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Our 22 Favorite WordPress Plugins

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As most of our viewers know, we use WordPress as our website building platform or CMS (Content Management System) and DIVI by Elegant Themes as our preferred theme and page builder. But you may be wondering what all those different plugins are in the backend of your website. So we made a list!

Check out our 22 favorite WordPress plugins, and what they do for your website!

1. 301 Redirects

by WebFactory Ltd

We use this plugin mostly for website redesigns. It makes it super easy to redirect old links to new ones as well as see the traffic that is served to them.

2. Advanced Custom Fields

by Delicious Brains

A customization plugin for our builds that lets us get ultra-creative in the content we show on the site. We use this most for dynamic content such as adding a Title field to a team member post type.

3. Anti-Spam by CleanTalk

by CleanTalk (obvs)

Easy to use spam assassin! This paid plugin handles contact form and comment spam like a champ.

4. Better Search Replace

by Delicious Brains

We use this when launching websites to make sure your domain is the correct one being used throughout your site files. It allows us to easily knock out old or demo versions of the url. We like to keep it installed but deactivated in case we need to use it later for other text changes.

5. Coming Soon Page, Maintenance Mode & Landing Pages

by SeedProd

We use this plugin for fresh websites that need a coming soon page while we’re working on the build.

6. Custom Post Type UI

by WebDevStudios

Admin user interface (UI) for creating custom post types and taxonomies in our builds. This allows us to keep the backend of WordPress mighty tidy.

7. Divi Booster

by Dan Mossop

Our favorite enhancements for Elegant Themes’ Divi Theme, such as adding more social media icons.

8. Divi Supreme Pro

by Divi Supreme

This plugin gives us extra module functionality that we use often in our designs, such as video pop-up buttons and specialty gallery displays.

9. Divi Testimonial Slider

by B3 Multimedia Solutions

This is our FAV testimonial slider plugin. We use this on most of our websites. It allows us to use testimonials in a custom post type so they are able to be tracked by search engines.

10. Divi Toolbox

by Divi Lover

This is a great plugin for backend customization as well as mobile customizations such as setting column numbers on tablet and mobile.

11. GDPR Cookie Consent

by WebToffee

This is a great plugin for easy cookie notice. It is highly customizable style-wise and even has an option for California Consumer Privacy Act.

12. Gravity Forms

by Gravity Forms

Our preferred plugin for any website contact forms. It’s easily integrated with the most popular 3rd party applications, such as MailChimp, and has a fantastic Zapier integration.

13. Gravity DIVI – Gravity Forms Styler for DIVI

by Divi Codex

This plugin is great for styling your Gravity Forms in an easy-to-use DIVI Module.

14. Limit Login Attempts Reloaded

by Limit Login Attempts Reloaded

To be aware of brute force attacks, this plugin alerts the admin which users from which IP address are trying to access your site. And if anything seems fishy, there’s an easy blocking feature.

15. ManageWP – Worker

by GoDaddy

We use this plugin for our maintenance clients. It allows us to connect a website to our maintenance system and makes updating plugins and sending reports a breeze.

16. Popup Maker

by Popup Maker

We loooove this plugin for pop-ups! It can pop up anything; forms, alerts and notices, styled content within a design. And the best part, it’s compatible with the DIVI Builder.

17. Site Kit by Google

by Google

This plugin connects your site to Google Analytics, Google Search Console, and Page Speed Insights while also having a nice overview displayed on the dashboard when you’re logged in.

18. Smash Balloon Instagram Feed

by Smash Balloon

We’re a fan of including Instagram feeds in our designs and we love this plugin when it comes to style control.

19. WP Rocket

by WP Media

This plugin has most of what you need for caching and minifying your website. It speeds up a site instantly upon activation, and better yet, gives us all the techy tools we need to fine-tune the performance of a website.

20. WP-Optimize – Clean, Compress, Cache

by David Anderson, Ruhani Rabin, Team Updraft

We only use the image compression part of this plugin since our caching is handled by WP Rocket. But the flexibility for images in this plugin is top-notch!

21. Yoast Duplicate Post

by Enrico Battocchi & Team Yoast

Our go-to tool for cloning posts, pages, and custom post types.

22. Yoast SEO

by Team Yoast

A true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps, and much more.

This list was last updated on October 25th, 2021. We’ll keep this post updated with any other plugins we may end up using! Feel free to reach out if there are any plugins you love and think we should know about!



Samantha is the founder and creative director for Shanty Town Design. She spends much of her day discussing clients' brand and web strategies, directing and creating with team members to achieve design goals, and brainstorming business opportunities. She enjoys gardening, astrology, traveling, exploring everything strange & unusual, and spending time with her small pack of dogs.

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