Best WordPress Plugins and More

best wordpress pluginsFollowing is a list of what CourseVector has found to some of the best WordPress plugins. Although we have not deployed “all” of these, we have, indeed, used many of them. Please keep in mind that this list has been compiled over many years and the plugins are those we have used or considered in the development of thousands of WordPress websites.

Our list of Best WordPress Plugins is dynamic and as we use, test or evaluate new plugins, we will attempt to keep this list updated. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.


Backup Plugins

WordPress Backup to Dropbox


Boards, Forums and Membership

Job Board
Membership Plugin WP eMember WordPress eMember is a powerful WordPress Membership Plugin that can turn your existing or new WordPress site into a fully featured membership site.
Participants Database
Restrict Content Pro Restrict Content Pro is a complete membership and premium content manager plugin for WordPress.
Simple Membership
User Pro UserPro offers beautiful front-end profiles, login and registration for WordPress.
Users Ultra Creates user communities.


Calendars, Scheduling and Bookings

Appointy Online Appointment Scheduling
Birchpress Scheduler
Booking Calendar
Booking & Appointment Plugin for WooCommerce
Booking System Plugin
Calendarize it!
Calendar plugin with enough options to keep even the most demanding webmaster happy.
Easy Online Scheduling
Events Calendar Ultimate
Pinpoint Booking System
EventOn WordPress highly customizable events calendar.
The Events Calendar
WP Simple Booking Calendar



Loan Calculator Pro


Crypto Currency

Customer Support


Custom HTML Widget
Navigation Menu Widget
SimpleTiles SimpleTiles makes it a breeze to create Windows 8 Metro-style tiles for your blog.
Simple Full Screen Background Image Creates full screen backgrounds for WordPress. It is recommended that you use an image that is at least 1600×1200 px.
Simple Full Screen Background Image Pro Adds many useful features to the above free version.
Special Text Boxes Highlights any portion of text as text in the colored boxes
Team Showcase Display a set of pictures and information in different layouts. The main purpose of the plugin is to display team/staff/council members.
Testimonials Plugin Testimonials by Aihrus lets you randomly slide or list selected portfolios, quotes, reviews, or text with images or videos on your WordPress site.
Use Any Font



Business Directory Listings Build local directories, business provider listings, Yellow-Pages directories, Yelp-like review sections and much more.
Classiera Classified Ads WordPress Theme
ListingPro Directory listing



