My Top 10 Favorite WordPress Plugins in 2019

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    I was going through my old blog posts and making some corrections. Some posts I keep just for posterity but some really needed an update. One, in particular, is ‘Top 10 Favorite WordPress Plugins” from 2009! It’s an oldie but goodie.  I’ve already gone back and removed links to either dead plugins or some that were no longer needed since WordPress and the technology has changed so much.

    So time for an update.

    Now, before you go off and install these plugins, some we use for every website and are built into our ‘Core’ installations. These we feel can be used for all of our customers. There are some plugins that we would use only for certain websites needing a special feature like events more customizations.

    *Some of these links are affiliate links. We might get one or two cups of tea.*

    These are my favorite plugins for 2019.

    1. SEOPress Pro.
      We started to replace Yoast SEO due to what seemed to be a bloated plugin. The interface is simpler and the wizard can help even the most novice user. I also noticed the edit page SEO section is nicely displayed and the user interface.
    2. Beaver Builder Pro.
      This little gem has been a staple for a few years. Its page builder allows our customers to easily create and modify their pages themselves. With Beaver Builder, we were able to build an award-winning website, The Fort Bend Chamber. It not only speeds up development but makes it easy for our customers to edit their own websites.
    3. WooCommerce.
      Still the favorite for adding e-commerce to your website. It has an intuitive interface when adding products and several methods of upselling, shipping, coupons, galleries and variations. We use it to sell our workbooks, our Care Plans, and our maintenance deposits.
    4. Gravity Forms Zapier Add-On.
      We use this plugin on a daily, if not hourly basis. Leverage your online forms with Zapier to integrate with over 1000 different web services and counting. We use this tool to connect our website to Slack, our email marketing system, project management tool, and more.
    5. Enable Replace Media.
      To help manage the size of your website storage, enable replace media will simply replace images from your blog post or pages without uploading new ones. “allows you to seamlessly replace an image or file in your Media Library by uploading a new file in its place. No more deleting, renaming and re-uploading files!”
    6. WP Rocket.
      A simple but effective caching tool that can help speed up your website. Out of the box, without a lot of technical skill, you can configure the plugin.
    7. WP Bruiser.
      This has been a great tool for stopping for catching and stopping spam as well as brute force attacks.
    8. Shortpixel Image Optimizer.
      It’s easy to forget to optimize your images as you are writing blog posts and articles. ShortPixel is an easy to use, lightweight, install-and-forget-about-it image optimization plugin that can compress all your past images and PDF documents with a single click.
    9. Login Page Styler.
      Have a membership or an e-commerce site that you’d like to brand the login page for your customers? I recommend the login page styler. It’s got an easy interface to customize sections like adding your logo, changing the background color, and more. You can go as simple or complicated as you like if you have skills with CSS.
    10. Better Click To Tweet.
      Sharing your website’s content gets harder and harder as social media platforms change their policies and a new social media channel starts for another generation. With Better Click To Tweet, let your website users and visitors do the work for you. Find a snippet that you would like to share and add it between shortcodes. Readers are encouraged to tweet out both a quote and a link to your content.
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    Christina Hawkins

    Christina Hawkins is CEO of GlobalSpex, Inc. and a Fractional CMO for her clients. A seasoned digital marketer since 1999, Christina has designed and built exceptional websites partnering with small businesses to help them grow and increase revenue. She understands that digital marketing is a constantly evolving technology and works to stay on top of the latest changes. She is always looking for the best route for clients' lead generation needs and revenue. In addition to her ability as a digital marketer, Christina is a coach and mentor with Agency Mavericks to other digital marketing freelancers, helping them grow their businesses. She is also a sponsor and co-leader of Houston's WordPress Meetup.

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