Having just created my latest blog, it’s time to install my favorite plugins!
As any experienced WordPress developer knows, in spite of all it’s many features there’s still a lot of missing functionality. Finding the right plugins helps you to fill in the missing gaps and optimize your usage of the platform.
(Descriptions in quotes are from the plugin’s site:)
Adds useful flexibility when creating menus.
“This plugin adds an enhanced “Navigation Menu” widget. It offers many options which could be set to customize the output of the custom menu through the widget.”
Very handy to create grids and lists from your posts or pages.
“Content Views helps you to create beautiful recent posts grid, category posts grid, tag posts grid, author posts grid, and other types of grid for your WordPress site in minutes, without any line of code!”
Makes it easy to add mailing list sign-up forms to the site.
“Creates a new widget to easily add mailing lists to a Genesis website. Recommended plugin to replace the Genesis eNews Widget removed in Genesis 2.0. The widget allows the site administrator to set either the Feedburner ID or choose MailPoet’s lists or form action, e-mail form field and hidden fields to mimic the subscribe form of other mailing list services.”
This plugin makes it much easier for developers to work with Genesis.
“This plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to insert code (HTML, Shortcodes, and PHP), and attach it to any of the 50+ action hooks throughout the Genesis Theme Framework, from StudioPress.”
“This plugin allows you to create a tabbed section, via a widget, that can display the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post.
Choose which categories you want to feature in the tabbed section, which post elements you want to show, and save the widget. Place the widget in the feature section of a Genesis child theme.”
Makes it easy to find Genesis hooks by showing their actual locations on the page.
“Once installed this plugin adds a drop down menu to the admin bar to select between three views (Hook, Filter, and Markup). Select an option or all three to see the hooks in their actual locations on your current theme.
Great companion to Genesis Simple Hooks.”
A popular plugin to display your Facebook, Twitter etc icons.
“Simple Social Icons is an easy to use, customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles. With it, you can easily choose which profiles to link to, customize the color and size of your icons, as well as align them to the left, center, or right, all from the widget form (no settings page necessary!).”
Useful to hide your site from Google etc until your site is ready for a grateful and adoring world.
“A simple, no-nonsense plugin for all those situations when you have to hide the site behind an Under Construction page for a while. ”
One of the most popular security plugins – keep your site safe from hackers and spammers.
“THE MOST POPULAR WORDPRESS FIREWALL & SECURITY SCANNER
Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.”
Very handy for easily creating forms and pages, e.g. a Contact Page for your site.
“WPForms allow you to create beautiful contact forms, subscription forms, payment forms, and other type of forms for your site in minutes, not hours!”
So those are mine – what are YOUR favorite plugins? Please share in the comments!
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