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.read more
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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This is an in post / page content scheduler, start and finish dates & times.read more
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.read more
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.read more
This plugin has been superseded by Popup Maker.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 duplicate.read more
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.read more
Plugin removed from WordPress plugin repository. 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. There are few plugins offering the same thing, “widget logic” requires filters, “widget logic visual” has not been updated in two years – so I have changed to this one which seems to work well and is supported: Widget Options plugin.read more
Top of the page, vertically sliding, widgets tab, for up to three widgets. Some examples widgets for sliding panel: contact info / form, user login panel, shopping cart, social follow / share buttons…read more
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.read more
Plugin short code is useful for displaying in a page, with various display options.read more
This plugin makes the WP simple shopping cart plugin easier to use with a simple form to fill in all the purchase button details.read more
Snazzy look with visual editor for inserting an info blurb and built in email subscribe.read more
*** 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 Widgetread more
I use this for full screen responsive backgrounds.read more
This is a basic on site shopping cart. To more easily insert the buy now button with an easy form for adding product details combine with the User Interface plugin.read more