Under The Hood!

Curious to find out which tools and services we’ve chosen to use on this very site? Below is a list of how we roll – a kind of WordPress blogging blueprint, if you will:

Flywheel Web Hosting

Flywheel (web hosting)

by: Flywheel

Originally powered by DreamHost, then Media Temple, we’re now running on Flywheel’s [pretty darn awesome] managed WordPress hosting (read our in-depth review).
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Jetpack (plugin)

by: Automattic

From added security to displaying related posts, spam prevention and lots lots more: there’s a whole array of reasons to use this incredible plugin (read our review).
Check it out!


Akismet (plugin)

by: Automattic

Like millions of others, we use Akismet to block comment and trackback spam — allowing us to, as the official Akismet website says: “focus on more important things”. Set it up and let it run. Simple!
Check it out!

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO (plugin)

by: Joost de Valk

We started off with the famous All in one SEO Pack, but then moved to Joost de Valk’s ‘Yoast SEO’ because, well, it’s awesome (highly recommended)!
Check it out!

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms (plugin)

by: Rocketgenius

When it comes to forms, many will agree that Gravity Forms is one of the most powerful, reliable and easiest to implement form systems out there (read our review).
Check it out!


Sucuri (service)

by: Sucuri

WordPress is an inherently secure system. That said, nothing is ever truly foolproof, which is why we employ Sucuri to watch our backs for us — better safe than sorry, as the saying goes…
Check it out!


Redirection (plugin)

by: John Godley

We use redirection primarily for shortening, tracking and cleaning up links to other sites — especially when those links are great big long affiliate links.
Check it out!


GTMetrix (service)

by: GTMetrix

We need our website to be fast and do a lot to ensure it always is. How do we monitor and check our site’s speed? Simple: using automated GTMetrix alerts that trigger when page load speeds go over a few seconds (read more on GTMetrix)!
Check it out!


Pingdom (service)

by: Pingdom

Uptime is a serious issue for many sites. Instead of blindly assuming things are always fine, make sure they are using an uptime monitoring tool like Pingdom (read more on Pingdom)!
Check it out!

(note: This is the current list of plugins, tools and services used on WinningWP — as the site changes/evolves, so too will this list)