3 Advanced WordPress Plugins Worth Installing
A few weeks ago we shared five basic WordPress plugins we usually install when building a new site. This week, we’re sharing three of the more advanced plugins we install. Advanced plugins aren’t necessarily difficult or complex to understand, but their versatility and behind-the-scenes code are more robust and can accomplish more intricate tasks than your basic plugin. They work to expand to not only the frontend or your WordPress dashboard, but also the code behind it all.
1. Advanced Custom Fields – Advanced Custom Fields is a personal favorite for making custom post types, pages, posts and forms do all kinds of advanced things beyond their default capabilities. It offers many choices for customizing layouts, accepting data, and adding options, all while keeping things easy to use on the frontend. Implementing Advanced Custom Fields in your backend code does require some coding knowledge, which is why it’s on our advanced list. (Freemium)
2. Slider Revolution – Good sliders are hard to come by. Slider Revolution provides flexible customization with a simple layout. It has options for responsive, full-width, simple pictures, captions and layers. Slider Revolution’s wp-dashboard admin panel can be more complex than other slider plugins, as it provides a broad array of options. While there’s no need for a knowledge of code here, this plugin takes practice to get all of its pieces to appear clean and professional. (Paid, unless provided with a theme.)
3. WooCommerce – This is an excellent digital storefront that is simple to setup and manage yourself compared to other eCommerce solutions. WooCommerce also has a great automated set-up that provides everything you need to begin selling your wares almost immediately. It works with all major payment providers, and has a plethora of paid extensions that can help to improve your store experience. While it definitely falls in the ‘simple to use’ category, WooCommerce also has more complex options for payment processing & setup, shipping and handling, inventory, and virtual products. It’s one of those plugins where you may never have time to fully explore everything it can do. (Free with some paid add-ons)
What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Is our list spot-on or did we miss something?