Recommended Plugins

Some of the best free WordPress plugins from the official open source 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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May 272014

I’ll apply my affiliate commission to support you, if you use my Meta Slider affiliate link to upgrade to Meta Slider Pro – Single Site License which adds support for YouTube & Vimeo slides, HTML slides, Layer slides with CSS3 animations, Dynamic Post Feed/Featured Image Slides (content slider), Custom Themes, Thumbnail Navigation, Premium Support.

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Mar 032014

Plugin removed from repository. There are few plugins offering the same thing, “widget logic” requires filters, “widget logic visual” has not been updated in two years – this one seems to work well… but oh no… WARNING: Plugin was sold and then compromised and has been removed from the plugin repository. Solution: If you have the plugin, please update it to latest version 2.7 which brings the code back to version 2.0.5.

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Jan 072014

You can set up and manage one vote per person (Vote permissions) using the built in filter cookie and IP address, but it’s not bullet proof, without burdening the user to register, and then filtering vote permission with username.

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Nov 142013

*** PLUGIN NOT UPDATED (see below) *** Useful if your theme does not have their own widget for displaying single category posts as a widget. If you only want to display a list of posts in that same category then combine with Display Widgets plugin, to control where to show. Alternative plugin: Category Posts Widget

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Apr 252013

I’m now using MailChimp for WordPress. WARNING: Nmedia MailChimp Widget version 4.0 does not connect to the previous version options settings – please check the changelog. A popular solution for use with a free account.   An alternative to Mailchimp is a fully WordPress integrated solution is MailPoet Newsletters plugin.

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Mar 062013

I recommend this plugin when you want to separate your custom style sheet (CSS) rules in to different files. If you just want one file to manage all your custom CSS rules, then I recommend My Custom CSS plugin. If you want to place CSS (style sheet) or JS (Javascript) rules on specific pages, I recommend Specific CSS/JS for Posts and Pages. If you wish to modify any of the theme template files (.php), then it’s best to create a child theme.

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Feb 262013

MailPoet Newsletters – Wysija Newsletters integrates collecting and sending to email subscriptions (mail-list) with your website / blog – no need for any external mail-list service. You can see an example of this plugin at the Eco-Parenting Blog. The popular alternative is to use a account with a mailchimp subscription plugin.

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Jan 162013

Expandable content boxes are great for FAQ pages and managing reusable content, providing further onsite content and links. Expandable sections work well when repeating content using Global Content Blocks.

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