Sunday, 18 June 2017 16:17

Essential WordPress Plugins

Essential WordPress Plugins
Essential WordPress Plugins Pixelfire

We have been building WordPress websites for customers a while now. Over time we've discovered the most essential WordPress plugins required to improve WordPress website functionality and security. See below for the definitive list.

ESSENTIAL WORDPRESS PLUGINS

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

All In One WP Migration
https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-wp-migration/
The best WordPress backup system.

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

All In One WP Migration Dropbox Extended
https://servmask.com/products/dropbox-extension
Automate WordPress website backups to your Dropbox account.

Child Theme Generator
https://wordpress.org/plugins/child-theme-generator/
This plugin allow to generate a child theme, and all related files

Code Snippets
https://wordpress.org/plugins/code-snippets/
An easy, clean and simple way to add code snippets to your site. No need to edit to your theme's functions.php file again!

Contact Form 7
https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/
For creating forms.

Contact Form CFDB7
https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-cfdb7/
Save and manage Contact Form 7 messages. Never lose important data. Contact Form CFDB7 plugin is an add-on for the Contact Form 7 plugin.

Customize Admin
https://wordpress.org/plugins/customize-admin/
This plugin allows you to customize the appearance and branding of the WordPress admin interface.

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

Enhanced Media Library
https://wordpress.org/plugins/enhanced-media-library/
Organise media files into categories.

Intuitive Custom Post Order
https://wordpress.org/plugins/intuitive-custom-post-order/
Intuitively, order items( Posts, Pages, ,Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies, Sites ) using a drag and drop sortable JavaScript.

MailChimp For WordPress
https://wordpress.org/plugins/mailchimp-for-wp/
Integrate your MailChimp account and forms.

Postman SMTP Mailer
https://wordpress.org/plugins/postman-smtp/
Use SMTP to send system emails and customer order emails to ensure they are not flagged as spam.

Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails
https://wordpress.org/plugins/recent-posts-widget-with-thumbnails/
Small and fast plugin to display in the sidebar a list of linked titles and thumbnails of the most recent postings

Scripts-To-Footer
https://wordpress.org/plugins/scripts-to-footerphp/
Moves scripts to the footer to decrease page load times, while keeping stylesheets in the header. Requires that plugins and theme correctly utilizes wp_enqueue_scripts hook. Can be disabled via a checkbox on specific pages and posts.

Smush Image Compression
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smushit/
Compress all 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/
Use SVG images instead of jpegs or png files.

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

Widget Shortcode
https://wordpress.org/plugins/widget-shortcode/
Output widgets using a simple shortcode.

WP Rocket
https://wp-rocket.me/
Make WordPress load fast with this caching plugin.

WP Rollback
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-rollback/
Quickly rollback to a previous version of plugin or WordPress.

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

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

ESSENTIAL WORDPRESS SECURITY PLUGINS

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

New User Approve
https://wordpress.org/plugins/new-user-approve/
Admin must approve all new user registrations on the site.

WPS Hide Login
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wps-hide-login/
Change the default login URL to prevent brute force login attempts.

Wordfence Security
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/
Firewall prevents malicious bots & hackers.
Scan your site for malicious software.

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

WOOCOMMERCE PLUGINS

AfterShip - WooCommerce Tracking
https://wordpress.org/plugins/aftership-woocommerce-tracking/
Add tracking number and carrier name to WooCommerce, display tracking info at order history page, auto import tracking numbers to AfterShip.

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

MailChimp for WooCommerce
https://wordpress.org/plugins/mailchimp-for-woocommerce/
Add a checked opt-in box at WooCommerce checkout page.

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

Woocart Popup Lite for WooCommerce
https://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce-woocart-popup-lite/
Use this plugin to show lightbox popup cart for add to cart action.

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.

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

WooCommerce Product Image Gallery Options
https://wordpress.org/plugins/woo-product-image-gallery-options/
Switch on/off WooCommerce 3.0+ Product Image Gallery options on a per product basis. Turn off product image lightbox settings.

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.

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

WooCommerce Square
https://woocommerce.com/products/square/
Adds ability to sync inventory between WooCommerce and Square POS. In addition, you can also make purchases through the Square payment gateway. SSL required.

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

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 we 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

Divi
https://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/

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