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Essential Plugins for WordPress

Plugins add functionality to WordPress. Sometimes you might be expanding the ability of a particular feature, while others are adding brand new features to the platform itself. At American Creative Consulting, we carefully select advanced plugins for every site, keeping in mind security, development, and cost.

Elementor

The paid, pro version of this visual builder plugin is what we recommend for every site. However, there is a free version available in the WordPress plugin directory. This will give you the basic elements for building your site pages quickly and easily.

Get the PRO Plugin here.

NitroPack

To deliver your site fast with excellent server caching, you’ll want to use Nitropack. Though setup may need some tweaks, you’ll see an excellent return from Google Page Speed results.

All-in-One WP Migration

This is a great tool for running simple backups of your site and even better for migrating your site to a different server.  We’ll utilize this plugin when developing your new site on a staging environment.

IP2Location County Blocker

Security comes in all shapes and sizes, but if you’re running a domestic company, you probably don’t need to have people (or bots) accessing your site from other countries, like Russia or Ukraine. Most bot attacks originate in these countries and this plugin can make it easy for you to blackllist traffic.

Pretty Links

This plugin comes in handy if you’re sending visitor traffic away from your site – for example, if you have third-party ticket sales or social media links. You can create custom URLs using your own domain and have them redirect to the original, less attractive link. 

Rank Math SEO

RankMath is our preferred SEO plugin for WordPress. For years we used Yoast, but review after review is naming RankMath as the better plugin. With SEO, you need to have the best, and that’s why we pre-install this one in every site we build!

WP Mail SMTP

Something that isn’t regularly tested on WordPress sites is the WP Mail function. It’s built in with WordPress and can sometimes have a conflict with your hosting provider. When your emails are not delivering or you need advanced setups, WP Mail SMTP is our go to resource. You can perform basic mail tests right in the plugin without additional costs!

This list of plugins is ever-changing, check back for more.  Contact us now to have a FREE AUDIT of your current site!

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