There are a lot of plugins for WordPress you can use for your site, some can be extremely helpful and others quite harmful if you’re not familiar with what you’re adding. Below I outline a few solid plugins i’ve used for quite some time and highly recommend!
Here’s a fun tip: Login to WordPress here and when you find a plugin you like click the heart icon above it. Then when you’re on your site go to plugins – add new – favorites and enter your screen name. There you’ll find all the plugins you’ve saved and you can easily set them up and install them on any site!
This plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to insert code (HTML, Shortcodes, and PHP), and attach it to any of the 50+ action hooks throughout the Genesis Theme Framework, from StudioPress.
This plugin allows you to create a simple responsive slider that displays the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post.
This plugin replaces WooCommerce’s built-in shop templates with its own Genesis-ready versions
This plugin allows you to create multiple, dynamic widget areas, and assign those widget areas to sidebar locations within the Genesis Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category archive basis.
This plugin reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities, and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques.
Spam Filter plugins
This plugin is works great at filtering out spam and bot comments on your blog so you can focus on genuine content and communication with your readers.
Contact Form plugins
Simple and easy to use and manage for even the WordPress novice. This is the contact form I highly recommend for easy set up!
Social Media plugins
Adds styled social share buttons at the bottom, top or both of your content and allows for in-depth customizations and functionality, easy to set up for most users.
Customize and style your own social share buttons to match your site. This plugin offers multiple customization options for styling, placement, tracking, and more
Sets up share buttons for your images using Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter giving you more options for sharing your content
Easily add a built in or custom pin it image to your blog photos with hover. You can set the image sizes for it to register, use a custom pin it button and more
Allows you to easily add and set up your instagram feed into your blog via post or widgets using a simple shortcode
If you’ve added a new theme to your site or a new image size use this plugin to regenerate all your previous images to format into the new thumbnail size of your theme
Allows you to resize and optimize all your images for quicker speed and loading time
One of the best eCommerce platforms out there, the base set up is free and easy to get your store off the ground with. They do offer many add on extensions at a cost depending on what features you are looking to add. Works well for both digital products and standard products with shipping.
Great for sites with a lot of products in the store, it allows shoppers to view as little or as many items on the page as they need
Another eCommerce platform allowing you to easily set up shop on your site and accept multiple forms of payments for your digital products.
For optimal results you will want someone with tech knowledge to set this up for you, once set up properly it’s highly effective at speeding up your site and setting you up for proper optimization
More user friendly for the novice this plugin allows you to set a cache to your site and content allowing it to load faster for viewers
The most user friendly SEO plugin on the market, Yoast SEO gives you the ‘green light’ on your content and shows you what areas need to be fixed and how to best optimize your post for SEO purposes.