Six more must-have WordPress plugins

By Tim Priebe on February 8, 2017

By Tim Priebe on February 8, 2017

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Last week, I talked about six WordPress plugins we install on nearly every WordPress website we launch for our clients.

Of course, we actually install twelve. I assume you’ve been chomping at the bit to know the other six, so let’s get to it!

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Google Analytics is a great free way for organizations to track their website statistics. While some companies may need a more robust option, Google Analytics is usually sufficient.

We’ve tried a few different plugins to auto-magically insert the Google Analytics code needed in every page of WordPress websites, and this was our favorite. It also displays some basic statistics on the dashboard when you first log in to WordPress.

Check out Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Gravity Forms

If you’re counting the first six plugins we went through, this is the second premium, paid plugin in our list. Again, we think it’s well worth it.

Gravity Forms is the self-proclaimed “easiest tool to create advanced forms for your WordPress powered website.” And we agree. There are other paid and free options out there, but we’ve found Gravity Forms’ interface and add-ons to be well worth it.

Check out Gravity Forms

Regenerate Thumbnails

You may know already that you can change the actual sizes of the images in your media library. In other words, you can customize how big Large, Medium, and Thumbnail really are. But it turns out that when you change those sizes, it doesn’t really magically resize all the image you’ve already uploaded. It will change how big they display on web pages, but it won’t resize the actual images.

Thank goodness for the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin. By utilizing this plugin, you can resize all those images that are already in your image library.

Check out Regenerate Thumbnails

Search Excerpt

WordPress’ search functionality isn’t as great as it could be. There are a lot of plugins that extend the basic functionality of it, but the only thing we really wanted was to get excerpts that operate more like Google’s excerpts when you search. In other words, they show the part of the page or blog post that matches the search string.

Although it’s been a long, long time since it has been updated, we still like the simple Search Excerpt plugin.

Check out Search Excerpt

Simple Page Ordering

You can drag and drop to rearrange menu items in WordPress, so why isn’t the same thing possible with pages?

Now it is! Simple Page Ordering makes it possible to drag and drop any hierarchical post type. And if you don’t have any clue what that means, just think of pages.

Check out Simple Page Ordering

WP Ajaxify Comments

So someone has just read a blog article on your website, and they love it so much they go to leave a comment. However, they accidentally leave a required field blank. Bam! Suddenly they’re taken to an error screen that looks nothing like the rest of your website.

This plugin takes care of that issue. Instead of showing your website visitors that completely un-styled error screen, it displays a pop-up error instead, which leaves the visitor far less confused.

Check out WP Ajaxify Comments

That’s our list! It’s ours, and we’re pretty happy with it. Until we find some additional must-have plugins, of course.

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  1. Avatar Jim Smith on February 8, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Those are great tools for WordPress. I wasn’t familiar with Google Analytics Dashboard for WP but it looks much more useful than the GA plug-in I’ve been using. Thanks for that. I’m sure others will find something useful in your list too.

    • Tim Priebe Tim Priebe on February 8, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thanks for the comment, Jim! We definitely like Google Analytics Dashboard for WP, so glad it looks useful for you too.

  2. Avatar James on December 20, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Great post, thanks! I used Gravity Forms for a long time and it was nice until I found stepFORM. It turned out to have a little more functions that I did not get.

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