Day 12: #WP20 From Blogs to Blocks

Prompt 12/20 Blog: What is your favorite plugin in the WordPress Plugins Directory?

There are so many WordPress plugins that I love, but admittedly many of them are paid plugins, not available on the repo. I mentioned on Day 8 that Gravity Forms is one of those plugins, which has saved me time and given me access to things that Iโ€™d never be able to do on my own repeatedly. Advanced Custom Fields is another one that has made modifying the WordPress experience more accessible. Plus, there are all of the one-off plugins that Iโ€™ve written for myself and clients that do useful things but are too specific to release as-is for public consumption.

When it comes to plugins that you can get right from the WordPress Plugin Directory, I think that Iโ€™m going to go with GiveWP. Iโ€™ve used it before, both for myself and for clients, and have been happy with the ease of use, versatility, and friendliness of their support staff when I needed help.

More important, GiveWP is a plugin that does something substantially meaningful for the site owner. It provides a relatively easy way to host your own crowdfunding campaigns. For many users, the plugin can both make more customized donation pages and terms as compared to centralized crowdfunding/donation sites. It also means that you can have fewer fees to pay elsewhere, sending more money directly to your organization or cause.

This is just another way that the WordPress community can open new avenues to empower people to control their own spaces on the web. We need more like this!