4 Overlooked Plugins from WPMUDEV That Will Improve Your Site

WordPress is a huge platform with a vast, and often under-explored, marketplace. There are probably droves of plugins that you are not aware of, simply due to the fact that you cannot know of every single plugin that hits the market. The sheer amount of plugins that are at your disposal make WordPress the most flexible CMS available; to get the most out of it, you need to know what handy plugins can extend the functionality of your site. For that reason, we have compiled some oft-overlooked plugins that, if used, can really be useful. These plugins come from WPMUDEV, which has an extensive library of powerful WordPress plugins.

WP Smush Pro

This is an image optimization plugin that uses compression to help images load faster. One of the most common culprits of slow page loading times is bulky images that are bogged down by extraneous metadata and useless comments/unused colors. This plugin remedies that by cutting out the unnecessary data and leaving only the essentials. WP Smush Pro is superior to its counterpart, WP Smush.It, as it compresses images that are up to 5 MB, where Smush.It can only handle images that are 1MB. Image optimization is often overlooked by novices, but it can be a simple solution that can make your site incredibly fast. This plugin will help you trim the fat in your images.


This is an incredibly robust plugin that will take your event management to new heights. It allows you to create and manage events directly from the WordPress dashboard. There are a number of powerful features that you have at your disposal:

  • It’s a great platform for selling tickets. What makes it so simple is the ability for visitors to register with their social media profiles and the seamless integration with PayPal as a payment processer.
  • It improves the user experience. The integration with Google Maps ensures that people will know the location of the event, and the integration with iCal allows users to import information about the event into their own calendar.
  • Its ease of use is make it a “no-brainer”. The plugin is compatible with any WordPress theme and can be easily managed from the dashboard.

Chat Plugin

One of the best ways to handle support issues is through the use of private chat. This plugin allows you to easily do that from the comfort of the WordPress dashboard. This app has a number of great features:

  • The ability to run as many live chats as you want.
  • It comes with a widget that can be placed on a sidebar on your site.
  • You can enable chats on the front-end and the back-end of your site.
  • It comes with the option of adding avatars for the chat participants (and the ability to enable or disable them).
  • The chat box can appear via a pop-up or pop-in functionality.
  • It records chat history logs.
  • There are different fonts, colors, and emoticons for you to choose from.
  • You can insert chat into posts or pages.

Support System

This plugin allows you to provide extensive support for your product or service. Users can submit their problem or issue with ticketing system. The ticketing system will allow you to respond to their issue in a controlled and organized manner, and will allow you to track the responses. It also gives you the opportunity to answer question before they’re asked by posting a FAQ section. Users can rate how helpful your FAQ posts are.


These four plugins from WPMUDEV can really make improve your website by making it user friendly. The size of WordPress’ plugin marketplace makes it difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, but if you know where to look, you will find real gems that can elevate the usability of your site.

As always, if you run into trouble installing and configuring any of your WordPress plugins, contact Zen Agency and we’ll help you out.

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Joseph Riviello

Joseph L. Riviello is the CEO and Founder of Zen Agency. Joe's agency builds websites and web applications that attract, engage, and convert. Joe has over 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship and he is an expert digital marketing strategist who specializes in conversion-centric e-commerce experiences and cutting-edge solutions that maximize growth and profit. Check out Joe featured on: Business.com, Redbooth.com, Kabbage.com, MaterialDesignBlog.com

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