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The Best WordPress Plugins for Every Purpose (Recommended by Developers)

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From http://www.meetup.com/Milwaukee-WordPress-MeetUp/events/228040925/

Geoff Myers, digital marketing consultant/strategist and president of SimDex LLC, will be presenting an overview of the best plugins that he – and many other WordPress developers – use regularly for client projects and highly recommend.

Geoff will present and discuss some of the best plugins available in each of the following categories:

• Analytics
• Backups
• Calendars/Events
• Comments
• Ecommerce
• Email Marketing
• Forms
• Forums/Discussions
• Galleries/Sliders
• Import/Export
• Migrations/Cloning
• Performance
• Security
• SEO
• Social Media
• Tools/Utilities
• Videos
• More!

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The Best WordPress Plugins for Every Purpose (Recommended by Developers)

  1. 1. THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE (RECOMMENDED BY DEVELOPERS) GEOFF MYERS PRESENTS
  2. 2. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 BEFORE WE BEGIN… ABOUT GEOFF MYERS ▸ Founded SimDex in 2004 ▸ Web Solutions for Small + Medium Sized Businesses ▸ Digital Marketing Consultant + Strategist ▸ 10+ Years as Full Stack Web Designer + Developer ▸ 5+ Years of WordPress Development Experience ▸ 50+ WordPress Sites Built, Maintained + Marketed ▸ Formal Background in Computer Science ▸ Get In Touch: geoff@simdex.org or simdex.org or 414.455.6675
  3. 3. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN RESEARCHING A PLUGIN? 1. Features + Functionality 2. User Interface + Experience (UI/UX) 3. Customization + Flexibility 4. Responsive Design + Mobile Friendliness 5. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) 6. Performance + Speed 7. Security + Stability 8. Developer + Community Support
  4. 4. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK FIRST ▸ What features and functionality do you need? ▸ What integrations do you want with other plugins? ▸ How compatible is your theme? ▸ How technologically savvy are you? ▸ What is your budget? ▸ How willing are you to learn? ▸ How much support do you need?
  5. 5. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIND A PLUGIN? ▸ WordPress Plugin Directory (wordpress.org/plugins) ▸ WooThemes (woothemes.com) ▸ Elegant Themes (elegantthemes.com) ▸ WPMU DEV (wpmudev.org) ▸ CodeCanyon (codecanyon.net) ▸ Plugin Developer Websites
 (gravityforms.com, yoast.com…)
  6. 6. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE A SMALL SAMPLE OF PLUGIN CATEGORIES ▸ Analytics ▸ Backups ▸ Calendars/Events ▸ Comments ▸ Development ▸ Ecommerce ▸ Email Marketing ▸ Forms ▸ Forums/Discussions ▸ Images/Videos ▸ Import/Export ▸ Maps ▸ Migrations/Cloning ▸ Performance ▸ Security ▸ SEO ▸ Social Media ▸ Tools/Utilities ▸ More…
  7. 7. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR WEBSITE ANALYTICS + INSIGHTS ▸ Google Analyticator ▸ Google Analytics by Yoast ▸ Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
  8. 8. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR WEBSITE BACKUPS ▸ BackupBuddy ▸ BackUpWordPress ▸ UpdraftPlus ▸ WP-DB-Backup
  9. 9. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR CALENDARS + EVENTS ▸ Events Manager ▸ The Events Calendar
  10. 10. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR USER COMMENTS ▸ Akismet ▸ Disable Comments ▸ Disqus Comment System
  11. 11. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR DEVELOPERS ▸ Advanced Custom Fields (create create custom fields) ▸ Child Theme Configurator (create child themes) ▸ Custom Post Type UI (create custom post types
 and taxonomies) ▸ Theme Check (check WordPress
 theme best practices) ▸ Types (create custom post types,
 taxonomies,and custom fields) ▸ What The File (identity templates)
  12. 12. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR ECOMMERCE + SHOPPING CARTS ▸ WooCommerce ▸ WooCommerce Premium Extensions 
 (many, many plugins with various features) ▸ Braintree (payment processor) ▸ PayPal Pro (payment processor) ▸ Stripe (payment processor)
  13. 13. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR EMAIL MARKETING INTEGRATION ▸ MailChimp for WordPress ▸ MailPoet Newsletters
