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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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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Nov 092012

I recommend the Donate Extra plugin as a simple solution to receiving donations via PayPal on your website. Donate Extra is a forked plugin to replace Donate Plus which had an PayPal IPN issue and was not updated since 2011. Donate Extra plugin was published at the WP Library on 19th October, 2012 and has resolved the IPN and also other issues since.

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Nov 072012

I recommend this plugin if you just want one file to manage all your custom CSS (style sheet) rules. If you don’t know how to edit CSS (style rules) and need a visual point and click selector with the ability to instantly adjustment all the style options, I recommend SiteOrigin CSS. If you want to separate your custom style sheet (CSS) rules in to different files, I recommend Global CSS by Joddit. 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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Nov 022012

Installation and Setup ServiceI install and setup these plugins with my WordPress installation service, Website packages, Website Maintenance Service and Website Page Speed Optimization service. Follow the plugin links below to learn more about these plugins and make sure to read Jason’s comments for more information as to why I choose these plugins and discover my recommended complementary plugins. Website Security & Protection Wordfence Security Theme Authenticity Checker WP ReCaptcha Integration Read more about WordPress Website Security. Website Maintenance BackWPup Broken Link Checker WP Maintenance Mode Read more Website Maintenance Search Engine Optimisation All in One SEO Pack Google XML Sitemaps Read more about SEO Website and Page Speed Optimisation WP-Optimize database WP Fastest Cache EWWW Image Optimizer Read more about Website Page Speed Optimization Contact Management Contact Form 7 Really Simple CAPTCHA Flamingo Address Book Option: Mailchimp newsletter Social Share & Follow Social Media Feather Facebook Like Box Option:

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Nov 022012

This plugin is by the author of Contact Form 7 and Really Simple CAPTCHA, which I recommend. Besides collecting users in to a more friendly exportable address book, this plugin can replace Contact Form 7 to Database Extension, to save CF7 submits to database.

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Aug 202012

This plugin “Spam Free WordPress” adds a required password click before permitting a user to make comment. Use this as a more user friendly alternative to answering a quiz or decoding a captcha image. For login security I recommended combining “SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam” to add a captcha image for added security on the login page together with “Wordfence Security” to limit login attempts or an alternative dedicated plugin called “limit login attempts“. For custom form security I recommend “Contact Form 7” with a Quiz field and a Captcha image using “Really Simple CAPTCHA“.

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Jul 242012

Do backups and more for your WordPress Blog.

– Database Backup
– WordPress XML Export
– Optimize Database
– Check\Repair Database
– File Backup
– Backups in zip, tar, tar.gz, tar.bz2 format
– Store backup to Folder
– Store backup to FTP Server
– Store backup to Amazon S3
– Store backup to Google Storage
– Store backup to Microsoft Azure (Blob)
– Store backup to RackSpaceCloud
– Store backup to Dropbox
– Store backup to SugarSync
– Send Log/Backup by Email
– Multisite Support only as Network Admin

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May 282012
Wordfence Security

WordPress Plugin Name: Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan Plugin URL: Plugin Author: Wordfence WordPress profile: Wordfence Plugin version: 7.1.10 Last updated: July 31, 2018 (2 weeks ago) Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.9.8 Downloaded: 84,502,279 Rating: 5 (out of 5) Description | FAQ | Screenshots | Other notes | Latest Change | Tags | + Jason’s comments Description THE MOST POPULAR WORDPRESS FIREWALL & SECURITY SCANNER Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available. WORDPRESS FIREWALL Web Application Firewall identifies and blocks malicious traffic. Built and maintained by a large team focused 100% on WordPress security.

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