This meetup is a lot smaller than WPNYC and the atmosphere is more conversational.
WordPress Plugins You Haven’t Heard Of and Need To Know
D.K. went through a giant list of plugins for backups, security, performance, seo, development, and interaction. The slides are somewhere online….
General plugin advice:
- Don’t use the plugin if it’s not necessary.
- Use the least complex plugin to get the job done. Use the one that’s easiest for you to use. (e.g. W3 Total Cache & Yoast are probably overkill.)
- Be careful of non wordpress.org plugins.
- Don’t install plugins on your main site first. Test them somewhere else.
- