BAW login logout menu – An old plugin that creates a login/logout menu item. Very handy, even if very simple. Available from the WordPress plugin repository.
Bulk delete – another free plugin. There are times when you need to delete posts, pages, attachments, users or meta fields in bulk, and this is the plugin to do it for you.
Duplicate Post – another free and quite old plugin which does exactly what it says on the tin. Install and activate it and you’ll have an extra menu item allowing you to clone any post, page and god knows what else. A great time saver.
Imsanity – a free plugin which automatically resizes uploaded images to a more reasonable size. The plugin is configurable with a max width, height and quality. Handy if other people are likely to be uploading images to your site.
Lazy Load – if we’re not using our normal caching plugin (which conflicts with lazy load) we use this on almost every site. Quite simply, it loads images when visitors need them, when they’re about to become visible, and not before, and so speeds up page load times.
Remove Query Strings From Static Resources – a bit of a mouthful to say, we use this just to get slightly better scores on the various testing sites. All it does is remove query strings from static resources like CSS & JS files, as the name suggests.
WP Optimise / WP Sweep – we don’t have any real preference between these two. They are simple plugins which tidy up your site and database, deleting revisions and so on. They are activated to use and then deactivated afterwards.
UpdraftPlus – a good and stable free backup plugin, available from the WordPress plugin repository. There is a ‘premium’ paid for version, but we’ve not tried it.
WordPress Zero Spam – We often use this instead of Akismet. It lets you use the standard WordPress comment form and there are no API keys required.
Wordfence Security – sadly, website security should play a major part in your planning from the outset. A WordPress website is a target for hackers from the day you put it online, not only if it becomes popular. There are countless security plugins in the WordPress library and everybody we know seems to have their own favourite. We like Wordfence – it does all we need and hasn’t let us down yet.
Code snippets – a plugin we don’t use, but which many people will find very useful is this free plugin available from the WordPress plugin repository. Quite simply, the plugin allows you to add and snippets on your site without touching your theme’s functions.php file. We don’t use it because we’re happy to mess about with php files.