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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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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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

Wordfence Security is my preferred solution. It has an easy and automated scanner that check for malicious code and can compare the WordPress, Theme and Plugins files with the original WordPress library, allow you to view the differences and revert to original version of file or delete it. Wordfence has a firewall preventing malicious scripts from operating, a built in traffic log which allows you to block bad IP addresses, a method to automatically limit fake crawlers and limit and block login attempts by hackers.

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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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