Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. This article contains a list of plugins by category, and links to other plugin repositories. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.
For instructions and information on downloading, installing, upgrading, troubleshooting, and managing your WordPress Plugins, see Wordpress:Managing Plugins. If you want to develop your own plugin, there is a comprehensive list of resources in Wordpress:Plugin Resources.
WordPress Plugins are available from several sources. The "official" sources for WordPress Plugins are:
Not all WordPress Plugins make it into the above repositories. Try searching the web for "WordPress Plugin" and the keywords for the type of functionality you are seeking.
The following plugins are included with the WordPress core distribution:
- Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You can review the spam it catches under "Manage" and it automatically deletes old spam after 15 days.
- Hello Dolly
- This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong. Hello, Dolly. This is, by the way, the world's first official WordPress Plugin. When enabled you will randomly see a lyric from "Hello, Dolly" in the upper right of your Wordpress:Administration Panels on every page but the Plugins panel.
WordPress Plugins List
The WordPress Plugins once listed herein have been removed and are no longer updated. Please see the Official WordPress Plugin Directory and WordPress Plugin Database for current listings of WordPress Plugins.