Some Excellent WordPress Plugins

Here’s a list of WordPress Plugins that I have found very useful in helping me to to add more features and functionality to my website and other sites I’ve worked on.  While some of these are free,  there are the paid Pro/Premium versions that enable more features.

Yoast SEO – A free plugin that is probably the best out there for Search Engine Optimisation. Feature packed, team Yoast have done a great job to make sure that users are able to take full control of their site’s search engine optimisation. They’ve even provided full instructions on ‘How To Use WordPress SEO by Yoast.

Slider Revolution – This slider is by far the best on the market. Paid version for single use is just $19 it’s jam packed with features. Developer license for unlimited sites is at $99.

Gallery by Supsystic – A fairly easy to use plugin to add images and make your website stand out. Free or Pro version.

Gmedia Gallery – Free and paid versions have loads of options and features. I have found this one easy to use.

Pricing Table by Supsystic – Easy to use free and or version with many custom design options. I’ve used the free version on my website.

WordFence – A free security plugin that offers a firewall, malware scanner, and many other tools.  A paid premium version is available.

Social Media Feather – Great for adding social media icons to a website to improve your sharing and marketing power.  Follow & Share features.

WooCommerce – Comes with a set up wizard to help you get started with your eCommerce site.  Follow the prompts!

WP Super Cache – A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.

Disable CommentsGlobally disable comments on a WordPress website. Comments can be disabled according to post type. Particularly useful for business sites.  Multi site friendly.

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget – A visual editor that allows you to edit in WYSIWIG Style.

MailPoet Newsletters –  A free newsletter plugin to send newsletters, post notifications or autoresponders from WordPress easily capture subscribers.

WEN Responsive ColumnsCreate columns easily with this easy to use free plugin.

By Sandra Ciminelli

 

 

Where to Find Free Photos for Commercial Use

Free quality high resolution photos are hard to find requiring time consuming extensive research online. I’ve taken the hard work out by providing links to websites that I use regularly to loads of free for commercial use images that  don’t require attribution.

Not all images will be without some sort of restriction on the licensing.  You might be required to name the photographer and add a link to the website where the image was downloaded from.  So I recommend that you read all licensing before downloading images to avoid any legal hassles. Also I advise reading of all of the information on each website to make sure you fully understand what you are agreeing to before downloading.

IMAGE WEBSITES

goodstock.photos
Good quality images in an easy to use website.

Pixabay
A huge assortment of free for commercial use images that don’t require attribution.  *a favourite.

Stokpic
Quality high resolution images.

Pexels
Good business photos – Variety & quality!

Unsplash
Good for memes and other graphic projects.  Read terms of use.

realisticshots
Heaps to choose from.

Gratisography
Great images –  a large assortment.

Picjumbo
Heaps of images to choose from.

High Resolution
Images are large and take too long to load.  If you’re after massive images, this is the site for you!

fancycrave
Good for a variety of projects.

Visuals by Brain & Storm
Scenery and landscape images.

FoodiesFeed
Food images.

rgbstock
Heaps to choose from – read permissions.

visualhunt
A large assortment of images  *a favourite.

foodeverest
Food images.

goodfreephotos
Good for projects.

RaumRot
Nice images – click on the links at the top of the page.

freejpg
A huge assortment! *a favourite.

Morguefile – Heaps of quality and amateur hi-res images – read individual image permissions before downloading.

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Before you download an image:

  1. Read the licensing.
  2. Know what size you’re after before hand so that you don’t clutter your website with huge images.
  3. Use images that are relevant to your business or blog.

I hope that these links to my favourite free photo sites will come in handy and prove useful for your business and personal use. More of these types of blogs coming in the near future. So keep an eye out for those.

If you’re after affordable web design & development, plus graphic design work, contact Sandra at ACT Websites for quality work that doesn’t cost the earth.