We take a closer look at 18 of the best social media plugins available to WordPress users.
We have published a helluva lot of posts on the WPMU DEV, more than 4000 in fact. With a daily post schedule, we are constantly coming up with new articles to write about to help you, our dear readers, make the most of WordPress.
The only problem is, it can become somewhat disheartening when I’ve spent hours carefully crafting a post, it’s published, and then it’s quickly lost amongst the deluge of WordPress blogs articles pumped out in the internet each day never to be commented on again.
Comment spam and registration spam remain a large problem for WordPress users. It is not uncommon for some WordPress websites to receive hundreds or even thousands of comments every week.
This level of spam can damage your reputation with readers and commentators if you fail to tackle it. It is therefore important to face spammers head on and thwart their attempts at spamming your website.
Thankfully, tackling spammers does not need to be a time consuming endeavor. If you configure your WordPress website correctly, and install a good anti-spam plugin, you can eliminate the vast majority of spam from your website.
Portfolios are a great way to showcase your hard work and (hopefully!) impress future clients who many come across your site.
While there are many themes designed specifically for displaying portfolios, in most cases it makes sense to use a plugin rather than change your site’s design.
The collection of portfolio plugins below (in order of popularity) includes free and premium options. Some of the plugins offer very basic portfolio features such as the ability to display images, while other are more comprehensive and include filterable grids and project pages.
Choosing a Portfolio Plugin
Sliders are the way to go if your site is image-heavy, or you just want to get your content front and center when visitors land on your website.
However, sliders tend to get a bad rap. And no wonder why – there are too many sites with simple sliders that display a new image every five seconds. Boring.
Jetpack, Automattic’s meta plugin adds more than 30 features to your WordPress site but has a bigger footprint than the WordPress core.
Built by Automattic, stress-tested on WordPress.com, almost 12 million downloads, installing it on your self-hosted WordPress site would seem to be a no-brainer.
But is Jetpack the solution to all your problems? Just how many of Jetpack’s modules will you actually use? Will your site be supercharged or just superbloated?
We take a closer look at the best WordPress caching plugins available today and explain what they offer. We also explain how you can test your website speed effectively.
More and more people are using mobile devices to access the Internet. In fact, research shows two-thirds of cell phone owners use their phone to go online. On top of that, one third of these users (34 per cent) mostly use their phone to access the internet, as opposed to other devices like desktop and laptop computers.
If your site isn’t optimized for mobile, you’re losing a whole chunk of users on the go who will quickly look elsewhere if your site does’t load on their device.
Testing environments provide an easy and relatively inexpensive way to test themes, plugins and even new releases of WordPress without breaking your live site.
Many site admins take advantage of these environments where they can do thorough testing before committing changes to a site. If you’ve ever activated a new plugin or upgraded to a new version of WordPress only to find errors on your site, you will know the importance of testing first.
We take a closer look at the best contact form plugins available to WordPress users. Free and premium solutions are included in our extensive list.