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
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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Disclosure: Some of the following links are my affiliate referral links to a third party service, if you click on the link and purchase the item, I might receive a commission. In many cases, I have a developer license and can upload the theme for you, otherwise you would need to purchase a license, and if you use my referral link, I could apply the commission to upload the theme for you. Please contact me to assist you. Highly recommended Divi Booster plugin – an easy way to make your Divi site better, with 100s of additional Divi options. Divi Booster adds 100s of new configuration options to Divi – Want to change the height of your slider? Or stop the header from shrinking? Or change the look of just one page? It’s all in there. I’m constantly adding new options and with free updates for life you’ll get them asread 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.read more
I use this widget for showing recent posts of the same category as the current post.read more
I’ve been using this plugin since August 2016 when Global Content Blocks plugin was removed from the WordPress repository.read more
WordPress Website Security Recommendations Keep WordPress, themes and plugins up to date 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. Remember to backup Remember to backup first (see below) and consider testing compatibility issues by reading forums. For convenience “Wordfence Security” has a handy notification option to let you know when there is an update available. Checking WordPress, plugins and themes for file changes 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 plugin library. Wordfence Security also includes compares core WordPress files, theme files and plugin files, allowing you to restore changed files back to the same as the original files in WordPress fileread more
Alternatively, All in One SEO Pack includes Google Analytics and Webmasters Tools integration.read more
All in one solution for speeding up your website. This plugin has been growing in popularity is easier to setup than another popular alternative W3 Total Cache. Combine with EWWW image optimizer, database cleanup using WP-Optimize plugin and backup with BackWPup plugin.read more
Disclosure: Some of the following links are my affiliate referral links to a third party service, if you click on the link and purchase the item, I might receive a commission. In many cases, I have a developer license and can upload the theme for you, otherwise you would need to purchase a license, and if you use my referral link, I could apply the commission to upload the theme for you. Please contact me to assist you. 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. Elegant Premium WordPress Themes – View the Gallery Highly recommended Divi Booster plugin – an easy way to make your Divi site better, with 100s ofread 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
Managing content across your website includes having consistency for certain terms. This plugin will find and replace terms for you – but be careful and backup before hand. I also recommend using reusable content blocks. Technically, many people use this plugin when moving a website from one domain to another domain, then need to update the domain URL for images and links in posts, across the site.read more
Very popular, it is kept up-to-date and is easy to manage. I add Flamingo plugin to record submits to database and Really Simple CAPTCHA or WP ReCaptcha and Contact Form 7 Honeypot for bot and spam blocking.read more
Sucuri Security has many features, which I’m still exploring. This plugin can scan for malware. The free version will only scan the front end of your website, if you want it to scan the back end of your site, you will need to pay for an account. I’ve recently used it to harden (make more secure) WordPress folders, check for vulnerabilities and re-download all plugins which originate from the WordPress plugin library. Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.read more
WordPress Plugin Name: Plugin Author: WordPress profile: Contributors: Version: Last updated: () Compatibility (latest version): (of votes) Tested up to (WP version): WP Download count: Rating: (out of 5) Description | Screenshots | Other notes | Latest Change | Tags | + Jason’s comments Description Checks plugins for deprecated WordPress functions, known security vulnerabilities and some unsafe PHP functions. See the WordPress plugin library description of Plugin Inspector Screenshots: Other notes: Latest Change log entry: Tags: + Jason’s Comments Always good to make sure your WordPress website is healthy – a quick check up today could prevent headaches tomorrow. Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.read more