THE WORDPRESS PLUGINS I USE SINCE THE BEGINNING
The wordpress plugin Akismet Always at the rendezvous this year, this must-have plugin is used to filter spam comments. It identifies unwanted comments and puts them on hold so that they do not appear on your blog. It can also delete them automatically.
– It’s a real time saver – Since I created No Tuxedo in July 2014, Akismet has filtered 27,096 spam emails. Imagine if I had to delete them by hand …
– Akismet learns over time – If he is mistaken (mistakenly filters a comment or forgets to filter one), you can report it to him. Thanks to these feedbacks (and all those given by other users), Akismet “learns” to better filter spam.
– Vos commentaires restent propres – Les vrais commentaires de lecteurs ne sont pas noyés parmi des pubs pour des contrefaçons Louis Fuitton ou Kermès 😉
Akismet is installed by default on WordPress blogs but for it to be functional, think of activating it by indicating an API key in the settings.
2. Broken Link Checker
Broken Link Checker identifies all dead links on your blog, whether in comments or in content. You can then edit the link (if the page has simply changed address) or delete it.
This plugin helps keep a blog as up-to-date as possible: no need to manually test all links to see if they are still valid, the plugin does it for you.
3. Cookie Notice
Cookie Notice allows displaying a banner informing readers of the presence of cookies on the blog. It is a legal obligation today … so it is a plugin that I use more by necessity than pleasure.
4. Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin automatically creates a sitemap, which is a site map for search engines. This sitemap is updated by itself and is configurable. For example, you can choose whether it includes archives, categories, external pages … It’s a good way to help Google, Bing and others do their work.
5. Subscribe to Comments Reloaded
l allows readers to be notified when I respond to their comment or when there is a new comment on an article. This plugin is still a real gas plant in terms of setting but I have not found a worthy alternative to this name.
It has also been a little back in hand in 2017, which has helped repair some bugs. A good start ! I gave him a complete tutorial to set it up.
6. Yoast SEO
It is a reference plugin, which has only one competitor (All-in-One SEO Pack). Both are honestly very good and very used, I chose Yoast because I prefer its ergonomics but it is a purely subjective choice! I also keep an eye on SEOPress, less known than the other two but receives encouraging feedback.
WORDPRESS PLUGINS USEFUL IN EVERYDAY
1. Wordfence Security
Wordfence is one of the high quality plugins designed to improve the security of a WordPress site. We can quickly be impressed by the riot of options it offers but it’s a real Swiss army knife to block spammers, hackers and other unwanted visitors.
It also monitors updates, suspicious file changes … enough to blog quietly! I’ve dedicated a big tutorial to Wordfence to help you set it up.
2. WP Fastest Cache
A good cache plugin often saves precious seconds of loading time. It remains to find the right plugin! It must be able to compress your code so that it loads faster, keep your pages in “memory” so that they are displayed faster to visitors … all without undesirable effects and without bugs!
In the middle of this obstacle course, I tested WP Fastest Cache which convinced me by its simplicity of parameterization by comparison with WP Super Cache, and by its immediate effectiveness.
The help of this plugin has been invaluable to change the site towards the respect of good practices in terms of loading time!
3. ShortPixel Image Optimizer
An extension like ShortPixel Image Optimizer makes it possible to optimize images effortlessly so that they load faster. I adopted it because it runs “in the background” every time I put a new image online, which makes it impossible to think about it.
It even starts to support the webp format, very fast.
4. CM Tooltip Glossary
This plugin allows to display contextual definitions on the blog. I have been using it since 2016 to help beginners become familiar with certain terms, such as nofollow or responsive.
5. Comments Not Replied To
This is part of the WordPress plugins that some would call “gadget” but that saves time when you have a very active blog 🙂 It simply allows to report comments that have not yet responded by putting them together in a tab dedicated.
You can instantly spot new messages and better organize your time (for example, respond later to comments that require more thought … without forgetting them!).
6. Contact Form 7
This WordPress extension makes it easy to create contact forms. It’s a classic used by over a million WordPress sites.
If you regularly move articles or delete them, it is essential to create redirects to maintain your SEO and your traffic. This plugin allows you to do it quickly from the interface of WordPress.
On No Tuxedo, I use John Godley’s Redirection plugin while on my travel blog, I use SEO Redirection by Fakhri Alsadi, which works very well too.
8. MailChimp pour WordPress
This plugin makes it easy to use the MailChimp newsletter tool on your WordPress blog.
9. UpdraftPlus Backup/Restore
I was doing my backups so far by hand … but I decided to automate them and send a regular full backup of my blog to Google Drive. This is possible thanks to the plugin UpdraftPlus, which I already mentioned in a tutorial on the backup.
THE NEW WORDPRESS PLUGINS OF THE YEAR
Like to regularly test new plugins. First, because there are hundreds of very creative developers who imagine high quality extensions that are sometimes worth trying. Then, because it can happen that a plugin stops working or no longer fully meets our needs.
Finally, the web is constantly evolving and some extensions are very useful to keep pace with technical progress. Here are the plugins that I adopted in 2017!
1. Kiwi Social Share
I adopted this little plugin as part of a more general approach to optimize the loading speed of my blog because it was quite light while responding perfectly to my need: add buttons for sharing articles on networks social.
In terms of features, it is less complete than Sassy Social Share I used before … but it inserts less “useless” code on the pages.
2. Complete Analytics Optimization Suite (CAOS)
This plugin allows to insert the Google Analytics code … but not only! When you insert the Analytics code in a “classic” way, your site will load a file each time from the Google site, which slows down the pages a little. With this plugin, the file in question is stored on your blog and updated from time to time via an automated task.
It allows to make a request less when loading pages …
3. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP for WP)
To offer AMP pages to my mobile visitors from search engines, I used the “official” WordPress plugin. It caused incessant errors, my pages AMP disappeared from Google … So I decided to replace it with AMP plugin for WP of Ahmed and Mohammed Kaludi. It offers countless customization options!
4. Advanced Ads
We agree: the pub is ugly, it makes the loading time skyrocket … except that it is also a way to make the time spent on his blog profitable.
5. Insert PHP Code Snippet
A plugin for geeks who, like me, use PHP code on their blog. Insert Code PHP Snippet allows you to memorize bits of PHP code and then create a shortcode for easy use on your blog in articles or widgets.
It serves me for example to display the total number of comments posted on the blog in the sidebar.
WORDPRESS PLUGINS THAT I DO NOT USE ANYMORE
Expired WordPress plugins :
– Ad Injection : This plugin allowed to insert advertising in the contents according to many criteria: for example, by targeting only the old articles … or only the visitors who found you via the search engines. I replaced Ad Injection, abandoned by its creator, by the Advanced Ads plugin.
– Simple Share Buttons Light : This ultra-light plugin displayed share buttons on social networks … but its lightest version, which almost did not impact the loading time of pages, was removed, so it was no longer interesting for me.