I use a lot of WordPress plugins in my day-to-day task. Thought I’d share some of my favorite premium WordPress plugins I’ve found over the years.
Visual Composer ($28)
This is without question the best plugin I’ve used. Want a page with two columns? Visual Composer makes it super easy and takes it about 1000 levels deeper. The ease of making a layout for a page using Visual Composer is alone worth the purchase. It takes it a step further by offering tons of prebuilt modules to use on pages and a lot of third party plugins connect to their module system. (I used this to create my homepage on Drawne)
Gravity Forms ($39-199)
Gravity Forms is killer if you’re doing ANYTHING with forms. I’ve used it for contacts forms to advanced email signup forms. But you can go way deeper than that, including taking payments, user sign ups, or even having users create posts from the front end. Plus their great API allows you to make just about anything you can think of.
Justified Image Grid ($28)
Whenever I need a beautiful gallery with LOADS of options Justified Image Grid is my go-to. I use this a lot in posts on my photo blog (shameless plug: ihitthebutton.com). You can even pull images from Flickr, Instagram, Facebook and more.
Clients love sliders and RoyalSlider is the best I’ve used. I’ve tried almost every slider solution but RoyalSlider always comes out on top. Tie this into a brilliant WordPress plugin and you’ve got something any site can use.
“How do I get more newsletter signups?!” a common question which OptinMonster can help solve. I love their interface to make popups, slide in boxes, and more. This can be helpful for anyone trying to increase their optin rates (plus it has built in A/B testing).
Bonus: WordPress Hosting Recommendations
After struggling with WordPress speed and security I wanted a host more specialized. Well luckily Flywheel and WPEngine exist to handle both. I host my sites on Flywheel but both do an awesome job by caching your site, dealing with upgrades and fighting off hackers. If you’re someone who just wants to get into the heart of a website’s content then the extra cash a month is worth it.