If you’re using Authority Blocks or building a WordPress site in 2023, these are my recommended WordPress settings. Using these recommendations will help you create a high-performance WordPress site that is safe and secure.
Recommended WordPress Setup
Choosing where to register your domain, WordPress hosting, and WordPress theme can be difficult. There are countless options available. These are the products I use and recommend.
If you’re serious about your WordPress site, Kinsta is a must. I have been with Kinsta since 2020 and have never looked back.
I love the automatic backups, added firewalls, and built-in cache. My sites have never been faster than they are now thanks to Kinsta.
See all of my WordPress hosting recommendations here.
The free Kadence theme is a must for every WordPress site. The blazing fast theme is completely customizable and has incredible power.
I recommend Kadence Theme Pro for anyone building a dynamic site, as the additional features are very powerful.
And if you’re using Authority Blocks, the Kadence theme will add an extra layer of customization that other themes can’t compete with.
If you need a domain, Namecheap is my go-to. I’ve been a customer since 2005 and have purchased countless domains with them.
Recommended WordPress Plugins
There are over 60,000 free WordPress plugins and countless premium plugins. Picking the right ones can improve your site’s performance and your quality of life.
Here are the plugins I use and recommend to everyone.
Kadence Blocks Pro
I build a lot of dynamic websites, Kadence Blocks Pro allows me to turn those dynamic sites into powerhouses.
One of the most important plugins in my tool belt is Kadence Conversions. This lightweight plugin allows me to create pop-ups and slide-ins to increase conversions and newsletter subscribers.
Perfmatters takes speed seriously. This small plugin will help speed up your site and improve overall performance better than any other performance plugin on the market.
Rank Math Pro
I personally rely on Rank Math Pro for SEO across all my WordPress sites. In my opinion, its user-friendly interface surpasses that of Yoast and other SEO plugins.
I absolutely love JetEngine! It surpasses other dynamic/custom field plugins with its incredibly robust capabilities.
Whether I’m creating dynamic listing sites or simply adding custom fields, JetEngine is an essential plugin for my WordPress builds.
Thirsty Affiliate is the ultimate plugin for managing affiliate links. It’s my personal favorite and has revolutionized the way I organize my links.
Code Snippets is an exceptional WordPress plugin that I rely on extensively. It allows you to effortlessly incorporate invaluable snippets of code, all while eliminating the risk to your theme’s function.php file.