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 with Pro version.

#1 BEST WORDPRESS PAGE BUILDER

Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder is one of, if not the best WordPress page builder out there. In fact, they are our 2 favorite page builders, along with Page Builder by SiteOrigin. We're using both on all of our WordPress sites.

Why is it the best for you too?

Beaver Builder is a powerful drag and drop page builder that allows you to edit your web page directly on the front-end. That means you can drag any elements such as photos, video, and HTML into your web page, and at the same time, see how it will actually look like on your website.

Customizable column-based layouts are supported out of the box as well. Beaver Build also comes with more than 20 beautiful pre-made designs for you to choose from.

With Beaver Builder, you can create a new website or page design literally within minutes and without any technical knowledge.

Check out Beaver Builder

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 premium extensions

#1 BEST WORDPRESS Pricing Tables Plugin

Easy Pricing Tables

If you're planning to sell any digital products and services on your website, you'll definitely need a pricing table, and so, this Easy Pricing Tables plugin by Fatcat Apps.

Why is it the best for you too?

Easy Pricing Tables plugin comes with a simple yet powerful UI which allows you to customize your own pricing, features, and call to action (CTA) button. You can easily change your product or plan order by simply dragging them. What's more, you can customize the button color, features font-size as well as featuring your most popular plan.

It will be perfect if they allow changing the "features" and CTA button order plus setting custom classes for the pricing table or each column. The "features" UI could also be improved so that it's easier for users to enter each feature instead of "one per line".

In short, it's straightforward to create beautiful pricing tables with this Fatcat Apps plugin. The plugin is worth using than most pricing tables provided by many popular themes. Its active installs and reviews reflect that.

Check out Easy Pricing Tables

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

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