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 more about the switch here!
(See deals)


Jetpack (plugin)

by: Automattic

From added security to displaying related posts, there’s a whole array of reasons to use this incredible plugin – for more on what it can do, take a look at this earlier post of ours.
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 — it really is rather good!
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!


VaultPress (plugin)

by: Automattic

Not having a backup is asking for trouble — our hosts make regular daily backups automatically, however, for extra peace-of-mind… we also back things up with VaultPress.
Check it out!

Monarch - by Elegant Themes

Monarch (plugin)

by: Elegant Themes

At the top and bottom of all of our blog posts you’ll see a set of circular social sharing buttons – all of which are generated and controlled by this superb plugin.
Check it out!


Relevanssi (plugin)

by: Mikko Saari

One of the things that the WordPress core falls a bit flat with, is search. Still, not to worry, because that’s what plugins are for — we use Relevanssi for both its reliability and its vast array of options!
Check it out!


WooSidebars (plugin)

by: WooThemes

WooSidebars lets us take control which sidebars (and thereby which widgets) appear on which pages — it really is a stroke of genius. Woo – we love you!
Check it out!

Disqus Comment System

Disqus (plugin)

by: Disqus

The default WordPress commenting system leaves a lot to be desired, Disqus, on the other hand, doesn’t! Our commenting system is powered entirely by Disqus — we love it!
Check it out!

Google Analytics by MonsterInsights

Google Analytics by. . . (plugin)

by: Chris Christoff & Syed Balkhi

We use Google Analytics by MonsterInsights primarily to help us keep track of things and improve: to find out where our traffic comes from and for insights into how they interact with the site.
Check it out!


MailChimp (service)

by: MailChimp

We use MailChimp to help us design, send and track newsletters — as well as to manage newsletter subscriptions and lists. Simple to use and above all: great fun (their site is full of humor)!
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!

Themify Announcement Bar

Themify Announcement Bar (plugin)

by: Themify

When there’s something super important to announcement, we use Themify’s Announcement Bar plugin to display an attention-grabbing drop-down bar from the top of every page! Easy!
(See deals)


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!
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!
Check it out!


Feedburner (service)

by: Google

Feedburner is the fantastic Google service (although it wasn’t always) that powers our RSS feeds. There’s nothing much wrong with the WordPress default feeds, but Feedburner allows a bit more freedom!
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)