Webmaster Tools Review
Last updated on September 3rd, 2021
I believe that WPBeginner is a great resource for WordPress beginners!
However, I find that WPEginner includes a lot of positive reviews to pro/premium add-ons, and I believe they collect commissions from their recommendations. In other words, I suspect a financial bias. I use their lists as a starting point and do my own due diligence.
Here is this list, and my comments about their review:
 - Uncanny Automator
Their description is "Uncanny Automator is the best WordPress automation plugin in the market. It lets you create powerful workflows to save time and reduce errors without writing any code. Uncanny Automator seamlessly integrates with all the most popular WordPress plugins and third-party tools in the market.
This is the first time I've heard about this tool! I visited the webpage to read about capabilities. I discovered that a free version can be installed from the WordPress.org plugin repository. (https://automatorplugin.com/)
 - Constant Contact
I personally prefer "free" and often suggest MailChimp to maintain subscriber lists.
 - OptinMonster
WPBeginer says, "Note: You can get a free version of OptinMonster to get started."
The last time I looked at this tool it only had a paid version with a 30-day cancellation. UPDATE: There is a free version from the WordPress.org repository. One of the reviews said, "Not a free plugin if you want to use its features, but it is great once you do subscribe." A month-old review said, "Their 'free' period limits to 500 visits per month, means less than 20 clicks per day. stay away..."
WPBeginner says, "WPForms is the best contact form plugin in the market used by over 4 million websites. It’s very beginner-friendly and lets you create forms that make it easy for your visitors to get in touch with you."
I really like this product, and agree with every positive statement made by WPBeginner! I am in the process of converting to WPForms from Contact Form 7. So far, I am satisfied with the features in the free plugin.
WPBeginner says, "Chatbot.com is the best AI chatbot software for WordPress. It lets you easily automate live chat on your website by setting up your own chatbot."
I do not need a chatbot right now and had not looked at them.
WPBeginner says, "HubSpot is one of the best CRM software for small businesses. It allows you to manage your leads better and automate aspects of your online marketing."
My prospect/customer base is still small, and I had not considered automating that information.
WPBeginner says, "TrustPulse automatically monitors activity on your site. When potential customers are close to buying something on your site, they will see a notification from other customers who have just made a purchase.
I do not see a need for this tool in my world. I am not using sales funnels and shopping carts, so I don't need to 'nudge' prospects toward purchases.
 Smash Balloon
I hadn't considered bringing social media content into any of my websites. The plugin is available from the WordPress.org repository, and I've installed it on one site. I'll explore this, later.
WPBeginner says, "RafflePress is the best WordPress giveaway and contest plugin in the market that lets you grow your email list, traffic, and social media followers with giveaways and contests."
I didn't discover any free plug-ins the last time I explored give-away tools. However, there is a free version of this tool available from the WordPress.org repository.
WPBeginner says "MonsterInsights is the best analytics solution for WordPress used by over 3 million websites. It helps you automate tracking on your website with Google Analytics, without having to modify your tracking code."
I'm not sure what additional information this plugin brings that is not available through the 'Site Kit by Google' plugin. I got really tired of the nag screens that continually popped up recommending that I buy the premium (paid) version of MonstInsights.
WPBeginner says, "SeedProd is the best drag and drop WordPress page builder in the market used by over 1 million websites. With SeedProd, you can create beautiful landing pages to automate things like product sales, webinar signups, newsletter subscriptions, and more."
I'm not interested in any page builder, including Divi or Beaver Builder. The WordPress block editor will eventually make all page builders obsolete.
WPBeginner says, "PushEngage is the best push notification software for WordPress. It lets you send automated push messages to your visitors after they leave your website."
I'm not interested. I disagree, on principle, with allowing a website to follow me after I leave! Whenever a site asks, I answer "NO!" I would not subject my visitors to that.
three two tools that I definitely want to explore, and two three tools I would never use.
- New, exciting, and want to try now.
-  Automator
 OptinMonster (free version)
-  Smash Balloon
- New, and I may try later
-  Chatbot
-  Hubspot
-  TrustPulse
-  RafflePress
- Agree with their recommendation
-  WPForms
- Agree with being mentioned but I recommend something else
-  Constant Contact
-  MonsterInsights
- Something I would never use
-  OptinMonster (free version)
-  SeedProd
-  PushEngage