We are often asked for recommendations on best WordPress plugins and services. People particularly want to know about the plugins and tools that we use to run the WPBeginner website.
As a result, we have decided to create the WPBeginner Blueprint which gives you behind the scenes look at all the tools, plugins, and services that we use here at WPBeginner.
As you can guess, our website is powered by the best publishing platform on the web, WordPress.org.
It’s important that you know the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org and choose the right platform for your needs.
While there are many blogging platforms out there, we always recommend using WordPress because of the freedom and flexibility you have to customize your website.
Web hosting is your website’s house on the internet. Every website needs web hosting, and each website has different needs.
At WPBeginner, we use SiteGround Enterprise Hosting version.
SiteGround hosts millions of websites, and they are one of the most popular hosting companies in the industry. With 1-click WordPress install, 99.9% uptime, and 24/7 support, it’s a smart choice for every growing business. (See our SiteGround review).
We understand there are thousands of web hosting providers out there. That’s why we have a step by step guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting for your site.
Website Design / Theme
WPBeginner uses a custom designed WordPress theme built specifically for our website.
Unfortunately this design is not available for download or sale.
If you are looking for high-quality WordPress templates, check out these companies:
Need help choosing a WordPress theme? See our article on 9 things you should consider when selecting a WordPress theme.
VaultPress (Jetpack Backups) – We use VaultPress to create automatic backups. Automatic backups are your first defense against any security threats. Here’s our step by step guide to setup VaultPress automated backups. You may also want to see our comparison of the best WordPress backup plugins.
Sucuri – Sucuri offers web monitoring and malware cleanup service. It helps us enhance our WordPress security and actively block cyber attacks. See how Sucuri helped us block 450,000 WordPress attacks in 3 months
W3 Total Cache – We use W3 Total Cache for our page caching and browser caching to improve overall site speed. This is a legacy plugin and much of our caching is now handled on the server end by SiteGround and at DNS level by Sucuri.
Classic Smilies – We use classic smilies to turn off all emoji functionality in WordPress and replace it with older smilies from previous versions of WordPress.
PushEngage – PushEngage is the best web push notification software. It helps us connect with visitors after they leave our website. Push notifications are a top 5 traffic source on WPBeginner. See how to add push notifications in WordPress.
MonsterInsights – MonsterInsights allow us to connect to Google Analytics for FREE. It shows us who visits our website, where they come from, and how they interact with our content.
Yoast SEO – We currently use an older and customized version of Yoast SEO to improve our on-page SEO by adding title tags, meta descriptions, XML sitemaps, and essential on-page SEO. For our newer websites, we’re using All in One SEO for WordPress because we worked with their team to build all our custom SEO tools into their powerful SEO plugin.
RafflePress – RafflePress helps us run viral giveaways and contests to increase our website traffic, social media followers, and email subscribers. We use the pro version, but they also have a free RafflePress version available as well.
Nextiva – we use Nextiva for our business phone service. It allows us to have a professional business phone number that our team can share, have extensions, and use all the advanced call management features.
Subscribe to Comments Reloaded – We use it to allow our users to subscribe to comments. This way users get notification email when there is a new comment on the post. See our Subscribe to Comments Reloaded review
Behind the Scenes
There are several tools, plugins, and custom code snippets that we use at WPBeginner. Here is the list of our behind the scene plugins, code snippets, etc.
Members – This plugin allows us to add new roles and limit content permissions by users. We use it specifically for role management in WPBeginner. See our expert comparison of 5 best WordPress membership plugins.
Advanced Custom Fields We use Advanced Custom Fields to add custom fields into WordPress posts and custom post types.
Post Types Order – By default, you can order your posts by ID, author, title, date etc. But there is no easy way to use a custom order. This plugin lets us do that with an easy drag-drop interface. See our Post Types Order review.
Excerpts for Pages – We use custom code snippet to display excerpts for pages in WordPress.
Random Post Redirect – This custom code snippet allows us to redirect users to a random post in WordPress if they add /random/ at the end of the url.
That’s all for now. We will update this page when we start using some new plugin or tool on WPBeginner.