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 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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Jul 242012

Do backups and more for your WordPress Blog.

– Database Backup
– WordPress XML Export
– Optimize Database
– Check\Repair Database
– File Backup
– Backups in zip, tar, tar.gz, tar.bz2 format
– Store backup to Folder
– Store backup to FTP Server
– Store backup to Amazon S3
– Store backup to Google Storage
– Store backup to Microsoft Azure (Blob)
– Store backup to RackSpaceCloud
– Store backup to Dropbox
– Store backup to SugarSync
– Send Log/Backup by Email
– Multisite Support only as Network Admin

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May 282012
Wordfence Security

WordPress Plugin Name: Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan Plugin URL:https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/ Plugin Author: Wordfence WordPress profile: Wordfence Plugin version: 7.1.10 Last updated: July 31, 2018 (3 weeks ago) Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.9.8 Downloaded: 84,516,346 Rating: 5 (out of 5) Description | FAQ | Screenshots | Other notes | Latest Change | Tags | + Jason’s comments Description THE MOST POPULAR WORDPRESS FIREWALL & SECURITY SCANNER Wordfence includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner that were built from the ground up to protect WordPress. Our Threat Defense Feed arms Wordfence with the newest firewall rules, malware signatures and malicious IP addresses it needs to keep your website safe. Rounded out by a suite of additional features, Wordfence is the most comprehensive WordPress security solution available. WORDPRESS FIREWALL Web Application Firewall identifies and blocks malicious traffic. Built and maintained by a large team focused 100% on WordPress security.

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May 172012

CFDB has been removed from wordpress.org, but is hosted on github.com Version 2.10.36 was released Apr 18. This was a great solution to retrieve form results from several form plugins including Contact Form 7 plugin. However, Flamingo plugin was released by the author of CF7, and I use Flamingo with CF7.

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Sep 042011

This is an easier option than installing a full cart system. If you don’t need catalog, stock control and sales reporting. If you only need PayPal payment gateway with these options: – Currency and language settings – add to cart buttons (transfers to PayPal website) – product name – product sku – product extra info (customer input field) – product weight – product price – shipping cost – additional item shipping cost – check out / view cart button (transfers to PayPal website). Note: this plugin has not been updated in a while (see above). I also recommend WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart plugin which includes an on site cart.

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Aug 122011

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 Screenshots: Other notes: Latest Change log entry: Tags: Jason’s Comments: I have installed the plugin in order to allow comments on this site.

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Aug 122011

Useful for re-using template components in similar posts with editing all in one place. Works well with titled expandable content boxes, see Collapse-O-Matic NOTE: August 2016 – This plugin has been removed from the WordPress repository for security reasons. An alternative plugin is Reusable Content Text blocks by Loomisoft. Another alternative is using a page builder such as from SiteOrigin or Divi by Elegant themes and saving the re-usable sections to the library.

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