Creating your very own website used to be reserved for those who were familiar with programming languages like HTML and CSS, but the online world has evolved. Now anyone can have a fully functional website with just a few clicks — and many use WordPress to do that.
What Makes WordPress One of the Most Popular Website Builders?
One of the most famous content management systems (CMS) is WordPress. Why choose WordPress? The main reason is that it’s incredibly simple and easy to use. The simplicity of use helped it rise to the top. With a long and rich WordPress history, it’s become the largest CMS today, running more than a third of all global websites.
What are WordPress Plugins?
WordPress plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site. With unlimited plugins, you can build anything you can imagine, and customize it to meet your specific needs.
Nexcess WordPress Plugins
Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce sites on Nexcess come with multiple plugin options. For managed WordPress and WooCommerce plans, this includes Astra Pro, Beaver Builder, and several premium plugins.
The Nexcess Installer plugin makes it easy to install and manage the plugins that are included with your Managed WordPress or Managed WooCommerce plans.
How Do You Access Them?
1. Log in to your WordPress admin panel.
2. From the admin panel, select Nexcess > Install Plugins.
3. In the Performance section, use the checkboxes to select the plugins you want to install.
4. In the Features section, use the checkboxes to select the plugins you want to install.
5. Click activate.
6. A success message will appear once your chosen plugins have been installed.
Nexcess Managed WooCommerce Hosting Plan Plugins
AffiliateWP is an easy-to-use, reliable WordPress plugin that gives you the affiliate marketing tools you need to run your own store affiliate program, grow your business, and make more money. It is listed under the revenue category.
AffiliateWP Direct Link Tracking
This AffiliateWP add-on, Direct Link Tracking, allows affiliates to link directly to your site without the need for an affiliate link. By using Direct Link Tracking, visitors will be completely unaware of any affiliate links, greatly increasing the chance of clicking a link to your site and going on to complete a purchase. It is listed under the revenue category.
With the Pro add-on for Astra, the clean, lean, and mean theme gets even more functionality — including nav menus, white-label, layouts, sticky headers, more colors and typographies, and other assets. Astra Pro must be enabled to use all WooCommerce elements with Astra. It is listed under the design category.
Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy. It can aggregate, minify and cache scripts and styles, and inject CSS in the page head by default. It can also inline critical CSS and defer the aggregated full CSS, move and defer scripts to the footer, and minify HTML. It is listed under the performance category.
Beaver Builder Lite
Beaver Builder is a flexible drag and drop page builder that works on the front end of your WordPress website. It is listed under the design category.
Beaver Builder Standard
A Standard Beaver Builder plan is included with Nexcess hosting, allowing for premium modules and templates as well as its free features. It is listed under the design category.
BJ Lazy Load
This plugin replaces all your post images, post thumbnails, gravatar images, and content iframes with a placeholder. It loads the content as it gets close to enter the browser window when the visitor scrolls the page. This plugin also works with text widgets. It is listed under the performance category.
Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous ("classic") WordPress editor and the "Edit Post" screen. It is listed under the features category.
10. Compress JPEG & PNG Images
Make your website faster by optimizing your JPEG and PNG images. This plugin automatically optimizes all your images by integrating with the popular image compression services TinyJPG and TinyPNG. It is listed under the performance category.
Create high-converting, fast, and mobile-friendly opt-in forms with ConvertPro's revolutionary drag and drop editor. Leverage behavioral triggers as well as integration with your choice of all major email marketing service providers. It is listed under the revenue category.
12. Custom Product Tabs for WooCommerce
This plugin extends WooCommerce to allow shop owners to add custom tabs to products. It is listed under the revenue category.
13. Yoast SEO
Since 2008, Yoast SEO has helped millions of websites worldwide to rank higher in search engines. This WordPress SEO plugin helps you with your search engine optimization. Yoast SEO is the favorite WordPress SEO plugin of millions of users worldwide. It is listed under the features category.
