Recommended Plugins

Plugins add a lot of functionality to your website – here are the ones we often use and recommend:


  • BuddyPress Global Search
    Lets your members search through every BuddyPress component, along with pages and posts and custom post types of your choice, all in one unified search bar with a live dropdown of results.
  • BuddyPress Edit Activity
    Lets your BuddyPress members edit their activity posts and replies on the front-end of the site. You can even set a time limit for how long activity posts should remain editable.
  • BP Profile Search
    Adds a configurable search form to your Members directory, so visitors can find site members by searching their extended profiles. This plugin is deeply integrated with the BuddyBoss theme. Demo →

Premium Plugins (Contact Forms, Payments, Subscriptions)

  • Gravity Forms
    Allows you to easily create forms, view and edit entries within WordPress, receive email notifications, and export form entries to Excel. You can even configure it to let your users create blog posts from the front-end! It is a superb plugin.
  • WooCommerce
    A freely available eCommerce plugin that enables shop facilities on your WordPress website. The have extensions to allow for on-site payment processing with PayPal Pro, Stripe, and many others. You can have the plugin automatically create WordPress users for you during the order process, and then they can log in to make further purchases. Incredibly easy to use and powerful. We recently switched to WooCommerce on for selling our themes.
  • s2Member
    Allows you to restrict access to content based on up to four membership levels. It integrates seamlessly with PayPal Pro for on-site payment and fully supports recurring billing, with the ability to track affiliate commissions on a recurring basis.

Website Maintenance

  • WordPress Database Backup
    Provides scheduled backups of your core WordPress database tables and saves them to your server and can even email them to you.
  • WP DB Optimizer
    Optimize your database tables in one click for improved speed performance.
  • Quick Page/Post Redirect
    Allows you to redirect links within your website. Useful for migrating a website, changing domains and forwarding outdated pages to newer pages.

Spam Prevention

  • Akismet
    Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. This plugin comes packaged with WordPress and we highly recommend using it. You need to sign up for an API key.
  • BuddyPress Security Check
    Adds a field to the BuddyPress registration form where the user needs to answer a simple math sum before registering. This is an effort to stop spam bots from registering on your site, and from our experience it does a good job.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

  • Yoast SEO
    Optimizes your WordPress site for search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
  • WP Title 2
    Allows you to add a heading for any link in your navigation, and a different heading for the corresponding page. This lets you use short heading in the navigation and longer, more descriptive headings on the pages.