Plugins

One of the best things about WordPress is its third-party ecosystem of themes and plugins. If WordPress doesn’t have the feature set you need out of the box, chances are very good that with just a few plugins, you can make the WordPress of your dreams. However, to new and (more…)

On my recent article discussing the search functionality within WordPress, a few folks in the comments suggested alternatives to try. One of those was the ElasticSearch plugin. My main complaint in that article was that there was not an easy way to tap into the Elastic Search service without having (more…)

Earlier today on Twitter, WordPress community member Travis Ballard @Ansimation published a link to a plugin that will have people thinking twice before they sign up to a WordPress based website. Ironically, it’s called WPEvil and saves passwords into plain text instead of hashes. One thing I’ve learned over the (more…)

Over the past few days, I’ve read various posts regarding a security hole discovered in the popular W3 Total Cache plugin. According to a security bulletin published by Jason Donenfeld on Seclist.org, after installing the plugin from the WordPress plugin repository through the backend of WordPress, there are two avenues (more…)

With all the hub bub surrounding the Terms of Service changes for Instagram, users are flocking to various competitive services like Flickr. However, one of the safest bets in insuring that your photos remain the property of the person who took them, is to host them on your own website, (more…)

If you’re looking to use a Content Type or Custom Field plugin, your first stop should be this large comparison spreadsheet produced by Scott Kingsley Clark, Matt Gibbs and other plugin authors. The comparison spreadsheet shows the differences between the various plugins at a high level. Unfortunately, I can’t determine (more…)

For those of you looking for in-depth reviews of both paid and free WordPress plugins, you may want to add WPNuggets.com to your feedreader or bookmarks. The site is brand new and so far, features three different plugin reviews. From what I’ve read thus far, Adela does a good job (more…)

Adam Burucus has published his overview of three different WordPress plugins that can be used to monitor a websites up-time. It seems to me that Pingdom is the most popular player in this market based on their history and how many major websites I’ve seen mention their service. At least (more…)

If you’re tired of uploading WP-Config.php after each change you make, consider using a brand new plugin by Dgwyer called Config Constants. It currently has support for nine commonly used constants with more possibly being added in the future.¬†While the plugin does not actively add constants to WP-Config.php, it provides (more…)

WPBeginner has published an article that explains how they used the WP Favorite Posts plugin to give one of their clients a “personalized library” for their users which allowed them to favorite videos that they could watch repeatedly. In the article, they also explain how to use the plugin to (more…)