WPMerge enables live database syncing, which is helpful for updating your WooCommerce staging site's design and layouts without overwriting order data when going live. It is listed under the support category.
15. WP101 Tutorials
Since 2008, WP101's easy WordPress tutorial videos have helped more than two million beginners learn how to use WordPress to create their own beautiful website. The WP101 Plugin puts 172 easy-to-follow video tutorials right in the dashboard. It is listed under the support category.
16. WPForms Lite
WPForms allows you to create beautiful contact forms, feedback forms, subscription forms, payment forms, and more. It is listed under the design category.
17. WP Disable
WP Disable helps you reduce HTTP requests, disable emojis and embeds, and speed up WooCommerce. It is listed under the performance category.
18. WP All Import Pro
WP All Import’s simple drag and drop interface makes it extremely easy to map the data in your XML or CSV file to the appropriate fields in WordPress. It is listed under the support category.
19. WP All Import — WooCommerce Add-On Pro
WP All Import’s simple drag and drop interface makes it extremely easy to map the data in your XML or CSV file to the appropriate fields in WordPress. The WooCommerce add-on enables importing WooCommerce data. It is listed under the support category.
20. WooCommerce Stripe Payment Gateway
Accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, Diners Club, SEPA, Sofort, iDeal, Giropay, Alipay, and more directly on your store with the Stripe payment gateway for WooCommerce. It is listed under the integrations category.
21. WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips
This WooCommerce extension automatically adds a PDF invoice to the order confirmation emails sent out to your customers. It is listed under the features category.
22. WooCommerce PayPal Checkout Payment Gateway
Easily add PayPal payment options to your WooCommerce website. It is listed under the integrations category.
23. WooCommerce Custom Thank You
This plugin lets you set a global "Thank You" page to redirect customers after checkout. It also sets a custom "Thank You" page on a per-product basis. It is listed under the features category.
WooCommerce is a flexible, open source ecommerce solution built on WordPress. It is listed under the integrations category.
25. Ultimate Addons for Beaver Builder — Pro
Supercharge Beaver Builder with 55+ additional powerful modules and 200+ extra templates to build WordPress websites, from the makers of Astra. It is listed under the design category.
26. Social Web Suite
Social Web Suite is an all-in-one social media dashboard with an elegant WordPress integration. Auto schedule posts from the WordPress post publishing screen, set recurring sharing based on site posts, and more. It is listed under the features category.
Qubely offers lots of customizable readymade sections that you can import and use with the Gutenberg block editor. Save time while developing beautiful and conversion-friendly websites. It is listed under the design category.
28. Purchased Items Column for WooCommerce
This plugin will re-add the "Purchased Items" column which was removed in WooCommerce 3.0. It is listed under the features category.
29. Pretty Links
Pretty Links enables you to shorten links using your own domain name. It is listed under the features category.
30. Password Protected
Password protect your WordPress site with a single password. It is listed under the security category.
31. Ninja Forms
Use Ninja Forms to create beautiful, user-friendly WordPress forms that will make you feel like a professional web developer. It is listed under the design category.
32. Lazy Load for Comments
Lazy load the WordPress default commenting system without any complex configurations. It is listed under the performance category.
33. Jetpack Pro
Jetpack Professional is a popular design, marketing, and security suite for WordPress. Jetpack Pro offers automated, real-time off-site backups of your site's content, databases, plugins, themes, and settings with one-click restores. It is listed under the features category.
34. iThemes Sync
Manage updates (and much more) for your WordPress websites all in one place. It is listed under the support category.
35. iThemes Security Pro
iThemes Security Pro takes the guesswork out of WordPress security. You shouldn’t have to be a security professional to use a security plugin, so iThemes Security Pro makes it easy to secure and protect your WordPress website. It is listed under the security category.
36. Iconic WP WooThumbs for WooCommerce
WooThumbs instantly enables sliders, zoom, full screen mode, touch functionality, multiple images per variation, layout options, and much more on your WooCommerce product images. It is listed under the features category.
