Recommended Plugins

Some of the best free WordPress plugins from the official open source wordpress.org plugin library.

These are my personal recommendations from experience, all installed, tried & tested. I keep an eye on them and remove any plugins if they are not updated for over two years, as they lack sufficient support, as software needs to be kept up to date. Full plugin details are pulled in automatically from the official library, including: Last updated, Compatibility (latest version), Tested up to (WP version), Download count and Rating.

See “Jason’s comments” after plugin details, for tips & suggestions related to the plugin.

I’ve listed about 50 recommended plugins here, for various solutions. I usually install about a dozen WordPress plugins by default.

Read more about WordPress website security, protection, prevention, where I list a few good plugins to assist.

I’ve expanded my recommendations to the Premium WordPress market which has exploded over the last few years to provide some quality standalone products and worthwhile upgrades.

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Please contact me for further assistance.

Apr 212015
 
Version: 1.0.10
Last updated: May 27, 2014 (11 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.8.7
Download count: 80,183
Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Description


Give your site’s visitors easy-to-use buttons to engage with your content. These social sharing buttons work as layers that overlay your site so not to disrupt your design.

Here are some tips for maximizing and streamlining content engagement with our newest plugin:

  • Add share buttons and follow buttons that make it easier for your visitors to engage with your site’s content.
  • Recommend additional content from your site to keep your visitors engaged with you.
  • Turn layers on/off and customize their appearance by choosing from three different themes––light, dark, and transparent.
  • Add all these smart features which will float effortlessly above your site’s design so not to disrupt your design.
  • Drive engagement by showing your visitors the right social networks and best content to continue engaging them with your site.

Don’t miss out on your Analytics! Be sure to register so you can keep track of how Smart Layers works on your site, and get to know your audience.

Check out our other plugins!

We also have plugins available for:

Increasing shares

Increasing followers on social networks

Welcoming users based on social behavior

Adding social authentication

Showing your trending content

Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our AddThis Blog. Here’s our Privacy Policy, too.



Screenshots:


  1. addthis-smart-layers screenshot 1

    Easy configuration option with preview for various screen sizes.

  2. addthis-smart-layers screenshot 2

    Advanced option for power users to customize using AddThis Smart Layers API



Other notes:


PHP Version

PHP 5+ is preferred; PHP 4 is supported.



Latest Change log entry:


  • Minor Bug fix


Tags:


AddThis, addtoany, aim, bookmark, bookmarking, buzz, content recommendation, del.icio.us, Digg, e-mail, email, Facebook, follow, google, google bookmarks, google buzz, mobile, myspace, network, NewsVine, pinterest, recommended content, Reddit, Share, share this, sharethis, sharing, smart layers, social, socialize, stumbleupon, toaster, twitter, widget, windows live, yahoo buzz

Jason's Comments:

I prefer the floating format provided by this particular AddThis plugin. The responsive layout places the follow and share at the bottom when viewed in a narrow browser. For an alternative social plugin, try the fast loading Social Media Feather plugin.


Mar 242015
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Use Any Font
http://wordpress.org/plugins/use-any-font/

Plugin Author: Dinesh Karki
WordPress profile: Dinesh Karki
Contributors: dnesscarkey
Version: 4.3.1
Last updated: March 16, 2015 (1 month ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.1.4
Download count: 258,116
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Use any font you wish and give your site a elegant look. No css knowledge required.

Click here for Use Any Font working demo.

Use Any Font gives you freedom to use any font in your website. It is not like other font embed services which gives you countable number of fonts to select from neither the one that stores your font in remote server. You can use any font if you have its font format (ttf,otf) without being dependent to other's server uptime.

Features

  • Quick and easy to setup. No css or any rocket science knowledge needed.
  • Support all major browsers including IE 6+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IOS, Andriod, Opera and more.
  • Font conversion within the plugin interface font uploader.
  • Use uploaded font directly from Editor
  • Supports font format including ttf, otf. The required fonts are converted automatically.
  • Accepts font file upto 10 MB.
  • Embed fonts using @font-face css. SEO friendly and quick loading.
  • Multiple fonts can be used.
  • Faster load time as your custom fonts are stored on your own server.
  • Quick font assign interface. You can select pre defined html tags or assign it to custom css.
  • Support Forum to quickly resolve your issues.
  • Rectify My Problem for personal assitance.

You need API key to connect to our server for font conversion. Our server converts your font and sends it back.

Offer your contribution (Free, $10 to $100) and get the API key from here.

Note : We don't store your fonts in our server neither any of your information except the API key details. Our server deletes the temporary file after the conversion is done.

We don't respond to support tickets created here. Please visit our support forum for your issues.



Screenshots:


  1. use-any-font screenshot 1

    Screenshot #1. Use Any Font Demo

  2. use-any-font screenshot 2

    Screenshot #2. Use Any Font Plugin Setup

  3. use-any-font screenshot 3

    Screenshot #3. Assign font directly from Wordpress Editor

  4. use-any-font screenshot 4

    Screenshot #4. Font list not showing in editor.

