After years of learning & experience, here is the list of my favourite WordPress plugins, themes, tools & SAAS that I use.
WordPress Development Plugin
Advanced Custom Fields
Advanced Custom Fields plugin to take full control of your WordPress edit screens & custom field data.
Add fields on demand. Our field builder allows you to quickly and easily add fields to WP edit screens with only the click of a few buttons!
Add them anywhere. Fields can be added all over WP including posts, users, taxonomy terms, media, comments and even custom options pages!
Show them everywhere. Load and display your custom field values in any theme template file with our hassle-free developer friendly functions!
Code snippets is an easy, clean and simple way to run PHP code snippets on your site. It removes the need to add custom snippets to your theme’s functions.php file.
A snippet is a small chunk of PHP code that you can use to extend the functionality of a WordPress-powered website; essentially a mini-plugin with less load on your site.
Most snippet-hosting sites tell you to add snippet code to your active theme’s functions.php file, which can get rather long and messy after a while.
Code snippets changes that by providing a GUI interface for adding snippets and actually running them on your site just as if they were in your theme’s functions.php file.
Code snippets provide a graphical interface, similar to the Plugins menu, for managing snippets. Snippets can be activated and deactivated, just like plugins. The snippet editor includes fields for a name, a visual editor-enabled description, tags to allow you to categorize snippets, and a full-featured code editor. Snippets can be exported for transfer to another site, either in JSON for later importing by the Code snippets plugin, or in PHP for creating your own plugin or theme.
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WP Reset quickly resets the site’s database to the default installation values without modifying any files. It deletes all customizations and content or just chosen parts like theme settings. WP Reset is fast and safe to use thanks to the built-in snapshots which provide 1-click restore functionality. It has multiple fail-safe mechanisms so you can never accidentally lose data. WP Reset is extremely helpful for plugin and theme developers. It speeds up testing & debugging by providing a quick way to reset settings and re-test code. It’s the only WP development tool for non-developers.
Advanced Database Cleaner
Advanced Database Cleaner Clean up database by deleting orphaned items such as ‘old revisions’, ‘spam comments’, optimize database and more…
If you have been using WordPress for a while, then you should think absolutely about a database cleanup. Indeed, your database may be full of garbage that makes your site sluggish and bloated such as old revisions, orphaned post meta, spam comments, etc. You should clean-up this unnecessary data to reduce your database size and improve website speed and performance. In addition, you will have quicker database backup since the file of your backup will be smaller.
WP Security Audit Log
WP Security Audit Log Keep an activity log of everything that happens on your WordPress and WordPress multisite with the WP Security Audit Log plugin to:
- Ensure user productivity
- Ease troubleshooting
- Know exactly what all your users are doing
- Better manage & organize your WordPress site
- Easily spot suspicious behaviour before there are security problems.
Simple History shows recent changes made within WordPress, directly on your dashboard or on a separate page.
The plugin works as a log/history/audit log/version history of the most important events that occur in WordPress.
Malcare + Blogvault
Malcare the only WordPress security plugin that does not overload your server while ensuring a full and complete WordPress security service. The best part is now turned to the WordPress management service portal.
BlogVault WordPress backup, migration, staging, restore & management solution. See why we are the most reliable WordPress Backup plugin.
Malcare + Blogvault is the best combo I had used in a while, they have Web Application Firewall, Backup, Staging, WordPress / theme / plugin management, reporting, uptime monitor, etc, everything comes under one roof. It works way better than ManageWP.
A website security & protection platform that delivers peace of mind. Stop worrying about website security threats and get back to building your online brand.
Used to subscripted to Sucuri, but after using Malcare + Blogvault, there are no turning back.
WPS Hide Login
WPS Hide Login is a very light plugin that lets you easily and safely change the url of the login form page to anything you want. It doesn’t literally rename or change files in core, nor does it add rewrite rules. It simply intercepts page requests and works on any WordPress website. The wp-admin directory and wp-login.php page become inaccessible, so you should bookmark or remember the url. Deactivating this plugin brings your site back exactly to the state it was before.
NinjaFirewall (WP Edition) is a true Web Application Firewall. Although it can be installed and configured just like a plugin, it is a stand-alone firewall that sits in front of WordPress.
It allows any blog administrator to benefit from very advanced and powerful security features that usually aren’t available at the WordPress level, but only in security applications such as the Apache ModSecurity module or the PHP Suhosin extension.
Speed & Optimization Plugin
- All files from WordPress core, unless development version of WordPress is used.
