WordPress plugins: My favourites

Right now WordPress has over 55,000 plugins available and can do some powerful things to improve the utility of your site.

Many of these plugins are great. At the same time, many of these are not so great. Here are my favourite plugins. All of these I use myself and for certain clients.

Akismet

akismet explainer

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Akismet is a comment spam protection tool. It’s free and setup is simple. Just install and connect your plugin with a license key using a WordPress.com account.

WordFence

wordfence dashboard

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Before WordFence I did sometimes worry about site security and malicious traffic / visitors. WordFence came recommended to me by Siteground support staff. WordFence includes:

  • basic firewall for your site
  • DDOS protection
  • ability to block individual IP addresses
  • malware scanning
  • file change log (in case someone has changes something)
  • login notices
  • security news

And that is just the free version.

Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms is a free plugin for creating contact forms. I have tried ContactForm7 also, but it wasn’t as user friendly and there were some bizarre errors that came ‘as standard’.

One of the most useful features of Ninja Forms is that you can redirect users to another page once they have completed your form. Very useful for goal tracking or leading someone to a calendar booking page.

Updraft

updraft plus backup dashboard

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Backups are essential for website security. You (and myself included) always take backups for granted until something goes wrong.

Of the two popular free backup plugins, Backup Guard and UpdraftPlus, I prefer Updraft as you can backup to an external location such as a connected Gdrive for free.

Pixel Caffeine

pixel caffeine plugin

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Facebook advertising is so hot right now. And a big element of Facebook ads is retargeting, for which you will need to install a Facebook pixel on your site.

Setting up the Pixel using Facebook’s method is as smooth as it should be. AdEspresso’s plugin makes this super easy though. Install the plugin, create a pixel on Facebook, then use AdEspresso’s plugin to connect with your Facebook account and it will automatically complete the pixel setup for you.

Conclusion

Picking the right plugins can be a great way to save time and add some neat functions to your WordPress site. I hope my list of favourite plugins gave you some good ideas on where to start and what good plugins are out there.

If you have a favourite plugin, feel free to share your experience in the comments!

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