How to Choose a WordPress Plugin

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Choose Your WordPress Plugin Wisely

The beauty of WordPress is its ability to scale.  You can start small and build out your website as you go.  Adding functionality to any WordPress is done with Plugins.  So it goes without saying you want to carefully choose which WordPress plugin to use for your unique function you want to add.

A few things to consider when choosing WordPress plugins:

  1. Is the Plugin software up to date?  You never want to use a plugin that has not been updated.  It may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
  2. How much control will you have over the layout when displayed on the website page?
  3. Is the Plugin compatible with your Theme?
  4. Is the Plugin salable? Meaning can the plugin handle future growth of content.

An Example of an Outdated WordPress Plugin

An Example of an Outdated WordPress Plugin

So take your time and review all plugin options because changing plugins after you have a few years of content written can create a lot of work to reenter all that content and that doesn’t even address the URL redirect issues.

A Few of Our Favorite Plugins

  • WooCommerce – The best eCommerce platform for WordPress.
  • WPForms – A user friendly WordPress Contact Form Plugin.
  • WP Super Cache – Speeds up your website by serving static cached pages.
  • WP-Optimize – An effective tool for cleaning your WordPress database so that it runs at maximum efficiency.
  • WP Security Audit Log – Identify WordPress security issues before they become a problem.
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com – Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress.
  • Yoast SEO – The all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.
  • Loginizer – Fight against bruteforce attack by blocking login for the IP after it reaches maximum retries allowed.
  • Admin Menu Editor – Lets you directly edit the WordPress admin menu. You can re-order, hide or rename existing menus, add custom menus and more.

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2018-07-08T09:47:00+00:00