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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Jun 082016

All in one solution for speeding up your website. This plugin has been growing in popularity is easier to setup than another popular alternative W3 Total Cache. Combine with EWWW image optimizer, database cleanup using WP-Optimize plugin and backup with BackWPup plugin.

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May 062016

I recommend this plugin 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. If you just want one file to manage all your custom CSS (style sheet) rules, I recommend My Custom 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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Apr 062016

Managing content across your website includes having consistency for certain terms. This plugin will find and replace terms for you – but be careful and backup before hand. I also recommend using reusable content blocks. Technically, many people use this plugin when moving a website from one domain to another domain, then need to update the domain URL for images and links in posts, across the site.

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Mar 202016

Sucuri Security has many features, which I’m still exploring. This plugin can scan for malware. The free version will only scan the front end of your website, if you want it to scan the back end of your site, you will need to pay for an account. I’ve recently used it to harden (make more secure) WordPress folders, check for vulnerabilities and re-download all plugins which originate from the WordPress plugin library.   Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.

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Mar 162016

WordPress Plugin Name: Plugin Author: WordPress profile: Contributors: Version: Last updated: () Compatibility (latest version): (of votes) Tested up to (WP version): WP Download count: Rating: (out of 5) Description | Screenshots | Other notes | Latest Change | Tags | + Jason’s comments Description Checks plugins for deprecated WordPress functions, known security vulnerabilities and some unsafe PHP functions. See the WordPress plugin library description of Plugin Inspector Screenshots: Other notes: Latest Change log entry: Tags: + Jason’s Comments Always good to make sure your WordPress website is healthy – a quick check up today could prevent headaches tomorrow. Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.

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Oct 012015

I use this plugin to integrate with Contact Form 7, giving people the option to subscribe to the Mailchimp mail-list, when filling out a form. If you have more than one list and more than one CF7 form, you need to read Knowlegde Base for Mailchimp plugin to know how to assign the sign up checkbox for a specific mail-list.

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