Sunday, 18 June 2017 16:17

Essential WordPress Plugins

Essential WordPress Plugins
Essential WordPress Plugins Pixelfire

I’ve been building WordPress websites for customers a while now. Over time I've discovered the essential WordPress plugins that improve WordPress websites functionality and security. See below for my definitive list :)


ESSENTIAL WORDPRESS PLUGINS

Advanced Access Manager
https://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-access-manager/
Control which admin menu items are visible for various user roles including admin.

AMR Shortcode For Any Widget
https://wordpress.org/plugins/amr-shortcode-any-widget/
Create shortcodes for any type of widget quicky.

All In One WP Migration
https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration/
In my opinion this is the best WordPress backup system going.

All In One WP Migration Unlimited Extended
https://servmask.com/products/unlimited-extension
Additional paid plugin that allows backup of sites larger than 512MG.

WP Rollback
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-rollback/
Quickly rollback to any previous version of plugin or WordPress without having do perform a full website backup.

Contact Form 7
https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/
Create great looking forms for your website using this plugin.

Disable All Comments
https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-comments/
Prevent comments being posted on your website.

Display Widgets
https://wordpress.org/plugins/display-widgets/
Determine the pages where widgets are shown in sidebar. A great widget manager.

Enhanced Media Library
https://wordpress.org/plugins/enhanced-media-library/
Organise media files into categories. This  comes with a filter too making it super quick to find images in your library.

GZIP Compression
https://wordpress.org/plugins/check-and-enable-gzip-compression/
Load your website faster.

MailChimp For WordPress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/mailchimp-for-wp/
Integrate your MailChimp list and signup form.

Postman SMTP Mailer
https://wordpress.org/plugins/postman-smtp/
Use SMTP to send system emails instead of PHP mail. This will ensure emails are not flagged as spam.

Simple Custom Post Order
https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-custom-post-order/
Re-order posts to display in the order you want instead of date order.

Smush Image Compression
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smushit/
Compress / optimise images for faster load times.

Sticky Menu (or anything) on scroll
https://wordpress.org/plugins/sticky-menu-or-anything-on-scroll/
Great for making a sidebar element sticky on scroll.

SVG Support
https://wordpress.org/plugins/svg-support/
Allows the use of SVG images for sharp rendering of logos. Better than using jpegs or png files for logos.

Visual Composer - The best bage builder for WordPress
https://vc.wpbakery.com/
Create complex page layouts visually and intuitively.

Yoast
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
Improve your websites SEO on pages, posts and categories.

WP SuperCache
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-super-cache/
Cache your websites content to load as static HTML page to improve page load speed.

ESSENTIAL WORDPRESS SECURITY PLUGINS

Login Lockdown
https://wordpress.org/plugins/login-lockdown/
Limit the number of login attempts to prevent hackers.

New User Approve
https://wordpress.org/plugins/new-user-approve/
Admin must approve all new user registrations on the site. Maybe avoid using if you have an ecommerce website.

WPS Hide Login
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wps-hide-login/
Change the default login URL to prevent hackers accessing the login window. If they can't access this window, they cannot run programs to guess usernames or passwords to your website.

Wordfence Security
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/
Provides a Firewall that prevents malicious bots & hackers accesing your website and also scans your site for malicious software. Every site needs this!

Akismet
https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/
Create a free account to prevent spammers registering accounts or posting spammy comments on your website.

WP UserOnline
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-useronline/
Display logged in users in the WordPress dashboard.

WOOCOMMERCE PLUGINS

WooCommerce Recover Abandoned Cart
https://codecanyon.net/item/woocommerce-recover-abandoned-cart/7715167
Follow up abandoned carts with a discount coupon to encourage people to come back and buy.

Wooextend - Category Discount
http://www.wooextend.com/product/woo-product-category-discount/
Apply discounts to products in specified categories.

WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips
https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce-pdf-invoices-packing-slips/
Automatically add PDF invoice attachment to order emails.

WooCommerce Dynamic Pricing & Discounts
https://codecanyon.net/item/woocommerce-dynamic-pricing-discounts/7119279
Dynamic pricing structure depending on what products are placed in a customers cart.

Export WooCommerce Oders CSV
https://wordpress.org/plugins/order-export-and-more-for-woocommerce/
Export order data as CSV file.

WC Password Strength Settings
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wc-password-strength-settings/
Override the default password strength set in WooCommerce.

WooCommerce New Customer Sales Report
https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/woo-new/
Display new customer accounts in dashboard. These are the customers that have bought for the first time in your online shop.

WooCommerce Extended Coupon Features
https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce-auto-added-coupons/
“WooCommerce Extended Coupon Features” adds functionality to the WooCommerce coupons and allows for automatic discount rules.

MARKETING

Perfect Audience Retargeting
https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/perfect-audience-retargeting/
Your adverts follow visitors who left your site without buying.

Facebook Conversion Pixel
https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/facebook-conversion-pixel/
Add your Facebook tracking pixel to pages & posts. Retarget website visitors on Facebook with your adverts.

Nextend Facebook Connect
https://en-au.wordpress.org/plugins/nextend-facebook-connect/
Allow visitors to register on your website using their Facebok account instead of creating a new account.

THEMES

When it comes to creating WordPress websites for cleints I recommend only using a few choice themes that can easily be customised to create unique layouts and designs. This makes administering numerous websites much easier than trying to remeber how to admin various template themes etc.

Salient
https://themeforest.net/item/salient-responsive-multipurpose-theme/4363266

Elegant Themes - Divi
https://www.elegantthemes.com/

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