Sandalsand is using WordPress as a blogging platform and content management system – and so are 60 million websites across the globe.
This post was first published on 18. October 2014. There was an update in November 2017 and again in September 2020.
WordPress is a versatile platform capable of handling just about anything you like. This is largely due to its free and open source technical base and not least the variety of themes and plugins available for integration.
My websites, Sandalsand Global and its Norwegian language sister Sandalsand Norge, both use the Divi theme from Elegant Themes. In addition I have a number of active useful WordPress plugins adding functionality to the websites.
Over the last years I have tried other plugins as well. Some conflicted with other plugins and had to be deleted. Others did not deliver on their promises. Some plugins were not updated by their makers and produced a future compatibility risk for the websites.
Obviously some useful WordPress plugins come and go, others become so essential to running your website that you will run into serious trouble if you deactivate or delete them.
Here is my present list (2020).
|Plugin||Official plugin description||My description|
|Bloom||eMail Opt-In And Lead Generation Plugin For WordPress||This comes with my subscription to the Divi theme. It integrates with services from MailChimp to deliver newsletters to subscribers.|
|Broken Link Checker||Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.||Very handy. Runs in the background and checks all links.|
|Elegant Themes Updater||Enables automatic updates for all Elegant Themes products||Automates updates to my theme.|
|Elegant Themes Support||Creates a temporary account to use for support queries||This is only because I use this theme.|
|GetYourGuide Widget||A widget is a banner your readers can click to find and book activities on GetYourGuide. You get commission for every activity your readers experience.||Yes, I have an affiliate agreement with GetYourGuide and display this advertisement widget at the bottom of all posts, and inside some posts.|
|Lazy Load||Lazy Load by WP Rocket displays images and/or iframes on a page only when they are visible to the user. This reduces the number of HTTP requests mechanism and improves the loading time.||It does help. But this plugin is up for deletion as my theme does more or less the same job, as well as W3.|
|Monarch||Social Media is the lifeblood that keeps the internet glowing. Social Sharing lets you harness that activity and use it as a positive force for your business. Choose from more than 20 social sharing networks to display on your website to create a custom collection of sharing options for your visitors.||This comes with my theme and provides social media sharing icons on the website.|
|NextGEN Gallery||The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 28 million downloads.||One of my most important plugins. Handles all my thousands of pictures. Works generally fine.|
|NextGEN Gallery Image Chooser||Comfortable image chooser for the NextGEN Gallery.||Supporting plugin making insertion of images into posts much easier.|
|Regenerate Thumbnails||Allows you to regenerate all thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.||Wordpress basic plugin.|
|Smash Balloon Instagram Feed||Keep your website looking fresh with new Instagram content||Nice one used to fetch images from Instagram. I use it as a widget in the footer.|
|TablePress||TablePress enables you to create and manage tables in your posts and pages, without having to write HTML code, and it adds valuable functions for your visitors.||Works fine if you want a nice table in your post. Like this one!|
|UpdraftPlus - Backup/Restore||UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over two million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click!||Makes a backup to Dropbox and Google Drive.|
|W3 Total Cache||W3 Total Cache (W3TC) improves the SEO and user experience of your site by increasing website performance and reducing load times by leveraging features like content delivery network (CDN) integration and the latest best practices.||Optimising database by using caching. The most recommended plugin ever.|
|Wordfence Security||Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.||An absolutely essential plugin (or type of plugin) to have on your site. You'll be shocked to see how many hackers it stops every day.|
|WP-Optimize||WP-Optimize is a revolutionary, all-in-one WordPress performance plugin that cleans your database, compresses your images and caches your site.||I use it only to optimise the database by clearing unnecessary memory. Alright plugin.|
|WP-PageNavi||Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog||Makes navigation between posts easier.|
|WPS Hide Login||Protect your website by changing the login URL and preventing access to wp-login.php page and wp-admin directory while not logged-in||Hackers are a constant frustration. This plugin may help divert their efforts to other sites.|
|Yoast SEO||Since 2008 Yoast SEO has helped millions of websites worldwide to rank higher in search engines. This WordPress SEO plugin helps you with your search engine optimization. Are you not entirely convinced? Yoast SEO is the favorite WordPress SEO plugin of millions of users worldwide!||Helpful for search engine optimisation. Offers advice and streamlines my website.|