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How does your WordPress server stack up?

Posted February 15, 2013 By Website Psychiatrist

Just found an extremely handy tool. We are assisting a new client and their WordPress install just seemed sluggish. We weren’t sure if we were imagining things or just being impatient. As we like to say: “There’s a plugin for that”, so after searching we found a plugin simply and aptly titled “Benchmark” by Mark Maunder.

These are the results we got after running “Benchmark”. I’d say we weren’t imagining things.

Your System Industry Average
CPU Speed: 2,319 BogoWips 20,410 BogoWips
Network Transfer Speed: 3.99 Mbps 8.94 Mbps
Database Queries per Second: 162 Queries/Sec 1,354 Queries/Sec
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Use visual editor for widgets!

Posted December 14, 2012 By Website Psychiatrist

One of our few disappointments with WordPress is that the Text Widget is pure HTML. That makes it really hard to turn over any sidebar text for the end users to manage. Here’s a plugin to make that worry go away: Black Studio TinyMCE Widget.

This plugin simply creates a widget called “Black Studio TinyMCE” and when the widget data is edited, it opens the standard WordPress page/post edit.

Now if there was only an easy way to add table data into a post…

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Handy Plugin – Proper Network Activation

Posted November 18, 2011 By Website Psychiatrist

Ever had a plugin that worked wonderfully in “single site” WordPress, but when switching to multi-user mode (WPMU), it doesn’t work on any other site than the initial site? Here’s why. And even better “there’s a plugin for that!” This handy plugin will make some of those stubborn plugins work beautifully under WPMU.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/proper-network-activation/

From the plugin’s page:

When running WordPress MultiSite, you have a very handy feature called network activation. It allows you to activate a plugin for the entire network of sites. The trouble is that it only does half the job.

Some plugins have an install procedure that is meant to be run only on activation. However, when you do a network activation, that install procedure is only run for the current site. So, you end up with plugins not working properly on all the other sites.

What this plugin does:

  • when doing a network de/activation, it triggers the de/activation hook on all sites in the network
  • when creating a new site, it triggers the activation hook for all active network plugins on that site

 

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Alternative to EventBrite?

Posted November 2, 2011 By Website Psychiatrist

Stumbled across an interesting possible alternative to EventBrite. It’s called “Event Expresso“, and it looks like it can be a completely self-hosted equivalent to EventBrite. In some ways, it may be more trouble than it is worth, but if you run a number of paid events through EventBrite, it will definitely be cheaper to buy and host your own version of Event Expresso, rather than paying EventBrite’s transaction fees. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Beat Techozoic Fluid into Submission

Posted May 18, 2011 By Website Psychiatrist

One of our favorite off the shelf themes is Techozoic Fluid. It is extremely customizable and very easy to use.

Every once in a while we come across something that we wish Techozoic Fluid could do and we’ve found the author of the theme to be very accommodating. We’ve seen many of our suggestions and requests incorporated into the theme. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Plugins We Install on Every WordPress Site

Posted May 9, 2011 By Website Psychiatrist

(In No Particular Order)

  1. Google XML Sitemaps – Arne Brachhold
  2. Contact Form 7 – Takayuki Miyoshi
  3. Contact Form 7 to Database Extension – Michael Simpson
  4. Cloudflare – Ian Pye (CloudFlare Team)
  5. All in One SEO Pack – Michael Torbert
  6. Broken Link Checker – Janis Elsts
  7. Redirection – John Godley
  8. MailChimp List Subscribe Form – MailChimp and Crowd Favorite
  9. StatPress Reloaded – Manuel Grabowski
  10. Theme My Login – Jeff Farthing
  11. WP-DB-Backup – Austin Matzko
  12. WordPress Backup – Blog Traffic Exchange
  13. Smart YouTube – Vladimir Prelovac
  14. WP Email Login – Beau Lebens
  15. No Self Pings – Michael D. Adams
  16. Better WordPress External Links – Khang Minh
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What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

Posted March 5, 2011 By Website Psychiatrist

A friend of ours who is a web developer called us saying they were disappointed with how their recent WordPress installation was performing with the search engines. While they liked using the WordPress back end, they felt like they lost enough ranking that they were considering dumping WordPress.

What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis? Read the remainder of this entry »

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Rocket Past Your Competition Using WordPress

Posted March 2, 2011 By Website Psychiatrist

WordPress is, by far the heavy hitter in open source content management systems (CMS). With a WordPress CMS all the power of a world class online presence is delivered, stable and at a click of a button. Not only does WordPress provide the ultimate in content management it also is highly extensible using a myriad of freely available plugins for your site. Everything from event calendars to photo galleries can instantly be integrated into your web presence giving you new ways to interact with your target audience. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Moving a WordPress site without FTP access

Posted February 27, 2011 By Website Psychiatrist

We got involved in a project where we were needing to move a WordPress site, but we didn’t have FTP access to the server that the site resided.

Going on the theory that “there’s a plugin for that”, we found a new plugin to add to our arsenal of handy plugins: WordPress Backup (by BTE). Read the remainder of this entry »

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14 of our Favorite WordPress Plugins

Posted February 22, 2011 By Website Psychiatrist

WordPress has grown vastly from a blogging platform in 2003 to being very popularly used broadly by bloggers, designers and developers alike. This largely is due to the fact that people looking for a simple CMS with lots of useful plugins have found it in WordPress. It comes with an arsenal of plugins available which can make your life so much easier. Your site can be customized to endless possibilities with the use of WordPress Plugins. WordPress offers a flexibility and versatility to enhance online portfolios, online galleries, photo blogs, news, magazine sites or even article libraries.

In no particular order, Here are our top 14 plugins that seem to make it into every site we build: Read the remainder of this entry »

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