Once you decided to build a new WordPress website there are a must have plugins.
Before I go to that though lets talk about the basics. Any optimal website needs a good hosting provider. If you get a cheap host you’ll pay for it down the road with poor support, slow speeds and possible downtime. Decent WordPress hosting providers are:
- Bluehost – not terrible, not great either. Mixed reviews
- GoDaddy – budget hosting and ok for small sites
- Liquid Web – this is what we use
- WPEngine – this is a fast and very responsive provider
You need a solid theme for your WordPress site. Customizing a theme is what the big agencies say they do and if so thats great. But then that theme will need to be maintained also. Otherwise future updates can and will overwrite things and this could break your sites functionality. Some great themes can be found at:
- ThemeForest – my favorite place for themes
- Elegant Themes – not a huge selection but solid ones
In dealing with clients all over the world 2 themes always seem to be used time and time again. That is the theme named Avada and the theme named Enfold. Those two themes I see all the time and for good reason….they are great themes that are constantly updated and supported.
So now to the plugins, this is why you came here right?
- W3 Total Cache – this is just a great plugin to optimize your site. It has some great caching features.
- Yoast SEO – simple way to make sure your organic SEO is good
- Google Webmaster Tools – this is good for many reasons, site maps, search data, malware monitoring and more
- Gravity Forms – hands down the best and easiest to make simple or complex forms
- WordFence- make sure your website is safe & secure from the bad guys
- Duplicataor – this is great for moving sites from staging to production or if you are just moving your site
- WP Staging – A must have to test plugins & design changes before doing it to your live site