WordPress is probably the most-loved CMS of many designers. Packed with a multitude of attractive features, WordPress offers a seamless user experience, which is why it is so popular.

But the most important and appealing thing about WordPress is the availability of hundreds of absolutely amazing plugins that make every aspect of running a WordPress website easy and blissful.

If you are a WordPress user, then you have likely worked with some of the most prominent WordPress plugins, like Yoast SEO, Google Analytics by Yoast, Contact Form 7, WP Smush, iThemes Security, etc.

However, apart from these commonly used ones, there are several other WordPress plugins that are lesser-known but just as handy. Here is a list of nine less common but extremely useful plugins that you probably didn't know existed.

1. Contact Form 7 PayPal Integration Add-On

Did you know that you can easily integrate PayPal with Contact Form 7?

This plugin helps you do exactly that. Each Contact Form can get its own PayPal settings. After the user submits the information, he or she will automatically be redirected to PayPal. It is as simple as that!

Contact From 7 PayPal

2. Imsanity

This plugin is a blessing for anyone whose website features several images. It automatically reduces huge images to sizes that are not only suitable for browser use but also appropriate for typical website use.


3. Social Login

Social Login is a professionally developed, free plugin that allows your users to login, register and comment on your blog post or website, using any of the 30+ social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

WordPress Social Login

4. Editorial Calendar

This extremely useful plugin allows you to manage your blog posts in a calendar format and drag-and-drop them according to your schedule. You can even edit the blog posts in the calendar.

Editorial Calendar

5. Simple URLs

This plugin provides a complete URL management system, which allows you to create, manage, and track outbound links from your site using custom posts and 301 redirects.

Simple URLs

6. Meta Slider

Meta Slider is an easy-to-use WordPress plugin that allows you to create SEO-focused, responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider, and Responsive Slides. All you have to do is drag-and-drop your images from the Media Library, set the slide captions, links, and SEO fields, and you are good to go!

7. Activity Log

This is the best plugin to monitor, track and log all of the changes and activities on your website. It helps you identify if someone is trying to hack your website, when and who is publishing a post, and when a plugin is activated or deactivated.

Activity Log

8. Maps By Store Locator Plus

A location mapping and directory plugin, Maps by Store Locator Plus helps in managing multiple physical store locations via a fully integrated WordPress system. Regardless of the number of locations, you can manage it all from the Admin Panel in no time.

Maps by Store Locator Plus

9. WP Optimize

WP Optimize is an effective plugin that helps you clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without requiring phpMyAdmin. It also shows how much space can be optimized and how much space has been cleared, and it sends email notifications for automatic cleanups.

These are just nine of the less commonly used WordPress plugins to help you better manage your website, but there are many more that could fit your needs.

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Originally published Apr 21, 2016 10:54:35 AM, updated October 18 2019