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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May 132013
 
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Premium WordPress Theme market: themeforest.net   Recommended: King Size Author: OWMLabs Price: US$54 single site Purchases: 18,171 4.53 av. (out of 5), 1681 ratings Last Update: 19 June 2016     Responsive, fullscreen Photography theme for WordPress. Create unlimited galleries and sliders to showcase your work. Ecommerce ready and fully supported! Fullscreen image and video backgrounds Custom Backgrounds, Sliders and Videos as Backgrounds (unique to each post) Custom Layouts (with or without sidebars) Contact Page Template & Shortcodes Widget ready Sidebars and Footers Custom Twitter Widget Custom Contact Widget Custom Gallery Widget Hide / Show menu options Includes Google Web Fonts Themeforest Premium WordPress Themes – View the Gallery

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Apr 252013
 

I’m now using MailChimp for WordPress. WARNING: Nmedia MailChimp Widget version 4.0 does not connect to the previous version options settings – please check the changelog. A popular solution for use with a free mailchimp.com account.   An alternative to Mailchimp is a fully WordPress integrated solution is MailPoet Newsletters plugin.

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Mar 062013
 

I recommend this plugin when you want to separate your custom style sheet (CSS) rules in to different files. If you just want one file to manage all your custom CSS rules, then I recommend My Custom CSS plugin. 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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Feb 262013
 

MailPoet Newsletters – Wysija Newsletters integrates collecting and sending to email subscriptions (mail-list) with your website / blog – no need for any external mail-list service. You can see an example of this plugin at the Eco-Parenting Blog. The popular alternative is to use a mailchimp.com account with a mailchimp subscription plugin.

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Jan 162013
 

Expandable content boxes are great for FAQ pages and managing reusable content, providing further onsite content and links. Expandable sections work well when repeating content using Global Content Blocks.

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Nov 092012
 

I recommend the Donate Extra plugin as a simple solution to receiving donations via PayPal on your website. Donate Extra is a forked plugin to replace Donate Plus which had an PayPal IPN issue and was not updated since 2011. Donate Extra plugin was published at the WP Library on 19th October, 2012 and has resolved the IPN and also other issues since.

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Nov 072012
 

I recommend this plugin if you just want one file to manage all your custom CSS (style sheet) rules. 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, I recommend SiteOrigin 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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Nov 022012
 

Installation and Setup ServiceI install and setup these plugins with my WordPress installation service, Website packages, Website Maintenance Service and Website Page Speed Optimization service. Follow the plugin links below to learn more about these plugins and make sure to read Jason’s comments for more information as to why I choose these plugins and discover my recommended complementary plugins. Website Security & Protection Wordfence Security Theme Authenticity Checker WP ReCaptcha Integration Read more about WordPress Website Security. Website Maintenance BackWPup Broken Link Checker WP Maintenance Mode Read more Website Maintenance Search Engine Optimisation All in One SEO Pack Google XML Sitemaps Read more about SEO Website and Page Speed Optimisation WP-Optimize database WP Fastest Cache EWWW Image Optimizer Read more about Website Page Speed Optimization Contact Management Contact Form 7 Really Simple CAPTCHA Flamingo Address Book Option: Mailchimp newsletter Social Share & Follow Social Media Feather Facebook Like Box Option:

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Nov 022012
 

This plugin is by the author of Contact Form 7 and Really Simple CAPTCHA, which I recommend. Besides collecting users in to a more friendly exportable address book, this plugin can replace Contact Form 7 to Database Extension, to save CF7 submits to database.

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Aug 202012
 

This plugin “Spam Free WordPress” adds a required password click before permitting a user to make comment. Use this as a more user friendly alternative to answering a quiz or decoding a captcha image. For login security I recommended combining “SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam” to add a captcha image for added security on the login page together with “Wordfence Security” to limit login attempts or an alternative dedicated plugin called “limit login attempts“. For custom form security I recommend “Contact Form 7” with a Quiz field and a Captcha image using “Really Simple CAPTCHA“.

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