Posts Tagged ‘WordPress Plugins’
WordPress is notoriously bad on server load, even without a ton of plugins and widgets installed users often complain that as the number of posts on their site grow so do the load times needed to access the site. If you insist on running those 10 must have plugins your site uses there is at least a few plugins you can access for free to help reduce WordPress size and speeds.
WP-Optimize as the name suggests helps users optimize their current wordpress setup. The main component of the program allows users to clear out old post revisions that are no longer needed after a post has been published, remove all auto drafts generated by WordPress and even clean out all comments that have been marked as spam with the single click of a button. The program is also able to clear all unapproved comments. After making changes to the WordPress database the program also offers a quick one click option for optimizing the WordPress database.
By cleaning up comments and revisions and optimizing your database more room is freed up on your WordPress installation, allowing for quicker load times.
Here’s a quick look at WP-Optimize: Read More
Most bloggers and webmasters who use WordPress understand that you need to keep their core files up to date and also update any plugins that they may have. Fortunately, WordPress makes the process of doing so very easy and painless, usually just a click away, and most users seem to do it without thinking about it.
To drive this point home, prominent WordPress core developer Mark Jaquith said in a recent talk at WordCamp Phoenix 2011 that “The themes of today are pretty much like plugins in terms of what they can do.”
In short, the functionality of themes and plugins overlap greatly as even “basic” themes include additional elements that manipulate WordPress by adding new options and settings.
However, while all of this new functionality is a great thing for bloggers, especially those who want to easily design a great site, it’s bad news for security. WordPress themes are a potential security risk, just as with any plugin, and they require maintenance and testing to make sure they are still safe.
Unfortunately, few people give their themes such weighty consideration, possibly leading to major problems down the road.
After celebrating over 100,000 downloads of their JetPack plugin, Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) is teasing WordPress bloggers with hints regarding a future update that may “wow” self hosted fans.
Beyond the recent bug fix releases, weâ€™re investigating WordPress.comâ€™s most popular features and how to engineer them to work inside Jetpack. I canâ€™t say more, but itâ€™s fair to say version 1.2 is likely to contain something impressive â€“ somethingÂ no ordinary plugin can currently do. (Official JetPack Blog)
Note: Emphasis mine.
While Automattic isn’t providing many hints regarding their update, they are open to suggestions about which WP.com features they should include along side their surprise.
Unfortunately their comment section isn’t open for suggestions (note: perhaps it was accidently turned off?), although here are a few suggestions from yours truly. Read More
For those of you obsessed with all things SEO (at least from Google’s vantage point), the search engine giant has released a new plugin to help make it easier to verify your self hosted WordPress blog with Webmaster Tools.
For webmasters with self-hostedÂ WordpressÂ [sic] blogs, thereâ€™s now aÂ Webmaster Tools site verifcation plugin for WordPress [sic]Â that completely automates our verification process! [...]
With verified ownership of your site in Webmaster Tools, you can receive specific statistics and information (e.g. relevant search queries, malware notices) about your site directly from Google. (Google Webmaster Central Blog) Read More
Honestly there is nothing more fun than downloading your blog content, plugins, themes, and media files (videos, images and audio) from your server, then uploading all of those files via FTP during the midnight hour.
Joking aside, moving your blog off a server can be a frustrating task, especially if one is attempting to leave the confines of a bad host.
While there are some hosting companies (usuallyÂ specialized hosts) that will handle all of the moving for you, most usually leave the migration details to the user who has to delve into the world of geek or hire one on the cheap.
Fortunately thisÂ tediousÂ affair might be a thing in the past thanks to Move That Blog by 23Press (a company started byÂ Terry Smith) which allows bloggers to easily migrate between servers without putting a hole in your pocket. Read More
Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com) has released a plugin for self hosted WordPress fans that will make it easier for them to receive some of the features from WP.com without having to scour the WP directory for a plugin.
Today weâ€™re launching the first version of whatâ€™s been a dream of mine for several years now, really sinceÂ my State of the Word presentation in 2009: a way to provide feature parity betweenÂ WordPress.com andÂ WordPress.org for everybody. [...]
For launch weâ€™ve brought eight of the most-requested features into Jetpack as one easy bundle: Hovercards, Stats, After the Deadline, Twitter widget, shortcodes, shortlinks, easy Facebook/Twitter/WordPress sharing buttons (Sharedaddy), and for our fellow math nerds,Â . Weâ€™re excited about this initial set of features, but weâ€™re even more excited for whatâ€™s coming down the road. (Jetpack News)
Automattic is partnering with a number of hosts (including GoDaddy and DreamHost) in order to have Jetpack pre-installed with new WordPress users.Â Current WordPress fans can install the Jetpack plugin manually from the directory.
AfterÂ many months (if not years) of neglect, it looks likeÂ bbPress fans will in the not so distant future be able to easily create a forum for their WordPress blog without having to muck around with FTP settings.
If you havenâ€™t been keeping up withÂ our progress over the past few months, youâ€™re in for a treat. bbPress 1.0.3 is due out any day, as is 1.1 Release Candidate 1 which includes new features like email notification on follow-up posts and anonymous posting.Â Thereâ€™s also a lot going on under the hood ofÂ the new WordPress plugin version of bbPress, and in an effort to get more people involved weâ€™re bringing back the bi-monthly development chats in #bbpress on the freenode network on IRC. (Official bbPress Blog)
Note: Emphasis mine.
Although sometimes considered a relic tool in the age of social networking, forums are still utilized by numerous blogs as a way to have more organized discussions around specific topics.
With the exception of a few plugins likeÂ Mingle Forum andÂ WP Forum Server, many “5 minute install” forum options are not only sorely outdated, but also incompatible with the latest version of WordPress.
With bbPress joining the plugin route, it should help give some much needed TLC to forums in general (at least within the WordPress community) and perhaps encourage bloggers to create their own communities instead of outsourcing everythingÂ to Facebook.
When it comes to installing WordPress premium plugins, there are a few extra questions users should ask beyond the “Is this plugin secure?” or “Can I trust this developer/company?”
While there is are greater expectations regarding premium plugins (mainly due to the fact that you’re paying them), not every premium WordPress plugin is worth their weight in code (regardless of which features they promise to deliver).
Regardless of whether you discovered the premium plugin upon the WordPress plugin directory or via a quick Google search, here are several questions you should ask before hitting the buy button. Read More
A great list of all available contact forms for WordPress.
Functional, attractive and working, these designs have it all – very important if you’re using a page for your business, or after a lot of feedback for an article or conversational piece. So instead of spending forever looking around at countless sites, Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™s something here for you!
Thereâ€™s actually twelve plug-ins on this list, but since two are Premium, Iâ€™m sure that you donâ€™t mind the difference. Theyâ€™ll take usability and functionality to a whole other level.
Check out the list here.
Bloggers often times refer to their blogs as if they were human beings with their own personalities. But while bloggers usually want their blogs to be intellectuals filled with interesting and useful knowledge or entertainers that can keep passer-bys engaged, we don’t pay nearly as much attention to our site’s physical health, let alone its athletic performance.
The truth is that blogs are a lot like people in another way, they tend to become bloated and out of shape over time. This can happen quickly, often times with just the installation of one plugin, or gradually over time as feature creep begins to drag a site down.
But also as with humans, this extra weight can have serious health consequences. If a blog isn’t up to speed, it can have dire consequences for the site that can result in a drastic loss of traffic, reduction in search engine presence and even instability and an inability to function.
Simply put, every blogger needs to be aware of the dangers of letting their site get out of shape and be able to make the necessary adjustments to bring it back into line. Failure to do so can be very disastrous for a blog indeed.