Recommendations

These are my recommendations. Here you can find a list of free and paid tools that I use, or have used, for the construction of this blog and that I recommend for their performance or for being plugins or templates that have a minimal impact on performance.

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Lucushost

Hosting is the foundation of your project. If they are not good, whatever you do, it will never go well.

I recommend Lucushost for several reasons you can read here. In short: more than reasonable prices, significantly lower than its competitors for very complete packages.

Fast and effective service, even by phone. 24/7 support. SSD MVMe disks and Premiun Backup included in all plans. They store your backups (two daily) for up to six months on external servers, so you don’t need to have extra space in your account for backups. This blog is hosted by Lucushost since February 2021.

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GeneratePress Premium

Although this goes by neighborhoods, I have tested many templates and this is today the one I consider the most flexible and lightweight. It has a free version very valid, but its premium option extends its possibilities even further.

With hundreds of customisation settings, a large number of complete block-based templates and its “Elements” module, GeneratePress is a template with almost infinite possibilities.

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GenerateBlocks Pro

GenerateBlocks is the perfect complement for GeneratePress. This blog moves with this powerful combination More info.

It’s not a builder per se, it’s a collection of six very lightweight basic blocks with which you can assemble almost anything. Although it is created to work with GeneratePress, it can be used with any template. You have a free version and a paid version that adds interesting options.

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Kadence Blocks

A set of blocks that extends the possibilities of Gutenberg.

The blocks are really lightweight as they only load CSS or Javascript when needed and only for the blocks in use on each page where they have been added

The free option from Kadence is more than enough for basic layouts and their paid option adds interesting features of dynamic content, more blocks and templates. They also have one template considered by many of its users as one of the fastest.

Perfmatters

Perfmatters

The best paid WPO add-on at a very affordable price, a must-have plugin for optimisation lovers.

Among its various tools is its powerful Script Manager that allows you to control what is loaded on each page. It also allows you to host google fonts on your server with a couple of clicks, among many other things.

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Code Snippets Pro

The classic and essential par excellence for the management of code fragments now has a Pro version after more than 10 years as a free plugin.

Among the new options incorporated, the possibility of adding HTML, CSS and Javascript. Two new blocks for Elementor and Gutenberg to display content and embed the code of your snippets in your posts.

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Complianz Privacy Suite (GDPR/CCPA) premium

Complianz is a cookie consent management plugin for GDPR/CCPA, compatible with GDPR, DSGVO, TTDSG, LGPD, POPIA, APA, GDPR, CCPA and PIPEDA, with a conditional cookie notice and a custom cookie privacy policy based on the results of the built-in cookie scan. The plugin generates all necessary documents.

It facilitates compliance with EU, US, Canada, UK, Australia, Brazil and South Africa regulations. It also offers a fully functional free version fully functional core.

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Advanced Database Cleaner Pro

Plugins that clean and optimise the database are plentiful, but none of them come close to what you can get with “Advanced Database Cleaner Pro“. Although it has a free version very worthy, the real kicker is in the extra options of its Pro version.

There is no annual subscription fee that has to be renewed to receive updates like most premium plugins. You only pay once and it includes support and all future updates See review.

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WP Control

WP Crontrol is a free plugin from the developer of the popular and very useful Query Monitor . WP Control allows full control over what happens in the WP-Cron system.
You can edit cron events, delete them one by one or in bulk, run any event immediately or add new ones with custom schedules by date and export the list in a CSV file.

Rank Math SEO plugin

Rank Math SEO PRO

Rank Math is evolving a lot to eat the toast of the most used SEO plugins. In fact, the free version rank Math is quite overpowered and has standard options that Yoast, and other competing plugins, are paid, making it one of the most compensated options to get started. Its payment option offers very useful tools Read reviews.

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Ad Inserter Pro

Although this is a plugin designed for advertising management, perhaps the best, as it allows you to add ads on those sites that are almost impossible to reach, it has other very interesting applications, such as the possibility of using its blocks to add other types of content and have it displayed with conditions.

It has a free version that is more than enough and many more extra options in its Pro version.

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Scriptless Social Sharing

Possibly the lightest free plugin to add the typical buttons to share your content on social networks.

It is so light that only adds links to share using the most basic method that allows each network. There is no javascript, no animation, no counter, no frills. It simply builds a set of links with its own little bit of CSS. The result is that it reduces requests to zero, none. Here you can read a review.

Polylang

Polylang

The free plugin for create a multilingual blog most popular and lightweight plugin.

Polylang adds the hreflang attributes automatically to make sure that search engines recognise in which language your content appears and can show visitors the most appropriate version of the page according to their language or place of origin. Its Pro version adds some advanced options, although its free version is more than enough in most cases.

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DeepL Pro API translation plugin

This free plugin is not developed by DeepL and its creators have another, paid plugin for batch translation.

This add-on is an interesting combo working together with Polylang to allow the use of the “DeepL API Free” plan, which gives developers free access to the DeepL API. All the steps needed to use it are in this review.

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Advanced Popups

The lightest, most complete, simplest and most effective free popup plugin I’ve tried and still use.

It includes trigger options and other advanced features as found in other paid add-ons. It even allows you to place a block in the popup. You can find it in the WordPress repository. An alternative for Gutenberg (also for modal windows) is Modal Guten Block.

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WP Popular Posts

Héctor Cabrera’s free plugin that I’ve been using for a long time to display sorted lists by number of visits. It adds an Elementor block and a Gutenberg block and a widget for the sidebar.

Although it still doesn’t count AMP page views, its developer keeps improving the plugin and offers impeccable support through the WordPress repository and also on Github.

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Elementor PRO

I’ve been using it for a year with very good results before switching generateBloks and, despite its negative points, I still think it’s the best and most versatile builder as long as you don’t use it to build your entire site with it or it’s not a very complex long-term project

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Litespeed Cache

Litespeed Cache for WordPress (LSCWP) is an all-in-one site acceleration plugin, featuring a unique server-wide cache and a collection of optimisation features.

If your site is hosted on a Litespeed server and is properly configured, you can achieve truly amazing results with this plugin.

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WP Rocket

WP Rocket is the caching and WPO plugin that I used for quite a while before moving to a Litespeed hosting. It is undoubtedly the king of WordPress caching plugins for those who don’t want to complicate things too much. Powerful and easy to configure, even for basic users.