  5. use-any-font screenshot 5

    Screenshot #5. Disable font list in editor.



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Add js extension validation for font file.


Tags:


@font-face embed, any font, css3 font embed, custom fonts, embed any font, font conversion, font embed, font uploader, opentype, ttf, use any font, webfont

Jason's Comments:

If you can’t find the font family you want from regular web fonts or google fonts, then this plugin allows you to upload a font from your computer, to display on your website. You select various rules to show the font. Nifty!


Mar 242015
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Instagram Slider Widget
http://wordpress.org/plugins/instagram-slider-widget/

Plugin Author: jetonr
WordPress profile: jetonr
Contributors: jetonr
Version: 1.2.1
Last updated: January 14, 2015 (3 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.1.4
Download count: 74,100
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


  • Instagram Slider Widget is a responsive slider widget that shows 20 latest images from a public instagram user.

Features

  • Images from instagram are imported as wordpress attachments
  • Display Images in Slider or Thumbnails
  • No Api Key Needed
  • Link images to user profile, image url, locally saved image, attachment url, custom url or none
  • Sort images Randomily, Popularity, Date
  • For more info visit http://instagram.jrwebstudio.com

Where can I get support

I will try to respond on wordpress.org asap but for faster reposnse use the link bellow * http://support.jrwebstudio.com/product/instagram-slider-widget/

If you liked this plugin. Please rate it



Screenshots:


  1. instagram-slider-widget screenshot 1

    Frontend Widget Slider

  2. instagram-slider-widget screenshot 2

    Frontend Widget Thumbs

  3. instagram-slider-widget screenshot 3

    Backend Configuration



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:




Tags:


images, instagram, slider, widget

Jason's Comments:

I prefer slider but can show thumbnail grid. Works for widgets and provides a shortcode for placing in pages / posts.


Mar 132015
 
Version: 1.0.10
Last updated: March 11, 2015 (2 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.2.1
Download count: 26,729
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Better Font Awesome allows you to automatically integrate the latest available version of Font Awesome into your WordPress project, along with accompanying CSS, shortcodes, and TinyMCE icon shortcode generator.

Features

  • Always up-to-date - automatically fetches the most recent available version of Font Awesome, meaning you no longer need to manually update the version included in your theme/plugin.

  • Backwards compatible - shortcode output is automatically updated depending on which version of Font Awesome you choose, meaning that you can switch versions without having to modify your shortcodes.

  • Compatible with other plugins - designed to work with shortcodes generated with plugins like Font Awesome Icons, Font Awesome More Icons, and Font Awesome Shortcodes, so you can switch to Better Font Awesome and your existing shortcodes will still work.

  • CDN speeds - Font Awesome CSS is pulled from the super-fast and reliable jsDelivr CDN.

  • Shortcode generator - includes an easy-to-use TinyMCE dropdown shortcode generator.

Settings

All settings can be adjusted via Settings → Better Font Awesome.

Usage

Better Font Awesome can be used in 3 different ways: shortcode, HTML, and TinyMCE

1. Shortcode

[icon name="flag" class="2x spin border" unprefixed_class="my-custom-class"]

Note that prefixes (fa- and icon-) are not required, but if you do include them things will still work just fine! Better Font Awesome is smart enough to know what version of Font Awesome you're using and correct of the appropriate prefix.

That means that all of the following shortcodes will work, regardless of what version of Font Awesome you choose:

[icon name="flag" class="2x spin border"]
[icon name="icon-flag" class="icon-2x icon-spin icon-border"]
[icon name="fa-flag" class="fa-2x fa-spin fa-border"]
[icon name="icon-flag" class="fa-2x spin icon-border"]

You can read more about shortcode usage on Github

2. TinyMCE

Better Font Awesome also provides you with an easy-to-use drop down menu when editing in TinyMCE's visual mode. Check out our Screenshots to see what it looks like.

3. HTML

Note that prefixes are required for HTML usage, and are version-specific. For this reason, shortcode usage is encouraged over HTML. If you do want to use HTML, however, you can read more on the Font Awesome site.

Advanced / Integration

Better Font Awesome is built around the Better Font Awesome Library. This library allows you to integrate Better Font Awesome into any custom project you want to create (perhaps a theme or plugin with a constantly up-to-date icon list), and includes all the filters you might need.

Languages / Translations

Credits

Many thanks to the following plugins and their authors:

And many thanks to the following folks who helped with testing and QA:



Screenshots:


  1. better-font-awesome screenshot 1

    Better Font Awesome settings, accessed via Settings → Better Font Awesome

  2. better-font-awesome screenshot 2

    Using Better Font Awesome via TinyMCE



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Fix SSL bug breaking wp_remote_get() from https.


Tags:


awesome, better, Bootstrap, CDN, font, fontstrap, icon, icons, shortcode

Jason's Comments:

This is the big list of icons automatically kept up to date. For a smaller list try Genericon’d.


