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.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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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:read more
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.read more
Warning: this plugin has been removed from the WordPress repository. (see note) Update to version 3.0.3 for safe version. I have now replaced this plugin with WP ReCaptcha Integration, which is an anti bot tick box, an easier alternative for users than to decode a captcha image.read more
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“.read more
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
I’m using this plugin to create css rules specific for the page and recently used it for custom page backgrounds after searching for a solution.read more
Another great behind the scene plugin to improve your site maintenance. Without something like this how would you know when a link is broken? I recommend this plugin to become a “core” WordPress plugin.read more
If spam is a problem in comments try this combination: Require login to comment (in WP discussion settings), allow Social connect (through a registered profile) and this plugin to limit login attempts.read more
WordPress Plugin Name: Wordfence Security Plugin URL:https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/ Plugin Author: Wordfence WordPress profile: Wordfence Plugin version: 6.3.22 Last updated: November 30, 2017 (2 months ago) Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.9.2 Downloaded: 56,600,505 Rating: 5 (out of 5) Description | FAQ | Screenshots | Other notes | Latest Change | Tags | + Jason’s comments Description THE MOST POPULAR WORDPRESS SECURITY PLUGIN Wordfence Security is 100% free and open-source security software supported by a large team dedicated exclusively to WordPress security. A deep set of features makes Wordfence the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available: Firewall blocks complex and brute force attacks Security Scan alerts you quickly in the event of a security issue Threat Defense Feed keeps Wordfence up to date with the latest security data Robust login security features Configurable security alerts Gain insight into traffic and hack attempts Security incident recovery tools FAQ Visit our documentation websiteread more
This was a great solution to retrieve form results from the Contact Form 7 plugin. However, I have started using Flamingo plugin in it’s place.read more
I now prefer this plugin in place of Shutter Reloaded.read more
This is an easier option than installing a full cart system. If you don’t need catalog, stock control and sales reporting. If you only need PayPal payment gateway with these options: – Currency and language settings – add to cart buttons (transfers to PayPal website) – product name – product sku – product extra info (customer input field) – product weight – product price – shipping cost – additional item shipping cost – check out / view cart button (transfers to PayPal website). Note: this plugin has not been updated in a while (see above). I also recommend WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart plugin which includes an on site cart.read more