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What WordPress Plugins are Vital to the Success Of Your Blog?

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What WordPress Plugins are Vital to the Success Of Your Blog?


    If you have a WordPress blog, then you definitely use some plugins. There are so many plugins available for different uses, so it can become really difficult to find out which ones are the most needed for your site. Because of the benefits that plugins offer, webmasters and blog owners often tend to use too many plugins. Too many plug-ins cause several problems.

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    If you have used too many plugins for your blog or website, then it will load slowly. Slow-loading sites are not good for visitors — and especially not good for conversion of prospects to customers. Google recently announced they were going to start using page load times in their algorithm, which means now load time will also affect your search engine rankings.

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    So…how many WordPress plugins should you use? The answer to this question is: the fewer, the better.

    Basically, use those plugins which are absolutely necessary for managing and running your blog like a professional one. A plugin is necessary for your blog if:

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    • It increases the loading speed of your blog;
    • It helps you to add a new feature that is important for your blog and business;
    • The plugin increases safety and security of your blog by eliminating viruses, malware, spam and other such problems;
    • It helps you to improve the search engine ranking of your blog;
    • If it benefits you and your blog in any other way.

    What WordPress Plugins Do I Recommend?

    There aren’t many that I fully recommend, but here’s my small list:

    1. Google XML Sitemaps – Google Sitemaps is very important from the point of view of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). If you have a sitemap for your blog, the search engines find it easier to crawl your blog and index it. That alone makes it a vital plugin for your blog.
    2. Akismet – This is an important plugin because it saves your blog from spam. It filters the comment spam and saves your time wasted in going through and deleting the spam manually.
    3.  W3 Total Cache – This plugin can help you to speed up your blog. It caches your site so your blog can load faster for your readers.
    4. An advertising management plugin –  There are several plugins available that can help you to manage the advertising on your blog. If you have a blog and you use different types of advertising for generating revenue, then you need this plugin to control your advertisement placement and other vital factors for generating more revenue. The plugin makes it easier for you to manage the placement, frequency, customization of the ads you place in the blog. Several are available by using the search term “Advertising” from within the plugin administration end of your WordPress blog.
    5. A plugin for forms – You  need a plugin for creating forms to use in your blog. Using forms you can allow people to contact you without showing your email ID, which saves you from the “spam masters”. There are different plugins available for the creation of forms. Ones to try include Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms.

    My final piece of advice? Never use more than 10 plugins for your blog.

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    What WordPress plugins (if any) do you use and why? Let me know in the comments below.

    (Photo credit: Plugged In via Shutterstock)

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    How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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    How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

    There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

    Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

      What Does Private Browsing Do?

      When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

      For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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      The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

      The Terminal Archive

      While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

      Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

      dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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      Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

      Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

      However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

      Clearing Your Tracks

      Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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      dscacheutil -flushcache

      As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

      Other Browsers and Private Browsing

      Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

      If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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