Phil Derksen: Plugins you should install on every WordPress site
- VaultPress (JetPack)
- Yoast SEO
- All in One SEO Pack
- The SEO Framework
- Broken Link Checker (resource intensive; run manually after changes)
- Gravity Forms (long history of the product)
- Ninja Forms
- Contact Form 7 (very popular and free, but older and takes more work / detailed to implement)
Email – don’t skip this step
- WP Mail SMTP
- Easy WP SMTP
- Service-specific (Postmark, Mandrill, Sendgrid)
- WP Migrate DB
- (most backup plugins)
What do Phil’s co-workers say?
- User Switching – see what logged in users see.
- Regenerate Thumbnails – change your theme or thumbnail size? This does the work.
- Public Post Preview
- Duplicate Post
- Plugin Toggle
- Editorial Calendar – Calendar view of past and future posts 😉
- Simple Links – will randomize a list of links
- WP Simple Pay – uses Stripe and other payment processors
- Woo Commerce – manage inventory for physical sales, among other things
- Event Espresso – booking
- Sugar Calendar – booking
Generate WP for plugin development – generatewp.com
Matt Reeves: WordPress Customizer
The customizer does do instant WYSIWYG – which is better than before.
While inside the customizer, you can change the device type: full PC web site, tablet, and smartphone.
Kirki Theme Customizer; but can be temperamental re: the themes it works with.
Elementor is a theme builder that Matt has started using, that he actually admires the power in it.