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Must Have Plugins for WordPress

I have been using WordPress for my sites for many many years now (I think I started in 2008) – Over the years I have helped businesses, non-profits, family and friends launch their sites, and I still manage a few. It truly is a a great platform with lots of support and fantastic extensibility capabilities supported by its echo system

I have written several articles over the years here and continue to learn, improve and expand my knowledge as the app and the ecosystem is in constant evolution…

Must have WordPress Plugins I Use

on almost every site

PluginPurposeMy Review
ShortPixelShortPixel is an image optimizer that reduces image size without any before/after difference in quality, thus making your pages load faster.  Must haveHere
All-in-One WP MigrationMy absolutely go-to for backups and migrations for over a decade, I’ve used it on many migration projects both personal and for professionally. It works great on small sites and the only one I use / trust on large sites ( Check my Backups Tools 2022 post)Here
ManageWPIf you manage more than 3 sites, this one is a no brainer. The time it will save you is considerable. Here
Post Type SwitcherSimple plugin that allows you to switch a post to a page, page to a postNone
Post View CountPost View Count” is easy to use and light weight post views count plugin. It displays how many times a post type had been viewed on the adminNone
Display PostsA free plug in to easily list content from all across your website. It has so many ways to display posts it is unreal it is free. None
Uncanny AutomatorBy far the best workflow automation took our there. Super easy to use and create recipes. No coding knowledge needed. Coming soon
WPFormsWPForms is my goto for contact forms, feedback form, subscription forms and other types of forms. Very easy to use, and lots of options in the free version. Although it is not cheap, I have upgraded to the paid version on certain projects with no regrets. Coming Soon
If Menu – Visibility control for MenusA very good plugin to manage who can see menu options. None
Easy WP SMTPIt prevents emails from the site, to into the junk/spam folder of the recipients. This free plug in lets you configure and send all outgoing emails via a SMTP server.None

Better Search Replace
A small plugin for running a search/replace on your WordPress database.None
Phoenix Media Rename** CAUTION: this is not compatible with ShortPixels
Rename files uploaded to the site, even if they have already been used within pages, posts or custom posts. Just rename the file and free plugin by Claudio Rossi will take care of updating all the contents of the site that use that file, so that everything continues to work as before.

I have several others and will update this post in the future. Have any I should consider as a Defacto? let me know on Twitter @jorper98

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