- All files from plugins hosted by WordPress.org Plugins Repository, unless author of specific plugin doesn’t use SVN tags for releasing.
- All files from themes hosted by WordPress.org Themes Repository.
- All files from plugins and themes hosted on GitHub that support GitHub Updater.
- All files marked as available on npm in any type of theme, plugin, or MU plugin.
Swift Performance Pro
Swift Performance will increase the loading speed of any WordPress website and provides an intelligent, modern caching system. Had been using this plugin to optimise over 50 websites.
Enjoy free CDN with Flying Images, please note that you will need to write to request Statically to purge file, which is not advise to use on client website. For client project, I’ll suggest use Bunny CDN.
- Free Unlimited CDN – Flying Images uses Statically to provide free CDN. Statically is powered by Cloudflare, Bunny CDN, Fastly and CDN77. No hidden charges or upsell.
- On the fly Image Compression – Compress images on the fly via CDN. You can also set the desired quality needed.
- On the fly WebP conversion – Convert and deliver images as Webp via CDN if the browser supports it.
- Responsive/Adaptive Images – Creates srcset to deliver resized images based on device. Supports external images too.
- Rewrites entire HTML – Never miss an image from lazy loading or adding CDN, even the ones injected by gallery plugins.
Flying Pages is intelligent to make sure preloading doesn’t crash your server or make it slow.
If you consider performance important, you really should use one of the many caching plugins to do page caching. Some good candidates to complement Autoptimize that way are e.g. KeyCDN’s Cache Enabler or WP Super Cache.
Elementor Page Builder
Google Site kit
Google Site kit is the official WordPress plugin from Google for insights about how people find and use your site. Site Kit is the one-stop solution to deploy, manage, and get insights from critical Google tools to make the site successful on the web. It provides authoritative, up-to-date insights from multiple Google products directly on the WordPress dashboard for easy access, all for free.
SEOPress Pro is a powerful WordPress SEO plugin to optimize your SEO, boost your traffic, improve social sharing, build custom HTML and XML Sitemaps, create optimized breadcrumbs, add schemas / Google Structured data types, manage redirections 301 and so much more.
Others & Utilities
WPML makes it easy to build multilingual sites and run them. It’s powerful enough for corporate sites, yet simple for blogs.
Hosting & Management
Google Tag Manager
Google Search Console
Google Search Console Track your site’s search performance with Google Search Console and browse around for more webmaster resources.
Ubersuggest helps you generate keyword ideas for your content marketing strategy and production. With Ubersuggest’s free keyword tool, generate an unlimited number of suggestions for free and take your content creation to the next level while increasing your website’s chances of ranking against the competition.
Mangools SERP simulator
Mangools SERP simulator Use our free SERP simulator to create stunning title tags and meta descriptions. Boost the CTR and bring visitors to your website!
GTMetrix is a free tool that analyzes your page’s speed performance.
Pingdom test the page load time, analyze it and find bottlenecks.
WebPageTest offers free website speed test from multiple locations around the globe using real browsers (IE and Chrome) and at real consumer connection speeds. You can run simple tests or perform advanced testing including multi-step transactions, video capture, content blocking and much more. Your results will provide rich diagnostic information including resource loading waterfall charts, Page Speed optimization checks and suggestions for improvements.
GeekFlare Tools for Webmaster, Web Engineer, Security Analyst, and SEO Expert
Email delivery Platform
Mailgun Powerful Transactional Email APIs that enable you to send, receive, and track emails, built with developers in mind.
SendGrid Delivering your transactional and marketing emails through the world’s largest cloud-based email delivery platform.
Free account sends 40,000 emails for the first 30 days, then 100 emails/day.
Sendinblue Take your business to new heights with the complete all-in-one digital marketing toolbox that’s built to scale and adapt with you as you grow.
Free account sends 300 emails/day.
Emailer Marketing Service
MailerLite Create advanced email marketing campaigns with features like automation, landing pages and surveys
Mailchimp All‑in‑one Marketing Platform. Email marketing, ads, landing pages, and CRM tools to grow your business on your terms.
SAAS (Save $$$)
Koofr Cloud Storage, it can connect your Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive accounts, automatically backup your phones and synchronise files from computers. Most important is
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SAAS Mantra A platform which offers the best deals on SaaS products. Just like
The aim of SchemeColor is to help, inspire, and most importantly, create an environment for meaningful collaboration and information dispersal. The site is for both the accomplished designer/artist and for someone who is looking for ideas and wants to know more about colors.
BLOBS, it generates beautiful Blob shapes and export to SVG for your website use.