WordPress Plugins I Recommend & Use!
What is a WordPress Plugin?
A WordPress plugin is a piece of software that when installed it enable's a WordPress website to have more functions and features. There are thousands of free plugins available to download at WordPress.com and quite a few premium “pay for added value” plugins available for download.
Why pay for plugin?
The old saying of “get what you pay for” kind of applies here. The free plugins also have paid versions of the plugin. The premium or Pro versions have added value with more features being available to use.
On To The Plugins:
WPForms has all the features you need to create and insert extremely effective forms. The free version is the most user-friendly form creator I've used.
Basic Plan, includes unlimited forms, unlimited entries, advanced fields with pre-built templates to use. WPForms Basic also has spam protection, support, and updates for a year. Its price is just $39.00 Plans with even more features are available that will meet all of your needs.
Pro Plans have many additional valuable resources and features to choose from. I use WPForms and highly recommend it.
MonsterInsights Simply put, the #1 plugin for Google Analytics on WordPress. Over 14 million downloads can't be wrong. Yes, you read that right over 14 million downloads. MonsterInsights! is the easiest plugin that you will install, activate and setup. Trust me! Maintaining a website requires the valuable information that MonsterInsights provides. Know where your website's visitors come from and what they do while visiting your website. Eye catching design will get visitors to view your site, but Content is the key to keeping your viewers coming back and respond to your “Call To Action” plan. MonsterInsights for Google Analytics is an extremely valuable resource every WordPress website should use.
As a result of using the Genesis Framework and StudioPress Themes for WordPress at all of my websites, I also use most of their plugins because they increase and improve the performance of my websites. I use the child theme Smart Passive Income Pro Theme at DQ's WebSolutions.
The plugins I use and recommend from Genesis are: (They have numerous plugins not mentioned here)
- Genesis Simple Edits
- Genesis e-news widget
- Genesis Featured Post
- Simple Social Icons
- Genesis Simple Sidebars by StudioPress
- Genesis Simple Connect for WooCommerence by StudioPress – Suggested for retail sites.
- Simple Social Icons – Allows for placement of social icons. As the name suggests, it's simple to use as well.
Yoast SEO – Should be at top of your lists of plugins to install, activate and set up. Yoast SEO will suggest your enter a focus keyword before creating your post or web page and forces you to use the keyword while creating your post. If your goal to achieve a search engine optimized page, this is the plugin to utilize.
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The free plan includes 165 Free Themes, Automatic sharing on social media, brute force attack protection, secure log-in and uptime and downtime monitoring. The free plan even provides a CDN for images, sidebar widgets that provide a calendar, site statistics, and photo galleries, carousels, and slideshows for your photos.
Superior customer service that I have used. Fast response and fantastic to deal with. I only hope that some day when my website grows up that I can offer customer support that I received from JetPack!
JetPack's paid plans start from an affordable $39 per year: less than 11 cents a day. Paid plans include expert security support, automated backups (so if your site goes down you can get back up and running quickly), and security scanning to identify hacks and intrusions.
In addition, the paid plan includes Malware & Coding Scanning and Threat Resolution. Full site restoration and migration are also paid features.
VaultPress is a subscription-based security and backup service for self-hosted WordPress sites. VaultPress is built on the same grid that reliably serves many millions of WordPress.com sites. VaultPress is a product from Automattic, the same team that owns and operates WordPress.com. VaultPress is bundled with JetPack. VaultPress provides site backups, protection from spam and malware with Akismet.
Envira Gallery – A photographers dream when it comes to creating photo galleries on WordPress. It is very easy to use and has a lot of features for those who upgrade. Watermarking is a very important featured part of the upgrade plan. I wish it was a feature in the free version, however, I still recommend and use Envira Gallery. It an example of its use is at Photosbycrystalq.com and Gallery 2.
These are the main plugins that I use and recommend. I use other plugins and will add them if find them worthy of recommendation!