WPSteam’s Blueprint

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WPSteam's Blueprint

I am often asked for recommendations on best WordPress plugins and services. People particularly want to know about the plugins and tools that I use to run this blog.

As a result, I have decided to create the WPSteam Blueprint which gives you behind the scenes look at all the tools, plugins, and services that I use here at WPSteam.

Blog Platform

WordPress Logo

Self-Hosted WordPress

As you can guess, my website is powered by the best publishing platform on the web, WordPress.org.

It’s important that you know the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org and choose the right platform for your needs.

While there are many blogging platforms out there, I always recommend using WordPress because of the freedom and flexibility you have to customize your website.

Recommended reading:

What is WordPress?

WordPress Web Hosting

WordPress Hosting

Web hosting is your website’s house on the internet. Every website needs web hosting, and each website has different needs.

At WPSteam, I use SiteGround Hosting.

SiteGround hosts millions of websites, and they are one of the most popular hosting companies in the industry. With 1-click WordPress install, 99.9% uptime, and 24/7 support, it’s a smart choice for every growing business.

We understand there are thousands of web hosting providers out there. That’s why I have a step by step guide on how to choose the best WordPress hosting for your site.

Website Design/Theme

WPSteam uses a custom designed WordPress theme built specifically for this website.

Unfortunately this design is not available for download or sale.

I have built my custom theme on top of the Genesis framework.

If you are looking for high-quality WordPress templates, check out these companies:

  • StudioPress
  • Themify
  • Elegant Themes
  • Astra Theme

Need help choosing a WordPress theme? See my theme reviews.

Security

WordPress Security

Blogvault – I use Blogvault to create automatic backups. Automatic backups are your first defense against any security threats. You may also want to check out how to increase WordPress security.

Sucuri – Sucuri offers web monitoring and malware cleanup service. It helps me enhance my WordPress security and actively block cyber attacks.

HTTP AUTH – I use HTTP AUTH on the wp-login.php page as an extra layer of security measure.

Performance

WordPress Performance

SG Optimizer – I use SG Optimizer for minification of css, js page and browser caching. It also includes an amazing image optimizer and webp converter which is also used by me.

Sucuri CDN – I use a Content Delivery Network, Sucuri CDN, to speed up our site and reduce server load. It comes bundled with Sucuri security platform or Sucuri WAF. I use it to serve static content (images, css, javascript).

Marketing

WordPress Marketing

RankMath – I use RankMath to improve my on-page SEO by adding Title Tags, XML Sitemaps, Indexation rules, and more. See my RankMath Review.

WPForms – WPSteam uses WPForms to power all contact forms and form-based lead generations (including email opt-ins and payment orders).

MonsterInsights – MonsterInsights allow me to connect to Google Analytics for FREE. It shows us who visits our website, where they come from, and how they interact with our content. I use the pro version which shows a bit more information.

Comments

WordPress Comments

Akismet – I use Akismet to combat comment SPAM. Akismet lets me focus on writing quality content rather than moderating SPAM comments.

Behind the Scenes

There are several tools, plugins, and custom code snippets that I use at WPSteam. Here is the list of the behind the scene plugins, code snippets, etc.

Notification X – I use it to place banner notifications, interaction notifications (example: if someone comments on a post, a notification pops up on the bottom of the screen).

OneSignal – I use this for push notifications.

Algolia Search – This search engine enhances search by adding live search and way faster search results compared to default WordPress search.

AddThis – Used for placing social sharing buttons on the whole site.

WP Telegram – Used for automatically posting posts on my telegram channel.

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