Recommended Plugins

Some of the best free WordPress plugins from the official open source wordpress.org plugin library.

These are my personal recommendations from experience, all installed, tried & tested. I keep an eye on them and remove any plugins if they are not updated for over two years, as they lack sufficient support, as software needs to be kept up to date. Full plugin details are pulled in automatically from the official library, including: Last updated, Compatibility (latest version), Tested up to (WP version), Download count and Rating.

See “Jason’s comments” after plugin details, for tips & suggestions related to the plugin.

I’ve listed about 50 recommended plugins here, for various solutions. I usually install about a dozen WordPress plugins by default.

Read more about WordPress website security, protection, prevention, where I list a few good plugins to assist.

I’ve expanded my recommendations to the Premium WordPress market which has exploded over the last few years to provide some quality standalone products and worthwhile upgrades.

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Aug 052014
 

This plug-in is the full cache version and now includes the features of the simpler Lite cache plugin. You could combine the features of this plugin with others like Far Future Expiry Header plugin and Better WordPress Minify. However, I recommend all in one plugins like WP Fastest Cache.

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Aug 042014
 

This plug-in is a lite version to reduce server load and easier to setup. The full Hyper Cache plugin now includes the functions of this Lite cache plugin.

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Aug 042014
 

This plug-in modifies a special access file to inform web browsers to use their previously loaded images and files, to speed up page loading. Google Page Speed acknowledges the browser cache reminder as a faster method. Made by Tips and Tricks who have some pretty nifty premium plug-ins.

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Aug 042014
 

This plugin catches the output buffer to collect scripts. After some rendering problems, I now recommend a Better WordPress Minify plugin which collects the scripts from WordPress’s enqueueing system rather than the output buffer.  

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Jul 252014
 

This plugin works it’s optimization magic on image sizes greater than 1Mb (Smush it plugin can’t). You can also bulk optimize via cloud servers that utilize the latest tools available in lossless or lossy mode. To resize width and height, I recommend Imsanity bulk image resizer.

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Jul 142014
 

For scanning of themes, I recommend for extra security, Theme Authenticity Checker plugin, which can find suspicious or malicious code and embedded outgoings links. TAC plugin found code which Wordfence security didn’t. Use WordPress Health Check for an overview of update and security issues. Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.

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Jun 262014
 

Spam comments are attracted to the same posts over and over again, if they are not moderated. One site attracted 17,000 spam comments before I stepped in disabled comments and deleted them with ease using this plugin. By removing the comments, the database was reduced from 5mb to 100kb.

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Jun 252014
 

This plugin helps when moving or converting a page in to a category with posts. WordPress can help redirect old URL, when changed but won’t know you have moved a page to a category or post, and vice versa. Besides manual input of source and destination, the plugin logs 404 (missing page) visits and provides a redirection (301 permanent) option.

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May 282014
 

This plugin has been superseeded by Popup Maker. The free version takes a little bit of effort to create theme and create first modal layout, but then it’s easy to clone.

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