37. Iconic WP WooCommerce Show Single Variations
Display product variations on the shop page as though they are separate products using WooCommerce Show Single Variation. Improve the customer experience and enhance product browsing for your customers. It is listed under the features category.
38. Iconic WP WooCommerce Quickview
Your customers hate waiting for pages to load, especially when it means they lose their place when browsing a product category. Increase your chances of making a sale by making sure your store is using WooCommerce Quickview. It is listed under the features category.
39. Iconic WP WooCommerce Quick Tray
WooCommerce QuickTray offers you another take on the conventional product quick view modal. It acts as an inline quick view, showing your product details within the list of products. It is listed under the features category.
40. Iconic WP WooCommerce Product Configurator
With WooCommerce Product Configurator you can create image “layers” using transparent PNGs for each attribute of a variable product. This means instead of a single image for each final variation, you can create far less “layered” images, and have them configure themselves visually on the frontend as the customer selects their product options. It is listed under the features category.
41. Iconic WP WooCommerce Linked Variations
WooCommerce Linked Variations helps you expand your store’s reach in search engines. It will create a larger product archive by linking products of any type together by their attributes. This is the same approach used by ecommerce giants like Amazon and Missguided. It is listed under the features category.
42. Iconic WP WooCommerce Delivery Slots
When you deliver to customers, make it as simple as possible to select a WooCommerce delivery date and time — a sure-fire way to prevent those last-minute abandoned carts using the WooCommerce Delivery Slots plugin. It is listed under the features category.
43. Iconic WP WooCommerce Custom Fields for Variations
WooCommerce Custom Fields for Variations allows you to display and organize additional variation data for your customers. When selling online, information is key. Instantly give your customers the details they’re after, making their next purchase a no-brainer. It is listed under the features category.
44. Iconic WP WooCommerce Bundled Products
Whether it’s the latest outfit, a retro bedroom, or a flower bed, you can use the WooCommerce Bundled Products plugin to make it easy for your customers to add multiple items to their cart all from a single product page. It is listed under the features category.
45. Iconic WP WooCommerce Attribute Swatches
WooCommerce Attribute Swatches give you a variety of swatch types. You can choose the style that suits your needs, your audience, and your products. It is listed under the features category.
Glew provides hundreds of insights across performance, product sales, customers, inventory, operations, and more. Instantly measure metrics like customer lifetime value, gross margin, net profit, and more, and create and automate high-quality ecommerce reports. It is listed under the revenue category. Glew does not require a plugin to be able to use it since it uses the WooCommerce REST API to connect to your store.
Elementor is a live page builder that delivers high-end page designs and advanced capabilities. It is listed under the design category.
48. Dokan Pro
Dokan is the best front-end multi-vendor marketplace on WordPress, powered by WooCommerce. It helps you to build your own marketplace similar to Amazon, Shopify, eBay in under 30 minutes. Dokan Pro includes additional features such as commission types, vendor management, seller verification, and more. It is listed under the features category.
49. Dokan Lite
Dokan is the best front-end multi-vendor marketplace on WordPress, powered by WooCommerce. It helps you to build your own Magento marketplace in under 30 minutes. It is listed under the features category.
Plugin Performance Monitor
Our customers tell us that we make their websites faster. And then we work to help them keep it that way. We’ll watch your site’s performance everyday and capture and compare the performance before and after plugin or theme changes have been made. Some providers tell you your site is slow. We tell you why. And we include it free with every WordPress plan.
All new customer sites will have the performance monitor feature enabled by default. This will test pages on a site using an application with an API and then report the performance changes from Google Lighthouse in wp-admin. The performance monitor will only display in wp-admin if the user has an administrator user role set.
How to access it:
1. Login to your site’s wp-admin.
2. From the Nexcess option, choose Performance Monitor.
3. If you click on the date that the performance test was run, it will display more information for page performance and insights. If any of the insights provided are ones that can not be easily changed, then those can be muted.
