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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Jul 252014
 

This plugin works it’s optimization magic on image sizes greater than 1Mb (Smush it plugin can’t). You can also bulk optimize via cloud servers that utilize the latest tools available in lossless or lossy mode. To resize width and height, I recommend Imsanity bulk image resizer.

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Jul 142014
 

For scanning of themes, I recommend for extra security, Theme Authenticity Checker plugin, which can find suspicious or malicious code and embedded outgoings links. TAC plugin found code which Wordfence security didn’t. Use WordPress Health Check for an overview of update and security issues. Read up on other WordPress security related plugins and strategies.

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Jul 112014
 
Tips and Tricks

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. Premium plugins and Products   Tips and Tricks WP Photo Seller WordPress plugin Sell your photos, images, prints from your WordPress blog securely. The plugin gives you the ability to upload lots of photos and then automatically creates photo selling galleries with them. WP eStore Shopping Cart WordPress Plugin WordPress Shopping Cart, Sell digital and non-digital products from your WordPress blog securely. WP Lightbox Ultimate WordPress plugin The WordPress Lightbox Ultimate plugin

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Jun 262014
 

Spam comments are attracted to the same posts over and over again, if they are not moderated. One site attracted 17,000 spam comments before I stepped in disabled comments and deleted them with ease using this plugin. By removing the comments, the database was reduced from 5mb to 100kb.

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Jun 252014
 

This plugin helps when moving or converting a page in to a category with posts. WordPress can help redirect old URL, when changed but won’t know you have moved a page to a category or post, and vice versa. Besides manual input of source and destination, the plugin logs 404 (missing page) visits and provides a redirection (301 permanent) option.

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May 282014
 

This plugin has been superseded by Popup Maker. The free version takes a little bit of effort to create theme and create first modal layout, but then it’s easy to duplicate.

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May 272014
 

I’ll apply my affiliate commission to support you, if you use my Meta Slider affiliate link to upgrade to Meta Slider Pro – Single Site License which adds support for YouTube & Vimeo slides, HTML slides, Layer slides with CSS3 animations, Dynamic Post Feed/Featured Image Slides (content slider), Custom Themes, Thumbnail Navigation, Premium Support.

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Mar 032014
 

Plugin removed from WordPress plugin repository. WARNING: Plugin was sold and then compromised and has been removed from the plugin repository. Solution: If you have the plugin, please update it to latest version 2.7 which brings the code back to version 2.0.5. There are few plugins offering the same thing, “widget logic” requires filters, “widget logic visual” has not been updated in two years – so I have changed to this one which seems to work well and is supported: Widget Options plugin.

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Jan 072014
 

You can set up and manage one vote per person (Vote permissions) using the built in filter cookie and IP address, but it’s not bullet proof, without burdening the user to register, and then filtering vote permission with username.

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