Tweaking WordPress to make it shine

By 08/28/2014CMS
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wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbMaking WordPress more functional is easy to accomplish. All Web site designers and developers need to do is deploy “plugins”. WordPress’s plugin architecture allows users to extend its features. A plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, which seamlessly adds a specific set of new features or services to a WordPress site.

WordPress has a database of over 30,000 plugins, each of which offers custom functions and features, enabling users to tailor their WordPress sites to their specific needs. These optimizations range from search engine optimization, to client portals used to display private information to logged in users, to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets and navigation bars.

Due to the open source nature of WordPress, plugins are often authored by third-party programmers. Many are made freely available, while other developers charge a license fee to use their specific plugins.  The emergence of high-quality plugins have made it easier for non-technical users to administer their site.

Below are examples of some the best plugins currently available:

WooCommerce is the world’s most popular WordPress e-commerce plugin, which provides an extremely elegant shopping experience.

Google Analytics + lets you track and view Google Analytics statistics on your site.  The plugin puts the most important statistics in front integrated with the WordPress administrator dashboard.

W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins for WordPress. Caching is the best way to easily improve your users experience without having to make change to your site’s content.

Membership allows users to easily create your very membership-driven content paywall. This easy to setup plugin lets users grant limited access to visitors and reserve premium content for paying users.

Duplicator is a popular, free plugin allows you to duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer an entire site from one place to another. You can use it to move your existing WordPress blog to Webhosting.net servers.

Smush.it optimizes images files to help improve site speed. This plugin strips meta data from JPEGs, optimizes JPEG compression and strips unused colors from indexed images.

Contact Form 7 manages multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and any email content with simple markup. It also include support for AJAX-powered submission, CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.

Akismet checks a WordPress site’s comments against the Akismet Web service to see if it appears like spam and then allows the user to  review, approve or decline the comments within the WordPress admin area.

Infinite SEO is a powerful search engine optimization plugin that can boost site ranking through comprehensive and powerful sitemaps, title and meta data optimization, and automatic linking throughout the site.

The above listing is a small sampling of the plugins available for WordPress. By adding plugins, Webhosting.net clients that use WordPress can improve the functionality and experience of their sites.

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