The WordPress ecosystem of tools is huge! That’s one of the biggest reasons most people go with WordPress.
But, do you find yourself feeling lost at sea with too many options to choose from?
In this post, I’m bringing together some of my favorite tools and resource that complement my WordPress websites (and would help yours too).
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WP Rocket Plugin
Again, since I’ve been developing WordPress websites for so many years, I’ve tried caching plugins. In fact, I’ve tried them all!
I have extensive experience with optimizing WordPress website for fast page speed, and there has only been one plugin that dominated the rest. That’s WP Rocket.
If you’re serious about getting your WordPress website to load as fast as possible to improve user experience and increase your SEO, then you need to buy the WP Rocket plugin.
After you buy the plugin, follow my step-by-step tutorial on how to speed up WordPress using WP Rocket.
Page Builder Plugins
If you want to build really nice-looking home or landing pages, but don’t want to hire a designer and developer to make it come to life, you should use a WordPress page builder plugin.
Most of them have limited free versions of their plugins, but if you want to go all out for your website, then get the pro version.
Since there are a ton of page builder plugins available to WordPress and some appeal to people differently, here are my top 3 favorites…
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Blogger, expert WordPress developer, and developer of the awesome bbPress Voting plugin which is a must-have plugin for any bbPress forum.
Download bbPress Voting for free on the WordPress Plugin Directory.