Site changes show in their own section in the performance monitor. The performance monitor uses the default pages for WordPress, including the home page, a category page, and an archive page.
If a site is using WooCommerce, then it would also include a shop page, checkout page, and a product page when testing. Customers can change and modify the pages that they want to be tested by the plugin performance monitor. The last performance test results will also be displayed in an admin dashboard widget.
Beaver Builder Plugin
Our customers can use the Nexcess Installer plugin to install the Beaver Builder Standard plugin which will install, activate, and add the license key from the customer account on the site.
Installing the Beaver Builder Plugin
1. In wp-admin on the site go to Dashboard > Nexcess Installer.
2. After the plugin has been installed, the license key will be added to the site.
3. After the license has been set a message will display.
If the customer already has an existing Beaver Builder account, then the customer’s account will be used and the license on that account will be automatically added to the customer’s site. All connected sites can be viewed by the customer in their account on the Beaver Builder site.
How Does a Client Find Their License Key on the Beaver Builder Site?
This KB post covers where a customer can find their license key in My Account on the Beaver Builder site.
Problems Getting the Plugin Licensed
If a customer already has a Beaver Builder account, the API will look it up by email and then add the license back on the site from the customer's account when a customer logs into the Beaver Builder site. This will show the connected sites so that the customer can reset their password from the BB site and view their license.
Qubely is a supremely crafted WordPress Gutenberg block plugin. The Qubely plugin can be installed using the Nexcess Installer. Select the Qubely Pro plugin from the design section of the Nexcess Installer.
Once installed, the next step is to set the license. You will need to click on the Click Here section in the Nexcess Installer in order for the license to be set for Qubely Pro.
When you look at the plugin list of wp-admin, you will now see two plugins installed for Qubely and Qubely Pro. This is intentional and you won’t want to delete either plugin, since both plugins will need to be installed and active.
Once you’re done, you can add all of the Qubely blocks you like and customize pages to your heart's desire.
If you click on the Q icon next to the Publish button, you will see the Qubely global settings.
When adding blocks on your page when you scroll down, you will see a whole Qubely section of new blocks that can be used on your site. And because you automatically have the premium version you'll see both the basic blocks and the premium blocks.
Between sections, starter packs, and new blocks, Qubely expands the capabilities of the block editor on your site.
iThemes Security Pro
iThemes Security Pro is a security plugin for WordPress which has many built-in features and smart defaults to help secure your site.
Formerly known as Better WP Security, this plugin prevents a number of different attacks through strengthened user credentials, site and database monitoring, locking out users with multiple invalid login attempts, changing the admin login path and username, and limiting the amount of times users can access the site (brute force protection).
This plugin also backs up database files prior to securing your site. Its easy-to-use, quick start installation makes this plugin ideal for site security.
Note: iThemes Security Pro 7.0 requires WordPress 5.7 and PHP 7.0 or later.
After the plugin is installed and activated, it will add a new menu called Security in your WordPress admin.
Version 7.0.0 now makes setting up iThemes Security Pro even easier and will help you get it set up in under 10 minutes.
Select the security site template that best fits your site and then run through the steps.
You can click through each of the steps to see current settings. You can also read through the iThemes Security Settings documentation to learn more about each setting and what they do.
Once setup, the iThemes Security Pro plugin will protect your site to:
Stop automated attacks.
Monitor for suspicious activity.
Strengthen user credentials.
Scan for vulnerable plugins and themes.
Block bad bots and reduce spam.
iThemes Security Pro will write out security settings to the .htaccess file on the site's server and will make minor changes to the site's wp-config.php file. iThemes Security Pro includes a number of WordPress security tweaks, but remember to test these since they might cause plugin or theme issues on your site.
Once you’re happy with your settings make sure you click save and rest easy knowing your site is protected by both Nexcess & iThemes Security Pro.
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