Perfect Ranking. Top WordPress Plugins

This list ranks WordPress plugins based on usage by Perfect Dashboard users. You may ask, why another plugins list? Unlike many other top plugins lists, this list is not an arbitrary selection but it is based on a real usage and experience of hundreds of web developers. Moreover it includes both free and commercial plugins.

During this month we've noticed big changes in two categories: 

Security plugins category. WP Limit Login Attempts took the first place over Clef Two-Factor Authentication plugin, which is on the second place now.

Sitemaps category. Google XML Sitemaps plugin fell off and the first place belongs to XML Sitemap & Google News Feeds plugin.

Last updated: June 8, 2016

SEO plugins

1. Yoast SEO

yoast seo wordpress

It’s a free plugin, the most popular and widely used. It offers you almost everything what you need in context of your website optimization.

2. All In One SEO Pack

all in one seo wordpress

The most downloaded plugin for WordPress (almost 30 million downloads). It automatically optimizes your site for search engines. This plugin is beginners friendly.

3. SEO Ultimate

SEO ultimate

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

Caching Plugins

1. W3 Total Cache

w3 total cache wordpress

This plugin is designed to improve user experience and page speed. One of the most widely-used among WordPress users.

2. SG CachePress

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It’s super easy to use and good one if your hosting is SiteGround.

3. WP Super Cache

wp super cache wordpress

This plugin is favourite one for many users and it’s very easy to set up.

Contact Forms

1. Contact Form 7

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This plugin is easy to use and very flexible. It allows you to customize forms and manage multiple contact forms.

2. Perfect Easy & Powerful Contact Form

perfect easy powerful contact form wordpress

Perfect Easy & Powerful Contact Form is easy for beginners and customizable for pros. It has cool design effects and unlimited possibilities.

3. Contact Form Builder

contact form builder wordpress

Contact Form Builder is very intuitive tool to create contact forms.

Security Plugins

1. WP Limit Login Attempts

limit login attempts wordpress

This plugin protects from brute force attacks. It limits rate of login attempts and blocks IP temporarily. It detects bots by captcha verification.

2. iThemes Security

ithemes security wordpress

iThemes Security Plugin hides vital areas of your site, protects access to important files, and prevents brute-force login attempts too.

3. Clef Two-Factor Authentication

clef two factor authentication wordpress

This plugin provides password-free, two-factor authentication that is highly secure.


1. XML Sitemap & Google News Feeds

xml sitemap and google news feed wordpress

This plugin dynamically creates feeds that comply with the XML Sitemap and the Google News Sitemap protocol.

2. Google XML Sitemaps

google xml sitemaps wordpress

This plugin generates a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.

3. Simple Wp Sitemap

simple wp sitemap wordpress

It’s easy, fast and secure plugin that adds both an xml and an html sitemap to your site.

Content Management

1. Duplicate Post

duplicate post plugin

Duplicate Post allows to clone a post or page, or edit it as a new draft.

2. WP PageNavi

wp pagenavi plugin

WP PageNavi adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.

3. Simple Page Ordering

simple page ordering plugin copy

Simple Page Ordering Plugin allows you to order your pages and other hierarchical post types with simple drag and drop right from the standard page list.

Captcha Plugins

1. Really Simple Captcha

Really Simple CAPTCHA

This is a captcha module intended to be called from other plugins. Really Simple Captcha does not work alone and is intended to work with other plugins. It is originally created for Contact Form 7, however, you can use it with your own plugin.

2. Captcha by BestWebSoft

Captcha by BestWebSoft

It is one of the best security solution that protects your WordPress website forms from spam entries by means of math logic. It can be used for login, registration, password recovery, comments and popular contact forms.

3. reCaptcha


It protects your website from spam and abuse while letting real people pass through with ease. It prevents brute force logins on your WordPress website by adding Google's easy to use reCAPTCHA to the login form.

WordPress Customization Plugins

1. Advanced Custom Fields

Advanced Custom Form

This plugin is the perfect solution for any WordPress website which needs more flexible data like other Content Management Systems.

2. Simple Custom CSS

Simple Custom CSS

An easy-to-use plugin to add custom CSS styles that override Plugin and Theme default styles. If you want to know how to overwrite WordPress themes safely, read this post written by Tomasz Dziuda.

3. Custom Login Page Customizer

Custom Login Page Custo

This plugin allows you to easily customize your login page straight from your WordPress Customizer. And you can preview your custom login changes before you save them.