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What Non-Thrive Plugins You Should Use for Your WordPress Website

In this article we will go over the best non-Thrive plugins you should use on your WordPress website - In this way, you can use all of these products without worrying about their reliability.

We will divide the plugins into multiple categories, depending on their field of action:

SEO - Search Engine Optimization 

As you probably know, SEO helps you rank the pages from your website higher on the search engines, by different techniques and strategies. 

Yoast SEO 

Yoast SEO is the most downloaded SEO plugin for WordPress, with over 1 Million installations! It also has a 4.9 average rating from over 14.000 reviews, in 2017!

In order to download the plugin, you simply have to go on your WP Admin Dashboard and access Plugins > Add New: 

Afterwards, you can go on and search for "Yoast SEO" on the right hand side search bar: 

Then you can click on the "Install Now" button, from the Yoast SEO card:

If you need any help on getting started and using the plugin, check out the Yoast SEO website

Membership Plugins

A membership plugin helps you manage your users more effectively on your website. In this way, you can establish certain access levels, offering different subscription features or figure out which payment gateways you will use. 

MemberMouse

This is the membership plugin that is being used on the Thrive Themes website. You can go on and try it on your website by checking out their 14-Day Free Trial offer

This plugin is not available in the Plugins area from the WordPress interface. However, if you need any help in getting started and using the plugin, you can check out their Knowledge Base or their Community Forums

WishList Member

Another membership plugin that we have tested and we recommend is WishList Member.

This plugin is not available in the Plugins area from the WordPress interface, either. However, you can find out more about how to install and get started with the plugin from the WishList Member web page.

Contact Form

A contact form is basically a set of questions filled out on the webpage by your visitor that is automatically sent to your email when it is filled out.

Contact Form 7

The numbers of the Contact Form 7 plugin are astonishing: 1+ Millions installs and a 5 star rating, from over 1000 reviews, in 2017!

The plugin can be downloaded and installed from the Plugins area, in the WordPress interface, as seen above. As in the case of the other products presented in this article - If you need any extra help on using Contact Form 7, check out their FAQ section or their Support Forum

Gravity Forms

Another important plugin that we have tested and we recommend, in the contact forms field, is Gravity Forms.

The plugin isn't available in the WordPress "Plugins" area, however, according to the Gravity Forms website, "over a million WordPress sites are already using Gravity Forms" - Meaning that the numbers for this plugin are astonishing, as well!

Since it is not available in the WordPress "Plugins" area - You can find out more about how to install and start using the plugin, by checking out their entire Support section.  

Anti-Spam

An Anti-Spam plugin helps you identify any types of "spam-like" activity on your website. It can either be Blog Commenting Spam, or Web Form Spam (receiving notifications on your email, that your form has been accessed multiple times, spamming it).

Akismet

Akismet is the best known anti-spam plugin for WordPress, with over 1 Million downloads and a 5 Star rating, from over 700 reviews in 2017!

The plugin can be found in the WordPress Plugins area, where you can download and install it in a simple way, as seen above. If you need any help in using the plugin, check out the Akismet Support Forum.

Security/Backup

It is very important to secure your WordPress website from all sorts of threads that may appear: Whether they are committed by manually or automatically operated computers - They can attack the WordPress core, as well as the themes and plugins of your website. 

Wordfence Security 

This is the most downloaded WordPress plugin. Wordfence claim that they have over 22 Million downloads world-wide, and also have a 5 star rating, from 3000+ reviews in 2017!

The plugin can be downloaded from the WordPress interface, just as seen above.

Once you have installed the plugin, you will need to temporarily set their Firewall on "Learning Mode". In order to find out how to properly do that, check out this tutorial article

Sucuri Security

This is another security plugin that we have used and we recommend, as well. Sucuri Inc. is a globally recognized authority in all matters related to website security. 

As in the case of the Wordfence plugin, you can download the Sucuri software from the WordPress interface, as seen above

If you need help in getting started and using the plugin, you can go ahead and check out the Sucuri Knowledge Base.

Staging Environment

If you are looking to set up a staging environment for your website, don't forget to check out this tutorial article, that shows you exactly how to do that, along with the best methods.


Note! - Thrive Themes doesn't offer any integration with the products that were mentioned - We recommend you use them on your site - However, proceed with caution when updating these plugins, the best way is to update them on a staging website first.

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