WordPress Resources

Looking for new plugins and tools to improve your site?

These are my favorite WordPress products. These are the tools I use and recommend to everyone who uses our themes.

Even if you're a WordPress veteran, you'll love this guide for finding amazing new products and resources.

Hey! I'm Ben and I'm the founder of Compete Themes. If you have any questions about these resources or WordPress, you can get in touch here.


Great hosting can dramatically decrease your load times and hold up during traffic spikes leading to more sales and subscribers.

  • Bluehost

    Bluehost is affordable and amazingly easy to use. You get a free domain when you signup and they'll auto-install WordPress for you. Check out our step-by-step tutorial to get started.

    $3.95/month Subscription

  • WP Engine

    Fast, secure, and reliable WordPress hosting. We use WP Engine and recommend it for any business on the web. Read the full review.

    $29/month Subscription

  • Kinsta

    Kinsta provides premium managed hosting for WordPress sites. They have a gorgeous interface, stellar support, and super-fast load times.

    $30/month Subscription

  • Namecheap

    Create and manage a WordPress website in less than 30 seconds with Namecheap's EasyWP hosting.

    $1/month Subscription


When your site is slow, people leave. Plain and simple. Use these tools to make your site blazing fast, so you can convert leads and increase readership.


New security vulnerabilities are found every day in WordPress products. Maintaining a healthy website requires taking action to secure your site and defend it from malicious attacks.

  • Sucuri

    Sucuri ensures you’re never the victim of an attack by proactively patching your site and blocking malicious behavior with their firewall.

    $9.99/month Subscription

  • iThemes Security

    Provides an actionable checklist for securing your site. Great for fixing the low-hanging-fruit security issues.

    Free Plugin


Following basic search engine optimization practices will provide you with more traffic and sales from your existing content.

  • WordPress SEO

    THE SEO plugin for WordPress. Helps optimize title tags, meta descriptions, and many other factors. I use it on every WordPress site I run.

    Free Plugin

  • Mangools

    Mangools has a suite of beautiful SEO apps for keyword research, SERP analysis, rank tracking, and backlink analysis.

    $29.90/month Subscription


Every site needs a contact form, but some form plugins can do much more. Forms can be used to handle virtually any kind of user input.

  • WPForms

    WPForms is an incredibly feature rich and well-designed form plugin. I use this plugin on most sites I build.

    $49 Plugin

  • Gravity Forms

    Use Gravity Forms for contact forms, testimonials, surveys, payments, anything you can think of it can handle.

    $39 Plugin

  • Simple Basic Contact Form

    Good (free) contact form plugins are hard to find. This is a simple, easy-to-use contact form plugin that just works.

    Free Plugin

Share Buttons

Adding share buttons to your site is one of the easiest ways to increase the reach of your content and build your audience.

Comment Spam

Comment spam is just as annoying as ever. Luckily, there are some pretty incredible products for combatting spam these days.

  • Anti-spam

    Incredibly effective at blocking bot spam while allowing human comments. You really need to try this plugin to believe it.

    Free Plugin

  • Akismet

    Reliably blocks bot and manual spam. Great on its own or in conjunction with anti-spam.

    $5/month Subscription

Email Subscriptions

Perhaps you've heard, the money is in the list. Use the following tools to build your email list and automate email delivery.

  • Optin Monster

    Add forms that are designed to convert readers into subscribers with Optin Monster. CRO tools like A/B testing included.

    $49 Plugin

  • MailChimp for WP

    MailChimp for WP has all the right options to easily add stylish signup forms to your site (also has a Pro version).

    Free Plugin


Don't risk losing your content. Backup your site every single day with one of the awesome solutions below.

  • BackUpWordPress

    A simple, but flexible plugin for backing up your WordPress site.

    Free Plugin

  • VaultPress

    Built by Automatic, the company behind WordPress, VaultPress is an affordable and reliable solution for backing up WordPress.

    $5/month Subscription


Selling products on your site can be incredibly challenging and frustrating. The ecommerce solutions below are truly amazing and make ecommerce a possibility for everyone.

  • WooCommerce

    Woo Commerce is a great solution for business owners selling physical products via their WordPress site.

    Free Plugin

  • Easy Digital Downloads

    Easy Digital Downloads allows us to deliver digital goods with ease, create discounts, deliver updates to our customers, and much more.

    Free Plugin


Analytics can tell you much more than how many visitors you get each month. These resources will help you get tons of actionable data from your site.

  • Monster Insights

    Makes adding Google Analytics to your site easy. Also includes advanced tracking functionality features and more options in the premium upgrades.

    Free Plugin


Sliders can be a beautiful way to present images and content. The plugins below can help you implement sliders easily in your site.

  • Meta Slider

    Meta Slider has four amazing sliders built-in and provides a simple, easy to use interface for inserting them (and there is a Pro version).

    Free Plugin

  • Soliloquy

    A professional, responsive solution for adding beautiful sliders to your site.

    $19 Plugin


Galleries are an essential design component for any media-based site. Use these plugins to add beautiful, functional galleries to your site.

  • Envira Gallery

    Makes gallery creation very easy, and creates beautiful, responsive galleries.

    $19 Plugin

  • Jetpack

    Jetpack's tile galleries integrate with the default gallery functionality in WordPress and look amazing.

    Free Plugin


These are great tools for translating themes and plugins on your site, and providing translated versions of all your content.

  • Poedit

    A must-have for translating WordPress. Provides a clean interface for translating phrases in WP themes and plugins.

    Free Desktop Software

  • WPML

    WPML makes it easy to translate your content, and provide easy access to translate versions via a language selection widget.

    $29 Plugin

  • Transposh

    Transposh is a unique translation plugin that creates automatic translations of your content, and then allows you to edit those translations to improve them.

    Free Plugin

WordPress Blogs

Learn more about WordPress and building an awesome site with these sites.

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