I am a WordPress Developer, and I would like to share you my list of 6 of my WordPress Plugins that I use on every website that I develop and maintain. The best part is that these plugins offer free versions within the WordPress Plugin Repository, but I do recommend the Paid Version of the plugins because you get such great value out of the plugins. With the Paid Version you are able to do so much more. The free versions are great if you are wanting to test out the plugins to see how it operates, and if it is a good product for your workflow. And it is also a good option if you are doing a hobby website or something for yourself and not trying to run a business. But even some of those personal websites would benefit from the paid version of the product. It is that good.
1. Elementor Page Builder Free and Pro
Elementor Page Builder is the first thing that I install on a fresh install of WordPress. It comes both as a free version and has 3 versions that you can choose from to buy if you want to go with a Pro Level Page Builder that includes additional advanced widgets or “Elements to add to your page and posts or if you want to custom design your theme. The difference between the different Pro plans are the number of websites you can have a license for.
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2. Advanced Custom Fields Free and Pro
Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) is used to categorize the type of data that you do not think fits well with the standard Post or Page Post Types.
Advanced Custom Fields is a great option if you’re primarily interested in adding custom fields to content types. It has the simplest interface and the largest number of custom field types. You’ll just need to stack it with something like Custom Post Type UI if you want to create and manage custom post types.
3. Updraft Plus
UpdraftPlus is the most popular WordPress backup plugin available. It is used by more than 2 million websites. The plugin supports scheduled backups as well as on-demand backups. You can easily restore backups directly from your WordPress admin panel.
4. iThemes Security
iThemes Security has a strong focuse on recognizing plugin vulnerailities, obsolete software, and weak passwords. It has over 30 options to harden your WordPress installation. If you don’t know what an option does, my suggestion is not to turn that option on. It offers a Free version and a Pro version.
- File change detection
- Extra layer of protection to your login by using the Google reCAPTCHA integration
- Compares your WordPress core files with the current version of WordPress.
- Brute force protection
- Strong password enforcement
5. SEOPress Pro
- Supports Custom Post Types
- WooCommerce Integration
- Google Local Business
- Google XML Video Sitemap
- Google Structured Data Types
- White label
It is a good alternative to Yoast SEO. SEOPress will not slow your website down. It is also cheaper than Yoast SEO. You can use it on unlimited amount of sites.
6. WP Smush
WP Smush is the most popular image compression plugin for WordPress. WP Smush is very easy to use, and you can optimize your images on the fly as you upload them to your WordPress site.