My Favorite Things to use with WordPress Part 2

In my last post I discussed some of my favorite things to use with WordPress. After posting I realized I wanted to add a few more plugins to the list. A common misconception is that you should only have the bare bones minimum of plugins. This isn’t necessarily true. If the authors are keeping their plugins up to date then the more the merrier. The WordPress Codex actually has implemented a new warning if you are searching for a plugin. If the plugin is out of date it will let you know it hasn’t been updated in x amount of years. Look for plugins that have been recently updated, have good support, and are compatible with most recent versions of WordPress.

Enjoy!

Display Widgets Plugin 

This plugin easily allows you to display different widgets on different pages just by easily selecting which page title you want it to appear on. I’ve tried out a few others like Widget context, but this one is much better.

Ultimate Maintenance Mode Plugin

If you are launching a clients site and are not ready to flip it on yet, or you need to work on a clients site. This plugin takes an actual screen shot of the live version if the site and niceley displays a custom message. In essence it is actually creating a custom maintenance mode image in seconds. You can upload your own custom message, but why would you?

Gravity Forms MailChimp Add-On

In my last post I talked about Gravity forms and Mailchimp separately. Well, this add-on plugin allows them to integrate easily. Perfect for a form widget.

“The Gravity Forms MailChimp Add-On gives you an easy way to integrate all of your online forms with the MailChimp email marketing service. Collect and add subscribers to your email marketing lists automatically when a form is submitted.”

WP 125 Plugin
If you have affiliate ads and want to display them in your sidebar then this plugin is for you. It tracks clicks, and set expire dates. You can also upload a custom ad like a “You ad here” image and have it link to a form to contact you so people can contact you about purchasing ad space on your site.

Security Ninja Plugin
My top recommendation for security is keep your plugins and WP up to date, but if plugins are your thing Security Ninja will make you feel warm and fuzzy.

    perform 27+ security tests including brute-force attacks
    check your site for security vulnerabilities and holes
    take preventive measures against attacks
    don’t let script kiddies hack your site
    prevent 0-day exploit attacks
    use included code snippets for quick fixes
    extensive help and descriptions of tests included

FontPress – Font Manager Plugin
Woo themes comes with all Google fonts installed and Genesis utilizes Typekit, but if you aren’t using one of the two then this plugin is great for editing fonts if you don’t feel comfortable editing your .css.
“With FontPress you can easily customize any text of your theme by using any font you want.”

WordPress Events Calendar Plugin

Want to display events? WP events calendar creates posts out of your individual events and even includes Google Maps.

Akismet Plugin

This one is often left of peoples list because it already sits in your dashboard. It is a free spam filter for your site and it works. Activate the key and keep your site spam free!

What are your favourite WordPress plugins? Please leave a comment below!

Rachael Butts
Rachael Butts is the CEO and lead designer for Rachaelbutts.com. She is a self-made WordPress gal who loves running her own shop, making clients happy, and coffee.

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