Welcome to my new website matthias-web.com, the redesign of my old website matthias-web.de. The german language website was created 2014. But in 2016, I knew it was time to create a new website. I have created a few websites with WordPress, but I had never time to create a website for my own plugins / products. Now, Matthias Web is on a good way with an english language website and it took me about two weeks full day work for this big step.
“My essential plugins” for this website:
I read about a lot of posts like “X essential plugins for your wordpress” but the fewest has delivered a complete, comprehensibly and short overview of all resources and plugins needed for a first start to build an own website.
With the below plugins the following important areas of a website are guaranteed: General setup, Media management, Security, Caching and SEO.
|Description / Plugin name||Price||Note|
|Provider / Hosting||15 $ / month||This is average pricing, good provider for example is WPEngine, but for start it can be cheaper|
|.com-Domain||15 $ / year||This is also average pricing, there are many ways to buy a domain. It can also be inclusive in your provider for one free domain|
|WordPress Software||Free||Can be downloaded from wordpress.org|
|Theme||49 $||I recommend to buy a premium theme from https://themeforest.net/. I also pay attention that the Theme includes a page builder like Visual Composer or Cornerstone.|
|EWWW Image Optimizer||Free||Plugin to optimize images|
|Maintenance||Free||Plugin to switch the website to maintenance mode|
|TinyMCE Advanced||Free||Plugin to allow more style options in posts and pages|
|UpdraftPlus||Free||Plugin to schedule backups of whole website|
|Wordfence Security||Free||Plugin to secure your wordpress site for general attacks|
|WP Real Media Library||24 $||Plugin to manage the media library in folders (recommend with +100 images)|
|WP Rocket||39 $||Plugin to easily integrate caching|
|WPS Hide Login||Free||Plugin to rename the admin login site to avoid general attacks|
|Yoast SEO||Free||Plugin to optimize the page for Search Engines|
|Contact Form 7||Free||Plugin to create contact forms|
|Total price for first year||307 $|
This is only a “starter package”
Now there can be a lot of other plugins which can be essential for your special requirements. So, this overview should be only a guideline. For my experience, this is the best way to start. Also think about that you should not install too many plugins because more and more plugins = more and more potential attack targets for your website.
Author: Matthias Günter
Creative designer and programer from Low-Bavaria. I love to simplify things, especially when it comes to WordPress. If you like, you can take a look at my plugins.