Top 15 Premium WordPress Plugins

If you have your own blog, you probably already love WordPress – it’s the most popular blogging platform by far. It lets you host your own blog, allowing you to retain control over your content, and does just about everything you need from a blog. And if there’s something it doesn’t do, a host of plugins are available that let you add all the functionality you’re dreaming about.

WordPress plugins are hot. CodeCanyon – Envato’s marketplace for code monkeys – has recently started selling them, and WordPress fans are coming out of the woodwork to buy them up. So, since we know you’re hungry, here’s a list of the top 15 premium WordPress plugins from CodeCanyon and around the Web. If we haven’t included your favorite, please let us know about it in the comments.

1. WPST – Advanced WordPress Ticket System Plugin

WPST is a support ticket system for your WordPress site. You can add admin, staff and users to the ticket system without adding them to WordPress. The system includes automatic emails, departments, avatars, advanced password reset, banned users, and multiple attachments.

Price: $27

2. Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is a full-featured premium form management plugin for WordPress. It includes conditional forms, email notification, custom fields, validation, predefined choices and scheduling. Try this full-featured demo.

Price: $39, $99, $199

3. BackupBuddy

BackupBuddy makes it easy to backup your site to Amazon S3, FTP or email, and just as easy to restore or migrate your site when necessary – even to a server with a different domain and database. And yes, it backs up everything: the SQL database, plugins, files, themes, scripts, and everything else in the WordPress database and directories.

Price: from $45

4. Lowrider Triple Slider

Lowrider Triple Slider is an attractive and non-traditional slider for WordPress. Check out a preview here. Besides looking great and having a title that rhymes, Lowrider also lets you drag and drop images, and hook a blog post to each slide.

Price: $22

5. Events Calendar Pro

The Events Calendar Premium plugin for WordPress enables you to rapidly create and manage events using the post editor. Features include Google Maps integration as well as default templates such as a calendar grid and event list for streamlined one click installation. Check out the full screencast here.

Price: $32

6. WP e-Commerce

An easy to install e-commerce solution for WordPress, WP e-Commerce is worth looking at. It includes one page checkout, multiple payment options, integration with social networking, and a range or storefront styles. You can extend the functionality of the plugin with premium upgrades.

Price: Free download, pay for premium upgrades

Premium upgrades cost between $10 and $100, and can be found here.

7. WPTickets – An Advanced Tickets System

WPTickets is another ticket plugin worth checking out. Set it up with the categories you you’d like your users to choose from, and they can select the priority and status of their ticket. Users are notified once their question has been answered.

Price: $22

8. WPReviewEngine

WPReviewEngine makes it easy to build powerful review sites quickly. You can review anything from restaurants, hotels, and ski resorts to web hosts and computer software. Features include star ratings, thumbnails and external URLs.

Price: $99.95

9. DDSliderWP – 11 Transitions – Slide Manager Panel

DDSlider lets you manage your slides the way you want, without depending on pages and posts. Check out this screencast to see it in action.

Price: $22

10. Post Validator

Are you busy running multiple sites, and don’t have time to moderate every detail about a post before you publish it? Post Validator is what you need. It allows you to require specific conditions before a post is approved, including required fields and post length.

Price: $17

11. PluginBuddy Mobile

PluginBuddy Mobile is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to easily build an iPhone version of your site in minutes using the built-in style manager, mobile-ready themes and custom header uploader.

Price: From $45

12. Twitter Widget Pro

This Twitter plugin has a ton of options, including multiple Twitter accounts, display of avatars, names and times, automatic linking of hash tags, Twitter users and links, and caching support. Check out this screencast to see it in action.

Price: $14

13. SocialPress

Use social power on your blog with SocialPress, a plugin that lets visitors share your posts and pages on their favorite social network. You can define which networks and icons to use, and see which links your users clicked in Google Analytics.

Price: $17

14. WordPress Newsletters Plugin

The WordPress Newsletter Plugin is an email marketing plugin for WordPress which allows you to gather unlimited email subscribers, organized into multiple mailing lists. History emails and email tracking statistics show you how many of which emails you have sent out and how many of those were read. Email notifications to the administrator keep you up to date on all events like when someone unsubscribes.

Price: $49.99

15. WP Envato

And finally, the perfect plugin for Envato marketplace authors. WP Envato displays your most recent Envato items on your own WordPress blog, helping you gain maximum exposure. Just install the plugin, drag and drop the widget to the sidebar, enter your username, and you’re up and running. Check out a live preview here.

Price: $17