With a bevy of new hardware – and a bevy of new screen sizes – hitting the market, web developers have never been more pressed to make sure their site is fully responsive. For WordPress users, that could be difficult: the responsiveness of a theme is hard-baked in to the template code. However, there are some plugins that promise to give your users a much, much better web experience. What’s out there, and why should you care?
Boldly claiming to enhance your site’s speed by at least ten times (once fully configured), W3 Total Cache is a must-install free WordPress plugin. It minifies HTML, CSS and images, and cuts the number of HTTP requests your site has to make on loading. The custom DOM render starts rendering fast, without waiting for other stuff to load. All in all, it’s a free boost to site performance across any device. And, it’ll save mobile users data – ideal if they’re using a smartphone or 3G-enabled ultrabook.
The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed. Recommended by web hosts like: WP_Engine, Site 5 WordPress Hosting, hostmonster, BlueHost, HostGator, Go Daddy, DreamHost, Bravenet Hosting and countless more. W3 Total Cache and why you should be using it.
Another one of my favourite plugins that’s really helping me writing my blog and improving my SEO. You simply write your post and then hit analyze. Scribe SEO then does it’s magic and comes up with a score out of 100%. If you don’t get 100% it advises you on how you can improve your blog post to improve your score. I take great delight when my posts get 100%.
Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
This is for the Pro bloggers and it give a very high extend of customization flexibility. In addition, you get the complete support once you have purchased the Gravity forms plugin form the website.
Fluid images are really hard to slot into blog posts unless you have a working knowledge of the CSS and HTML your site is built in. Luckily, there’s a plugin to help with all that fluid screen resizing. WP Fluid Images, a free plugin for WordPress, alters all your fixed-width images (defined as height = y px and width = x px) to fluid ones (based on percentages and ‘max-width’ attributes). In the land of new screen sizes, this is a must-download plugin.
Fluid images are one thing, but fluid video? That’s trickier. Again adjusting the automatically-served static height and width attributes to be made up of fractions and percentage, Fluid Video Embeds is a free WordPress plugin that makes sticking a video in to a post simple. Which it should be.
If you’re running a website of any scale – or you store data on your web server that you might consider to be sensitive – you’ll need a boost to WordPress’s already impressive security features. Enter Better WP Security, a free WordPress plugin that patches “as many security holes as possible” without influencing the operation of your website. Best of all, it claims to keep your site snappy and responsive, and can even detect broken links that might lead to 404 errors.
You may be aware that we’re living in the era of touch-enabled devices. Users of smartphones, ultrabooks and tablets all expect touch-optimized interfaces from websites they use regularly, but few bloggers are being particularly hasty about making the changes. Normally, coding a ‘mobile-friendly’ version of your WordPress site can take an age, but WP touch is a mobile-first theme package that you can customize out-of-the-box. It’s super easy to use, and takes advantage of the latest and greatest in web technologies to provide a smooth and seamless user experience. And it’s free: obvious, really.
Create stunning mobile + iPad versions of your website. Easily setup a rich mobile theme for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Palm OS and Samsung touch mobile visitors, completely independent of your desktop theme.
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