Abandoned Cart Lite for WooCommerce – This plugin works in the background. It sends email notifications to your guests and customers reminding them about their abandoned orders.
Advanced Woo Search – This live search plugin for WooCommerce allows customers to start typing and immediately see the products that they are searching for.
AutomateWoo – Send follow-up, abandoned cart, and targeted emails to customers.
Beeketing for WooCommerce – Increase sales with this powerful plugin that encourages sales with pop-ups, upsales, countdown clocks, and more.
BigCommerce (for larger sites) – A commerce engine tailor-made for WordPress. 
Booster for WooCommerce – This is a robust plugin that offers a lot of modules to help organize and control WooCommerce for WordPress.
Charitable-Donation Plugin – Start accepting donations today for free.
Coupon Creator – Create coupons within this editor or upload your own.
Coupon Theme – This WordPress theme is a fast, easy way to build a deal site.
CP Contact Form with PayPal – This plugin inserts a contact form into your website that connects to a PayPal payment method (standard, express, etc).
CSS3 Responsive WordPress Compare Pricing Tables – Create pricing tables in two styles with 20 predefined color combinations.
Diwine – This WordPress theme was specially designed for wineries, wine sales, breweries, and the like.
Donorbox – A powerful and secure donation management plugin, include year end reporting.
Drag and Drop Pricing Tables – No programming skills needed to create beautiful pricing tables.
Easy Digital Downloads – Sell eBooks, plugins, and more with this easy digital downloads plugin for WordPress.
Give Donation Accept donations online – including recurring donations!
Go Pricing – Create responsive pricing tables in WordPress with this plugin.
Good Ol’ Wine – This responsive WordPress theme was specially designed for wineries, wine sales, breweries, and the like.
Good Wine – This responsive WordPress theme was specially designed for wineries, wine sales, breweries, and the like.
Jardi – This responsive WordPress theme was specially designed for wineries, wine sales, breweries, and the like. The theme comes WooCommerce ready.
Kallyas – Creative eCommerce Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme – Uses a visual builder
Laon – This responsive WordPress theme was specially designed for wineries, wine sales, breweries, and the like. The theme is compatible with WooCommerce.
Leaky Paywall – This plugin is a metered paywall built specifically for news and magazine publishers.
Oshine – Multipurpose creative theme compatible with WooCommerce.
Pay Per Post Plugin – The plugin restricts access to pages and posts based on duration and cost.
Piano Media (Tinypass) – This plugin allows any online publisher to sell access to any type of content. Small payments and 24 currencies accepted.
Payment Form and Online Credit Card Payments by vCita – The plugin integrates with PayPal and Stripe, and lets you accept credit card and PayPal payments right on your website.
Pigeon Paywall – The plugin works with your existing website to offer paid access to your premium content. This plugin has a few extra tricks under its wing so the paywall can’t be disabled by a devious website visitor.
PP WooCommerce Products Slider – A carousel slider that integrates with woo-commerce. It is easy to use via shortcode.
Pricing Table by Supsystic – Create amazing pricing tables without any programming skills.
Pricing Tables WordPress Plugin – The Plugin allows you to create and publish pricing and comparison tables on your WordPress site. 
Quick PayPal Payments – Use shortcodes to collect payments on your site – Now with Instant Payment Notifications, In-Context Checkout and GDPR compliancy options.
Responsive Pricing Table – This plugin adds a “Pricing Tables” tab in the admin panel which allows you to create pricing tables for your website the easy way. 
Restrict Content Pro – Lock away your exclusive content, giving access to certain users only.
Sell Digital – WordPress iSell is a simple WordPress plugin to sell digital downloads, inegrates with PayPal.
Smart Variations Images – Set up UNLIMITED images to show additional variations of the product with this WooCommerce extension plugin.
The Brew House – This modern & stylish WordPress Theme is crafted for breweries, pubs, cafes, bistros, bars, and more!
Thelma – a theme inspired by wine and wine makers!
Themify Product Filter – help shoppers easily find products on your WooCommerce Shop with this free WordPress Plugin.
Vineyard – This is a fully responsive and retina ready design which will make your site look great across all modern devices.
Vino – Packed with 9 astounding homepages and a collection of fully-customizable inner pages, Vino is the ideal theme for showcasing your wine shop or wine bar. 
Wine Maker – Winery theme is specially designed for all the wineries, wine shops & bars, pubs, online wine sales, breweries, vineyards as well as independent dining, restaurants and star hotel’s premium bars and cafes.
WineShop – Food & Wine Online Store WordPress Theme – This theme features 4 premade homepages, Woocommerce wine store, Wine store Gift Card, Events management, and 10+ blog post formats
Wibar – mobile-ready theme for wineries, wine bars, breweries, pubs, and more.
WooCommerce Accommodation Bookings – Add accommodations to your site with this addon for WooCommerce.
WooCommerce Checkout Manager – Customize and manage the fields on your WooCommerce Checkout page.
WooCommerce Customizer – Add customizations to WooCommerce without writing any code or modifying  any templates.
WooCommerce Google Analytics Integration – link a referral to a purchase and add transaction information to your Google Analytics data. It also supports the new Universal Analytics, eCommerce, and enhanced eCommerce event tracking.
WooCommerce Image Zoom – Magnify WooCommerce product images and set a zooming feature easily and quickly.
WooCommerce Lives Sales Notification – This plugin runs beautiful recent sales popups to notify visitors of recently bought items.
WooCommerce MailChimp – simple and flexible MailChimp integration for WooCommerce. Automatically subscribe customers to a designated MailChimp list and, optionally, MailChimp interest groups upon order creation or order completion. 
WooCommerce Multilingual  – Translate text and keep the set language through the checkout process.
WooCommerce Options and Price Calculation Formulas –  Customize WooCommerce using text input, file input, radio inputs, checkboxes, dropdown, date/time picker, range slider, palette select and text area as well as special types such as heading, divider, note.
WooCommerce Storefront a free complete storefront theme for WordPress and WooCommerce.
WordPress PayPal – easily create PayPal Buy Now, Add to Cart, Donation or Subscription type buttons. It generates dynamic buttons using shortcodes that enable PayPal checkout on your WordPress site.
WordPress Pricing Tables
WordPress Pricing Table Plugin – Create pricing tables. No coding needed.
WordPress Ultra Simple PayPal Shopping Cart – Add an ‘Add to Cart’ button on any post or page. Add/display the shopping cart on any post or page or sidebar easily.
WP Easy PayPal Payment Accept – Easy-to-use WordPress plugin to accept paypal payment for a service, product, or donation in one click. Can be used in the sidebar, posts and pages of your site.
WP Pricing Table Builder – A responsive pricing table plugin with 89 unique designs and drag & drop builder.
XStore – This elegant and intuitive theme helps you create a professional looking and trustworthy online shop.
YITH WooCommerce Catalog Mode – Switch your WooCommerce site into an online catalogue with this plugin.
YITH WooCommerce Compare – This plugin allows users to compare items in your shop.
YITH WooCommerce Request A Quote –  Let your customers ask for an estimate for a list of WooCommerce products they are interested in with this plugin.
YITH WooCommerce Wishlist – Customers can add items from your shop to a wishlist. They can later be added right to the cart!


