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

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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