8 Great WordPress Plugins That Turn Your Blog Into A CMS

I always feel that WordPress is more than just a simple blogging software. In fact, I have used it as a CMS for many of my sites. Other than being simple and easy to use, the factor that makes it a great CMS engine is its flexibiity and customizability, both in design and functionality.

If you are thinking of using WordPress as a CMS, here are 10 of the great plugins that I have used to convert WordPress into a powerful CMS.

1. Google sitemap

The power of a CMS lies in its ability to automate a lot of tedious and complicated task, and that’s what this plugin is about, to automate the generation of sitemap and submission to Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Whenever you created a new page, post, category, this plugin will submit a comprehensive index of your site to the various search engines, even without you knowing it.

2. Cforms2

Require a contact form for anything and everything? Check out this CformsII plugin that allows you to create countless forms easily. It has an user friendly interface and is easy to use. This is so far the best contact form plugin I have used.

3. WP e-commerce

This plugin is not for everyone, but if you are dealing with e-commerce site, then this plugin is the best one for you. It provides an easy to manage storefront and integrates well with various payment gateway such as Paypal, Google Checkout and Shipwire. There is a free and paid version. The paid version costs $15 for single blogger and include multiple gateway options.

4. TinyMCE advanced

If you think that the TinyMCE text editor in the WordPress is good enough, then this plugin is going to double that. With this plugin, you get 14 extra functions and also the option to arrange the icons in the way you preferred.

5. Admin-management-xtended

This is a simple, but useful plugin that allows you to manage your posts and pages easily, without the hassle of going to and fro the Manage and Write page. You can now change turn on/off any particular post/page, change the publication date and change the post/page title on the fly.

6. Search Everything

It really means everything. From your posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, excerpts, attachment, what you want to find, you can search it via the Search Everything plugin.

7. All in one seo

This plugin deals with the SEO aspect of your website. All in one SEO allows you to edit Description and Keywords meta tags value.

8. Subscribe2

A simple plugin that allows your reader to subscribe to your post via email. You can configure it to send email on a per post, hourly, daily or weekly basis. In addition, you can also send custom email to all your subscribers.

Any plugins that I have missed out?

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. With so very many WordPress plugins out there, it is truly useful to have posts like this one to give users some guidance on what other people are using and what works for them. The ‘Search Everything’ plugin is new to me, for example – and I thank you for the tip!

  2. @rjleaman: You are welcome. There are new plugins that appear everyday and it is becoming a troublesome task to filter out the good plugins from the bad. Hopefully this list will be of great help to anyone who are using WordPress as a CMS

  3. I LOVE this site! Lots of great timely tips…to the point of information overload. lol.
    Wow, that PageMash tool is friggin awesome. I just played with the live demo. Does that mean no more crazy page ordering? Awesome!
    Do u know of any plugins that’s specifically for the K2 theme? I’m a big fan of K2 but wish it’d do menus.
    Finally, what’s really needed for WP bloggers is a WYSIWYG CSS editor of some sort. Many peeps download themes but want to change fonts, colours, etc. And they don’t know what changes what. We need a 2-way tools kind of interface like in some code editors: U change a GUI element and the code changes automatically or vice versa — only for CSS files though.
    Keep up the awesome work dudes!

    1. @Maxwell: WYSIWYG Css editor? Not that I have known of. It will be difficult to implement as different theme is using a different css syntax.

      I am not sure if there is any plugins developed specially for k2 theme, but I know that most plugins work well in K2 theme.

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