Top 9 WordPress plugins for advanced websites

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We are taking thing seriously here at Firm Guide. And as the CMS is WordPress, we have also tested incredible amount of plugins in order to deliver the best from end and back end experience. I want to share with a broader audience the results of my investigation and release a list of advanced plugins we are currently using on this website.

As many people say, the more plugins, the slower the website loads. And it is true, se we need to be very picky in plugin selection. If there is just an easy tweak or php snippet, we always hard code it to the template or functions.php to avoid database issues. However some plugins are so powerful and have frequent updates that it makes no sense to take care of the code internally. Here is the list of top advanced plugins (hello dolly is missing):

Elliot Condor

Elliot Condor made his name on a powerful custom field plugin. Can we expect more from him?

1. Advanced Custom Fields

Absolutely necessary to run all the additional field we have in our database of companies and products. Field types include: Wysiwyg, text, textarea, image, file, select, checkbox, page link, post object, date picker, color picker, repeater, flexible content and gallery. I would say this is one of the most useful plugins I have ever seen since 2005. Visit plugin site

2. Better WP Security

After one of my sites has been hacked, because the password was not strong enough, I decided to take the security more seriously and move it to a next level. This plugin forces you to change your admin name, password, login url and many other things in order to become more secure. And yes, we are currently blocking a lot of suspicious attempts to access the site in a bad way. There is a also a nice log that revealed many corrupted files and URLs on this website. Even the broken link checker was not that successful. And what is the best? You can automatically lock down all IPs that are harassing your website. Visit plugin site

3. Broken Link Checker

Missing images? Youtube video was deleted? This plugin will detect all broken and missing links, report it and suggest a link removal. You can also schedule an recurring scan of your entire website. Visit plugin site

4. Select cforms

There are many contact form plugins on the internet. This one looks just like any other from the front face, however as and admin you will have so many options in the back end that you won’t believe this is a free plugin. You can create not only contact forms but also any other powerful form. They should rename it to something like “the ultimate form”. Visit plugin site

5. Disqus Comment System

I’ve tested many comment system. Starting with the build-in WordPress comment system, replacing it with Facebook comments, I have later decided that Disqus is simply the best. It is fast, provides all necessary functions, does not require users to register to your website, they usually already have the login from other website. The proof of quality is also the boom of this service when they got 300 % user increase in the previous two years. Visit plugin site

Milan Petrovic

Milan Petrovic – why is he not updating one of the greatest plugins of all times? Is he taking a decade long vacation?

6. GD Star Rating

This is a powerful rating plugin, you can create customized voting fields, multiple options etc. The only bad thing is that it has not been updated for a long time and some of the back end options seem to me a bit obsolete. The author is expected to release a new version, but all the webmasters are just waiting. Once the new version is released, it can become the most powerful voting tool ever… Visit plugin site

7. One Theme Mobile

This WordPress theme instantly converts your site into a template that can be accessed from iPhones, iPods, Blackberrys, and Android smartphones. I have installed the plugin, however the homepage has problems with detecting my Android device. It seems that sub pages are loading the mobile template, but not the homepage. There is also a certain bug with menu, where you can not select all (in my case I had to click 2500 time to exclude all pages – really frustrating. I am awaiting an update urgently. Visit plugin site

Joost de Valk

Is Joost de Valk currently the boss of SEO plugins? Is he the one we all shall trust?

8. W3 Total Cache

Someone who does not know this necessary plugin? If you want your website to load faster for your visitors, then install this and let it do the job! Warning: it will use a lot of additional disk space and can make it slower for admins. Visit plugin site

9. WordPress SEO

Joost de Valk is the guy who know a lot about SEO and it is also his huge money making business .The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more. If you think about SEO, do not install partial plugins for only meta description or better titles. Install this one, everything is included. Visit plugin site

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