Mar 132015
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Genericon'd
http://wordpress.org/plugins/genericond/

Plugin Author: Mika Epstein
WordPress profile: Mika Epstein
Contributors: Ipstenu
Version: 3.3.0
Last updated: April 22, 2015 (6 days ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.2.1
Download count: 13,635
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Genericons are vector icons embedded in a webfont designed to be clean and simple keeping with a generic aesthetic.

A full list of the Genericons icons is available at http://genericons.com/ but also on the WP Admin -> Apperance -> Genericon'd page.

To use any of the Genericons icons on your WordPress site you can use basic HTML (for inserting in themes and functions) or shortcodes (for use in posts or widgets). You can adjust the size of the icons via css or, when using the shortcode, the size attribute. Default size is 16px.

To display the Twitter icon:

HTML: <div class="genericond genericon genericon-twitter"></div> or <i class="genericond genericon genericon-twitter"></i>

Shortcode: [genericon icon=twitter]



Screenshots:


  1. genericond screenshot 1

    Genericon'd help page

  2. genericond screenshot 2

    Zaboo, patron avatar of Genericon'd



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:




Tags:


font icon, genericons, icons, ui

Jason's Comments:

Basic icons to make text look more eye catching. For a larger set of icons try Better Font Awesome.


Jan 292015
 
Version: 2.2.3
Last updated: February 17, 2015 (2 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.1.4
Download count: 1,544,985
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


This plugin adds a new Visual Editor widget type that allows you to insert rich text and media objects in your sidebars with no hassle. The default WordPress text widget lacks of functionalities and it requires HTML knowledge, this plugin was born to overcome these limitations. With Black Studio TinyMCE Widget you will be able to edit your widgets in a WYSIWYG manner using the native WordPress TinyMCE editor, just like you do in posts and pages. And if you are a developer you may still switch back and forth from Visual to HTML mode.

Features

  • Add rich text widgets to your sidebars and edit them using visual editor
  • Switch between Visual mode and HTML mode (including Quicktags toolbar)
  • Insert images/videos from WordPress Media Library
  • Insert links to existing WordPress pages/posts or external resources
  • Support for fullscreen editing mode
  • Support for widgets accessibility mode
  • Support for WordPress networks (multi-site)
  • Support for WPML (multi-language)
  • Live preview in theme customizer
  • Available in 20+ languages

Links

Get involved



Screenshots:


  1. black-studio-tinymce-widget screenshot 1

    Black Studio TinyMCE Widget in Visual mode

  2. black-studio-tinymce-widget screenshot 2

    Black Studio TinyMCE Widget in HTML mode

  3. black-studio-tinymce-widget screenshot 3

    Black Studio TinyMCE Widget combined with WP Edit plugin



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Fixed bug on reordering gallery images
  • Added czech and lithuanian translations (courtesy of WP-Translation.org team on Transifex)


Tags:


editor, enhanced text widget, html editor, html widget, image, image widget, media, rich text, rich text editor, Text Widget, TinyMCE, tinymce editor, tinymce widget, visual editor, widget, wysiwyg, wysiwyg editor

Jason's Comments:

Make it easy on yourself and use this plugin to visually edit content in a widget without knowing HTML.


Sep 032014
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Rename wp-login.php (unmaintained)
http://wordpress.org/plugins/rename-wp-login/

Plugin Author: avryl
WordPress profile: avryl
Contributors: avryl
Version: 2.5.1
Last updated: December 20, 2014 (4 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.1.4
Download count: 142,354
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


I don't actively work on this plugin anymore, so use at your own risk.

Rename wp-login.php is a very light plugin that lets you easily and safely change wp-login.php to anything you want. It doesn’t literally rename or change files in core, nor does it add rewrite rules. It simply intercepts page requests and works on any WordPress website. The wp-admin directory and wp-login.php page become inaccessible, so you should bookmark or remember the url. Deactivating this plugin brings your site back exactly to the state it was before.

Compatibility

Requires WordPress 4.1 or higher. All login related things such as the registration form, lost password form, login widget and expired sessions just keep working.

It’s also compatible with any plugin that hooks in the login form, including

  • BuddyPress,
  • bbPress,
  • Limit Login Attempts,
  • and User Switching.

Obviously it doesn’t work with plugins that hardcoded wp-login.php.

Works with multisite, but not tested with subdomains. Activating it for a network allows you to set a networkwide default. Individual sites can still rename their login page to something else.

If you’re using a page caching plugin you should add the slug of the new login url to the list of pages not to cache. For W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache this plugin will give you a message with a link to the field you should update.

GitHub

https://github.com/avryl/rename-wp-login



Screenshots:




Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:




Tags:


custom login URL, login, rename, wp-login, wp-login.php

Jason's Comments:

Consider this plugin together with a few others I recommend for website security and protection.


