As a WordPress Developer who is more inclined to work with design, than coding, I have come to reply on several plugins that are almost ALWAYS a part of every website we create.
First, it is imperative to note that we work with the Genesis Framework (by Studiopress) when creating in WordPress website. It gives us a firm foundation to build on and we can easily customize the Child Theme without touching the Genesis files, making it more reliable as updates are applied to the site. Since Genesis is the backbone of the sites I build, it makes sense to use Genesis plugins to more easily extend the functionality of the website.
Favorite Genesis Plugins:
- Genesis Columns Advanced (by Nick Diego) helps us create columnar data that is also mobile friendly, so the content adjusts to the width of the screen, be it a browser, tablet or smart phone. The extra utilities available and advanced column layouts are a plus.
- Genesis Connect for WooCommerce (by StudioPress) does just what it says. It makes WooCommerce play nice with the Genesis framework.
- Genesis Simple Edits (by StudioPress) allows us to quickly change the footer text and set the meta detail for posts. Most blog posts include the Author Name with link to his/her posts and the post comments. Many businesses don’t use an author or allow commenting, so this plugin allows us to easily remove that meta data from the posts.
- TinyMCE Advanced (by Andrew Ozz) is my Editor of Choice for WordPress. It allows you to customize the toolbar to make it more user friendly.
- Sidebar Manager Light (by OTWthemes) is used to create different sidebars for the pages of a website. This one is especially important for larger websites with lots of content, so you can add different menus and widgets to the page of choice.
- Widget Content Blocks (by Danny Van Kooten) provides a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) interface for widget blocks.
- PrintFriendly (by Print & PDF by PrintFriendly) creates a printable version of a webpage with the option to remove unwanted content and Print, Email or Create a PDF File.
- LH Login (by Peter Shaw) provides a themed login page which replaces the default login style.
So, there you have it! This is the starting point for the websites we create with WordPress. While every website does not have every plugin, these are the most common ones I use with most of my clients.