Top WordPress CMS Plugins Compared and Reviewed

If you’re developing WordPress sites for clients, or if you want to make the user interface a bit easier to work with for yourself or add custom content without writing code, you may well need a CMS plugin.

CMS plugins give WordPress additional Content Management System functionality and appearance. The way in which they do this varies between plugins, but they tend to give you one or more of the following:

The ability to add your own branding;
The option to remove elements form the admin screens such as dashboard widgets and metaboxes;
Improvements to the user interface, making screens easier to work with;

Compare and review

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WordPress Plugins: When to Buy, When to Download Free

When I was just starting out with WordPress I remember working on a client site which needed a slider. Rather than use the javascript slider I’d previously been using on static sites I decided to look for a plugin. But being new to WordPress I didn’t really know what I was looking for, so I spent the best part of half a day trawling the WordPress Plugin Repository and googling, all the time testing out ones that looked like they might do the job.

Plugins when to buy

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Catch MailChimp Updates in WordPress Using Webhooks

Do you want to be able to track your WordPress users as they subscribe and unsubscribe from your MailChimp lists?

Of course you do, but your MailChimp plugin is probably no help beyond generating that subscribe form. What you need is MailChimp webhooks.

In this article, I’ll show you how to build a simple plugin to update your WordPress site with all your MailChimp list activity.

MailChimp webhooks

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10 Highly Customizable, Responsive, and Free WordPress Themes

Sometimes it just easier to work with a theme that has loads of custom options for making a website look exactly how you want it, especially if you have clients who aren’t tech-savvy.

It’s just as important to have many styling options as it is to have the option of viewing your site from any device. That’s where these themes come in.

The themes below have tons of theme customizations (sometimes even hundreds!), and they are fully responsive, too. You won’t have to worry about messy looking settings pages either. If these themes had artificial intelligence, they wouldn’t even know the meaning of “messy.”

WordPress themes

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8 Flexible WordPress Recent Post Plugins

These 8 flexible WordPress plugins for displaying recent post lists in the sidebars and other widget areas of your website give you lots more control over which content is displayed, and how it is presented, compared to the default WordPress recent posts widget.

If you want to include custom post types, filter content by categories, tags, and custom taxonomies, and display featured images, these plugins will allow you to do so.

Advanced Random Posts Widget

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7 Free WordPress Plugins to Make Quick Work of Tedious Tasks

If you run your own WordPress site – or even a bunch of sites – let’s face it, managing it can become time consuming as you add new features, new users, and your content becomes more complex.

Luckily, there are some great tools available – and all free! – that can help you with daily tasks.

For today’s post I’ve put together a collection of my favorite plugins and apps that make boring tasks like installing plugins, updating your blacklist and sorting through spam comments effortless.

WP Custom Bulk Actions plugin

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The WordPress wp-config File: A Comprehensive Guide

The WordPress configuration file is most frequently used to set up the database connection and is then forgotten. Despite its neglected nature it is a powerhouse of features and opportunities for optimization.

You definitely won’t be using the config file on a day-to-day basis but I’m betting that almost every WordPress install could benefit from adding a couple of things to this file. A well thought out config file can not only make a website faster and more secure; it can add features like more frequent trash emptying, disabling features such as revisions and offer advanced debugging capabilities.

In this article I’ll tell you all about the defaults that ship with your config file and how you can tweak it to make your website more suited to your needs.

The WordPress config file

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Our 5% for WordPress: Meet Ivan, Calvin and Bojan

In October we committed to contributing 2.5 full-time, dedicated support people to the WordPress Support Forums.

This was in response to WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg’s proposal that companies directly involved in WordPress should give back Five for the Future.

So we put a call out for friendly new people to join our support team, but unlike our regular crew these new people would hang out in the Support Forums all day, 40 hours minimum per week, helping folks out with anything and everything.

After initially trialling 12 people over a few weeks of intense training, we’re pleased to announce our WordPress Support Forums team.


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