Plugins are wonderful because they allow us to customize our blogs the way that we want them. Do you want to showcase your most popular posts? Get the plugin! Do you want to add an author box? Get the plugin!
The five plugins that I’m going to share with you today are all plugins that help your blog run more smoothly. Some will help it run faster and others help protect your blog.
Unless otherwise mentioned all of the plugins can be found by going to the add new plugins search in your WordPress dashboard.
Cbnet Ping Optimizer - This plugin prevents your blog from getting tagged as a ping spammer.
When you update a page or edit a published post a ping is sent out to let the search engines know that you have published a page. Each time that you edit and update those pages and posts a ping is sent out, not only when the page or post is initially published.
The only way to resolve this issue and not have ping after ping sent when you are editing and updating is to use this plugin.
Fake Traffic Blaster - Have you ever checked your stats and notice that one day out of the blue you have a huge spike in traffic? That one day is double or triple your typical daily traffic.
It seems exciting at first because it looks like you have made some progress with your traffic. But it can actually be “fake traffic” attack to hurt your blog’s ranking, stats and more.
You can prevent these attacks with this plugin. Read more about the Fake Traffic Blaster plugin and how to download it.
TimThumb Vulnerability Scanner - This is one is very important because it can save you a lot of time and stress due to a security breach in your blog. In other words this little plugin can protect your blog from being compromised or even hacked!
Jane Sheeba from Problogging Success ran into this very issue not too long ago and she wrote up a very comprehensive post about why this is an issue and how this plugin can prevent it.
P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) - I love this plugin which shows you which of your plugins are slowing your site down! It takes the guesswork out of optimizing your site’s speed when it comes to the plugins.
I have removed several plugins because I didn’t like how much they were slowing down my site. Some plugins are neat and fun but when you see the effect it has on site speed you may change your mind as I did.
Now the one slows down my site the most is one that I won’t get rid of because of the benefits, WP Database Backup which emails me a backup of my blog daily! (That’s a bonus plugin that you should have.)
WP-Optimize - This plugin helps to optimize your WordPress database by removing unnecessary items and optimizing your database tables. This will also help with your site speed!
It will remove all of your:
- Post revisions
- Auto draft posts
- Remove all spam posts
- Remove unapproved comments
To Your Success,
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