifetime updates, unlike BLP where you have to subscribe each year to keep getting updates.
There is also a free version of this plugin available in the WP repository.
I’m sure you’ve come across, or are even using Yoast SEO plugin right? Well the premium version of the free plugin has some cool additional features. These include the ability to optimise for more than 1 focus keyword or keyphrase. You can in fact optimise up to 5 focus keywords if you wanted to.
There’s also a built-in redirection feature to help you manage your 404’s and much more.
7. SEOPressor 5
SEOPressor is another very popular SEO plugin, very similar to Yoast’s with pretty much the same built-in features.
Features include multiple keyword analysis, LSI keyword analysis, social SEO optimisation and a cool over-optimisation feature to help you avoid Google penalties.
If you want to compare SEOPressor 5 with Yoast SEO, check out this post I wrote.
Social Warfare created a social sharing plugin like no other. This plugin comes with so many built-in tools and features, it will make you drool at the mouth with excitement I kid you not.
Features include button customisation, display and placement options, click-to-tweet, in-page or post social integration, and one feature that I can’t forget to mention: Twitter counts! Yes, you can proudly display your tweet share counts using this plugin.
Before Warfare Plugins introduced Social Warfare, I was using this very plugin, the Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress plugin.
Like Social Warfare, it’s one feature packed plugin. In fact there’s way too many features in ESSB for me to mention here, so I’ll leave you to explore it yourself, you’ll soon know what I mean.
The other great thing about this plugin is that it’s very affordable. At just $19 you can use this plugin on one site, and get free updates and support for up to 6 months. 14,000+ users can’t be wrong huh?
You can read my little review of Easy Social Share Buttons Plugin here.
BlogVault makes it on this list for me because it’s an essential premium plugin in my opinion. There’s nothing more important than ensuring you’re backing up all your WordPress files at the end of each and every day.
There are plenty of free backup plugins available in the WP repository, but in my opinion they’re all pretty much worthless. BlogVault, backs up your entire site, and makes it very simple for you to access those backups, and restore your site should you ever need to.
You can learn more about BlogVault and check out my tutorial post here.
Genesis theme framework is one of the most popular premium WordPress themes being used today. Unfortunately customising a Genesis child theme requires a little technical knowledge in HTML and CSS, and it’s not a simple process.
This plugin is a must for all Genesis theme users. It makes it ever so easy to customise a child theme, without ever needing to touch a single line of code. You have control over colours, backgrounds, typography, margins and paddings, line heights and much more.
The plugin currently works with Genesis parent theme, and 28 of it’s child themes. More themes will be added in the future according to StudioPress. You can read my full review of GDPP here.
12. Genesis Extender
If you’re looking to take your Genesis theme one step further with personalisation, this plugin is for you. Genesis Extender will allow you to do so much more with your child theme. Here’s just a few things you can do with this plugin:
- Tweak your theme styles in real-time.
- Add your own typography using Google Fonts.
- Completely redesign the layout and customise your homepage…
- Customise your content and more…
13. EasyAzon 4.0
When it comes to monetising your WordPress site with Amazon, no other plugin does it better than EasyAzon. I’m using EasyAzon on several niche site projects, and it’s a real time saver of a plugin.
There’s lots of cool features built into this plugin, including a cool feature that allows you to generate affiliate commissions from other countries, the ability to create pop-up product information boxes, and add shopping carts to your Amazon niche sites.
Click here to read my full review of EasyAzon 4.0.
14. Gravity Forms
Creating professional looking forms for your WordPress blog can be a bit of a finicky thing to do. I mean there’s a small handful of free plugins available out there that can solve the problem of creating simple contact forms, but they don’t look that appealing. In addition you’re very limited as to what you can do with the forms.
Gravity Forms is a complete forms package for WordPress. Features include a built-in form builder, order forms, styles and layout, WordPress integration and more. You can also purchase add-ons to make your forms more functional, such as PayPal, Stripe and Coupons to name a few.
Last but certainly not least is WordFence, one of the most complete premium WordPress security plugins available.
Features include, remote and scheduled scans, scan for malware, scan core files including themes and plugins, scan content, scan for backdoors, bad URL’s and changes made to DNS and much more…
Well there you have it peeps. A list of 15 awesome premium quality plugins to rock your WordPress site.
Few last words…
There are many more other plugins that I haven’t mentioned here, but truthfully I haven’t tried them all. Again, many of the one’s I’ve listed above I’ve either used, or I’m using in at least one of my WordPress sites today, and I’m enjoying some of the awesome functionality that these plugins bring.
I hope you’ll find use in using a few of these yourself, enjoy.