Aug 222014
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Better WordPress Minify
http://wordpress.org/plugins/bwp-minify/

Plugin Author: Khang Minh
WordPress profile: Khang Minh
Contributors: OddOneOut
Version: 1.3.3
Last updated: September 23, 2014 (7 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.0.4
Download count: 283,877
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Allows you to combine and minify your CSS and JS files to improve page load time. This plugin uses the PHP library Minify and relies on WordPress's enqueueing system rather than the output buffer, which respects the order of CSS and JS files as well as their dependencies. BWP Minify is very customizable and easy to use.

Useful resources to help you get started and make the most out of BWP Minify

Some Features

  • Uses enqueueing system of WordPress which improves compatibility with other plugins and themes
  • Allows you to move enqueued files to desired locations (header, footer, oblivion, etc.) via a dedicated management page
  • Allows you to change various Minify settings (cache directory, cache age, debug mode, etc.) directly in admin
  • Allows you to use friendly Minify urls, such as http://example.com/path/to/cache/somestring.js
  • Allows you to use CDN for minified contents, one CDN host for JS and one for CSS with SSL support
  • Allows you to split long Minify strings into shorter ones
  • Offers various way to add a cache buster to your minify string such as WordPress's version, Theme's version, Cache folder's last modified timestap, etc.
  • Supports script localization (wp_localize_script())
  • Supports inline styles
  • Supports RTL stylesheets
  • Supports media-specific stylesheets (e.g. 'screen', 'print', etc.)
  • Supports conditional stylesheets (e.g. <!--[if lt IE 7]>)
  • Provides hooks for further customization
  • WordPress Multi-site compatible

Please don't forget to rate this plugin 5 shining stars if you like it, thanks!

Get in touch

Languages

Please help translate this plugin!



Screenshots:


  1. bwp-minify screenshot 1

    Basic Functionality

  2. bwp-minify screenshot 2

    Advanced Settings

  3. bwp-minify screenshot 3

    Enqueued files management

  4. bwp-minify screenshot 4

    Minify in action!



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


* Fixed an issue with wrong `min/config.php` file.


Tags:


CSS, javascript, JS, minification, minify, minify css, minify javascript, minify js, minify stylesheet, Optimization, optimize, stylesheet

Jason's Comments:

To combine the features of this plugin with others like Hyper Cache plugin, Far Future Expiry Header plugin, I recommend W3 Total Cache plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 222014
 
WordPress Plugin Name: W3 Total Cache
http://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/

Plugin Author: Frederick Townes
WordPress profile: Frederick Townes
Contributors: fredericktownes
Version: 0.9.4.1
Last updated: April 27, 2015 (1 day ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.2.1
Download count: 4,698,159
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed.

Recommended by web hosts like: Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost, MediaTemple, Go Daddy, Host Gator and countless more.

Trusted by countless companies like: AT&T, stevesouders.com, mattcutts.com, mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, yoast.com, kiss925.com, pearsonified.com, lockergnome.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, css-tricks.com and tens of thousands of others.

W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.

An inside look:

Benefits:

  • At least 10x improvement in overall site performance (Grade A in YSlow or significant Google Page Speed improvements) when fully configured
  • Improved conversion rates and "site performance" which affect your site's rank on Google.com
  • "Instant" subsequent page views: browser caching
  • Optimized progressive render: pages start rendering quickly
  • Reduced page load time: increased visitor time on site; visitors view more pages
  • Improved web server performance; sustain high traffic periods
  • Up to 80% bandwidth savings via minify and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and feeds

Features:

  • Compatible with shared hosting, virtual private / dedicated servers and dedicated servers / clusters
  • Transparent content delivery network (CDN) management with Media Library, theme files and WordPress itself
  • Mobile support: respective caching of pages by referrer or groups of user agents including theme switching for groups of referrers or user agents
  • Caching of (minified and compressed) pages and posts in memory or on disk or on CDN (mirror only)
  • Caching of (minified and compressed) CSS and JavaScript in memory, on disk or on CDN
  • Caching of feeds (site, categories, tags, comments, search results) in memory or on disk or on CDN (mirror only)
  • Caching of search results pages (i.e. URIs with query string variables) in memory or on disk
  • Caching of database objects in memory or on disk
  • Caching of objects in memory or on disk
  • Minification of posts and pages and feeds
  • Minification of inline, embedded or 3rd party JavaScript (with automated updates)
  • Minification of inline, embedded or 3rd party CSS (with automated updates)
  • Browser caching using cache-control, future expire headers and entity tags (ETag) with "cache-busting"
  • JavaScript grouping by template (home page, post page etc) with embed location control
  • Non-blocking JavaScript embedding
  • Import post attachments directly into the Media Library (and CDN)
  • WP-CLI support for cache purging, query string updating and more

Improve the user experience for your readers without having to change WordPress, your theme, your plugins or how you produce your content.



