In a Nutshell - Must Have WordPress Plugins

Robert Valcourt
Nov 30, 2016
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In a Nutshell - Must Have WordPress Plugins

Whether your WordPress site is a small 10 page-er, or a large global eCommerce store, you can benefit from these must have plugins. Take control of your SEO, backups, content layout & design, URLs and more.

Our Favourite WordPress Plugins

FolderContent & Design

WPBakery Visual Composer
https://codecanyon.net/item/visual-composer-page-builder-for-wordpress/242431

Visual Composer is an award winning responsive WordPress page builder with Frontend and Backend editors which allows any user build complex pages with simple drag and drop within minutes by using out of the box elements without touching line of code.

Rich Text Excerpts
https://wordpress.org/plugins/rich-text-excerpts/ 

The Plugin uses the wp_editor function to generate a rich text editor for page/post excerpts. With this plugins, you are no longer restricted to using text-only excerpts. Add images, videos, font styling and more to enrich your content and layout.

ShortPixel Image Optimizer
https://wordpress.org/plugins/shortpixel-image-optimiser/ 

ShortPixel is an easy to use, lightweight, install-and-forget-about-it image optimization plugin that can compress all your past images and PDF documents with a single click. New images are automatically resized/rescaled and optimized on the fly, in the background. 

CompassSearch engine optimization

Yoast SEO
https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

Yoast SEO (formerly WordPress SEO by Yoast) is the most complete SEO plugin available for WordPress. It offers everything you need to optimize your site. Content analysis functionality.

Redirection
https://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/

Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation. Regex rules are supported.

ToolsTechnical

Better Search Replace
https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-search-replace/ 

A simple plugin to update URLs or other text in a database.

Post Types Order
https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-types-order/ 

Post Order and custom Post Type Objects (custom post types) using a Drag and Drop Sortable JavaScript AJAX interface or default WordPress dashboard.

InboxForms

Contact Form 7
https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. 

JotForm Embed Form
https://wordpress.org/plugins/embed-form/

Adding a web form to your blog post is now very easy using JotForm's Embed Form plugin. When you install it a JotForm icon will be added to your editor. You can click on it to choose one of your JotForm forms or create a new form without leaving your draft.

LockData & Security

UpdraftPlus Backup & Restore
https://wordpress.org/plugins/updraftplus/

UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Openstack Swift, UpdraftPlus Vault and email) and restore with a single click. Backups of files and database can have separate schedules.

Really Simple SSL
https://wordpress.org/plugins/really-simple-ssl/

Really Simple SSL automatically detects your settings and configures your website to run over https. To keep it lightweight, the options are kept to a minimum. The entire site will move to SSL.


What are your favourite plugins? Let me know in the comments section below!

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