Recommended Tools & Resources

Are you looking for new plugins and tools to improve your site?

These are our favorite WordPress products. We use and recommend these products to everyone who uses our Prevent Direct Access Gold.

Some choices are perhaps uncommon but they work great for our own website and other WordPress projects.

Cost: FREE with paid version

#1 BEST WORDPRESS SEO PLUGIN

Yoast SEO

Let's begin with the most obvious. Yoast SEO is powering millions of website. Simply put, if you haven't used it yet, there must be something wrong.

Check out Yoast SEO

Cost: FREE with paid extensions.

 

#1 BEST WORDPRESS FORMS PLUGIN

Ninja Forms

Compared to Contact Form 7, Ninja Forms is on another level.

Why is it the best for you too?

Ninja Forms is a powerful drag-and-drop form creator. Its UI is top-notch - user friendly and easy to use. You can't find any contact form plugins with better UI in the market.

While the free version would suffice for common forms, you may consider getting File uploads and Conditional logic extension that will literally empower you to create any kinds of forms you'd like to.

Check out Ninja Forms

FREE.
Recommended using with:

  • SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle
  • Livemesh SiteOrigin Widgets
  • SO Page Builder Animate

#1 BEST WORDPRESS PAGE BUILDER

Page Builder by SiteOrigin

Despite what everyone might say, Page Builder by SiteOrigin is our number one WordPress page builder. We've been using it on almost all our WordPress projects.

Why is it the best for you too?

It's simple, intuitive and easy to use while providing almost all necessary features that a page builder should have such as multiple columns layout as well as custom spacing and background for all rows.

We've used both Elenmentor and WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer) before and found them nowhere as user-friendly as Page Builder by SiteOrigin. Best of all, it's free.

One feature we would love it to support is a CSS inline-editor like what WPBakery Page Builder offers.

Check out Page Builder by SiteOrigin

Cost: FREE with paid extensions

Awesome SiteOrigin Widgets

Livemesh SiteOrigin Widgets

You cannot use Page Builder by SiteOrigin without Livemesh SiteOrigin Widgets. They work and complement each other well.

Check out Livemesh SiteOrigin Widgets

FREE with paid extensions. Recommended using with:

  • TablePress Extension: Responsive Tables plugin

#1 BEST WORDPRESS TABLE PLUGIN

TablePress

If you build your own product or a review website, chances are you want to do a feature comparison across related plugins. TablePress comes in handy to help you achieve that goal.

Why is it the best for you too?

While TablePress comes with a rather outdated layout, it works! Essential features that you need for your tables such as filtering, sorting, and pagination are all there. You can import and export existing tables data as well.

If TablePress supports a WYSIWYG editor in the future, it'd be almost perfect.

By the way, you should install Responsive Tables extension so that your table looks perfectly on mobile as well.

Check out TablePress

Cost: FREE with paid extensions.

 

#1 BEST WORDPRESS BACKUP PLUGIN

BackWPup

If you're looking for a WordPress backup plugin, look no further than BackWPup.

Why is it the best for you too?

BackWPup is a powerful and easy-to-use plugin to back up your invaluable website's data. Unlike other plugins, it rarely fails to complete a scheduled job.

We have used BackWPup on many sites both personal and professional to save our complete website files on Dropbox. So far, it's never let us down when things goes wrong.

Check out BackWPup

Paid Plugin. Recommended using with:

Great WooCommerce Addon

WooCommerce Protected Categories

If you want to sell different products to different customers, WooCommerce Protected Categories will help you do just that.

Why is it the best for you too?

WooCommerce Protected Categories lock down certain products on your store through WooCommerce categories protection. You can restrict their access through a password, user role or user login.

Best of all, it works great with our Prevent Direct Access Gold.

Check out WooCommerce Protected Categories