3 WordPress performance plugins I swear upon (for the moment)

Optimizing performance has been a high priority in every new WordPress I’ve set up. In two recent projects, it was expected that each installation would get over 500,000 hits a month, and one blog receives over 5000 comments in the same period.  Though delivering optimized pages depends on multiple factors, using the proper performance plugins has helped me in getting the job done right.  Here’s 3 plugins that I’ve used time and again that have led to speedier sites and great success.

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My Haul This Week gallery, featuring Hypernovae

I received my first robot haul in months this week (partially thanks to BigBadToyStore‘s Pile of Loot system, which allows buyers to choose when they want items to ship.) Simultaneously, the much-anticipated MakeToys MT-03 Hypernovae was released exclusively on the MakeToys web site. This all led to many many toy robots landing on my doorstep. Hence, gallery!

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Chile con queso — cheese’s leap towards immortality.

Apologies to Clifton Fadiman, but I really couldn’t help it.

Though my adoration for cheese has lasted for decades, it was my more specific love for cheese sauce that has persisted since before I could spell “sauce”.  The affair was renewed on a trip with Carmen Barefield to her home city of Austin, Texas, and Queso was the name of my mistress.  I had always been curious about making a genuine Tex-Mex chile con queso for myself and my guests, but I have a fear of possessing Velveeta: often used in real queso for its smooth melting qualities, but not actually being a real cheese itself (in fact, its top four ingredients are milk, water, milkfat, and whey).  If I was ever going to make chili con queso, it was going to be made out of something more satisfying, substantial, and from real cheese!  Sadly, sauce made from cheese tends to be terribly chunky; most definitely not in the spirit of a smooth, delectable queso dip.

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