Our Favourite WordPress Plugins
Adding & Extending Functionality
The core of WordPress is designed to be lean and lightweight, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.
Built by the Community for the Community
WordPress plugins are created to add new or extend existing functionality to your site features and design. There are thousands of plugins available, with many written by experienced developers, making the job of optimising your site for the end user all the easier. The more common types you’ll find in use on WordPress sites include page builders, site security, caching, social media, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and analytics applications.
This is a simple introduction to some of the plugins we have utilised for our projects and would happily recommend. The pros & cons of each we’ll come to in a series of case studies over the coming weeks.
Each of the plugins we recommend have been utilised or tested on at least one of the sites within our portfolio. Whilst they may serve a purpose for us, it does not necessarily mean they are right for you so it’s always a worthwhile exercise to do a little extra research before making your final choice.
All the plugins listed below are the Free versions and are available to either download directly from the author site or upload to your site via the WordPress Plugin Repository. Premium versions, with added features and functionality, are also available for several of them and links* will be provided where appropriate.
- Page Builders
- Social Media
"Elementor is an instant drag & drop page builder with instant live edit and instant page load. The speed of Elementor is not matched by any other page builder, free or paid. This makes the interface fun and easy to work with, as well as reduces the time it takes to design."Find out more
Premium Addons for Elementor
"Premium Elementor addons & widgets with numerous customization options that extends Elementor Page Builder capabilities to help you build impressive websites with no coding required."
Note: Premium Addons for Elementor can be used only as a complement of Elementor page builder plugin as it’s not a standalone plugin.
"Beaver Builder is a flexible drag and drop page builder that works on the front end of your WordPress website. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re going to love taking control of your website. Stop writing HTML or wrestling with confusing shortcodes. With Beaver Builder, building beautiful, professional WordPress pages is as easy as dragging and dropping."Find out more
"WooCommerce is a free e-Commerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, beautifully. Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress with endless flexibility and access to hundreds of free and premium WordPress extensions."
"With WooCommerce, you can sell both physical and digital goods in all shapes and sizes, offer product variations, multiple configurations, and instant downloads to shoppers, and even sell affiliate goods from online marketplaces."Find out more
"Business Directory Plugin is the most popular, versatile, widely-installed, easiest to use, and best-supported WordPress Business Directory plugin available. Increase interaction on your website, improve customer retention and a add revenue-generating section to your site with Business Directory Plugin!"
"Business Directory Plugin allows you to build a local directory, directory of business providers, a Yellow-Pages style business directory, Yelp-like review sections, create a church directory, build an address book directory and much more."Find out more
Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan
"Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available."Find out more
W3 Total Cache
"W3 Total Cache improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing website performance, reducing download times via features like content delivery network (CDN) integration."
"Benefits include at least 10x improvement in overall site performance when fully configured" (Editor Note: ...which can be tricky. We found a little trial & error is required to get the best results)Find out more
WordPress Social Share, Social Login and Social Comments Plugin – Super Socializer
"Integrate Social Login, Social Share and Social Comments at your website easiest and simplest possible way."
Social Login enables users to login to your website through their existing IDs on popular social networks.
Social Sharing enables users to share your website content over popular sharing networks resulting in increased user traffic.
Social Comments enables users to comment on your website using their Social Media accounts.
"Need some help with your search engine optimisation? Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results."
"Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders."Find out more
DuracellTomi's Google Tag Manager
"Google Tag Manager (GTM) is Google’s free tool for everyone to manage and deploy analytics and marketing tags as well as other code snippets using an intuitive web UI."
"This plugin places the GTM container code snippets onto your WordPress website so that you do not need to add this manually. It complements your GTM setup by pushing page meta data and user information into the so called data layer."Find out more
Smush Image Compression and Optimisation
"Large image files may be slowing down your site without you even knowing it. WP Smush uses WPMU DEV’s super servers to quickly smush every single one of your images and cuts all the unnecessary data without slowing down your site."
"Smush meticulously scans every image you upload – or have already added to your site – cuts all the unnecessary data and scales it for you before adding it to your media library."Find out more
Note: The descriptions above are (for now) as described by the Plugin author via the WordPress Repository. We have used these plugins in either a test or live environment and therefore have not included any statement from the source description that, in our opinion, is incorrect or misleading. As per general advice, if you have any doubts regarding ANY plugin, ALWAYS test first on a staging platform or in a local test environment.
Elementor works seamlessly with our theme & plugins providing all the tools required to, easily & quickly, build stylish pages to display our content.
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