When considering a WordPress plugin for backend functionalities, the choices are vast and sometimes daunting. Delving into, and deciphering the best from the multitude can often eat up hours of your valuable time.
To save you from this labyrinth, we’ve methodically put together an essential list of backend plugins, with a special emphasis for those harnessing the capabilities of Elementor Pro. At Snug Site, we champion the cause of efficiency, website health, and cost-effectiveness. This often means maximizing what Elementor Page Builder offers, enabling us to sidestep the need for numerous plugins. A minimalist approach often spells optimum site health.
The plugins enumerated below are Snug Site’s top picks for backend utilities, each recognized for their stellar quality and purpose-driven functionalities. It’s vital to remember that while plugins may vary in features and approach, our list provides a sturdy launching pad. If you sense an omission of a pivotal backend plugin, trust that it might be under our rigorous evaluation lens.
Note: We feature the ‘Paid’ variant only when it outshines the ‘Free’ one or is from a distinct developer.
Below are the backend powerhouses that keep your site smoothly running behind the scenes.
Note: You are currently viewing the “Backend” plugins list for plugins that a visitor doesn’t need to know are humming along in the background.
There are seperate Articles available for:
Frontend Plugins: Which are plugins that are primarily designed to add things that a visitor will see and interactive with.
WooCommerce Plugins: To add extra functionality to your WordPress online store.
Recommend WordPress Backend Plugins
We’d like to give a special mention to a plugin called ‘Admin and Site Enhancements‘ which offers a suite of options that replaces the need for multiple plugins. This is a modular system, and appears to run quite lean.
Free: Rank Math
You could use a stand-alone Redirect plugin, but why not just activate the Redirection Module in Rank Math? You are using Rank Math right?!
The ability to send backups to Google Drive, and easy set up, and nice range of features makes this a winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Free: Forget Spam Comment
This is a sweet plugin, just does exactly what we expect of it.
Cross Domain Copy/Paste
We use this sometimes, it’s a real time-saver, and improves work-flow significantly.
Free: SQL Buddy
Deactivate Plugins per Page, Post, Product
Free: Duplicate Page
This plugin just always seems to get it right, never had an issue with this one.
Exclude Posts from Search
Free: Search Exclude
When you really need to prevent people finding a post on your site through the WordPress Search function. Adds a simple checkbox on each Post Type.
Free: Geolocation IP Detection
We love this plugin. Such a lean way to create dynamic visibility based on location for your website as it injects CSS classes based on detected visitor location in the header (think about it :)
Google Analytics Intetgration
You can just paste your Code Snippet into Elementor ‘s Custom Code section, but if you are trying to eke out as much site speed optimisation as possible, use this plugin to host the Google JS locally.
Header and Footer Code
Free: Head, Footer and Post Injections
Our go-to Header and Footer code injector is actually Elementor Pro’s built-in method, but if you really must use a plugin for this.. then go ahead and use our preferred one above.
Headers Security Advanced & HSTS
Wow. This is a brilliant Security Header Plugin and HSTS plugin that pretty much every website should have installed.
Free: EWWW Image Optimizer
Love, Love, Love, this plugin, buy these people a coffee! It has image resizing, selective image version creation and optimisation, CDN enhancements, and much more built in.
Free: WP Mail Logging
There’s only a few of these to choose from, but having used them all, this is the one we keep coming back to.
Media Library Management
Free: Folders – Unlimited Folders to Organize Media Library Folder, Pages, Posts, File Manager
This is a great option as it also provides Page and Post Categories which can be disabled and enabled. It includes Media Replace too! This plugin makes us happy. When comparing to other similar offering, it’s in a league of it’s own in terms of usability and design.
Free: Code Profiler
Not much in offer in this category of plugin, but here you go… the best one to use folks.
Password Protected Post Tokens
Free: Post Password Token
Not a popular feature request, but a hard to find out-of-the-box solution, so, we found it, don’t really bother looking further, jsut grab that one,.
Free: Flying Pages
Gives the illusion of subsequent pages loading faster, by attempting to load them before someone even clicks on them. There’s a couple of plugins like this, but this one seems to run the smoothest for us.
Restrict Access based on Purchase
Free: Page Restrict for WooCommerce
Great little plugin for restricting page and post access based on past purchases.
Rich Snippets / Structured Data
Free: Scheme & Structued Data for WP & AMP
Very useful when your SEO Plugin of choice fails to output Meta Data / Rich Data.
Schedule Content Changes
Free: PublishPress Revisions
Another rare requirement for site Admins, but the coolest we found that allows you to makes changes to a site some time in the future.
Free: Search Exlcude
Not for hiding from Google, but prevents pages and posts etc. from coming up in your own websites search box.
Free: Rank Math
We could argue for hours about which SEO plugin is best, and the answer usually depends on the technical know-how of the end user *this isn’t our favourite SEO plugin* – but Rank Math ticks so many boxes, and the feedback from layman users are that this is awesome stuff.
This is a hard one… such a close contest, honestly we could lean either way between this and it’s biggest competitor, but – There can be only one!
Free: User Switching
Such a handy tool, and I love the simplicity in features and function on display here.