Wordpress Plugins We Use - The Complete List -

WordPress Plugins We Use – The Complete List

Every Wordpress plugin you'll ever need

We want to see everyone succeed with their web marketing efforts, so we’ve declassified our top-secret WordPress Plugins List!

These are the popular plugins and diamonds-in-the-rough that we’ve been using for years to save us time and make our clients’ websites the successes they are. Enjoy!

Essentials

Use these on every WordPress site you create

  • Yoast SEO – for managing your site’s SEO settings and monitoring keyword usage in your content (Read our review)
  • Advanced Custom Fields (Pro) – a must for any custom WordPress theme development, lets you define various types of custom fields depending on post type (image, text, wysiwyg, code, etc.)
  • W3 Total Cache – adds several layers of performance improvements to your WordPress site, makes it load faster
  • Sucuri Security – hardens your WordPress site and runs a malware scanner every few hours if you subscribe to Sucuri’s malware scanning service
  • Enable Media Replace – lets you replace images, etc. without having to re-upload them and update references in your posts
  • Stream – keeps a log of all user and administrator actions on the site, useful for troubleshooting when things get hairy and people blame each other for breaking the site
  • Simple Image Sizes – lets you easily set different image sizes to use in your posts
  • Post Duplicator – easily create a copy of any post
  • Restricted Site Access – hide your site from the public and search engines while you are building it (has a handy IP whitelisting feature for your office) (Read our review)
  • Display Widgets – show/hide widgets depending on page, category, post type, logged in/out, etc.
  • Login Logo – show your company’s logo on the WordPress login screen instead of the generic WordPress “W”

Enhancements

  • Disqus Comment System – embeds the popular Disqus social commenting system on your website
  • The Events Calendar – a great multi-view calendar for listing your organization’s upcoming events
  • Events Manager (Pro) – another calendar plugin, not as pretty as The Events Calendar but has built in RSVP and payment capabilities
  • Good Old Twitter Feed Widget – exactly what the name says. pretty bare bones out of the box, but easy to custom-style with CSS
  • Digg Digg – great social sharing buttons for your site, including sharing buttons that stay visible as you scroll
  • WP No Category Base – for removing ‘category/’ from your category URLs
  • WPML Multilingual CMS – a MUST for any multilingual site. a bit of work to set up but once it’s installed it makes administering your content a breeze
  • WP Responsive Menu – adds a responsive nav bar to your site if your theme doesn’t already have one
  • WP Bitly – use Bitly generated shortlinks for all your WordPress posts and pages, including custom post types
  • Logo Slider – display several logos in a sliding carousel. responsive
  • Meta Slider (Pro) – set up and choose from 4 JavaScript/CSS sliders for your site
  • WordPress Ad Widget – show and rotate ads across your site using widgets. use in combination with Display Widgets for targeted advertising (Read our review)
  • Thank Me Later – increases visitor retention by sending a delayed message thanking your commenters for contributing to your blog
  • WordPress Notification Bar – quick and easy way to post a message at the top of all your pages for everyone to see

For Nerds

  • Vaultpress – important if your host doesn’t have a backup solution! paid service that backs up your site as files and content changes. made by the same people who made WordPress (Read our review)
  • BackWPUp – free alternative to Vaultpress but not as robust and easy to use. lots of options for backup destinations (Dropbox, etc.)
  • Types – lets you easily create Custom Post Types and define their attributes without writing a single line of code
  • Compress JPEG & PNG images – automatically runs all images you upload to your Media Library through TinyPNG’s robust image compression system. pay by volume
  • Advanced Code Editor – pimps out the WordPress code editor with line numbers and syntax highlighting
  • Google Analytics Opt-Out – use this plugin internally to ensure company employees’ usage of your site is not affecting your Analytics numbers (Read our review)
  • Widget CSS Classes – apply your own CSS classes to your widgets (useful for custom styling)

Are we missing something? Email us – info@accelweb.ca

Last updated Feb 11, 2016

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