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  • 10 WordPress Plugins

    Latest Change log entry:


    • Fixed security issue if debug mode is enabled XSS vector exists HTML comments. CVE-2014-8724, Tobias Glemser
    • Fixed security issue with missing nonces, Ryan Satterfield


    Tags:


    akamai, amazon web services, apache, apc, availability, AWS, batcache, buddypress, bwp-minify, cache, caching, cascading style sheet, CDN, Cloud Files, cloudflare, cloudfront, combine, compress, content delivery network, CSS, css cache, database cache, db-cache, deflate, disk cache, disk caching, eacclerator, elasticache, flash media server, google, google page speed, google rank, gzip, http compression, iis, javascript, JS, js cache, limelight, litespeed, max cdn, media library, merge, microsoft, microsoft azure, minify, mod_cloudflare, mod_pagespeed, multiple hosts, mysql, new relic, newrelic, nginx, optimize, optimizer, page cache, performance, plugin, quick cache, RackSpace, rds, s3, scalability, scaling, sns, speed, unobtrusive javascript, user experience, varnish, w3 total cache, w3 totalcache, w3total cache, w3totalcache, web performance optimization, wincache, wp minify, wp-cache, wp-super-cache, wpo, xcache, yslow, YUI

    Jason's Comments:

W3 Total Cache plug-in has multiple caching & optimizing functions, including the specialized features several other plugins. For this reason it is incompatible with Falcon Engine by Wordfence, Hyper-cache plugin, Far Future Expiry Header plugin and Better WordPress Minify, which need to be disabled first.

Combine with database cleanup using WP-Optimize plugin and backup with BackWPup plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 052014
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Hyper Cache
http://wordpress.org/plugins/hyper-cache/

Plugin Author: Stefano Lissa
WordPress profile: Stefano Lissa
Contributors: satollo
Version: 3.2.1
Last updated: February 25, 2015 (2 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.1.4
Download count: 660,669
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Hyper Cache is a cache plugin specifically written to get the maximum speed for your WordPress blog. It can be used in low resources hosting as well on high end servers.

Hyper Cache is purely PHP and works on every blog: no complex configurations are need and when you deactivate it no stale setting are left floating around.

Short list of features:

  • Mobile aware: double cache for desktop and mobile site versions
  • Mobile theme switch option: change the theme on mobile device detection
  • Able to serve expired pages to bots to increase the perceived speed by bots
  • Manages compression even on the fly for non cached pages
  • Lots of configurable bypasses: matching cookies, matching urls, user agents, ...
  • Comments aware: is able to serve cached pages even to visitors who commented the blog (perfect for blog with great readers paritipation)
  • Cache folder can be moved outside your blog space to exclude it from backups
  • Controls over cache cleaning on blog events (post edited, comments, ...)
  • Autoclean to controls the cache used disk space
  • CDN support (experimental)
  • Other special options
  • Response header signature to check the working status

More can be read on the Hyper Cache official page.

Other plugins by Stefano Lissa:



Screenshots:


  1. hyper-cache screenshot 1

    The main configuration panel

  2. hyper-cache screenshot 2

    Configuration of bypasses (things you want/not want to be cached)

  3. hyper-cache screenshot 3

    Mobile devices configuration



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Fixed link rel canonica rewrite with the cdn active


Tags:


apache, bandwidth, Boost, cache, Compression, gzip, htaccess, Optimization, performance, server load, speed, staticizer, tidy, tuning

Jason's Comments:

This plug-in is the full cache version and now includes the features of the simpler Lite cache plugin. To combine the features of this plugin with others like Far Future Expiry Header plugin and Better WordPress Minify, I recommend W3 Total Cache plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 042014
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Lite Cache
http://wordpress.org/plugins/lite-cache/

Plugin Author: Stefano Lissa
WordPress profile: Stefano Lissa
Contributors:
Version: 2.3.4
Last updated: August 23, 2014 (8 months ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 3.9.5
Download count: 31,016
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


New! The Lite Cache technology is now part of Hyper Cache. You should migrate to Hyper Cache, Lite Cache won't be update anymore (other than important fixes).

Lite Cache is an ultra efficient cache plugin. It's small and lite because it does only one thing: caching.

Lite Cache is compatible with gzip compression and handles it automatically.

Lite Cache can detect mobile devices and use a different theme for them creating a separate cache.

Lite Cache works even with commenters, people who left a comment in the past. Other caching plugin usually are not able to serve cached content to commenters creating performance issues on higly partecipative blogs.

Usage of .htaccess rules is possible using the code generated inside the administrative panel (but pay attention that a too much complex .htaccess seems to slow down more than serving cached pages via PHP).

Install it and go to the options panel to find how to configure it.

Lite Cache official page: http://www.satollo.net/plugins/lite-cache

Lite Cache official forum: http://www.satollo.net/forums/forum/lite-cache

Tanslations

  • Russian by Artnikov


Screenshots:




Other notes:


Screen shots

No screen shots are available at this time.



