Yes, I know – this is a little late. We’re already 1/12 of the way into 2020 already… how is it February already!? At least this year we have a whole extra day to enjoy, and if you believe in old Irish legends, it’s a day where women propose to men!
Anyhows, I’ve got a spare afternoon and wanted to write a short article on my most used WordPress plugins of 2019. I haven’t totalled up the number of projects I completed last year, but there’s a core set of plugins I always turn to and I’ll be going over these below in hope that you might find them useful too!
As always, If you’re on the lookout for a reliable WordPress developer, be sure to drop me a line! With that out the way – let’s get on with the list!
1. Advanced Custom Fields
Probably my most used plugin – I use it on 99% of projects. Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) basically allows you to add any sort of custom input field to WordPress. For example, the standard WordPress edit screen by default gives you just the title field, and the content editor. But what if you wanted to add a custom background colour to the page, or show a location map? Well – enter ACF! It’s great for me, and easy for clients… win win!
2. Custom Post Type UI
Custom post types can be set as part of the theme in WordPress, but I like using a separate plugin. Should the client ever decide to move to a new theme, they won’t lose their custom posts. Plus, this plugin makes them really easy to create and manage!
WordPress isn’t just a great content management system, it can also make for a great ecommerce site. If you’re looking to sell a few products and want to manage everything in one place, definitely check this out – it’s by far the most popular ecommerce plugin for WordPress, and has itself a large library of first and third party plugins to extend its base functionality.
4. WP Rocket
I doubt this would be a proper list without a caching plugin of some sort. Though caching will rarely solve all your speed problems (i’d strongly recommend using a decent host) it will certainly help. I’ve used a few over the years, and WP Rocket is the one I generally always come back to. It has a clean UI, extensive features including caching (obviously), lazy loading, asset minification and CDN integration. It’s not a free plugin, but I feel the $49 per year is definitely worth it.
5. WordPress SEO
Finally, a plugin I always use – WordPress SEO. Some clients chose not to use it, but for others that are trying to improve their search performance, this plugin can definitely help – giving indications on post length, keyword use and suggest internal links. If you want to ensure the content you’re writing is working for you, I’d definitely suggest giving this plugin a go.