Before we install any plugins you need to delete the default plugins. Visit Plugins > Installed Plugins & on that page you can select them by checking the box next to the word Plugin to “Select All” then in the drop-down “Bulk Actions” box, select Delete. Then click “Apply”. It will bring up a “pop up” asking if you are sure … go ahead and agree to delete the plugins.
This first plugin we’re going to install will help us “Bulk Install” all of the needed plugins.
NOTE: This is a shortcut. If you would like to skip this step and do the installations one at a time, then by all means, go ahead. (Seriously, I’d recommend that you use the shortcut and save yourself about 10-15 minutes.)
Start by installing Wp Favs – Plugin Manager by searching for the plugin via:
Dashboard > Plugins > Add New
Install & Activate by clicking on “Install Now” then “Activate” once it installs. Once the plugin is “Active” go to the settings via: Dashboard > Tools > WP Favs
Insert the Quick Key & click on “Quick Load” Quick Key (QK):
Once you have clicked on Quick Load you will want to click on “Run this List”.
This will take you to our magic list of WordPress Plugins. These are the recommended plugins for this tutorial. (Image has been cropped to save space)
Click on the drop down over the plugins labeled “Bulk Options” and then select “Install” Check the first box (to the right of Plugin column label) to Select All Plugins.
Then Click Apply to install all plugins.
After it installs you may see some warnings from the install process, don’t worry those shouldn’t be a problem. At the bottom of the page you will see a success message:
All Installations have been completed.
Click on “Return to WPFavs Installer”, underneath that message, and move onto the next task. If you wish to do this manually you can be installing and activating each plugin one by one.
Use your judgment in using the recommended plugins. Only you know what you are doing and what you need. The plugins you are going to Activate will depend on what you will need for your website.
To “Activate” your plugins you need to check the box next to the plugins you wish to use and once all your plugins are checked in the drop-down menu (Bulk Actions) select “Activate” and “Apply”. This will “Activate” all of your desired plugins.
We are not going to be using all plugins, all of the time so we will be deactivating a few. Also, feel free to close any of the warning messages you see on your dashboard. The recommended plugins for EVERY installation of WordPress are:
All In One Scheme Rich Snippets – This amazing plugin gives the power to the blog author to control the rich snippets to be shown by the search engines. There are 9 “Rich Snippets” that you can utilize. Go deeper into this via DigiToolBag.com/rich-snippets & learn what rich snippets are & how to use them.
- Item Review – This is great for a review of a product that you use for your business.
- Event – This works great for open houses or other events for your business.
- People – If you run an office where you want to showcase employees, use this.
- Product – This would be great for a detailed page that leads to a shopping cart.
- Recipe – Yes, recipes! 😛
- Software Application – Might not use this unless you’re in the tech industry.
- Video- This works for blog posts with a supporting video embedded.
- Article – This isn’t for “Blog Posts” but if you are doing a write up/news, this is it!
- Service – This is perfect for your service-specific pages. (Painting, Plumbing, etc.)
Blackhole for Bad Bots – This puts all bots in a “Black Hole” so they don’t use your server’s resources. Once active, the plugin does all the hard work. No settings needed here.
Cloudflare – This is a plugin that works with the platform “Cloudflare” and speeds up your loading time and increases your security for your WordPress website.
Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode by SeedProd – This is one of my favorite coming soon plugins and is self-proclaimed “The #1 Coming Soon Page, Under Construction & Maintenance Mode plugin for WordPress.”
Compress JPEG & PNG images – This is a plugin that helps you optimize your images for mobile & page speed within your media library.
Duplicate Post – This is not a “must install plugin” but it does help if you have template style blog posts to be able to just create a “clone” of a specific page and start with it as a new draft.
Duplicator – This amazing “FREE” website helps migrate and backup a copy of your website files and database and helps you duplicate or move your websites very easy. There is a bonus video training at www.webdesignwebinar.com that will show you how I use this plugin to build professional websites in under an hour.
Elementor “Page Builder” – This is the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) page builder we are going to use to build/design your website. For this tutorial, I’m also going to be using the “Elementor Pro” paid version. It isn’t a must but it does give you a lot more options when it comes to designing your pages.
Elementor Pro – Like I said before you can continue without this plugin but at only $49 you will see the value in the paid version Buy the plugin here → DigiToolBag.com/buyelementor. You will have to upload the plugin(See Bonus Section)
Far Future Expiry Header – This assists in your page load speed. Go to Settings > FarFutureExpiry & check to Enable Far Future Expiration. Set the Number of Days to 7 and click all file types. Click to Enable Gzip Compression & click on “Save”
Force HTTPS (SSL Redirect & Fix Insecure Content) – When it comes to making your site secure with SSL encryption this plugin helps tell the browsers to load your site through the encryption for everything. If you followed the SSL steps earlier all you need to do is keep this active. That is it!
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP (GADWP) – This displays Google Analytics reports and real-time statistics in your “Dashboard.” It also automatically inserts the tracking code inside of every page on your website.
Heartbeat Control – It’s hard to explain but this completely controls the WordPress heartbeat which basically means … it speeds up your website.
Insert Headers and Footers – This is for putting the code in your headers or footers. If you are using Google Analytics or something that needs “code” in there above the section this is how you do that. Go to Settings > Insert Headers and Footers.
Pretty Links – This is like bit.ly for your website. For example, if I want to create a short link for my new YouTube channel, instead of it being
I can use Shortlinks and make it look like this: http://testedurl.com/yt
Remove Query Strings From Static Resources – This helps your load speed. No settings for this plugin.
Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan – Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available.
WP Super Cache – This helps with browser caching (page load speed) Go to Settings > WP Super Cache
You are going to click on the “Advanced” tab & be sure that the following boxes are checked:
Don’t cache pages for known users. (Recommended)
Compress pages so they’re served more quickly to visitors. (Recommended)
Cache rebuild. Serve a supercache file to anonymous users while a new file is being generated. (Recommended)
304 Not Modified browser caching. Indicate when a page has not been modified since it was last requested. (Recommended)
Clear all cache files when a post or page is published or updated.
Extra homepage checks. (Very occasionally stops homepage caching) (Recommended)
At the bottom of this section, click “Update Status” and you are done!
Yoast SEO – This is the best SEO plugin on the market. The settings for the plugin itself is decent for now without having to customize. The power of this plugin will come when using it while creating posts & pages within WordPress.
How To Upload A WordPress Plugin
Once you have the plugin file (.zip) you need to go to Plugins> Add New. Once you are on the install plugins page you will see a button at the top of the page that says “Upload Plugin”. If you click on that button you will start the process.
The first thing you need to do is to click on “Choose File” and select the plugin file on your computer. Once you have the file selected, simply click on “Install Now”.
This will automatically take care of installing the plugin, leaving the only thing for you to do is to “Activate Plugin” by clicking on that button.
Once Elementor Pro Plugin is Active, you will see a banner in the top of your website
If you click on the Activate License button this will take you to the activation page. This is where you will put in your license key. If you do not know how to gain access to your Elementor License key you can sign into Elementor.com & from your Elementor account you will see the “Download Plugin” to download your copy as well as your License Key.
Simply copy your license and paste it into WordPress & click on “Activate”