I’ve said this so many times, but what makes WordPress so darn 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 whatever goal or objective you have in mind.
Even if you’re not a developer, WordPress is still awesome, and you can still create an exceptional, fully functional website regardless whether it’s for your business or for personal use.
One of the ways you can add incredible functionality to your WordPress website is through the use of plugins. And, as you probably know, there are thousands of them available, both free and premium ones.
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 a list of my favorite premium plugins for WordPress, all of which I’m currently using right now.
Granted, you won’t need all of these plugins on your site. There might be one or two that you may want to use on one site, and a few others perhaps on another site.
Out of the 15 premium WordPress plugins listed below, I currently have 7 of them installed on Magnet4Blogging.
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. That’s what I think anyway.
I’ve been using Thrive Leads since it was officially launched back in 2015. I have Thrive Leads running on all of my WordPress websites.
With Thrive Leads, you also get lots of ready-made forms that you can customize further using the built-in form editor. It’s a huge time-saver when it comes to creating customized opt-in forms for your WordPress site.
Once your forms are up and running, you can then begin doing simple A-B testing on design, triggers, opt-in form behavior 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.
OptinMonster is currently being used by over 270,000 business and marketers from around the world.
Like Thrive Leads, OptinMonster is feature packed to the rim. But what makes it even more unique is that it’s available for all types of HTML based website building platforms, not just WordPress.
If you’d like to compare OptinMonster with Thrive Leads in more detail, check out my detailed comparison post here.
Thrive Content builder, also known as Thrive Visual Editor, is a powerful front-end editor plugin for WordPress.
This is the very plugin I use to build and customize the front-page of all my WordPress websites.
Many similar front-end 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 page design tools, options, and elements. Way too many for me to mention here.
It also comes complete with an array of landing page templates, sales page templates, homepage templates and much more.
If you want to build a custom homepage for your website using Thrive Content Builder, check out my video tutorial here.
Better Links Pro is an awesome premium affiliate link cloaking WordPress plugin.
Before this little plugin came along, I was happily using the Pretty Link plugin, the free version, by the way.
The Better Links Pro plugin, however, is extremely lightweight and offers some incredibly useful features.
You can create short links, track affiliate link clicks and performance, change the behavior of your affiliate links, replace keywords automatically and much more.
Check out my full review of Better Links Pro.
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 renew your license every year to keep receiving updates.
There is also a free version of this plugin available in the WP repository.
So I don’t really need to introduce this plugin to you, chances are you’re probably one of the three million folks using it.
Whilst the free version is widely used, you may also know that there is a premium version of this plugin with additional features.
These additional features include the ability to optimize for more than 1 focus keyword or keyphrase. You can, in fact, optimise up to 5 focus keywords with Yoast Premium.
There’s also a built-in redirection feature to help you manage your 404’s and all of what you’d expect to find in the free plugin and more.
Magnet4Blogging uses Yoast SEO premium.
7. SEOPressor 5
SEOPressor 5 (Now known as SEOPressor Connect) is another very popular SEO plugin, very similar to Yoast’s plugin with pretty much the same built-in features.
Features include multiple keyword analysis, LSI keyword analysis, social SEO optimisation and a cool over-optimization feature to help you avoid those deadly Google penalties.
If you want to compare SEOPressor 5 with Yoast SEO, check out this post I wrote.
I use SEOPressor Connect on my personal brand blog at Fabrizio Van Marciano dot com.
Social Warfare created a social sharing plugin like no other.
There is a free version of this plugin and a pro version, with many additional features built in.
One of the reasons I love this plugin so much is because it was developed with performance in mind, so it won’t hog resources and slow down your website.
Other features include button customization, 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.
Check out my full review of Social Warfare here.
Before Warfare Plugins introduced Social Warfare, I was using another cool social sharing plugin called the Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress plugin.
Like Social Warfare, it’s feature packed. In fact, the features alone in ESSB probably outweighs Social Warfare altogether.
Easy Social Share Buttons is probably one of the most affordable plugins I’ve ever purchased at just $19.
For that, you get free updates and support for up to 6 months. 14,000+ peeps are currently using ESSB.
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 to have installed.
There’s nothing more important than ensuring you’re backing up your WordPress website properly.
There are plenty of free backup plugins available in the WP repository, but most of them are pretty useless.
BlogVault, backs up your entire site, and makes it very simple for you to access those backups, and restore your site quickly should you ever need to.
You can learn more about BlogVault and check out my review and tutorial post here.
Genesis theme framework is one of the most popular premium WordPress themes being used today. Unfortunately customizing 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 none-developer Genesis theme users. It makes it ever so easy to customize a child theme without needing to touch a single line of code. You have control over colors, backgrounds, typography, margins and paddings, line heights and so on.
The plugin currently works with Genesis parent theme and most of the other Genesis child themes.
You can read my full review of GDPP here.
12. Genesis Extender
Genesis Extender is another cool plugin for all Genesis users.If you’re looking to take your Genesis theme one step further with
If you’re looking to take your Genesis theme one step further with personalization, this plugin is definitely for you.
I use Genesis Extender to make minor customizations and modifcations for both my personal and client websites.
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 customize your homepage.
- Customize your content areas and more…
13. EasyAzon 4.0
When it comes to monetizing your WordPress site with Amazon, no other plugin does it better than EasyAzon.
I’m currently using EasyAzon on several niche site projects, and I can tell you, this plugin has saved me a ton of time finding Amazon links to add to my content.
Features include the ability 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 and more.
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, especially if you’re not a developer.
There are a few free plugins available out there that can solve the problem of creating simple contact forms, but they don’t look that appealing, to be honest.In
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.
I use Gravity Forms for this website’s contact page and book a consultation page.
Last but certainly not least is WordFence, one of the most complete premium WordPress security plugins available.
Anyone that uses WordPress for business should take security very seriously.
Everything is vulnerable from themes, plugins, scripts and so on. WordFence is one plugin I use and recommend to folks serious about keeping their business website relatively safe from harm.
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.
It’s a wrap
Well, there you have it. A list of 15 awesome premium quality plugins to rock your WordPress site in 2016, and beyond.
If you’re not using any of these, go ahead and give one or two of them a try. Especially if you think your website will benefit from them.