At Bloom, my former company, WordPress was our CMS of choice. Through some trial and error, we determined that it’s best for the long-term health of your installation (and your sanity) to use as few plug-ins as possible and rely instead on writing your own functions. We’ll be sharing our list of favorite functions soon. In the meantime, here’s our list of five plug-ins we couldn’t do without.
iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)
Getting your site hacked is a painful experience. There are some simple steps your can take to secure your site nd this plug-in will do the heavy lifting for you as well as send you scheduled back-ups – effectively eliminating the need for a back-up plug-in. Note: Install this before you build out your site to take advantage of all it’s features.
There are many SEO plug-ins out there and we’ve tried most of them. Yoast is currently the best at assisting the optimization process.
Pretty much every site you build will have at least some kind of form. Gravity Forms can handle about anything from a simple contact form to a multi-part questionnaire elegantly. Sure, you’ll pay initially for a developers license but you have a well written piece of code to use on multiple projects.
If you really have to use a slider, how about a flexible gallery plug-in that’s simple, template-able and doesn’t cause java script conflicts. Once again, this is pay to play but spring for the developers license and your set moving forward.
Subscribe 2 keeps the process of subscribing to email updates “in-house”.
Advanced Custom Fields Templates
Every client has information that needs to be formatted outside of the normal flow of the main content area. Managing this information can be a bit clunky with the standard custom field interface. This plug in cleans it up and makes it easier for the client to manage.
That’s it. Please share your favorites below.