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.

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Plugins that help behind the scenes during the construction of a new site:

Database Help
To update the domain/url from the database (without sifting through code) – serves as an easy search and replace.

Plugins:
Go Live Update URLs

Under Construction
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.

Plugins:
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.

Plugins:
Elegant Themes Updater

Code
Helps implement code into posts/pages like PHP or JS.

Plugins:
Insert HTML Snippet

Child Theme Aggregate
Helps create new child theme without you creating your own on the backend side.

Plugins:
Child Theme Configurator

Security

Plugins:
Wordfence Security

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Style plugins to help the construction of a site:

Forms
Some clients want a more customized form vs. the standard WordPress one.

Plugins:
Ninja Forms
WordPress Appointment Booking and Online Scheduling Plugin by vCita

Social Networking
Different ways to integrate social networks to WordPress sites.

Plugins:
jQuery Pin It Button For Images
Pinterest Pin It Button For Images

Bells and Whistles
Some common additions clients typically like in their site.

Plugins:
Kiwi Logo Carousel
YouTube 

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Plugins that help once site is up and running:

SEO/Tracking
Helpful tools to help track stats for sites.

Plugins:
Google XML Sitemaps 
Google Analytics by Yoast
Yoast SEO Plugin

General Fixes / Help
Fixes to help the site. Often are changes made by WordPress updates.

Plugins:
Advanced Excerpt
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