  14. 14. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR CUSTOM FORMS ▸ Contact Form 7 ▸ Fast Secure Contact Form ▸ Gravity Forms ▸ Ninja Forms
  15. 15. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR FORUMS + DISCUSSION BOARDS ▸ bbPress
  16. 16. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR IMAGE + VIDEO GALLERIES + SLIDERS ▸ Gallery ▸ Image Widget ▸ Meta Slider ▸ NextGEN Gallery ▸ Slider ▸ Slider Revolution
  17. 17. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR IMPORTING + EXPORTING DATA ▸ WordPress Importer ▸ WP All Import
  18. 18. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR EMBEDDING MAPS ▸ Google Maps Widget ▸ MapPress ▸ WP Google Maps
  19. 19. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR CLONING + MIGRATING WEBSITES ▸ All-in-One WP Migration ▸ Duplicator ▸ WP Migrate DB
  20. 20. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION (PART 1 OF 2) ▸ CloudFlare (content delivery network) ▸ EWWW Image Optimizer (image optimization) ▸ Imsanity (automatic image resizing) ▸ P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) 
 (diagnostics + troubleshooting) ▸ Query Monitor 
 (diagnostics + troubleshooting)
  21. 21. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE ▸ W3 Total Cache (caching + minification) ▸ WP-Optimize (database optimization) ▸ WP Smush (image optimization) ▸ WP Super Cache
 (caching + minification) BEST PLUGINS FOR PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION (PART 2 OF 2)
  22. 22. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR SECURITY + PRIVACY ▸ Advanced Automatic Updates (automatic WP updates) ▸ Easy Updates Manager (automatic WP updates) ▸ iThemes Security (security best practices) ▸ Login LockDown (login protection) ▸ Really Simple SSL (force HTTPS/SSL) ▸ Sucuri Security (malware scanner) ▸ Wordfence Security 
 (malware scanner)
  23. 23. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO) ▸ All in One SEO Pack ▸ Google XML Sitemaps ▸ Yoast SEO
  24. 24. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING + INTEGRATION ▸ AddThis ▸ AddToAny ▸ Custom Facebook Feed ▸ Shareaholic ▸ ShareThis ▸ Social Networks Auto-Poster
  25. 25. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR SOCIAL NETWORKS + COMMUNITY BUILDING ▸ BuddyPress
  26. 26. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR TOOLS + UTILITIES (PART 1 OF 2) ▸ Admin Columns (view, edit, filter, and sort posts and pages inline) ▸ Better Search Replace (find and replace in MySQL database) ▸ Broken Link Checker 
 (find and fix links + images with 404 errors) ▸ InfiniteWP 
 (manage multiple WordPress sites) ▸ ManageWP
 (manage multiple WordPres sites) ▸ Multi Plugin Installer 
 (bulk install plugins automatically)
  27. 27. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR TOOLS + UTILITIES (PART 2 OF 2) ▸ Nav Menu Roles (control access to menus) ▸ Page Restrict (control access to content) ▸ Redirection (easily create 301 redirects) ▸ Regenerate Thumbnails 
 (recreate image thumbnails) ▸ Simple History (log user activity) ▸ User Role Editor
 (edit user + group permissions)
  28. 28. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR MISCELLANEOUS (PART 1 OF 2) ▸ Display Widgets (conditionally show widgets) ▸ Duplicate Post (copy posts and pages) ▸ DuracellTomi's Google Tag Manager ▸ Jetpack (many, many features) ▸ Page Builder by Site Origin
 (visual layout builder) ▸ Shortcodes Ultimate
 (pre-formatted modules)
  29. 29. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THE BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR EVERY PURPOSE BEST PLUGINS FOR MISCELLANEOUS (PART 2 OF 2) ▸ TablePress (create and edit tables) ▸ TinyMCE Advanced (WYSIWYG editor) ▸ Visual Composer 
 (visual layout builder) ▸ WPtouch (mobile-friendliness)
  30. 30. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THAT’S IT FOR NOW… THANK YOU! Questions? Comments? Get In Touch:
 geoff@simdex.org
 simdex.org
 414.455.6675
  31. 31. GEOFF@SIMDEX.ORG | WWW.SIMDEX.ORG | 414.455.6675 THAT’S IT FOR NOW… THIS PRESENTATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE: simdex.org/plugins simdex.org/plugins.pdf Get In Touch:
 geoff@simdex.org
 simdex.org
 414.455.6675

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