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Chris Wallace

Partner & Creative Director @ Lift UX

Must-Have Plugins for 2016 North Dallas WordPress Meetup

This post serves as an outline for the January 21st, 2016 North Dallas WordPress Meetup group’s discussion on plugins you need to consider in 2016. Obviously, the plugins you need greatly depends on the type of site you run, but many of these plugins are appropriate for almost any type of site, and as such, should be considered by nearly all WordPress site owners.

Maps Builder

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Maps Builder isn’t just another Google Maps plugin. It’s built from the ground up to be the easiest, most intuitive and fastest Google Maps plugin for WordPress. Visually build powerful customized Google Maps to use on your WordPress site quickly and easily without ever having to touch a bit of code.

Demo: http://mapsbuilder.wordimpress.com/

Cost: FREE with paid upgrade

Give

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The most flexible, robust, and easy to use WordPress plugin for accepting donations directly on your website. Upon activation, Give provides you with powerful features geared towards helping your Cause.

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Cost: FREE with paid add-ons

Beaver Builder

Easily build responsive WordPress websites without touching a line of code. Use Beaver Builder’s page builder plugin to quickly build pages with any theme. Or, use it with our framework theme for the perfect balance of power and simplicity.

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Cost: FREE with paid upgrade option

Typecase

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Typecase makes working with web fonts in WordPress a glorious experience. With over 650 fonts from Google Web Fonts, Typecase is a unique and easy-to-use typography plugin that allows you to quickly browse, find, and select fonts to apply to your website.

Cost: FREE

WP-SpamShield

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An exceptionally powerful WordPress anti-spam plugin that eliminates comment spam, trackback spam, contact form spam & registration spam.

Cost: FREE

Post Type Archive Links

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Post Type Archive Link creates a metabox on the Appearance > Menu admin page. This lists your custom post types and allows you to add links to each archive page in your WordPress menus.

Cost: FREE

Unsplash WP

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One click uploads of unsplash.com stock photos directly to your media library.

Cost: FREE

CPT Archives

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A WordPress plugin to manage post type archive titles, descriptions, and permalink slugs from the dashboard. One of the most frustrating things about Custom Post Types is the inability for you to edit them inside the WordPress admin. This plugin adds a handy user interface to each post type to make them easy to edit on-the-fly.

Cost: FREE

WP Pusher

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WP Pusher lets you install and update WordPress themes and plugins, directly from GitHub – even if your clients are using cheap shared hosting. If it can run WordPress, it can run WP Pusher. You can manage all your WordPress themes and plugins from one place, the dashboard, or enable Push-to-Deploy and have your code update itself automatically every time you push to GitHub or Bitbucket.

Cost: FREE with paid upgrade option

Tweet This

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Tweet This offers easily embedded, stylish tweetable content boxes in your posts and pages. Get your visitors sharing on Twitter today!

Cost: FREE

WP Rocket

An easy-to-use WordPress caching plugin that makes your site load fast and reduces the strain on your server. Great for high-traffic sites with lots of static content and even e-commerce sites with constantly changing shopping carts and page data.

Cost: Starts at $39

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