Must-Have Plugins

Not sure what plugins you should be using on your WordPress website? Here are the plugins I use on every website I build! Together these will create a strong framework for your website, and 4 out of 5 of them are FREE!

1. Child Theme Configurator

This plugin is used to create a child theme, and then it gets deleted. You can choose what files you would like in the child theme in addition to the style sheet, and I always add footer.php, header.php and functions.php. If you aren’t doing much (or any) custom coding you can stick with the stylesheet.

2. UpdraftPlus Backup & Restoration

I setup automated backups that sync to my Dropbox! You can setup daily, weekly, etc backups and you can choose to have more than one backup available to you at any time. I like to set Updraft for weekly backups and have it hold onto the 2 most recent.

3. WordFence Security

This is great to keep your site secure, and to block the IP addresses of potential hackers. WordFence will send you email notifications of what is happening on your website so you can stay on top of it.

4. Yoast SEO

This is my favorite SEO plugin, in addition to setting up your SEO or Search Engine Optimization – you can also choose what image will show up with links on social media – for the whole site, and also for individual pages/posts!

5. Bloom (affiliate link)

This is my GO-TO for custom landing pages, opt-in forms, and popup boxes. Bloom is a premium plugin from Elegant Themes, the creators of the Divi theme.