What WordPress Plugins Do I use?

The amount of plugins I use might actually surprise you.

Honestly I do not use very many and I am really only going to list the ones that I use on this site.

I might use others on other sites but for simplicity sake I will only talk about the ones that I use on this site.

This will also stand as a good reference for anyone who wants to make a site that looks like this one.

Before I even get into what plugins I use I feel like I first need to mention what theme I use here. I mean lets be honest, when it comes to the look and feel of the site, the theme has much more to do with that then any of the plugins that I use.

For this site in particular I am using Impreza Theme.

This Site is Impreza Theme.

Outside of Divi, this is probabaly one of my favorite themes, however I will say I use Divi on all my client sites.

I use Divi on all my client sites.

Have I customized the theme to how I want it? Absolutely I have and just about anyone who uses any theme should always customize it, otherwise half the internet would literally look exactly the same and not just a little the same.

Now that we know what Theme I use, lets move on to the plugins.

Lets move on to the Plugins.

Lets start with the page builders.

The Page builder that I use on this site is…

WPBakery Page Builder

In my opinion this is probably one of the easiest page builders to use, this is especially true if you are brand new to WordPress and website building in general. Yes lots of other page builders exist but I just happen to like this one the best.

To go right along with that page builder I also use..

Ultimate Addons for WPBakery Page Builder

This plugin just expands upon the capabilities of WPBakery Page Builder.

Header Builder

This is just an awesome plugin that allows me to build custom page headers in awesome layouts and allows me to use all the elements that that WPBakery Page Builder has.

Convert Plus & Connects – GetResponse Addon

This is the plugin and addon that allows me to make that awesome email optin form that you can see on my home page. It also has a few other tricks up its sleeve that I havent fully taken advantage of like popup optins and exit intent popups and so much more.

A great alternative to this that I use on all my customers sites is Bloom and its a plugin that comes included in the Elegant themes membership which also happens to include my second most favorite theme Divi.

Then I obviously have the GetResponse Addon because well that is my email autoresponder of choice.

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin helps improve my sites SEO and it is the recommended sitemap builder for faster indexing with google and other search engines. I feel I dont need to talk much more about this plugin.

Insert Headers and Footers

This plugin allows me to insert code into my sites header or footer section of my site. Such code might be for Google Analytics, Bing Analytics (Yes I also use Bing Analytics), Facebook pixel, Twitter pixel, Linkedin pixel, Google Ads, I mean seriously the list of tracking codes could be super super long.

ShortPixel Image Optimizer

The name of the plugin kind of says it all. I use this plugin to make sure that all my images are compressed and optimized for speed. I want to have a fast loading website and this plugin makes sure that all my images don’t slow me down.

Finally the last two plugins are

Advanced Custom Fields

Customize WordPress with powerful, professional and intuitive fields.

Custom Post Type UI

Admin panel for creating custom post types and custom taxonomies in WordPress.

Now I know what you might be thinking….

Thats not very many plugins, and well you would be correct.

I like to keep it that way. I don’t want to have too many plugins. More plugins means you ave to constantly be updating something and constantly making sure that they will play nice with each other.

On this site in particular I am also using the hosting that is provided with the membership in Wealthy Affiliate.

This hosting comes with automatic backups, site security, FREE SSL, and a whole host of other things.

This allows me to keep my plugins to a minimum and have far superior hosting when compared to many others.

If and when I add a plugin then this list will for sure become much larger but for now this is what I use on this site in particular and everything works amazingly.

Cheers,

Spencer

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akshaysaxena - May 3, 2019

Awesome post, Spencer. People are very much concerned about plugins these days, as they are many these days. You have clearly given the idea on essential plugins. They are very useful indeed. I’ll also use some of them in my website. 

I also use a plugin called “Contact Form 7”. Do you think it is also important? As you correctly mentioned that we need not to think a lot of Plugins when we are taking website services from Wealthy Affiliate platform. 

Thanks a lot for sharing this useful post. 

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    Spencer Broom - May 3, 2019

    I don’t use Contact Form 7 but its a great plugin for what it is and the fact that its free makes it even better. However as you can currently see I have no need for such a plugin on my site. At least not at this moment in time. 

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Josh - May 3, 2019

This is a really good list of wordpress plugins, and I love the layout of your website. I think I’ll jot down the Impreza theme as one to use in the future as I’m not sure I’m ready to completely change my theme right now.

Is WPBakery Page Builder Free to use? And how does it compare to Beaver Builder which is the one I’ve been using.

Then the other question is at some point I’ll need an autoresponder for my website… I take it Bloom is an autoresponder which is included with Elegant themes membership? am I understanding that correct.

