I don't know how many times I've said this but let me say it again - WordPress is truly awesome! Building beautiful websites with WordPress is one of the many joys of being a freelance web designer.
With WordPress, you can create a website for almost any purpose. Being open-source software, WordPress is a developers playground.
Even if you're not a developer or a non-techy, WordPress is still awesome in so many ways. Whether you're starting a blog, personal brand website, e-commerce website, there's no better platform to use in my opinion.
What I love most about WordPress is the ability to add functionality to your website using plugins. And, as you know, there are thousands of them available from the WordPress repository, and most of them are completely free.
Now, as much as I love using free plugins, I also love premium plugins. I like to have a balance of both on my website.
I always recommend using premium plugins wherever possible, for the simple fact that paid-for plugins come with frequent updates.
The developers of these plugins pay special attention to the quality of the code, security, and ensure their plugins are always compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
Well, that depends on the desired outcome of your blog or website (Your goal).
That being said, below I will share with you a list of premium quality plugins which I'm currently using myself on this website and many other project websites, and therefore recommend you check out for yourself too.
You won't need to use all of these plugins on your site. The best way to decide whether a plugin is suitable for your site or otherwise is to think about how the plugin will help you meet your website goals.
OK, let's dive in.
Thrive Leads is one of the best, if not the best, drag-and-drop opt-in form builder and list building plugin for WordPress.
With Thrive Leads, you get access to a vast library of ready-made template forms that you can customize even further using the built-in opt-in form editor.
Using this plugin for my own websites have saved me a ton of time and money in my quest to grow my email lists.
Once your forms are up and running, you can use the built-in marketing tools to do simple A/B split testing.
Some other notable features in Thrive Leads include -
Thrive Leads is very affordable, but perhaps the most important element of Thrive Leads is that it's so simple and intuitive to use.
I have been using Thrive Leads in my business since it was launched back in 2015 and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about growing their email list.
Thrive Architect, also known as Thrive Visual Editor, is a powerful front-end drag-and-drop page builder plugin for WordPress.
This is the very plugin that I use to create and customize all of the landing pages on Magnet4Blogging, including the homepage.
Many similar page builder plugins have emerged out of the woodwork since TCB and Thrive Architect was released, but none of them really offer the flexibility, features, and options as Thrive Architect.
Thrive Architect today comes with a suite of on-page design tools, options, and powerful elements. Whatever your landing page goal, whether you're trying to create a video page, podcast page, custom contact page, or a homepage, you can achieve it all with Thrive Architect.
If you want to learn how to build a custom homepage for your website using Thrive Architect, do check out my video tutorial below.
Pretty Links Pro is my favorite URL shortening and affiliate link cloaking plugin for WordPress.
Before this plugin, I was using another premium plugin called Better Links Pro, which sadly is no longer available.
Pretty Links Pro comes with a host of redirection options for your affiliate links, not to mention a host of conversion tracking and metrics tools.
If you're looking for a powerful but lightweight affiliate links plugin to power up your WordPress blog, I would recommend checking this one out.
I don't think I really need to introduce this plugin to you, chances are you're probably one of the three million website owners that are using it.
While the free version is widely popular, the premium version of this plugin comes with a host of additional features and options to power-up your SEO.
These features include the ability to optimize for more than 1 focus keyword or keyphrase. You can, in fact, optimize up to 5 focus keywords with Yoast Premium.
There's also a built-in redirection feature to help you manage your 404's and all of what you'd expect to find in the free plugin, and more.
SEOPressor Connect is another popular and powerful SEO plugin for WordPress.
This one is very similar to Yoast's plugin with pretty much the same built-in features and options.
Features include multiple keyword analysis, LSI keyword analysis, social SEO optimization, and a cool over-optimization feature that lets you know that you've overdone your SEO.
If you want to compare SEOPressor Connect with Yoast SEO, check out this post I wrote.
I currently use SEOPressor Connect on my web designer services website (fabriziovanmarciano.com) and my e-commerce website (vanmarcianopaintings.com).
Social Warfare created an attractive and powerful social sharing plugin like no other.
There is now a free version of this plugin as well as a pro version, with many additional features.
Social Warfare was developed for speed and security, although the plugin has gone several major revisions over the years, the plugin still remains to be the best of them all.
Other notable features include button customization, display, and placement options, click-to-tweet, in-page or post social integration, and Twitter counts!
You can read my full review of Social Warfare here.
BlogVault is a must-have, powerful backup, restore, security plugin for WordPress websites.
There is nothing more critical than ensuring you're backing up your WordPress website correctly.
Yes, there are plenty of free backup plugins available out there, but most of them are pretty useless, so don't even waste your time.
The point of a backup solution is so that you can recover your website and get it back up running quickly if it was ever hacked into.
BlogVault, not only backs up your entire WordPress website off-site, but you can also make use of the website staging, website migration, security options, and more.
You can learn more about BlogVault and check out my detailed review and tutorial post here.
When it comes to monetizing your WordPress site with Amazon, no other plugin does it better than EasyAzon.
I've been using EasyAzon on several niche website projects for the last 5 years, and I can tell you, this plugin has been a huge time saver when adding affiliate links.
Features include the ability to generate affiliate commissions from other countries, the ability to create pop-up product information boxes and add shopping carts to your Amazon niche sites and much more.
Now, sadly, the plugin hasn't been updated for some years, however, it's still working just fine for me and it's definitely one that I would recommend checking out.
Click here to read my full review of EasyAzon 4.0.
Creating professional-looking forms for your WordPress website can be a bit of a finicky thing to do, especially if you're not techy.
There are a few free plugins available out there that can solve the problem of creating simple contact forms, like Contact Form 7 and WPForms, but these offer limited options.
Gravity Forms is a complete premium web forms package for WordPress. The features include -
I am currently using Gravity Forms for Magnet4Blogging's contact page, and services inquiry pages.
Last but certainly not least is WordFence, one of the most complete premium WordPress security plugins/services available.
Anyone that uses WordPress for their business should take security very seriously.
Everything in WordPress is vulnerable, from themes, plugins, files, scripts, etc.
WordFence Premium is one plugin I use and recommend to anyone serious about keeping their business website safe and secure.
Features include -
Well, there you have it. A list of the 10 awesome premium quality plugins to rock your WordPress site in 2019, and beyond.
If you're not using any of these, go ahead and give one or two of them a try.
Best of luck!