WordPress has evolved. Once the bloggers platform of choice, WordPress has become the website platform of choice. WordPress powers over half of the top million websites (March 2014).
With over 30,000 free plugins, you can do almost anything. I recommend about 50 plugins and I usually install about a dozen WordPress plugins by default. Read more about WordPress website security, protection, prevention.
There are thousands of Themes available for free and premium. I recommend these Themes & theme markets.
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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There has been a few widget control plugins for setting widget display options which have lost developer support. This plugin is supported and has many more options including integration for Siteorigin Page builder.read more
I recommend this plugin for it’s compatibility with page builders, especially Page Builder by SiteOrigin.read more
I’d generally recommend Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin, but this plugin is even simpler and more importantly provides an advantage of reducing loading an external file script from Google servers. By serving the script file locally it can improve performance.read more
WordPress Software Updates, Backups, Security and Up-time Monitoring Weekly schedule maintenance plans include Software updates: WordPress, plugins & themes (^ conditions apply) Security Scan Monitor Firewall Protection Monitor Scheduled Backup Monitor Website Uptime Monitor These days, our digital world is changing fast. Software updates and changes are frequent and online security has become more important. I’m now updating WordPress website software weekly, instead of monthly, mostly for security reasons, though software fixes, compatibility and feature enhancements are good reasons to update more frequently as well. Maintenance plans * conditions apply 3 Months: $60 (bonus 10% off premium / PRO upgrades) 6 Months: $110 (bonus 20% off premium / PRO upgrades) 12 Months: $200 (bonus setup + 30% off premium / PRO upgrades) Bundle 3, 6, 12 mth Maintenance for 10%, 20% or 30% off premium /PRO upgrades! Wordfence Premium Upgrade: $139AUD /year (install, setup, enhanced protection, RRP $99USD) Business Webread more
A couple of things to be aware about: 1. NextGEN plugin uploads gallery images to it’s own directory, the images are not available from the WordPress image library. 2. The free version has a limited lightbox popup to show larger size of the thumb images. I found the premium upgrade for the responsive mobile friendly lightbox was a better option than rebuilding from scratch with an alternative gallery.read more
Highly recommended Divi Booster plugin – an easy way to make your Divi site better, with 100s of additional Divi options.read more
Vantage is a response, multi-purpose theme carefully developed with seamless integration into an array of amazing third-party plugins. Vantage is one of SiteOrigins oldest and most refined themes, and with over 1 million downloads, it is by far SiteOrigins most popular. Vantage is built around SiteOrigin Page Builder, offering you maximum control over your page layouts with and intuitive drag-and-drop interface. I can provide installation, setup and premium upgrade for SiteOrigin Vantage Theme and Page Builder. Contact me.read more
I use this widget for showing recent posts of the same category as the current post.read more
I started using Reusable Text Blocks plugin when in August 2016 Global Content Blocks plugin was removed from the WordPress repository. More recently I switched to using Reusable Content & Text Blocks by Loomisoft for it’s compatibility with page builders.read more
WordPress Website Security Recommendations Software updates often improve security and compatibility issues, as well as fix bugs and adding features. It’s so easy to update from within WordPress. I provide a service to maintain WordPress websites and keep them up to date on a weekly basis. Remember to backup first (see below) and consider testing compatibility issues by reading forums. If your website has critical business operation, which you would not want interrupted by technical problems, then test all software updates and significant changes on a copy (staging) of your site. For convenience “Wordfence Security” has a handy notification option to let you know when there is a software update available. Use WordPress Health Check for an overview of WordPress and server software updates for security issues. Use Sucuri Security to harden (make more secure) WordPress folders, check for vulnerabilities and re-download all plugins which originate from the WordPress pluginread more
Alternatively, All in One SEO Pack includes Google Analytics and Webmasters Tools integration. If you would like to serve the Google analytics script locally from your web server, instead of externally from the Google server, use Local Google Analytics for WordPress – caches external requests plugin.read more
All in one solution which gets great results for speeding up your website. This plugin has been growing in popularity and is easier to setup than other popular alternatives. I provide plugin install, setup and premium upgrade for $55AUD / lifetime (RRP $39USD) contact me. For further optimization combine with EWWW image optimizer, database cleanup using WP-Optimize plugin and backup with BackWPup plugin.read more
Divi theme and page builder by Elegant Themes, has become my go to tool for building websites. It gives me the flexibility to do what I want and saves me time with page builder and modules. I highly recommend Divi theme and page builder.read more
This plugin helps to resolve the mixed media security error and change embedded domain links to https. You will first need a SSL – domain security certificate installed on your server. Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.read more