WordPress Plugins Operating Thomas Stone’s CV

Over the past year of blogging ever since I converted the FiggiRiggi.com website to have it’s own domain, I gathered a tremendous knowledge about converting the basic information-based website into a blog site. By doing so, I had to learn the hard way to see which plugins were the best fit for my blog. After converting tom-stone.com and electro-marketing.com into other WordPress blog sites, I found that there were some common plugins that worked for all. Although here and there, I found some plugins were necessary to add depending on the function of the website.

There is a transparency movement among the blogging industry to reveal how we made our blogs to help new bloggers catch on and grow their sites to success. I like that there are so many plugins available to help customize a site. To help you get a good picture of what you might want for your blog, I have created a list of the plugins that operate in the background of Thomas Stone’s CV. I have spent countless hours picking out the best plugins and I think my list will help you leap forward instead of doing the extensive research that I performed. I periodically change out the plugins when I find better ones or a feature that I like and want to improve the site. So, check back once in a while and see what’s been changed on my list. Keep in mind that using too many activated plugins can slow down your site, so I recommend somewhere near 20. Sometimes, you can simply hard-code your functions.php file in your child-theme instead of using a plugin.

This list was last updated on March 20, 2018. I am using the Themefreesia Excellent theme that contains some hard-coded functions.

My list of WordPress Plugins used to operate Thomas Stone’s CV

  • Antispam Bee To target and prevent spam
  • Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
  • Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Contact Form 7
  • Indent Lists Button
  • Custom Meta Widget
  • Easy Updates Manager Doesn’t always work, so I may remove it
  • Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP)
  • Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
  • Google XML Sitemaps to automatically update your sitemap html file.
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com various useful functions for your WordPress site
  • MailChimp for WordPress A plugin that integrates your MailChimp newsletter account with forms
  • Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin
  • Pretty Links is used for cloaking affiliate links
  • Recent Posts Widget With Thumbnails Widget tool
  • Social Warfare Places social networking buttons and has a built-in frame buster
  • Under Construction illustration images with an under construction text
  • UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore
  • Wordfence Security Firewall protection to keep out brute force attacks. Can entire countries.
  • WP SEO Structured Data Schema To help eliminate errors in Google Webmaster Tools
  • WP Super Cache Clears the site cache on a scheduled basis
  • WP-Optimize Cleans up the database on a regular basis
  • Yoast SEO Tool to help a writer remain focused at building a high ranking in search engines
  • YouTube Pro Adds a YouTube video gallery

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