WordPress

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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Aug 012018
 

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.

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Apr 132018
 

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.

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Nov 272017
 
Divi Booster Plugin

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 as

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Aug 302017
 
SiteOrigin Vantage Theme

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.

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Aug 092016
 

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.

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Jul 102016
 
WordPress website security, protection, prevention

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. I provide a service to maintain WordPress websites and keep them up to date on a weekly basis. 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

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Jul 102016
 

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.

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Jun 082016
 

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 $39AUD (RRP $39USD) contact me. For further optimization combine with EWWW image optimizer, database cleanup using WP-Optimize plugin and backup with BackWPup plugin.

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May 232016
 
Elegant Themes - Divi theme and page builder

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.   I provide installation and setup of Divi theme and page builder. I provide installation and setup of Divi Booster plugin, Form to Database and Masonry Gallery modules.

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May 062016
 

I recommend this plugin if you don’t know how to edit CSS (style rules) and need a visual point and click selector with the ability to instantly adjustment all the style options. If you just want one file to manage all your custom CSS (style sheet) rules, I recommend My Custom CSS. If you want to separate your custom style sheet (CSS) rules in to different files, I recommend Global CSS by Joddit. If you want to place CSS (style sheet) or JS (Javascript) rules on specific pages, I recommend Specific CSS/JS for Posts and Pages. If you wish to modify any of the theme template files (.php) then it’s best to create a child theme.

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Apr 062016
 

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.

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