Below is a list of services and plugins that we've tested to be compatible with our recommended setup, and offer support for.
Incompatible simply means that we don't offer support for sites with the plugin installed because of issues we've encountered on other sites.
As a general philosophy, users land on your site looking for the recipe and that can be delivered with a very simple, basic HTML page. Anything that adds clutter and complexity to this one simple task is going to negatively impact user experience, and cause you maintenance and troubleshooting headaches.
Except for Yoast, WP Rocket, newsletter signups, recipe cards and ads, you want to avoid embedding unnecessary plugins like the plague (or be prepared to pay a lot of money for developer help).
For simplicity sake, let's just say that the ONLY pagespeed plugin you need is WP Rocket. Ditch anything else.
- Jetpack Boost
- SG Optimizer / SG Cache
- Flying images
- Flying scripts
- W3 Total Cache
- WP Super Cache
- WP Optimize
- Visual composer
None - use the block editor
Pagebuilders are used to build landing pages with specific styles and custom functionality, and while they can be useful for specific landing pages, they simply aren't appropriate for recipe posts.
- Disable Gutenberg
- Classic Editor
None - use the block editor, which is built into WordPress and doesn't require a plugin
As of 2021, everybody should be using the block editor. Do not install the Gutenberg plugin - this is highly experimental and only for developers.
- Schema Plus
While Yoast implements a lot of necessary parts (such as schema), it isn't going to do the SEO work for you - you still need to do keyword research. Ignore Yoasts content suggestions in the post editor.
- pojo / one-click accessibility
Accessibility plugins do NOTHING to help you, and actually make you less compliant. See this resource on accessibility plugins.
- Really Simple SSL
A proper host (eg. BigScoots, Agathon)
- Antispam Bee
- Akismet (note: we highly recommend Antispam Bee over this)
- Google Analytics Dashboard WP (GAD WP)
- Google Analytics for WordPress
Google Site Kit
These plugins are either part of an outdated setup, or interfere with modern best practices and should be removed.
- Gallery (of any kind)
- Lightbox (of any kind)
- Sliders (of any kind)
- Instagram widgets (of any kind)
- WP User Avatar
- Better click to tweet
- WordPress Hide Posts
Just remove them
- Social warfare
Grow by Mediavine
We recommend relying on the core WordPress comment system rather than unreliable third-party services.
- WP Discuz
- Thrive comments
- Jetpack comments
Remove it, and rely on the core WordPress comments system
Website owners are also responsible under the GDPR for which third parties they allow on their websites.Disqus fined 2,500,000 Euro over GDPR violations
- Zip recipes
- Easy recipes
- Recipe card blocks
- WP Ultimate Recipe
- Blossom recipe maker
- WP Zoom
- WP Recipe Maker
- Tasty Recipes
- WP Forms
- Contact Form 7
- Ninja forms
- Gravity forms
Non - simply list your email address on the contact page and make sure you're using Cloudflare to block bots
We recommend avoiding embedding newsletter forms on every page and instead, creating a dedicated subscribe page.
For GDPR and CCPA, there are various laws you need to comply with. Unfortunately this is a very specific and technical area, that we specialize in as a theme company, so we can't officially recommend or support this.
- gluten free blog network
- finding vegan
- "top 100 blogs" etc.
We also recommended removing:
- anything in the "Before Header" widget area, as this can cause CLS issues
- any category drop-down menu (recipe index, sidebar)
- any date-based filtering option