UPDATE: September 2nd, 2017 - Please note that this post is a few years old and some of these plugins may not be suitable. I will be posting a new blog post soon on this topic.

Finding the best plugins to use can be quite a time consuming task. Especially if you don’t know what will or will not work with OptimizePress 2.  Here, we will look at some plugins that are essential for security and also for adding functionality to your site.

BruteProtect (plugin no longer recommended)

This plugin really brings in the power of prevention by combining resources with other sites who also use this plugin to block would be hack attempts. Basically, once one WordPress site using this plugin blocks an IP, then that IP address is added to the database for the plugin, and then protects your site against any IP address on that list. Using this has drastically cut down on the number of login attempts for a lot of my sites.

WordFence

WordFence is a great security plugin and is also easy to use.  It will not interfere with OptimizePress and the plugin is well maintained by its authors to keep up with the latest threats. I really like how they keep me in the loop on all things with security.

Global Content Blocks (plugin no longer available)

I just love this plugin. There are a lot of times where you’ll need to use some pretty advanced code, such as FlipBooks, Wistia, Infusionsoft, just to name a few. OptimizePress does have a few limitations with regards to these advanced codes.  What this plugin does is lets you paste your custom code and then re-use that anywhere on your site by turning it into a custom shortcode.  Pretty nifty if you ask me.

Clean and Simple Contact Form

Everyone needs a contact form and it really doesn’t get any simpler than this.  Of course if you want to add extra fields, then you’re out of luck here, but as this plugin causes literally zero conflicts with other OptimizePress features, it can be quite handy to have. It’s well worth looking into.

Meta Slider

Sliders don’t play well with some of the JavaScript code in OptimizePress and I happened to find this gem a few months ago.  This is really a very handy plugin, and is one of the few slider plugins that actually works with OptimizePress. You don’t need the premium version (unless you want it). The features this plugin has to offer works well for most situations.  Of course you could always go pay for WooSlider (buy why?).

Do you know of some plugins that work well with OptimizePress that would go nice with this list? Send me a message through the contact link at the top of this page.  I would love to hear from you!

 

 

    4 replies to "5 Plugins Any OptimizePress Site Should Have"

    • Candace Chira

      Hi Kevin. I am so happy I found you. I love, love, love OptimizePress but I’m far from being an expert. This post was great because I needed a slider big time. I love this metaslider plugin. Thanks!

      • Kevin McClellan

        Hi Candace 🙂 Metaslider has been a great plugin. OptimizePress has a slider now also as part of their Plus Pack, but I think Metaslider might have some more flexibility.

        Looks like I might need to update this article sometime.

        Let me know if you need anything else. Have a great day!

    • Oliver

      I wanted to implement a meta slider into optimizepress, but I don’t know where to fill in the meta slider shortcode. Can you help?

      • Kevin McClellan

        Hi Oliver! Thanks for stopping by. To add the shortcode to OptimizePress on a page created with the Live Editor, you’ll need to copy/paste the shortcode into a “Custom HTML/Shortcode” element (just click “add element” and you should find this in the list of elements). Once you add the shortcode, the slider should start working. Keep in mind if it doesn’t show up you may need to try using one of the other sliders there as there are a few settings that could cause an issue. Let me know if I can help further.

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