There are a ton of plugins available for WordPress. If you can think of a feature, there’s probably a plugin for it. And while a majority of plugins are free, there are some really awesome premium plugins out there. Of course I’m all for finding a free solution if possible, but sometimes it pays to spend a little in order to save yourself some sanity. Below are 5 premium WordPress plugins that I use frequently that are worth every penny.
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Advanced Custom Fields Pro
The free Advanced Custom Fields plugin is great (and in most cases all you’ll need), but the pro version takes it to a whole other level. Repeater fields, galleries, option pages, and flexible content fields really come in handy when building custom sites. This is definitely a plugin for more advanced WordPress users though. While setting up custom fields are a breeze, you’ll need some knowledge of PHP in order to display the fields where you want.
Everyone seems to have their favorite backup plugin/method, and mine is BackupBuddy. You can set automatic backups that send to remote locations and restoring your site is simple. Plus, it allows you to easily migrate your site from one server to another. In fact, it’s how I moved this site over to SiteGround a few months ago!
Gravity Forms is a must for every site, in my opinion. Of course it’s great for your basic contact form, but because of its extensive features, it can be used for so much more. From feedback, to intake forms, to quizzes, Gravity Forms does it all. Definitely a must have for every site I build.
Social Warfare is one of my new favorite premium plugins. Not only does it add social sharing buttons to your posts and pages, but it allows you to customize how your content is shared through custom options on each post/page. These options range from allowing you to upload a special social media image (great for sharing on Twitter and Facebook!), a Pinterest specific image and description, a custom tweet, and more! It’s a great way to take control of how your content is shared on social media so you can get the best results.
Soliloquy is a slider plugin that is so much better than any other slider I’ve tried out. You have the option of creating customized sliders or you can create dynamic sliders that pull in content from a variety of sources, such as your blog or Instagram. There are a ton of customization options so you can create just about any slider you want.
What are your favorite premium WordPress plugins? Share them in the comments below!