The power of WordPress lies within its plugins. Its core version can be used for a content website as well as for a simple blog. However, your website would obviously lack a range of features without plugins and therefore will become susceptible to spam and malicious attacks. WordPress has, will and always continue to be a dominant Content Management System (CMS). Pretty much every WordPress site relies heavily on plugins with the purpose of added functionality.
You can face extreme difficulty when you begin finding plugins that you need when you have over twenty eight thousand free plugins listed in the official plugin directory and almost thousands of them in the premium plugin stores, such as Code Canyon.
These widget plugins by WordPress are very much used in WordPress websites and, like short-code plugins, they are used with the aim of adding features and content in a flexible way without you needing to perform any coding. Most blog themes for WordPress comprise of fixed widget locations and features to add lists of posts and categories in the sidebar. While this is okay in most of the cases, more power is required at times to build a website that is unique and eye catching.
You can always use plugins specifically designed to help you add and move around widget areas and control what widgets to display and when. This will inject more flexibility and power into your WordPress website. All you need to do is to find a number of cool widget plugins for adding the feature and content you require.
In this article, I have listed what I believe to be the best 55+ important WordPress widget plugins available over the internet. I am fully aware that there is a lot more out there and I may have missed a few good ones. Please let me know if I did and I will consider adding them.
It’s never been easier to add Google analytics and event tracking to your websites. This in combination with a campaing url generator tool makes a powerfull WordPress plugin to get the most out of Google Analytics.
The plugin recognizes your themes default sidebars and allows you to replace them, as well as allowing you to set individual sidebars for basically any template in WordPress: Pages, Posts, Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies, Categories, Archives, 404 Page, Search Page, Attachment Page, Tag Page and Author Page.
Widget bundle is a combination of the 9 most used widgets/shortcodes for WordPress. Every widget is very easy to style because you can make custom views/templates for every widget. This bundle is essential for every WordPress website.
With this plugin it’s possible to create/collect/manage and show testimonials of your clients and users. The plugin consists of a Custom post type were you can manage your testimonials.
With this plugin you can display news from one or more RSS or Atom feeds. The news can be displayed with one of the 4 views I’ve included, or you can create your own view so you can customize how the news items are shown.
Twitter Ultimate is a user friendly , highly customizable wordpress plugin to display realtime twitter feed for the search word / username / list entered.
This plugin creates a new WordPress widget to display a tabbed panel with different content types on your site, from recent or popular posts to your latest tweets from your Twitter timeline.
This plugin provides enables you to display the top 1-5 products for an Amazon browsenode (a product category). There are four list types to choose from: Bestsellers, New Releases, Most Gifted and Most Wished For.
This widget show your latest deviant gallery or favourites deviant. Just enter your deviantART username and make a couple setting to the widget, then you are ready to show people your latest deviant or the favourites.