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 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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Jul 262011
 

Very popular, it is kept up-to-date and is easy to manage. I add Flamingo plugin to record submits to database and Really Simple CAPTCHA or WP ReCaptcha and Contact Form 7 Honeypot for bot and spam blocking.

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Jul 262011
 

If you just need an XML site map – use Google XML Sitemaps. If you just need to insert Google Analytics tracking code – use Google Analytics by MonsterInsights or Local Google Analytics for WordPress – caches external requests.

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Jul 262011
 

Having Analytics in WordPress Dashboard saves time. An alternative plugin is Google Analytics by MonsterInsights or Local Google Analytics for WordPress – caches external requests.

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