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I have been working in WordPress for a while now, and there are plugins that I could not live without. I figured I would share them here with you to save yourself the time and headache of testing plugins on your own. Most of these are free, and I will let you know if there are any that are not. 

  1. Advanced Custom Fields
  2. Calculated Fields Form
  3. Custom Post Types UI
  4. Defender
  5. Elementor
  6. Elementor Pro
  7. Essential Addons for Elementor
  8. Google Listings and Ads
  9. HubSpot All-In-One Marketing – Forms, Popups, Live Chat
  10. Mailchimp for WooCommerce
  11. Nitropack
  12. Redirection
  13. Return Refund and Exchange for WooCommerce
  14. ShortPixel Image Optimizer
  15. Site Kit by Google
  16. Smush
  17. Stop Spammers
  18. WooCommerce
  19. WP Affiliate Manager
  20. Yoast SEO

Advanced Custom Fields WordPress Plugin

The ACF wordpress plugin allows me to add custom fields to posts, pages, and products and use them in Elementor. 

Calculated Fields Form WordPress Plugin

The Calculated Fields Form allows you to make custom calculators on your site that are interactive. These pages that I make with these calculators tend to be very interactive and visitors interact positively with them. 

Custom Post Types UI WordPress Plugin

The Custom Post Type WordPress plugin allows me to make a post type on the left hand side of the WordPress dashboard. Usually there is just “Posts” and under that are post categories and tags. This plugin allows you to create a new post type in addition to posts. Pretty Cool!

Defender WordPress Plugin

Defender is a great plugin that helps secure your website from cyber attacks. 

Elementor WordPress Plugin

Elementor is a highly customizable website builder. The free version allows you to do a lot of really great things and may be all you need to create a great wordpress site. You can create custom headers, footers, page templates, etc. These templates essentially take the place of your theme. 

Elementor Pro WordPress Plugin

The pro version adds on to that and gives you a lot of additional widgets to play with from the free version along with some added functionality. This is a paid add-on plugin. 

Essential Addons for Elementor WordPress Plugin

The Essential Add-Ons for Elementor WordPress plugin adds on to the Elementor and Elementor Pro plugins with additional 

Google Listings and Ads WordPress Plugin

The Google Listings and Ads WordPress Plugin connects with your google account to get your product listings and ads to function properly. 

HubSpot All-In-One Marketing - Forms, Popups, Live Chat WordPress Plugin

The Hubspot WordPress Plugin for the Hubspot CRM is pretty cool. It starts off with basic functionality of the free version, then you can pay for other really cool add-ons to manage your customers. 

Mailchimp for WooCommerce WordPress Plugin

The Mailchimp for WooCommerce Plugin is really cool. If you are doing email marketing and you have an eCommerce website this is a really great tool. It allows you to send automated follow-up emails to WooCommerce customers and segment your customers. 

Nitropack WordPress Plugin

The Nitropack WordPress plugin is incredible. I tried my hardest to get a perfect score on the google page speed insights using a series of plugins for CDNs, Caching, CSS scripts, image optimization, lazy load, etc. This plugin does all of those things in a free account. 

Redirection WordPress Plugin

The Redirection WordPress plugin is great for SEO. If you have a popular page that had previously been indexed by google and (for whatever reason) decide to change the URL, you can redirect that traffic to the new URL and not lose those visitors. This also helps to reduce the number of 404 errors on your site. 

Return Refund and Exchange for WooCommerce WordPress Plugin

The Return Refund and Exchange for WooCommerce WordPress Plugin is cool becuase it allows your customer to request refunds and exchanges on your site and connect it to that specific order. It also allows you to message that customer and approve of the return before it is innitiated. 

ShortPixel Image Optimizer WordPress Plugin

The ShortPixel Image Optimizer WordPress Plugin is very useful if you want to reduce the file size of the images on your site. Why? to reduce the time it takes to load those pages. 

Site Kit by Google WordPress Plugin

The Site Kit by Google WordPress Plugin allows you to easily connect your wordpress site to google analytics and google search console and easily view those results from within your wordpress site. 

Smush WordPress Plugin

The Smush WordPress Plugin is the best way to identify if the image dimensions and the expected container sizes do not match on your site. Knowing this allows you to fix those image sizes, saving processing power when the page loads for the visitor.  

Stop Spammers WordPress Plugin

Tired of all the spam on your site? This plugin helps to reduce the amount of spam comments on your posts and forums. 

WooCommerce WordPress Plugin

WooCommerce brings eCommerce to WordPress. It is a game changer for anyone looking to monetize your WordPress site.  

WP Affiliate Manager WordPress Plugin

WP Affiliate Manager WordPress Plugin allows you to set up tracking codes and pay a commission to anyone to advertises your products on their site or social media accounts.  

Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin

The Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin offers a lot of functionality, but the most important one is that it makes a sitemap that can be submitted to google search console.