7 Must Have WordPress Plugins I Cannot Live Without

We all have our favorite WordPress plugins – some are quite niche that we may only use on a site or two when the circumstances permit and there are other great WordPress Plugins that we use more freely as they often have a more generic purpose that is required on most types of websites.

Over the past three to four years using WordPress, after many years of coding, I have my little arsenal of WordPress plugins that I often pre-load with a new install.  The exceptions being GravityView, which is dependent on the type of site I am building and whether I need to present any form data back to the users.  

Here are my seven favourite plugins that I certainly could not survive without. 

Marketing Plugin

1. Convert Pro

Convert Pro is one of the flagship products of the Brainstorm Force group who brought the Astra theme to us.  Highly praised by many recognised names in the WordPress world.  Convert Pro guarantees increases in subscribers and conversions.

Convert Pro offers a  revolutionary drag and drop editor that makes it easy and fast to design high converting opt-in forms in minutes. It is highly optimized for speed, which in turn has a positive effect on conversion rate.

My favourite part of Convert Pro is that it integrates perfectly with Active Campaign and many other email marketing software.

 

Caching Plugin

2. WP Rocket

Hands down the best caching plugin that I have used and I have used plenty.

There is often plenty of debate about whether purchasing a caching plugin has any benefit when there are so many great free caching plugins out there and there is some point in this.

I actually use WP Fastest Cache for simple, no frills, no outside of the box type websites.  It is perfect BUT as soon as I have a site that is resource intensive, uses extensive Javascript/Jquery/Ajax etc, I find that WP Rocket gives me the precise control to a manage these elements at a Global, page and post level. 

Their documentation and support is also the best in this niche.

Forms Plugins

I am cheating and grouping these two plugins together as I use them hand-in-hand on most sites.

Gravity Forms for data collection and database storage, registration & mail integration etc and then I use Gravity View to provide a front end view of data that needs to be collected on the front-end of your site AND presented on the frond end.  This is an example of how I have used GravityView.

3. GRAVITY FORMS

Gravity Forms is the most notable forms plugin, for good reason but has some strong competition with WP Forms, Ninja Forms, Caldera Forms and Formidable Forms. 

For me, I choose Gravity Forms because the third party integrations suit my needs to a T.

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GravityView

As I just mentioned, Gravity View allows you to cleanly present data on the front end of your site.  It could be a list e.g. Business Listing or a profile (resumes, user profile, event etc).  I don’t think any plugin has made something so difficult so easy.  You can even add multiple filtering options to your data.

I was sold on GravityView as soon as I saw the song and dance number on the main page.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out here.

Schema Markup Plugin

4. Schema PRO

Schema Pro is the only Schema plugin you will ever need.  It is another amazing product from the team at Brainstorm Force who have brought us the incredibly fast theme, Astra.  The only theme I will use.

The interface is easy to use, a simple click and select where you can set up markup in minutes. All the markup configurations you will set are automatically applied to all selected pages & posts.  It is an easy way to increase your CTR (Click Through Rate) in search results with the additional positive data on display (e.g. reviews, ratings etc)

Optimization Plugin

5. ShortPixel

ShortPixel improves website performance by reducing the image size. The resulting smaller images are no different in quality from the original image but will consequently load quicker and reduce page load time.

ShortPixel is extraordinarily cheap where you can purchase 10,000 image optimisations for $9.99.  Crazy.  I love Imagify also but ShortPixel is my go to Image optimisaiton plugin.

Elementor Plugin

6. Ultimate Addons for Elementor

Heaps of developers make Elementor Add-ons.  Elementor is such a powerful page builder with an incredible community that developers leverage off this popularity to monetize their plugins but this particular plugin is exceptional.  Another product from the Brainstorm Force group that you know has been coded with a modular architecture ensures it is lightweight and fast.

Enhance the existing Elementor with a new collection of creative and unique widgets that are both useful and fun.  These include Modal Pop-ups, multi-buttons, before/after sliders, woo-commerce addons and also forms add-ons amongst many others make this hard to say no. 

 

SEO Plugin

7. SEOPress Pro

SEOPress is one of the newer SEO plugins on the block.  With the WordPress SEO Plugin space having been dominated primarily by Yoast and All in One SEO Pack it is good to see others marking their mark – particularly The SEO Framework and also my preferred, SEOPress.

SEOPress is a feature rich SEO Plugin that still remains lean and fast.  It has the core features of the other SEO Plugins and also includes Google Structured Data, keyword suggestions, a backlink checker, Google Analytics stats & Google My Business Meta data.  You need to check out all of the features here

Everything included for the ridiculously low price of $39 (AND that includes Unlimited Licenses).

What are your favorite plugins that you can’t live without?  Do you use any of the seven plugins that I have listed?  IF so, very keen to hear your thoughts?

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