WordPress Resources

After years of using WordPress and developing themes, I've curated this list of my favorite Wordpress products.

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

- Ben Sibley

Hosting

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

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    WP Engine

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

    $29/month Subscription

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    Bluehost

    The perfect hosting for bloggers and hobbyist webmasters. It’s affordable and comes with plenty of useful tools for the non-tech-savvy user.

    $3.95/month Subscription

Performance

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.

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    W3 Total Cache

    Makes WordPress faster with caching. It takes some patience to configure, but can dramatically speed up your site.

    Free Plugin

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    ShortPixel

    ShortPixel speeds up your site with automatic image optimization and resizing. It's fast and delightful to use (paid plans available).

    Free Plugin

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    MaxCDN

    A fast and reliable content delivery network. MaxCDN will deliver your content to visitors faster.

    $9/month Subscription

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    Minqueue

    When your site runs a lot of plugins, it ends up loading lots of files. Minqueue can help you combine and minimize these files resulting in faster load times.

    Free Plugin

Security

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.

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    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

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    iThemes Security

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

    Free Plugin

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    Limit Login Attempts

    Protects your site against brute-force attacks. The only problem with this plugin is that it is no longer maintained.

    Free Plugin

SEO

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

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    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

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    Ahrefs

    If you're serious about SEO, Ahrefs is an indispensable tool. Use it to view and analyze the link profile of competitors and link prospects.

    $79/month Subscription

Forms

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.

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    Simple Basic Contact Form

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

    Free Plugin

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    Pirate Forms

    A full-featured, easy-to-use plugin for adding attractive contact forms to your site.

    Free Plugin

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    Gravity Forms

    The best form plugin for WordPress. Use it for contact forms, testimonials, surveys, payments, anything you can think of it can handle.

    $39 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.

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    Simple Share Buttons Adder

    Simple Share Buttons Adders has great flexibility, all the right options, and loads quickly.

    Free Plugin

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    Digg Digg

    Digg Digg places social buttons in a floating bar next to your content, rather than before or after it. It's great for increasing social shares.

    Free Plugin

Comment Spam

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

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    Anti-spam

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

    Free Plugin

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    Akismet

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

    $5/month Subscription

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    Delete Pending Comments

    If you're already overwhelmed by spam, this plugin lets you delete all of your pending comments in one click.

    Free Plugin

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.

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    Jetpack

    Utilize wordpress.com's reliable servers to email your subscribers when you publish new content with the Jetpack plugin's email module.

    Free Plugin

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    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

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    Mail Poet

    A full-fledged newsletter plugin. Use it to add signup forms to your site, manage your list, and deliver your newsletter.

    Free Plugin

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    Optin Monster

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

    $49 Plugin

Backups

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

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    BackUpWordPress

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

    Free Plugin

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    VaultPress

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

    $5/month Subscription

Membership Sites

Membership sites have always been a profitable way to sell information products. These are some of the best products for delivering your content to paying members.

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    Paid Memberships Pro

    I can't believe paid memberships pro is free. It has everything you need in an organized interface, and free add-ons for more functionality.

    Free Plugin

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    Restrict Content Pro

    Makes it easy to restricts access to content on your site, create membership levels, and collect recurring subscriptions via Paypal.

    $42 Plugin

Ecommerce

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.

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    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

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    WooCommerce

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

    Free Plugin

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    Gumroad

    Gumroad is lightweight solution for selling info products and digital goods on your site.

    5% + $0.25/transaction App

Analytics

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.

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    Google Analytics by Yoast

    Makes adding Google Analytics to your site easy. Also, includes some advanced tracking functionality, and has some great paid add-ons available.

    Free Plugin

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    Crazy Egg

    Adds heat map tracking to your site. This is excellent for analyzing visitor behavior, and increasing conversions with your insights.

    $9/month Subscription

Sliders

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

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    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

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    Soliloquy

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

    $19 Plugin

Galleries

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

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    Jetpack

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

    Free Plugin

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    Envira Gallery

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

    $19 Plugin

Affiliate

Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn more from your blog, and from your own products. These tools will help you do both.

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    Simple URLs

    Simple URLs lets you add affiliate link redirects, making it easier to manage your aff links and block Google from crawling them.

    Free Plugin

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    Affiliate WP

    An excellent solution for managing an affiliate program. Provides you with all the tools you need to track and manage your affiliates.

    $49 Plugin

Images

Sourcing images for your site can be a real drag. These resources provide affordable ways to source your site with beautiful, relevant images.

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    Unsplash

    Free, beautiful, high-resolution images. Mostly landscape and cityscape photography.

    Free Site

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    Fotolia

    An affordable stock photography site for sourcing images on your site. Great for finding high-quality images for blog posts.

    $25/month Subscription

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    Canva

    A tool for making your own graphics rather than sourcing them from a stock site.

    Free App

Conversion Rate Optimization

Utilize split-testing to improve your conversion funnel and make more money. Who doesn't want that?

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    Nelio Split-testing

    A comprehensive, full-featured plugin for split-testing pages with WordPress.

    $24/month Plugin

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    Simple Page Tester

    A lighter, but effective solution for split-testing with WordPress.

    Free Plugin

Internationalization

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

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    Poedit

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

    Free Desktop Software

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    WPML

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

    $29 Plugin

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    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

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    Google Language Translator

    This plugin simply adds access to automatically translated versions of your content via Google Translate.

    Free Plugin

Editorial Calendars

Publishing can become a nightmare without the proper structure. An editorial calendar will help you get organized and schedule your publishing cycle.

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    Editorial Calendar

    A straightforward and effective calendar for scheduling and managing your content pipeline.

    Free Plugin

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    Edit Flow

    Has loads of editorial tools including an editorial calendar. It's one of my favorite plugins of all time. However, it is no longer actively developed.

    Free Plugin

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    CoSchedule

    Easily schedule your content and social sharing. Coschedule provides you with a dashboard within your WP admin and within their app.

    $9/month Plugin

Programming

For the technically inclined, the following tools will help you publish code tutorials and learn to write code.

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    Crayon Syntax Highlighter

    Crayon Syntax Highlighter is a thorough and highly customizable plugin for embedding your code with style and syntax highlighting.

    Free Plugin

WordPress Blogs

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

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