Latest Change log entry:


  • Russian translation


Tags:


apache, bandwidth, Boost, cache, Compression, gzip, htaccess, Optimization, performance, server load, speed, staticizer, tidy, tuning

Jason's Comments:

This plug-in is a lite version to reduce server load and easier to setup. The full Hyper Cache plugin now includes the functions of this Lite cache plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 042014
 
Version: 1.3
Last updated: April 22, 2015 (6 days ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.2.1
Download count: 10,894
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


This plugin offers a few lightweight features to speed up your WordPress site without much hassle.

Far Future Expiry

When the feature is enabled, this plugin will modify your .htaccess file by inserting code which will add expires headers for common static file types.

Expiry header specifies a time far enough in the future so that browsers won't try to re-fetch images, CSS, javascript etc files that haven't changed (this reduces the number of HTTP requests) and hence the performance improvement on subsequent page views.

Gzip Compression

You can also enable Gzip compression on your site using this plugin. Gzip compression will speed up your WordPress site by compressing the page output and sending it to your visitors browser.

When enabled, the plugin will do gzip compression if the visitor's browser can handle it.

This feature may conflict with a few other plugins. So disable this feature if you need to use a plugin which doesn't work with gzip compression.



Screenshots:


Visit the plugin site at http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/wordpress-far-future-expiration-plugin-5980 for screenshots and more info.



Other notes:


Usage

To use this plugin do the following:

1) Ensure that the "mod_expires" module is enabled from your host's main configuration file

2) Check with your hosting provider or if you have access to the httpd.conf file the following line should be uncommented: LoadModule expires_module modules/mod_expires.so

3) Enable the "Far Future Expiration" checkbox

4) Set the number of days till expiry

5) Select the file types you wish to enable the "far future expiration" feature for by using the checkboxes in the "File Types" section

NOTE: When you use this plugin, the file selected file types are cached in the browser until they expire. Therefore you should not use this on files that change frequently.



Latest Change log entry:


  • Added a new feature to enable gzip compression on the site


Tags:


cache, Compression, CSS, expires header, expiry, expiry header, far future expiration, gzip, javascript, minify, speed, wp-cache

Jason's Comments:

This plug-in modifies a special access file to inform web browsers to use their previously loaded images and files, to speed up page loading. Google Page Speed acknowledges the browser cache reminder as a faster method. Made by Tips and Tricks who have some pretty nifty premium plug-ins.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 042014
 
WordPress Plugin Name: Autoptimize
http://wordpress.org/plugins/autoptimize/

Plugin Author: Frank Goossens (futtta)
WordPress profile: Frank Goossens (futtta)
Contributors: futtta, turl
Version: 1.9.4
Last updated: April 17, 2015 (2 weeks ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.2.1
Download count: 332,475
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


Autoptimize makes optimizing your site really easy. It concatenates all scripts and styles, minifies and compresses them, adds expires headers, caches them, and moves styles to the page head, and scripts to the footer. It also minifies the HTML code itself, making your page really lightweight. There are advanced options available to enable you to tailor Autoptimize to each and every site's specific need.

If you consider performance important, you really should use a caching-plugin such as e.g. WP Super Cache or HyperCache to complement Autoptimize.



Screenshots:




Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


define("AUTOPTIMIZE_INIT_EARLIER","true");


Tags:


aggregate, booster, cache, CSS, data-uri, html, javascript, JS, minification, minimize, multisite, optimize, pagespeed, performance, speed

Jason's Comments:

This plugin catches the output buffer to collect scripts. After some rendering problems, I now recommend a Better WordPress Minify plugin which collects the scripts from WordPress’s enqueueing system rather than the output buffer.

 

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Aug 042014
 
WordPress Plugin Name: WP-Optimize
http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-optimize/

Plugin Author: Ruhani Rabin
WordPress profile: Ruhani Rabin
Contributors: ruhanirabin
Version: 1.8.9.10
Last updated: March 18, 2015 (1 month ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.2.1
Download count: 1,792,402
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


WP-Optimize is an extensive WordPress database cleanup and optimization tool. It doesn't require PhpMyAdmin to clean and optimize your database tables.

Please show your support for this plugin by giving it a rating :)

Now hosted at GitHub.

I do not monitor wp forums, so use plugins(at)ruhanirabin.com for support questions.

Please join GitHub and collaborate.

MAJOR FEATURES:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for all published post
  • Enable/Disable comments for all published post
  • Removal of stale post revisions
  • Removal of stale unapproved and spam comments
  • Removal of trashed comments
  • Removal of akismet metadata from comments
  • Removal of other stale metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly, now you can optimize your site on the go
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Cleaning up auto draft posts
  • Removal of transient options
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Automatic cleanup of all the integrated options (also uses retention if enabled)
  • Ability to keep selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on wp admin bar.
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • Apply native WordPress MySql optimize commands on your database tables without phpMyAdmin or any manual query.
  • Display Database table statistics. Shows how much space can be optimized and how much space has been cleared.
  • Enabled for Administrators only.
  • E-mail notifications on automatic cleanup

All the potentially dangerous clean up options are marked RED.