To me depending on the price of Membership it might be worth going that route so I could get an autoresponder included.

Another one you reminded me of… that I need to install is XML Sitemaps maybe this will help google find my posts quicker!

Thank you for the list of plugins to use.

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    Spencer Broom - May 3, 2019

    Bloom, is not an autoresponder. It is just just a plugin where you can install optin forms so that they can get people added to your autoresponder. I highly suggest you check out GetResponse its my autoresponder of choice and havent been able to find one that is better for the price. 

    What theme are you currently using?

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    Spencer Broom - May 3, 2019

    WPBakery Page Builder is not a free plugin but it does come free with Impreza theme.

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Nick - May 3, 2019

Hi Spencer,

I am with Wealthy Affiliate for around 3 months. 

In the training, they clearly state to keep minimum plugins as too many plugins reduces the speed of your website and this affects the visitor experience. Hence it comes as no surprise why you are not using too many plugins. I do the same with the number of plugins I use.

I also agree with what you said that as Wealthy affiliate offers you almost everything you need for a smooth and secure operation of your website, there is no need to install extra plugins

Thanks

Nick

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    Spencer Broom - May 3, 2019

    Very True but this is also still more plugins then even they suggest to have. 

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smctee - May 3, 2019

This is absolutely what I needed.  Your comment that I was thinking “that’s not very many” is spot on!  I have looked through pages and pages of WP plugins.  There are so many things that look like they would be helpful but I really had no idea what I truly needed and what was a waste of time/resources/money.  

Thank you for this very short and simple list of plugins.   It makes it manageable to take a step and add just a few to my WP page.
 

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    Spencer Broom - May 3, 2019

    Absolutely. Lot of people get overwhelmed with so many plugins that I am surprised that their site even loads at all. Keep it simple. 

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Owillz - May 3, 2019

To me though, the plugin list looks a bit long for just a blog website. I however was able to pick out some  new plugin alternatives from the list to try out next time. A good example of such is the  header and footer plugin. The last time I tried adding code to my header I also wasn’t able to successfully do it after searching for the best plugin to use. 

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    Spencer Broom - May 3, 2019

    I guess it just depends on how you want certain things to look and feel. I like this list people it allows me to get the look and feel that I am trying to accomplish with my site. In my opinion the Head & Footer plugin is the best for adding code and it makes it super simple to do. 

    I have been toying with the idea of a content locker plugin just haven’t found one that I like. 

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JJ - May 3, 2019

Hi Spencer, I recently joined WA and heard all this talk about plug ins. I couldn’t understand which ones to choose and how much is too much. Thank you for actually naming them. I am just in the process of getting my email contacts rolling and you just answered my question “What to do?”. If I use this do I still need to use mail chimp? Also I installed a plug in to backup my site. Do I need to uninstall it until I need it again so as not to bog down my site speed ? Thank you for your help coming right on time.

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    Spencer Broom - May 3, 2019

    Yes you would still need mailchimp, this plugin simply connects to mailchimp and helps you to collect emails from your website. As far as uninstalling the backup plugin you do not need to do that, just deactivate it until you want to use it again. 

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Henry - May 3, 2019

Hi Spencer! I have been searching for a good theme in WordPress. I have been looking for a simple, clean theme and I think I have found a very good option in Impreza Theme. The more people can focus on my content, the better. I don’t like themes with a lot of bells and whistles.

Thank you very much for listing the plugIns you have in this site. I like to install only the necessary. And listening to your experience is a huge advantage. I’m grateful you put together this post.

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    Spencer Broom - May 3, 2019

    No worries, Impreza is for sure a theme with a lot more bells and whistles then what I am using here on this site. 

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Peeters - May 3, 2019

A good list of WordPress plugins. WordPress makes it easy with so many plugins to choose from? One disadvantage it greatly slows down your website and it doesn’t make you happy either. Also you can’t live without, I think it is very wise to use the necessary plugins and not anymore. 

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Hab - May 5, 2019

Wonderful to review Plugins ….may I know which are the best plugins you recommend for any one who is new to web building

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    Spencer Broom - May 6, 2019

    It would all depend on what WordPress Theme you are using and what is the goal of the website. Otherwise I would say this list right here is a great one for people who are just starting out.

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Simon Borg - May 8, 2019

Hi Spencer, You use some awesome sounding plugins, most of which are new to me, but you do not mention the sharing plugin that you are using?

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    Spencer Broom - May 8, 2019

    What do you mean by sharing plugin? If you are talking about the social links for people to share my posts that is a part of my theme and not a plugin at all.

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