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Nancy’s WordPress Plugin Picks 2015-2016

Whenever I begin the set-up of a new WordPress website, I have my handy check-list of plugins – I bet some of you are thinking it’s early Christmas…while others not so much. I empower you with Nancy’s Plugins Bible! And it will update periodically, so save this page to your favorites!

When looking into these plugins, you can go to “Add New” under “Plugins” in your WordPress dashboard. Type in the name of the plugin – you’ll always get more than one result, so I’ve included the creator.

Top WordPress Plugins 2015-2016

Plugins I Use & Recommend for 2015-2016…


(only if you want to accept comments from viewers)
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.
By Automattic

All In One SEO Pack (or Yoast SEO)
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
By Michael Torbert

Automatic Youtube Video Posts
Add youtube video posts automatically whenever you add or upload a video to youtube.
By Matthew Praetzel

Connections Business Directory (also used for agent directory)
An easy to use directory plugin to create an addressbook, business directory, staff directory or church directory.
By Steven A. Zahm

Contact Form 7 (or Formidable, Gravity Forms, Wufoo etc.)
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
By Takayuki Miyoshi

Continuous Image Carousel with Lightbox
Beautiful responsive continuous thumbnail image slider with responsive lightbox. Add any number of images.
Visit the website for plugin download
By I Thirteen Web Solution

Custom 404 Error Page
Set any page to be used as 404 error page.
By Kaspars Dambis

Easy Custom Sidebars (or Genesis Simple Sidebars)
A simple and easy way to add custom sidebars/widget areas to your WordPress theme.
By Titanium Themes

Easy Responsive Tabs
Make bootstrap tabs res. – for custom tabs within pages / posts.
By oscitas

Fancy Gallery
Supercharged image gallery management tool with touch-enabled, responsive, mobile-friendly image lightbox for WordPress!
By Dennis Hoppe

Genesis Easy Columns (only used with Genesis platform / themes)
Easily add Genesis column shortcodes to your WordPress editor.
By Matthew Smith

Genesis Simple Edits (only used with Genesis platform / themes)
Genesis Simple Edits lets you edit the three most commonly modified areas in any Genesis theme: the post-info, the post-meta, and the footer area.
By Nathan Rice
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Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Displays Google Analytics reports in your WordPress Dashboard. Inserts the latest Google Analytics tracking code in your pages.
By Alin Marcu

Google XML Sitemaps
(used with All-In-One SEO)
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and to better index your blog.
By Arne Brachhold

IDX Plugin (for real estate)
(that choice is yours!)

shortcode for framing
By webvitaly

iframe preserver
Iframe Preserver plugin allows you to easily embed any iframe and preserves your embedded iframes by utilizing WordPress’ Custom Fields.
By Marc Fuller

(for creating landing pages within your website)
Visit their website for plugin download

Layer Slider (Responsive Slider)
Visit website for plugin download

Link Manager
Enables the Link Manager that existed in WordPress until version 3.5.
By WordPress

Menu Icons
Spice up your navigation menus with pretty icons, easily.
By Dzikri Aziz

NextGEN Gallery by Photocrati
The most popular gallery plugin for WordPress and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 12 million downloads.
By Photocrati Media

RSS Shortcode (or WP RSS Fetcher ShortCode)
Makes it easy to display an RSS feed on a page
By Joost de Valk

Share Buttons
Share Buttons by is a freemium WordPress plugin that enables you to track social shares on WordPress. Provide beautiful wordpress sharing buttons, track how many shares were made in each post and see how much traffic, conversions and shares each post generated. Optimize your SEO and increase social shares with
By Getsocial, S.A.
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Shortcodes in Sidebar Widgets
Visit the WordPress Plugins page to download plugin
This plugin allows shortcodes to properly execute when they are placed in sidebars.
By Marc Fuller

Simple Real Estate Pack
Package of real estate tools and widgets designed specifically for real estate industry blogs and sites.
By Max Chirkov

Simple Social Icons (to display links over to your social media)
A simple, CSS and icon font driven social icons widget.
By Nathan Rice

Standout Color Boxes and Buttons
This plugin implements colored content boxes and buttons as described in a Studiopress blog post as shortcodes.
By Jimmy Peña

WordPress Database Backup (or any WP backup plugin)
On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Navigate to Tools → Backup to get started.
By Austin Matzko

WordPress Importer
Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.
By wordpressdotorg

WPBakery Visual Composer
Drag and drop page builder for WordPress. Take full control over your WordPress site, build any layout you can imagine – no programming knowledge required.
Visit Website for plugin download
By Michael M –

WP Copy Protect
This plugin will protect your WordPress blog & website from copy your content with disabling the Right Click and Text Selecting options.
By Sazzad Areafin

WPFront Scroll Top
Allows the visitor to easily scroll back to the top of the page.
By Syam Mohan

WP Super Cache (or W3 Total Cache, ZenCache)
A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.
By Automattic

Wufoo Shortcode Plugin
Enables shortcode to embed Wufoo forms. This code is available to copy and paste directly from the Wufoo Code Manager.
By Chris Coyier / Wufoo

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