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essential and useful WordPress plugins I’ve tested and used

After installing and removing zillions of them, here are my faves:

BJ Lazy Load

Lazy loads images and other embedded media so that they are not sent to the client until the client scrolls near it. Saves bandwidth and makes for speed.

Breadcrumb NavXT

Automatic breadcrumb links on pages to ease navigation

Child Theme Configurator

Easily create and edit child themes based on themes already installed. This way you can update the third-party theme without losing custom changes to it.

Easy Updates manager

Allows disabling of updates of specified resources (WP core, themes, plugins, etc.). Useful if you don’t want your client bothered by update notifications.

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

GA integration which inserts the tracking code on every page and also gives you a nice traffic history report on the admin dashboard.

Insert PHP

Allows insertion of PHP code in the WP content editor using tags like [ insert_php ]

Public Post Preview

Creates a link to an unpublished version of a page or post that you can share with anyone. Viewer need not be a registered user or admin. Perfect for in-place-UAT.

SEO Ultimate

Handles automatic metadata generation and tons of other SEO features.

TinyMCE Advanced

Must-have enhancement for the WordPress WYSIWYG content editor which adds many features.

UpdraftPlus

Automatic backup and restoration via S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, FTP, email, etc. I use this for weekly backups to my Google Drive.

Wordfence

Extensive security and virus-prevention package with automatic scanning and malicious user lock-out.

WordPress HTTPS

Helps WordPress cooperate with SSL/HTTPS-configured sites.

WordPress Visual Icon Fonts

Makes Font Awesome and Genericons icon sets available in WordPress.

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FAQ QA

Here’s a snippet from an Adobe FAQ regarding the CS6 package. The web design lesson here is to make sure that the answers to questions answer the questions.

Here’s what Adobe is telling me:

The question: What is the installation and activation process?

The answer: New.

That’s a completely useless answer and does not describe the process at all. If you’re involved in drafting something like this, ask yourself: does this really answer the question?

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Mac epoch?

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While installing the Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) update, I noticed that the temporary file ( /Applications/Mac OS X Mavericks.appdownload created while the update “app” downloads has the creation date set to January 24th, 1984, the day of the initial Macintosh release. I think this file will be removed by the installer when the download completes and the update installs, so it was a good place to hide something most people probably wouldn’t notice.

Fun!

I wonder if 1/24/84 2:00 AM could be the standard the Macintosh epoch? At the time this page was rendered, the current UNIX time was 1498442682 seconds after January 1 1970, 00:00:00 UTC, which works out to June 25, 2017, 9:04 pm United States central time.

For the curious, the PHP functions return and format the seconds since UNIX epoch is as follows:

date_default_timezone_set(‘America/Chicago’);
echo time();
echo date(“F j, Y, g:i a”);

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