When you use this plugin for the first time or just updated to major version, make a backup of your database. It is always the best practice to make a database backup before using this program first time.

How this could help you?

  • Every-time you save a new post or pages, WordPress creates a revision of that post or page. If you edit a post 6 times you might have 5 copy of that post as revisions. Imagine if your post or pages are long and big. It is a huge number of bytes that's on your MySQL overhead. Now WP-Optimize allows you to optimize and shrink your posts table by removing not necessary post revisions from the database. As example, if you have a post which is approximately 100KB data and you have 5 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 500KB. And if you have 100 posts similar to it, you have 50MB database space wasted.
  • Similar to the scenario described above, there might be thousands of spam and un-approved comments in your comments table, WP-Optimize can clean and remove those in a single click
  • WP-Optimize reports which database tables have overhead and wasted spaces also it allows you to shrink and get rid of those wasted spaces
  • Automatically cleans database every week and respects the "Keeps selected number of weeks data" option.

Are you interested to be a contributed developer of this plugin, join with me at GitHub. Or email plugins(at)ruhanirabin.com

You will be credited inside the plugin screen and the plugin listing at WordPress.

Requirements:

  • WordPress 3.8+
  • PHP 5.1.xx
  • MySql 5.1.xx

Translators are welcome to send their Translated Files to be included. Existing translators should join Translation Utility to submit their translations.

You must have an account in order to edit translation - Get the free account here.

Once you get your account password in your email Log in here to edit language

WP-Optimize Translators:

** Some languages are removed from the above list, because translators did not update the languages for current version ** See a list of currently editable available languages at



Screenshots:


  1. wp-optimize screenshot 1

    Optimizer Screen

  2. wp-optimize screenshot 2

    Settings Screen

  3. wp-optimize screenshot 3

    Table Report

  4. wp-optimize screenshot 4

    Mobile View Top (Actual screen from Galaxy Note 3)

  5. wp-optimize screenshot 5

    Mobile View Bottom (Actual screen from Galaxy Note 3)



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Security Patch - Update your plugin.
  • Security Patch provided by Dion at WordPress.org and Security report provided by http://planetzuda.com .
  • Language files update


Tags:




Jason's Comments:

Set and forget, reduces server load.

Combine with W3 Total Cache plugin to speed up your site and backup with BackWPup plugin.

Website Optimization and Maintenance

There are a few ways to optimize and speed up your website for viewers and search engines: database clean up, image optimization, page / script compression, CPU / server load optimization, server file caching and utilize browser caching.

I provide website tune ups on request and can schedule Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Page Speed optimization, which is best combined after applying general website backup, security and maintenance.


Jul 282014
 
Version: 1.7.8
Last updated: April 25, 2015 (3 days ago)
Compatibility (latest version): Unknown (of votes)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.2.1
Download count: 691,216
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


WordPress Social Media Feather is a super lightweight free social media WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and painlessly add social sharing and following features to all your posts, pages and custom post types.

The plugin supports adding of social buttons for sharing or following (that is, social buttons that link to your social network profiles pages). The social media buttons can be easily and automatically be added to all your posts, pages or any other custom post types.

Check out this introductory tutorial on how to install and get started with Social Media for WordPress by a helpful user of Social Media Feather!

Now the only social sharing and bookmarking plugin with full support for the Retina and high resolution displays as used in iPad 5 and other devices!

The primary goal behind the plugin is to provide very lightweight WordPress social sharing and following that doesn’t add any unnecessary burden to your site and especially on your users, so you can easily add share buttons and social profiles links to your posts and pages automatically and speedily.

What sets WordPress Social Media Feather aside from the plethora of other social sharing and following WordPress plugins is its focus on simplicity, performance and unobtrusive impact. Social share buttons and links to your social pages are fast to setup with automatic display or social widgets.

In order to achieve higher performance the plugin makes no use of JavaScript and as a consequence it’s really fast while still providing all the social media functionality you might need, like very professional social share buttons with high quality icons.

By keeping load times at a minimum, you ensure that all the social sharing aspects of your site don’t interfere with those visitors who just want to access the content but are not interested in sharing on social media platforms.

On the other hand, given the widespread focus on WordPress social media integration, your site will still provide social bookmarks and share buttons to improve visibility of your posts and content and improve your overall global reach on social platforms.

The WordPress social media sharing offered by the plugin includes all major social sharing buttons providers like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, reddit, Pinterest, tumblr, Linkedin and even e-mail.

It will show social buttons that your users can click to share to facebook or tweet your posts and pages on your site or submit it to reddit and google plus and all other social sharing networks.

The WordPress social media following offered by the plugin includes all major social network providers and tools like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube, tumblr, instagram, flickr, foursquare, vimeo or RSS.