Email Marketing


Multipurpose Before After Slider
Essential Grid
The Grid
WP Portfolio
Media Grid
Go Portfolio
Fat Portfolio



WP Congress: Legislative Scorecard


Landing Page Creation

Learning Management System (LMS)

Marketing Pop Ups

Elementor Pro
Layered Popups
Ninja Popups
Popups by OptinMonster


3D Flipbook 3D page turner.
Amazon S3 Media Upload
Background Image to Full Screen
Bookshelf Slider
CoolText CoolText WordPress Plugin allows you to use complex text animations.
Delete Unused Images Helps to remove left over media files.
Flip Builder
PDF Embedder PDF Magazine Plugin
Smush Image compression plugin
Image Map HotSpot
Image Map Selector
Media Library Helper Helps to remove left over media files.
WPSolver Video gallery plugin.



Paid Memberships Pro
Restrict Content Pro
Ultimate Member
Ultimate Membership Pro
Wishlist Member
WooCommerce Memberships================================



Accessibility Plugin
FAQPlus A complete Frequently Asked Question plugin for WordPress which has customizable CSS for every FAQ group with 25+ easing animation effect.
Intense Plugin Intense lets you easily create websites using shortcodes, custom post types, templates, snippets, and more.
Posts Table Pro Document Management System
Query Monitor View debugging and performance information on database queries, hooks, conditionals, HTTP requests, redirects and more.
Relivanssi A Better Search
Resume Plugin The Digital Business Card
Top Posts and Pages Widget 
WP Clever FAQ Builder – Smart support tool for WordPress
Weglot Makes your website multilingual (language Translator)
What the File Find out what template parts are used to display the page you’re currently viewing!



Advanced WordPress Backgrounds
Element Pack
Gocha Focuson Parallax Responsive Gallery
Hero Slider
Parallax Image
Parallax One Page Builder
Parallax Scroll We do not recommend Parallax if you intend to optimize your site for search engines, however, for brochure type sites, it can creating some interesting effects.
The Parallaxer WP
Scenic 3D Photo Parallax
Scroll Magic WordPress
Slider Revolution
Video And Parallax Backgrounds WPBakery Page Builder



Pod Casting




Posts Table Pro



Featured Page Widget This neat plugin allows you to add a page as a featured page in your WordPress sidebar. It allows you to display a page title, featured image, and excerpt.
Follow My Blog Post Allows your users to follow changes on a particular post/page for your WordPress site.
Foobar A WordPress plugin for adding great looking notification bars to your site.
Popular Posts Allows you to display your website’s most popular posts in a nice widget.
Promo Bar
What Would Seth Godin Do By default, new visitors to your website will see a small box above each post containing a customized message. You can customize this message, its lifespan, and its location. The message can be excluded from certain pages if desired.
WordPress Notification Bar A quick and easy notification bar and call to action for your site.



IDX Realty Pro (allows integration with IDX systems)
Real Estate Pro
WP Real Estate (allows integration with IDX systems)



Get Me Cooking Recipe Template
Recipe Card
Recipe Hero
WP Ultimate Recipe



Easy Sermon Hub



School Themes

Review Plugins

Review Themes


SEO (search engine optimization)

Crazy Egg Heat Map
Redirection 301 Redirect Plugin
Social Icons Widget
Yoast SEO



Social Media

Follow Blog Widget This widget would require additional security considerations.  Please check with CourseVector before using it.
MircroBlog Poster Auto publish to social networks.
SimpleShare Simple Share Buttons allows your visitors to share your content with ease.


Speed and Caching



Classic Editor 




Generate Videos From Links Pro A wordpress plugin that generates video players from links.
WP Playlist Video Gallery With this wordpress plugin you can create any number of YouTube playlists, add as many videos as you want and display them on your site.

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