WordPress.org has a large collection of plugins written by the WordPress community. It can sometimes be overwhelming to choose which plugins to use on your site but to help you along, there are reviews and ratings of each plugin. Of course, a true test is to see how many active installs the plugin has ie: how many people are using the plugin!

Here is a list of the 10 most popular plugins on WordPress.org and a brief description of their function.

1. Contact Form 7
A very robust the easy to use contact form for your website. This contact form lets you add several fields to your contact form and then allows you to simply copy and paste the shortcode. Fantastic plugin that is certainly my contact form “go to”.
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2. WordPress SEO by Yoast
Another plugin that I always install on my WordPress site. It gives you total flexibility over the title tags and meta descriptions on EVERY page of your site for an efficient way to optimize your pages for search engines.
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3. WooCommerce
If you’re interested in turning your site into an ecommerce platform then this plugin is a complete ecommerce solution. However, you will need an WooCommerce compatible theme for this plugin to work.
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4. JetPack for WordPress
WordPress has it’s own arsenal of tool that can add great functionality to your site (each called “modules”). Once you install the plugin, you can go to the Jetpack section and select the modules you like to active (Statistics, Share buttons, Contact Form, etc).
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5. Akismet
This plugin comes with the WordPress install because it is SO helpful for combatting comment spam. You simply need to activate it with a free key from Akismet.
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6. Wordfence Security
I only just started using Wordfence on some sites I host on a shared server! Wordfence servers have mirrored copies of WordPress versions and plugins that are used to compare with your own install to see if any files have been changed. Also makes sure you aren’t linking to sites on the google blacklist so your own site isn’t flagged for spam content.
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7. iThemes Security
This is another WordPress security plugin that’s I’ve tested. This plugin that scans your install and also has a number of settings change access to your files and directories. It also has the ability to perform backups of your database on a schedule (I’d prefer a backup of my entire site but the database backup is definitely a good thing to have).
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8. WordPress Importer
This plugin also used to be a default plugin with every install that allowed you to import data from other blogs (like blogger) or other WordPress installs. Does a great job of importing all your pages, posts, settings and users. The only thing it won’t do is import all your widget settings (try Wp Migrate DB for that)
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9. Google Analytics by Yoast
Allows you to look at WordPress stats an provides an easy way to keep track of your tracking codes.
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10. MailPoet Newsletters
Ok. I need to use this. An easy way to create a newsletter with an interface that allows you to drag and drop your posts in their own visual interface.
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