Archive for the ‘WordPress Plugins’ Category
If you read my previous column about caching in WordPress, you know that it is incredibly important, for both the speed of your site and the health of your server, to run some kind of caching plugin on your installation.
But what’s lesser known is that you not only have a variety of caching plugins available for you on WordPress, but they aren’t all the same.
This isn’t to say that one is “better” or “worse” than another, but rather, that they have different aims, goals and purposes. A cache that is right for a friend’s site might not be right for yours and vice versa.
So how do you find which caching plugin is right for you? It starts with understanding why these plugins are different and then evaluating your needs honestly so that you’ll be able to pick the right one.
Simply put, this isn’t so much a guide to tell you which caching plugin is right or best for you, but rather, a guide to help you understand that there are options and figure out which one is the best for your situation. Read More
Search Engine Optimization or popularly known as SEO, plays a key role in popularizing your website. If you have a WordPress blog and wish to bring some visibility to it, you don’t have to go to great lengths. There are exclusive plug-ins available to do the job for you. Organize your traffic and increase your visibility to the right audience using these tools. Here are a few effective SEO plug-ins for WordPress: Read More
I had a pretty rough night last month.
After relaxing for a bit with my wife, I checked my site only to find that it wasn’t there at all. Instead, I was greeted with an error message saying that WordPress could not connect to the database.
I logged into my server’s control panel and noticed that the server load was unfathomably high, much more than it could ever take. I’d been dealing with a weird CPU issue for a while so I restarted the server, expecting it to correct itself.
But when my server eventually restarted, the site came back but only for a second, it quickly went down again. Whatever was causing it wasn’t just a temporary issue.
I contacted my host, which told me that they were seeing very high levels of traffic to the server, more than it could handle. It turns out the article I had written about a recent plagiarism case on Reddit was getting some attention both via Reddit itself and Google searches. The volume just seemed too high.
But then I looked at the sample level of traffic that I managed to snag when the site came back up briefly. It was high, many times my normal level, but nothing the server shouldn’t be able to take easily. It had, in the past, handled spiked much bigger than this.
My host agreed and we worked together to keep the site offline but give me access. Once in, I realized that I had made a terrible mistake.
The week before, I had to, in an emergency, create a new theme for my site. As part of that I had disabled W3 Total Cache. While a great move at the time, when I was done I had forgotten to reenable it and the site was without any kind of caching.
I reenabled the plugin, checked that it was working and then opened the site back up to the rest of the world. Sure enough, though the load was high and the server was straining some, it was nowhere near buckling. The highly-elevated traffic remained for several days and, through it all, there wasn’t as much as a glitch or a hiccup.
If I had remembered to reenable W3 Total Cache, or any caching plugin, I probably wouldn’t have noticed the traffic spike until I checked the stats the next day and I certainly wouldn’t have people on Reddit commenting about how quickly my site went down.
It was an embarrassment that ended up being minor, but it serves as a reminder to every WordPress user: Make sure you are using a caching plugin. Read More
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Setting up a business online has proven to be a winning move for many people. Taking advantage of the explosive growth of online commerce is something you can also take advantage of with your site.
If you want to start your own e-commerce site, conversion is quite easy. One of the things you need to do is to install an e-commerce or shopping plugin. There’s no reason to worry about the platform on which your site is built on. There are many e-commerce or shopping plugins being developed for various platforms. In fact, you can even convert your WordPress-powered blog into a shopping site by just installing a plugin. There are many WordPress plugins that will put a shopping functionality to your blog. Her are some of them: Read More
It’s Halloween in the United States (and much of the rest of the world). As such, people are gathering together for parties, going trick or treating and telling scary stories.
In that spirit, last week on Performancing I discussed legal nightmares that can happen to you and your blog. Specifically, there were three scenarios that, while sounding like nothing more than legal theory, actually happened to one or more bloggers.
In that spirit, here are five more practical horror stories to keep you awake when it comes to your blog. Best part of all is that I don’t have to give specific examples because each and every one of these have happened not once or twice, but hundreds, if not thousands, of times.
So if you’re wondering about the gruesome ways your blog can be mangled, kidnapped or killed, here are just five of the more common (and more sudden) ways to consider. Read More
You’ve done all the work, you’ve managed to get a user of the interweb notice you and then click on your website. You’ve even managed to get them interested enough to ask for more information. Now you’ve managed all that and then weirdly the user doesn’t contact you. Dang. Looks like you need a new contact form, pronto!
Here’s a look at 8 of the best free Contact Forms we’ve found for WordPress. We selected these plugins based on some features that we felt were key to defining a complete plugin. Read More
WordPress is really a powerful framework for designing PHP based dynamic website. But some people face problems during their SEO venture. Some developer face problem to create the sitemap for their WordPress website. But WordPress has one great feature called Add-On and by using this feature one can add several plugin to the website with just few clicks. Similarly there is also some effective solution is available in WordPress plugin store. Read More
With its ease of use and versatile approach to fulfilling each individual’s needs WordPress opens the doors to the virtual universe. As most of you know WordPress is the very popular software that allows each of us to install it, make mistakes with it and get it working again and again. With that in mind understand that you’re still moving forward, even if you’re falling on your face. This article offers the top ten most downloaded security plugins for WordPress. Read More
Installing and managing a single self-hosted WordPress site can keep your hands full, especially if you’re dedicated to publishing content on a regular basis. So it’s quite a given that handling multiple WordPress sites could be very daunting for both beginners and seasoned WordPress users. It takes a lot of time and effort to manage several WordPress installations, and for most of us, it can be overwhelming. Well, to borrow a saying from the smartphone crowd, there’s a plugin for that.
ManageWP Worker is a WordPress plugin that lets you take complete control of multiple WordPress sites from a single interface. From installation to monitoring, its suite of management tools has got you covered. Here are the highlights of this plugin to make you understand how it could help you manage your army of WordPress sites.
ManageWP has a website cloning tool that lets you easily and quickly create new sites based on existing ones. This means you can tinker and play around with a test site and efficiently turn it into a production site with as little effort as possible. Mass migrations are also made easy because you only need to input FTP details and other hosting information into a single dashboard and you’re good to go. If you have ever experienced problems with switching a site from one host to another before, you know that this kind of convenience is very welcome.
Yesterday, Facebook announced the launch of a new WordPress plugin that makes it easier than ever to integrate Facebook into your site.
Though integration has always been possible, it’s been a bit of a headache requiring a mashup of plugins and/or coding to integrate with Facebook’s notoriously verbose and complex API.
The new plugin makes integration easy. With a few minutes of setup and no coding, WordPress users can now add a social publisher that blasts their posts out over their feeds and fan pages, replace their WordPress comments with Facebook’s alternative, add a recommendations bar that finds related posts and also add like, subscribe and send buttons.
The plugin is both so powerful and useful that Samuel “Otto” Wood, the creator of the popular Simple Facebook Connect plugin, will eventually stop supporting it in favor of the official plugin.
But is integrating your site so tightly with Facebook really a good idea? The answer isn’t simple and it depends heavily on your site and the best way to decide is to look at the pros and cons while making the decision for yourself. Read More