Super WordPress Day – Meetup Fresno – 2019-09-24

Phil Derksen: Plugins you should install on every WordPress site

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  • BackWPup
  • UpdraftPlus
  • VaultPress (JetPack)
  • BackupBuddy
  • BlogVault


  • 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
  • WPForms
  • Formidable
  • 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)

Site Migration

  • WP Migrate DB
  • Duplicator
  • (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 😉

Community says

  • 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 –

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.

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