Our social media plugin also offers widgets for sharing and following buttons that you can place in any widgetized area in your site and the widgets also expose some settings and parameters to tweak the appearance of the social buttons. The plugin also provides shortcodes that can be used for the same purpose, creating both share and follow buttons and allowing selection of visibility of different social media networks or reordering how the various social networks appear (see example shortcodes at the bottom).

You can disable automatic rendering of social icons for specific posts by using Custom Fields. Simply set a custom field of synved_social_exclude_share to "yes" (without quotes) to disable rendering of sharing buttons on the post/page or synved_social_exclude_follow to "yes" (without quotes) to remove following buttons from the post or alternatively synved_social_exclude to disable both. The Custom Fields editor needs to be enabled on your post/page edit screen by clicking at the top right where it says "Screen Options".

Features

  • Integrated WordPress social sharing for all your posts
  • Full support for Retina and high resolution displays
  • WordPress social sharing and following widgets
  • Supports all major providers of social features
  • Sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, reddit, Pinterest, tumblr, Linkedin and e-mail
  • Following on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube, tumblr, instagram, flickr, foursquare, vimeo or RSS Feed
  • Each social provider can be enabled or disabled
  • Ability to select what services each provider will be exposed for
  • Full customization for titles and URLs for each provider
  • Super lightweight social sharing and following
  • Fast unobtrusive social bookmarks for your site
  • Comes with a default modern icon set
  • For further customization more social icons skins are available
  • Available skins can be customized with cool effects like fading and greying out social icons
  • If you like them you can get social sharing counters that load dynamically, only when necessary, thus not weighing in on visitors who don't use them

Example Shortcodes

This shortcode will create a list of social sharing buttons to share content on your site:

[feather_share]

This shortcode will create a list of social media sharing buttons to share content on your site, only showing Google+, Twitter and Facebook, in that specific order:

[feather_share show="google_plus, twitter, facebook" hide="reddit, pinterest, linkedin, tumblr, mail"]

You can change the order of displayed buttons by changing the order of keywords:

[feather_share show="twitter, google_plus, facebook" hide="reddit, pinterest, linkedin, tumblr, mail"]

This shortcode will create a list of social sharing buttons to share content on your site using the "Wheel" icons skin:

[feather_share skin="wheel"]

This shortcode will create a list of social media sharing buttons to share content on your site using the default icon skin with a size of 64 pixels:

[feather_share size="64"]

You can combine all the parameters above to customize the look, for instance using the "Wheel" icon skin at a size of 64 pixels and only showing Google+, Twitter and Facebook, in that specific order:

[feather_share skin="wheel" size="64" show="google_plus, twitter, facebook" hide="reddit, pinterest, linkedin, tumblr, mail"]

The next shortcode will create a list of social following buttons that allow visitors to follow you:

[feather_follow]

The next shortcode will create a list of social following buttons that allow visitors to follow you, using the "Balloon" icons skin:

[feather_follow skin="balloon"]

The next shortcode will create a list of social media following buttons that allow visitors to follow you, using the "Balloon" icons skin with a size of 64 pixels:

[feather_follow skin="balloon" size="64"]

Template Tags

If you don't want to use shortcodes but instead prefer to use PHP directly, there are 2 PHP functions/template tags you can use.

For sharing buttons you can use:

if (function_exists('synved_social_share_markup')) echo synved_social_share_markup();

For following buttons you can use:

if (function_exists('synved_social_follow_markup')) echo synved_social_follow_markup();

Related Links:



Screenshots:


  1. social-media-feather screenshot 1

    An example of how the sharing or following buttons appear in the front-end at 64 pixel resolution

  2. social-media-feather screenshot 2

    An example of how the share or follow icons appear in the front-end at 24 pixel resolution

  3. social-media-feather screenshot 3

    An example of how the following or sharing links appear in the front-end using the Extra Social Icons addon

  4. social-media-feather screenshot 4

    Showing how using the Grey Fade addon transforms the sharing or following buttons in the front-end

  5. social-media-feather screenshot 5

    A demo of how social media providers can be customized in the back-end

  6. social-media-feather screenshot 6

    An view of some of the settings that can be customized in Social Media the back-end

  7. social-media-feather screenshot 7

    This shows the available social sharing and following widgets and their settings



Other notes:




Latest Change log entry:


  • Disable credit link by default


Tags:


bookmark, bookmarking, bookmarks, button, buttons, content, CSS, edit, Facebook, filter, flickr, follow, following, foursquare, free, google, high resolution, icons, image, instagram, iPad, Like, link, linkedin, links, list, mail, manage, media, page, pages, permalink, permalinks, pinterest, plugin, Post, posts, profile, Reddit, retina, seo, Share, sharing, shortcode, shortcodes, shortlinks, social, social follow, social following, social links, social media, social media buttons, Social Media Icons, Social Media Widget, social share, social sharing, Style, time, title, tumblr, twitter, url, vimeo, widget, youtube

Jason's Comments:

Fast loading button links for people to follow you on your social network and share your posts and pages on their social networks.