It’s been almost been a year ago when I wrote part 1 of WP plugins that I use and so I thought it was time for an update! Some of the plugins from that post are either no longer available or I’ve replaced them + I have some new ones that I’m really enjoying. So, let’s hop to my list! I’ll list them and tell you what they do.
Arconix FAQ. I had been looking around for a frequently-asked questions plugin to help answer those questions I would get asked a lot. This plugin comes in handy for that as I can categorize my questions and the layout is very attractive.
Wanna see this plugin in action? Click here to take a look at my new FAQs page!
Because themes are created by many different developers, choosing the right one is imperative. For this blog, I installed “Elegant Pink” but I’ve made a ton of enhancements to it to fit the look I wanted and have the functionality to go along with it.
Child Theme Generator. Anyone who uses WordPress is aware of themes and using child themes. However, if you’re new to WP, let me briefly explain what child themes are. A theme is what web developers use for how they want their website to look. Many WP themes are free but there’s also premium themes that cost and comes with more features. The tricky part is themes can be customized with different fonts, colors, etc. But when themes get updated by developers, all the customizations are lost UNLESS you use a child theme. This plugin is very lightweight and creates a child theme that looks like the main or (parent) theme but will keep all the customizations in tact.
Ever run into a situation where you needed to add some code to your functions.php file? This can happen with installing plugins or even within your WordPress theme. But if you’re like me, you stay FAR, FAR away from messing with the functions.php file, after all if it’s not coded correctly, it will break your whole site. Fortunately, there’s a plugin that I just learned about where you can add code to this file without touching it!
Code Snippets is an easy, clean and simple way to run PHP code snippets on your site. It removes the need to add custom snippets to your theme’s functions.php file.
Countdown Timer Ultimate is a very simple plugin for displaying a countdown timer on your WordPress site.
I’ve needed a countdown timer for running sales and promotions or to announce an upcoming event and this plugin is great for that. It’s easily customizable and with its shortcode, easy to add to any page!
Modula Image Gallery. It’s a WordPress gallery plugin for adding custom, unique and responsive galleries to your website. Sometimes, you may have a theme that doesn’t come with a gallery OR you just might want to customize your gallery. Modula Image Gallery comes with several layouts to choose from. There’s a lite and pro version, the lite version is very useful and I’ve liked using it.
Want to protect your images and content on your blog? No Right Click Images Plugin will do just that. It disables the context menu on images only so other right click actions, such as links, should work normally.
Have you noticed my homepage slider, or my page header images? That is the work of Smart Slider 3! Now, I started using the free version of this plugin about a year or so before and loved it so much that I upgraded to the Pro version. I don’t usually buy plugin upgrades but this one has got it going on! I can’t begin to tell you how many features come with this plugin. For example, you can have full width or full page sliders that slide in, fade out and more! And, you don’t need to code either!
Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan. This is my ‘go-to’ security plugin and I’ve been using it for years! It comes with a multitude of options. It thoroughly checks for malware, attempted login threats and sends alerts + blocks IP addresses. That’s just a few things it can do. The scanner checks core files, themes and plugins for malware, bad URLs, backdoors, SEO spam, malicious redirects and code injections. There’s a pro version that offers more protection and I would recommend getting it. However, the free version will also do the job!
Need a simple contact form for your blog? Contact Form by WPForms – Drag & Drop Form Builder for WordPress has their Contact Form plugin for just this purpose. It’s so easy to create too. And it uses a shortcode that you place on your page. You can also create feedback, subscription, payment, as well as other types of forms too!
Well, that’s my updated list! If you’re a WordPress user, tell me which plugin(s) you can’t do without!