I’m always curious to know what products other developers in the WordPress community are using to power their sites. Below is a list and description of premium/paid plugins and services I use for my site and (in most cases) use on other WordPress sites I develop.
I participate in affiliate programs for everything listed below and confidently recommend these products for your use, too. If you’d like to know more, I’ve written a quick post explaining how affiliate programs work and why I use them.
I’ve used some other popular email campaign tools out there (MailChimp, ConstantContact, and MyEmma), but have enjoyed my switch to Aweber for this site. The templates are easy to set up and the reporting features are fantastic. If you’re the least bit curious, you can try AWeber’s Email Marketing tool risk-free. It also integrates nicely with Gravity Forms, which I’ll discuss more below.
WordPress Theme Framework
The Genesis Framework empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress. Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to incredible places. Every site in my WordPress portfolio is built on the Genesis Framework. Unlimited use license!
The Genesis Extender Plugin is your way of taking control of your Genesis Child Theme without having to hire a developer or spend hours and hours learning what to put where. It can be used with ANY theme running on the Genesis Framework and makes adding custom CSS, custom functions, or custom hooks a snap! Unlimited use license!
ManageWP is super handy tool if you’re responsible for managing multiple WordPress sites. From a single dashboard, you can fully manage all of your WordPress sites. Want to know more? Here’s a post on Why I Freaking Love ManageWP.
In short, Gravity Forms is used to create contact forms for WordPress. But it does so much more than that. Use developer add-ons to easily integrate with PayPal, MailChimp, Aweber, Authorize.net, Highrise, User Registration, and more. Here’s a post on how to use Gravity Forms to populate custom post types. Unlimited use license!
A WordPress tool set, if you will, the WP Types & Views plugin let’s you roll out custom post types, custom taxonomies, and custom page templates rapidly. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve got it, you’re set! Unlimited use license!
This jaw-dropping content marketing software will help you optimize each page and post in your site. It uses super-smart software to power keyword research, link building, site analysis and more. Try it out for one month and you’ll be hooked! Monthly subscription