WEB DEVELOPER? ELEMENTARY PLUGINS NEEDED FOR WEBSITES..


Do you know the must-have plugins needed for developing your websites. yea / no ?

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  • Contact Form 7 – By wordpress, to simply create a contact form on your wordpress website.
    Yoast SEO – fka WordPress SEO by Yoast. I don’t care how great the theme is, when it comes to search engine optimization and WordPress, you can’t beat Yoast! SEO isn’t just about meta titles and description and this free gem comes packed with advanced tools, social functions, sitemaps, a bulk editor, SEO scores and more.
  • Visual Composer – by WPBakery. Arguably the most popular WordPress page builder and layout plugin, Visual Composer makes life a lot easier for my clients. This drag and drop premium plugin takes the guess work out of complicated layouts and comes packed with more features than the average user will ever need. Default page templates with multiple columns, post and media grids, grid builder, buttons, CTAs, social share buttons, accordion, tabs, image gallery, posts slider, video player, row separators, icons and much more. And those are just the default features. For power users, Visual Composer can also be extended by purchasing addons and extensions.

  • Yuzo Related Posts – by iLen. Prides itself on being minimalist, productive and fast! I have to agree. There have been many WordPress related posts plugins over the years, but Yuzo has now replaced YARPP as my favorite. I have found it faster(images are cached) and more customizable. There is a views counter, you can manually add a post you want to be related, exclude posts by id, tags or categories, choose image height and width and much more.

  • Wordfence Security or iThemes Security – okay these are two separate WordPress security plugins, but I prefer the number seven to eight and I really can’t pick one over the other. There are those who love Wordfence and those who swear by iThemes Security. WordPress security is a MUST, especially with all the recent malware and ransomware attacks. Both of these plugins are feature-rich and will give you peace of mind. I like the fact that Wordfence can be set to auto-update and I like the fact that iThemes Security can change the default WordPress login URL. Both plugins have served my clients quite well. Check with your web host to make sure there are no compatibility issues. Some users report that iThemes Security slows their sites down, others have said the same about Wordfence. I keep these two as my go to WordPress security plugins and choose based on my clients’ needs and any plugin and/or server compatibility issues.

  • Duplicate Posts – by Lopo. This handy plugin does exactly what it says – it clones posts and pages. With one click you can clone a page or copy to a new draft. What’s the difference? The new draft opens up the editor. You no longer have an excuse to mess up your live site. If you are working on the homepage, simply clone it, make your changes without affecting the live version(until you are ready to go live). Tip: if you trash the older version of your page and then rename/edit the url of the new version to the old eg “home-2” to “home”, be sure to check your navigation menu and make sure the link is there. Of course, you could simply just copy and paste into the live page, then trash the new version – your menu will remain intact.

  • WP Fastest Cache – by Emre Vona. A newer player to the WordPress caching game, WP Fastest Cache has become my favorite fast, uncomplicated caching solution. It uses Mod_Rewrite and has all the usual features: cache files are deleted when a post/page is published, minified css & js, mobile caching on/off, default cache timeout, cache timeout for specific pages, preload cache, SSL support, CDN support and much more. If caching plugins intimidate you, give this a try, the interface is quite user-friendly. Be sure to check with your host, especially if you are on a managed WordPress hosting plan and as with all caching plugins, use advanced features with caution.

  • Bloom Email Opt-in Plugin – by Elegant Themes. Makes list building easier and more beautiful. Bloom is a solution to your newsletter woes – create professional opt-in forms and choose from 6 default display types: pop-up, fly-ins, inline, below content, widget area and content locker. There are more templates than you will ever need and all very easy to customize. Intuitive triggers mean you can set your opt-in to display after scrolling, commenting, after inactivity, after purchasing or with a timed delay. Conversion stats and split testing mean you can see exactly how well your opt-in forms are performing and tweak. This has been my go to WordPress opt-in plugin for clients for a while now. Disclaimer: I am an affiliate, but I started using Bloom long before I became one. Look out for another blog post where I will be comparing this plugin with a new player.

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