WordPress is the most popular CMS and blogging platform on the web. WordPress is easy to learn and most importantly, its free. Creating a WordPress affiliate website is easy. If you haven’t checked it out yet, we’ve already written a brief tutorial on getting your affiliate website up and running. In this post, we’ll discuss the themes and plugins we use on every website that we create with WordPress.

If you are not using managed WordPress hosting, we suggest that you do. We use MODAhost, but WP Engine and Media Temple provide extremely high quality WordPress hosting as well. Managed WordPress hosting is best because it handles the important stuff for you: security, site speed and WordPress updates.

Plugins for Your WordPress Affiliate Website

Install these plugins and explore their features right after your have logged into your new WordPress site

JetPack – An array of tools ranging from site visitor stats to social media sharing. JetPack is an awesome plugin with tons of features to help improve your website. (Active on this site now)

Yoast SEO – The best SEO plugin for WordPress. Everything you need to make every page and post more search engine friendly.(Active on this site now)

Disqus Comment System – Keeps the spam comments away and offers an excellent design and feel for WP comments.(Active on this site now)

Gravity Forms – The best form plugin for WordPress. Use Gravity for everything from contact forms to surveys to paid registration. The easiest and most useful WordPress plugin we own.(Active on this site now)

Themes for Your WordPress Affiliate Website

WordPress has millions of free themes available. If you search directly inside of your WordPress dashboard under Appearance > Themes and click Add New at the top, you’ll be able to search and filter through all the free themes offered through the WordPress repository. It will take some searching to find the right WordPress theme to fit your WordPress affiliate website style and tone, but be patient. If you are looking for something with great style and flexibility and have a couple of dollars you’re willing to invest in your design, checkout ElegantThemes or WPEka. Both sites are membership based theme and plugin bundles, you pay one rate per year and get access to all of their themes and plugins including any new releases. ElegantThemes’ top theme, Divi, has a super simple drag and drop editor perfect for novice and expert users alike. Each of the sites are some of the best values for WordPress themes and plugins.

When you are building your WordPress affiliate website, it can be overwhelming. The plugin and theme info in this post should give you a really solid foundation for your new site. MODAhost managed WordPress hosting includes a default plugin with tons of tutorial videos for getting your site up and running. You can also find several other tutorial plugins by searching in your WordPress dashboard.

Not sure about what web hosting to use? Check out the Startup Affiliate Kit Best Managed WordPress Hosting 2015

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