Suddenly, Performance on Many Sites
Not sure how this happened, but I ended up creating a few WordPress sites for friends and relatives
- My Wife – http://carolinegilby.wordpress.com
- My Explorer Scout Unit – http://www.anomalousunit.org
- The local District Scout Group – http://www.ampthillandwoburndistrictscouts.org.uk
- A friend’s construction business – http://www.convertyourspace.com
- This blog – https://davidjwbaileydotcom.wordpress.com
- My old blog — http://fomentors.com
- A new company I am working in http://www.merryns.com
- The local village community pages – http://mauldenvillage.org.uk
And it was at about that point (realising that I had spent the best part of 3 weeks bringing them all up to date on various hosts and working on their speed and features) that I found that I was using the same plug-ins over and over.
Why these ones? Partly because they are simple. I am not going to learn pHp or CSS. Life is too short. I learned ASM, BASIC, PASCAL, COBOL and FORTRAN as a teenager, and that was enough for me, thanks.
Mostly because, with a few clicks, they work. And word really well. Just plug them in, turn them on, and see the site performance and SEO rating jump over the next few hours.
Right tools, right job?
This is my tool box:
I’ve build a little library of cut and paste compliance pages for Data Protection, Privacy Law and Comment Rules.
Akismet Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.Version 2.5.9 | By Automattic | Visit plugin site
BWP Google XML Sitemaps A more lightweight Google XML Sitemap WordPress plugin that generates a Sitemap index rather than a single sitemap. Despite its simplicity, it is still very powerful and has plenty of options to choose.Version 1.2.2 | By Khang Minh | Visit plugin site
Contact Form by ContactUs Contact Form by ContactUs.com Plugin for WordPress.Version 4.1.1 | By contactus.com | Visit plugin site | Get Support
Fast Secure Contact FormSettings | Deactivate | Edit Fast Secure Contact Form for WordPress. An easy and powerful form builder that lets your visitors send you email. Blocks all automated spammers. No templates to mess with.Settings | DonateVersion 4.0.18 | By Mike Challis, Ken Carlson | Visit plugin site
Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog. With qTranslate support.Version 3.3.1 | By DSmidgy, NeoEGM, Arne Brachhold | Visit plugin site | Settings| FAQ | Support | Donate
GTmetrix for WordPress GTmetrix can help you develop a faster, more efficient, and all-around improved website experience for your users. Your users will love you for it.Version 0.4.1 | By GTmetrix | Visit plugin site | Settings
Jetpack by WordPress.com Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.Version 2.8 | By Automattic | Visit plugin site
Meta Slider Easy to use slideshow plugin. Create SEO optimised responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.Version 2.6.3 | By Matcha Labs
Meta Slider – Pro Addon Pack Supercharge your slideshows!Version 2.2.8 | By Matcha Labs
Remove query strings from static resources Remove query strings from static resources like CSS & JS files. This plugin will improve your scores in services like PageSpeed, YSlow, Pingdoom and GTmetrix.Version 1.0 | By Your WP Expert | Visit plugin site
Rocket Lazy Load Lazy image loader
Skimlinks Skimlinks helps you easily monetize content by converting product links in your post into their equivalent affiliate links on-the-fly. Install the plugin and add a new revenue stream to your blog, including monetising the links in your RSS feed, without affecting your users’ experience.Version 1.2.2 | By Skimlinks | Visit plugin site
VaultPress Protect your content, themes, plugins, and settings with realtime backup andautomated security scanning from VaultPress. Activate, enter your registration key, and never worry again. Need some help?Version 1.5.2 | By Automattic | Visit plugin site
W3 Total Cache The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.Version 0.9.3 | By Frederick Townes | Visit plugin site
I guess my toolkit will expand over time.
What do you use?