The flexibility of WordPress allows you to build nearly anything you want, but the success and longevity of a WordPress website is using dependable themes and plugins that create the look and features desired. A WordPress website is only as good as the tools used to build it.
I've spent years trying out different themes and plugins on WordPress websites - building a toolbox that I use to create the best user experience for both my clients and the visitors to their websites.
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Below are some of my favorite tools:
Beaver Builder Pagebuilder & Theme Builder
While not the most used or most popular page builder plugin, Beaver Builder quickly became my absolute favorite WordPress pagebuilder. Why? Because I feel the Beaver Builder pagebuilder is the easiest pagebuilder for the end-client to use to continually edit their website once it's built.
Beaver Builder uses the same idea as most WordPress page builders: you use modules/content blocks within columns within rows to build the pages you want with the structure you want. Common modules include the text editor, headings, photos, videos, buttons, icons, maps, and more.
Not only do I love the Beaver Builder pagebuilder, but I also love the Beaver Builder theme and the complementary Beaver Builder Theme Builder Plugin, which allow me to customize just about any design using the same theme, which I know integrates perfectly with my preferred pagebuilder.
Extending Beaver Builder
For even more modules and customizable options, I often use a set of Beaver Builder extension plugins to add additional module options to the pagebuilder. My favorite Beaver Builder add on plugins are Powerpack for Beaver Builder and Ultimate Add Ons for Beaver Builder.
The Events Calendar
Offering both a free and paid version. The Events Calendar is my favorite calendar plugin. It integrates with Beaver Builder, offering a ton of customization options. It's attractive (bye bye ugly Google Calendar), AND it's got some add ons for advanced functions. Want to import events from an outlook calendar? Want to sell event tickets? Thinking it would be great to allow community members to submit events and then mark them for approval? Yep, The Events Calendar does all of it.
Just like drag and drop page builders offer the end client great flexibility, drag and drop form builders are great too. My favorite is Gravity Forms, which also offers a bunch of additional features, like payment processor connections, survey builders and file upload options.
I've used this plugin for the form on this site. Scroll below to give it a test drive and get in touch.
Websites often have a need for a good business directory. May of my tourism, chamber and community websites like to list the businesses in their area. I love the GeoDirectory plugin because it's rich in features and it's flexible for design.
While The Events Calendar offers ticketing options, I also like to use Event Espresso for event registration and ticket sales. Event Espresso offers online payments, custom registration forms and emails, seating limits, multiple price options and discount codes.
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
Tracking website visitors is important not only to see how your marketing efforts are working but can help you map your future marketing efforts.
Google Analytics is a free visitor tracking tool. My favorite plugins for easy connection to analytics is Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights.
Website translation is becoming more and more important in this global marketplace. GTranslate is a simple plugin that adds Google Translate options to your website.
Good website hosts include a lot of tools you'll need for your WordPress site: SSL Certificates, server security, automated WordPress/plugin updates, automatic backups and more.
My two favorite hosts are Siteground and WP Engine.
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