WordPress Plugins I Use On Every New Project
I have been using WordPress for most of my client sites, as well as personal sites for donkey’s years now – at least 12, which is insane to be honest as the market for content management systems has grown wildly with lots of new options. Still, I love using the software and find the ability to add new functionality via plugins is is an absolute god send.
Below are the main plugins I install on every new project.
Advanced Custom Fields
I have the PRO version of ACF and it’s the first thing I install on every site I build. It adds so much functionality to WordPress it’s quite unbelievable. Want to add some custom fields for a ‘team’ page, great Gutenberg blocks, or build options pages in no time at all? get this plugin.
This essential anti spam plugin should be used on every site you build. Akismet protects websites from spam comments and has saved me countless hours of moderating tons of these spam comments.
LiteSpeed Cache is my go to plugin for speeding my websites up. It’s easier to use than W3 Total Cache and includes lots of caching options from minifying my HTML/CSS/JS to combining my scripts, and stylesheets.
WooSidebars Makes creating and assigning new ‘sidebars’ or widget areas easy peasy. No more messing about with that functions.php
I have been using WP-PageNavi for all of my pagination needs for years now. It creates a beautiful 1, 2, 3 page links.
This security plugin has saved my bacon on a number of occasions. It can scan my site to alert me of any malware, protect against bruteforce attacks, as well as many many other features.