Top 5 Essential WordPress Plugins I Can’t Be Without

Here are my top 10 essential plugins that I cannot be without when it comes to developing WordPress websites. In no particular order, these plugins will help you on your way to being far more productive, with less time scratching your head!

Plugins can offer the ability to make your website function in the exact way you want it to, for a fraction of the cost that it would be to have the same functionality coded from scratch by a full stack developer.

1. Yoast SEO

Still an important tool & my number one on the list, this plugin can really help you to hone in on the problems which are causing your search engine rankings to falter. Good & consistent SEO is such an important aspect of a website nowadays, that is it essential to keep up with the ever-changing trends.

This plugin helps you to achieve consistency across all your website pages, and gives you a holistic overview of the things you need to be doing to solve the problems it finds.

2. Really Simple SSL

Still an important tool & my number one on the list, this plugin can really help you to hone in on the problems which are causing your search engine rankings to falter. Good & consistent SEO is such an important aspect of a website nowadays, that is it essential to keep up with the ever-changing trends.

This plugin helps you to achieve consistency across all your website pages, and gives you a holistic overview of the things you need to be doing to solve the problems it finds.

3. WP Reset

Truly a lifesaving plugin, this one I really cannot be without when it comes to developing websites. The free version has a whole host of features, but you can also opt for a Pro version as well if you wish. This plugin allows you to take snapshots at crucial stages throughout the development of a website, as well as create & save full database backups. It is really useful for when things don’t go quite as planned, you can restore the website back to the last snapshot which you saved without having to restore the whole website from an SQL file. Really, really useful & fast tool which has saved me tons of time.

4. BackupBuddy

The holy grail of backup utility plugins. This plugin is another one of my top picks and has got me out of some very hairy situations in the past. With its friendly UI you’re able to make database as well as full site backups. This is particularly useful when a client’s hosting environment is tricky to navigate in order to access essential files required for website migration. BackupBuddy makes it so easy to migrate websites that its almost a joy to use it.

5. CMP Coming Soon

This one is really great as it has some great features for a free coming soon/under construction plugin. It allows you the ability to build a website behind the mask of a maintenance mode” which logged out users see. I find this plugin particularly useful because of how fast you can get a fresh looking coming soon page, usually within a matter of minutes.

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