Recommended Plugins

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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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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May 092015
 

Page Builder by Site Origin makes content layout so easy. Add various blocks or widgets into your page. An easy responsive solution for managing page content. Check out Site Origin Widget Bundle too. A simple theme to use with this plugin is SiteOrigin’s Vantage theme. Check out some other Page Builders made especially for certain themes, such as Themify and Elegantthemes.

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Apr 212015
 

I prefer the floating format provided by this particular AddThis plugin. The responsive layout places the follow and share at the bottom when viewed in a narrow browser. For an alternative social plugin, try the fast loading Social Media Feather plugin.

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Mar 242015
 

If you can’t find the font family you want from regular web fonts or google fonts, then this plugin allows you to upload a font from your computer, to display on your website. You select various rules to show the font. Nifty!

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Aug 222014
 

Warning: Version 0.9.5 Broken 🙁 36 people say it’s broken. (2016-09-27) 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 | FAQ | Latest Change | Tags | + Jason’s comments Description FAQ Latest Change log entry: Tags: + Jason’s Comments Warning: Version 0.9.5 is Broken 🙁 36 people say it’s broken. (2016-09-27) W3 Total Cache plug-in has multiple caching & optimizing functions, including the specialized features several other plugins. For this reason it is incompatible with Falcon Engine by Wordfence, Hyper-cache plugin, Far Future Expiry Header plugin and Better WordPress Minify, which need to be disabled first. An alternative plugin is WP Fastest Cache. Combine with EWWW image optimizer, database cleanup using WP-Optimize plugin and backup with BackWPup plugin.

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Aug 052014
 

This plug-in is the full cache version and now includes the features of the simpler Lite cache plugin. You could combine the features of this plugin with others like Far Future Expiry Header plugin and Better WordPress Minify. However, I recommend all in one plugins like WP Fastest Cache.

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