Here is a compiled list of plugins we recommend installing to your WordPress site ranging from super helpful to bells and whistles type plugins.
WordPress sites have been a common request from clients here at CreateHive. With each site, Paula and I notice that there are standard plugins we instinctually install into each client’s site. Gathered here is a list of plugins we definitely install and some extras that have been very nice additions to sites.
Plugins that help behind the scenes during the construction of a new site:
To update the domain/url from the database (without sifting through code) – serves as an easy search and replace.
– Go Live Update URLs
This is for when we are working on a live site and not wanting to fully launch it yet. It puts an “Under Construction” sign up as we work.
– Coming Soon / Maintenance mode Ready!
Elegant Themes Helpers
Since we frequent the use of the DIVI theme from Elegant themes, here are some helpful plugins to help facilitate the use of the theme.
– Elegant Themes Updater
Helps implement code into posts/pages like PHP or JS.
– Insert HTML Snippet
Child Theme Aggregate
Helps create new child theme without you creating your own on the backend side.
– Child Theme Configurator
– Wordfence Security
Style plugins to help the construction of a site:
Some clients want a more customized form vs. the standard WordPress one.
Different ways to integrate social networks to WordPress sites.
Bells and Whistles
Some common additions clients typically like in their site.
Plugins that help once site is up and running:
Helpful tools to help track stats for sites.
General Fixes / Help
Fixes to help the site. Often are changes made by WordPress updates.