Activity Log: Get aware of any activities that are taking place on your dashboard! Imagine it like a black-box for your WordPress site. e.g. post was deleted, plugin was activated, user logged in or logged out – it’s all these for you to see.
Very useful when you share the administration of your blog with somebody else
Broken Link Checker: Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
Great to easily gather metrics about your website.
UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore: Backup and restore: take backups locally, or backup to Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, (S)FTP, WebDAV & email, on automatic schedules.
I tried several backup tools. It is the one I like the most even the free version is already very helpful and efficient.
WP Security Audit Log: Identify WordPress security issues before they become a problem. Keep track of everything happening on your WordPress including WordPress users activity. Similar to Windows Event Log and Linux Syslog, WP Security Audit Log generates a security alert for everything that happens on your WordPress blogs and websites. Use the Audit Log Viewer included in the plugin to see all the security alerts.
Help identify some weaknesses or attacks on your website
Very helpful when you have to deal with posts/pages written with XXX Page Builder because in such case you don’t have access to the source code of post/page so you cannot copy/paste their content from one post/page to the other one.
LH Add Media from URL: This plugin allows you to fetch the remote file and save to your local WordPress, via wp-admin or bookmarklet.
I like it because I can easily transfer an image from the web into your website media.
When you want to build some sophisticated pages/posts, this plugin helps you organizing your page by columns and widgets
I discovered recently another Page Builder: Elementor Page Builder which seems pretty interesting because of its WISIWIG capabilities. Nevertheless, I didn’t have the opportunity to try it so I can’t confirm it as a favorite.
If you need to customize the CSS of your theme and you don’t want to patch the theme files.
Plugins to add specific widgets to your website
Livemesh SiteOrigin Widgets: A collection of premium quality widgets for use in any widgetized area or in SiteOrigin page builder. SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle is required.
Complete very well the other SiteOrigin plugin XXXX
Master Slider: Master Slider is the most advanced responsive HTML5 WordPress slider plugin with touch swipe navigation that works smoothly on devices too.
Great plugin to build nice Slider. The free version is already pretty powerful
MetaSlider and MetaSlider – Pro Add-on Pack: Easy to use slideshow plugin. Create SEO optimized responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.
I mention also this SLider plugin because the pro version provides some cool feature to create a sort of animation on the slides of your slider.
SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle: A collection of all widgets, neatly bundled into a single plugin. It’s also a framework to code your own widgets on top of.
A set of widgets which work very well with the Page Build by SiteOrigin plugin
SyntaxHighlighter Evolved: Easily post syntax-highlighted code to your site without having to modify the code at all. Uses Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter. TIP: Don’t use the Visual editor if you don’t want your code mangled. TinyMCE will “clean up” your HTML.
Very helpful if you have to display some code in your posts. It provides a nice format for such text
I used it to insert some meta-tags in the header of your blog.
WPSSO Core: Automatically create complete & accurate meta tags and Schema markup from your content for social sharing, social media / SMO, Google Rich Cards / SEO, and more.
When you copy a link of your site into a LinkedIn or Twitter or … post, create a nice rendering.
Email Subscribers & Newsletters: Email Subscribers is a complete newsletter plugin which lets you collect leads, send automated new blog post notification emails, create & send newsletters and also manage them all in one single place.