1. I personally find the Gutenberg editor when it is paired with Kadence to be a better alternative to what I was using which was Elementor. The only downside is that I can’t create default templates but I find it over all easier to work with. It is just a shame to have to go through every single post again since I switched back!

  2. I don’t mind Gutenberg, it can be a little finicky but the addons available for it are really nice. WP Rocket is awesome and it was my go-to until switching my webserver to Litespeed, now I use the LSCache addon. As for Yoast, it was king of SEO plugins for years but have you heard of Rank Math? It’s a serious contender and I have recently switched to it.

  3. I used to use Easy Table of Contents but switched to the addon by LuckyWP as it also adds schema markup to get featured in Google snippets, very handy. I’m also using WP Rocket, no other caching plugin comes close to the amazing speed gains and features it provides, well worth the money.

  4. We have quite different opinions on must-have plugins! The ones I install on every WordPress website are The SEO Framework, WP Cerber, Autoptimize, BackWPup, and wpDiscuz. That takes care of the most important things to me: SEO, security, website speed, backups, and a nice commenting system. Take a look at them 🙂

  5. I always hear conflicting opinions about hiding the login URL. Some say it’s a good idea, some say it’s useless. I’ve always preferred to hide it because it just makes sense especially when you have a front-end login as well. I also like to protect the page with htpasswd, super secure!

  6. A great list here Sean. I can vouch for several: Yoast, Contact Form 7, Akismet.
    For me these days I prefer Gutenberg Block Editor to the Classic Editor. I understand why people might not like it still. but for me it offers so much more in terms of functions (reusable blocks etc) and ease of use… when you get used to it!

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