The days are always busy for the design and dev teams at The Blog Studio with builds, rebuilds and updates for our clients.
To help shed some light on the process and share some tips with the world, we got Developer and Rock Star, Mike Caputo to share his list of 10 Go To WordPress Plugins.
While you may not need all 10 of these plugins for your site, they may come in very handy if you’re looking for new options in your builds, or you’re just the type to check out a new idea to see if it fits better than what you’re using right now. Check out our list of 10 Go To Plugins and give yourself some new options for your next website.
Remember to read the reviews and to post any questions in WordPress forums before you jump in on a new plugin. And always, always, back up your website before you make changes. The last thing you need is to be pulling your hair out because something didn’t go as planned on try #1.
The Blog Studio’s Most Installed Plugins:
1) AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild – Allows you to rebuild all thumbnails on your site. It is very useful when building sites that already have Featured Images.
2) Contact Form 7 – Contact Form 7 has the capacity to manage multiple contact forms, with the option of easily customizing the form and the mail contents with simple markup.
3) Twitter Widget Pro – A widget that properly handles Twitter feeds, including parsing @usernames. The best Twitter widget plugin we’ve found!
4) Advanced Custom Fields – Helps make custom fields for multiple purposes on websites. Comes in handy very often.
5) W3 Total Cache – The only WordPress Performance Optimization framework; designed to improve UX and page speed. Best caching plugin we’ve found. Note: Does not work on all server environments
6) Advanced Text Widget – Features Include: 10 Default widget visibility conditions with over 20 application possibilities – Unlimited custom conditions – “Advanced Text” widget with raw PHP support and shortcodes execution.
7) Options Framework – Makes it easy to include an options panel in any WordPress theme based on your needs ie. text input – checkbox – select – radio button – upload (image uploader)/
8) Simple Backup – According to Mike: “The easiest way to run a backup.”
9) WordPress Backup to Dropbox – Allows clients to choose the day, time and frequency of backups – as well as dumping their websites files and a SQL database in their Dropbox account!
10) Max Banner Ads – Free/Paid versions allow you to “easily add and rotate banners in your wordpress blog anywhere you like without editing any themes or touching any code.”
There you have it, The Blog Studio’s list of 10 Go To WordPress Plugins. We hope that you find something that makes your website better and your life easier!