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    Recap: Building the perfect project stack (Expand 2021)

    Welcome to the recap thread for “Building the perfect project stack” with Jean Perpillant.

    Jean is a WordPress consultant and the founder of Design Theory, an Orlando-based creative agency.


    Join the follow-up discussion by leaving a question or comment below.



    What is a project stack?

    • All the components you need for building your website


    Where does your project stack live?

    • Save locally on your development machine

    • Save remotely, e.g. on Github

    • Save on a live subdomain


    What should your stack include?

    • Your design & layout tools
    • Base WordPress theme, like Go, Astra or OceanWP
    • Builder plugins like Gutenberg, CoBlocks, Beaver Builder or Elementor


    Plugins for common functionality

    • Contact forms like Ninja Forms, WP Forms or Gravity Forms
    • SEO plugins like SEOpress, Rank Math or Yoast SEO
    • Security plugins like Sucuri, Limit Login Attempts and Really Simple SSL


    Plugins for specific functionality

    • Ecommerce plugins like WooCommerce
    • Membership plugins like MemberPress
    • Image optimization & management plugins for image-heavy sites


    Maintain your project stack

    • Update your themes and plugins regularly
    • Remove unused themes and plugins from your stack
    • Replace insecure or abandoned plugins with alternatives


    Use your stack for new client builds

    • Build your sites locally
    • Build your sites on a subdomain or staging site
    • Push sites live to production via FTP
    • Clone and migrate to production using the Hub


    Download: Project Stack Cheat Sheet


    Manage all your projects, clients, sites, and products with the Hub from GoDaddy Pro. Learn more and sign up for free.



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