My WordPress plugins essentials – updated for 2018

My WordPress plugins essentials – updated for 2018

I’m a WordPress professional, versed in design, development, plugins, education, and organizational strategies.  I work to assist clients with building and maintaining high-performance, scalable WordPress websites.  I will on an irregular basis post (hopefully) useful WordPress insight here on the blog.  Reach out to me if you have feedback – or ideas for new posts!  I’ve also cross-posted this in 2 parts on LinkedIn (1, 2).


Nothing is as constant as change

Four years ago, I published a performance plugins post on the blog that contained useful how-tos for speeding up a WordPress site.  Since then, the recommendations I gave in that post have… aged a bit.  The primary guidance in that post is still valid:  prioritize performance, use plugins and other techniques to make WordPress faster, make backups and use version control, and test test test.  However, two of the three plugins I recommended at that time have since fallen off my “starting lineup” for various reasons – some of which I’ll explain in this post.

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How Odd Yet Everyday Things Can Lead to Distinctly Unique World Building

How Odd Yet Everyday Things Can Lead to Distinctly Unique World Building

I’m also a webcomics writer and illustrator, with a focus on science fiction, character and creature design, and world building techniques. Occasionally, I’ll be posting insights into the creative process as I prepare for the 2018 debut of my webcomic, Embers of Sozon. This post has also been cross-posted on LinkedIn and on Medium.

What’s the most out-of-place thing you’ve seen lately? For me, it was the surprise of seeing a fully-decorated, discarded, brown Christmas tree laying on the sidewalk curb.

In September.

Ignoring the clear fire hazard — and the oddity that someone in my neighborhood displayed a dead Christmas tree in their apartment for 10 months — the experience of seeing the dead tree was akin to being offered a pumpkin spice latte in April. It threw my whole sense of time into momentary turmoil.

However, the image of the tree, branches, and shiny foil stuck with me when an opportunity arose to finish a concept for one of the characters in my webcomic, Plesq.

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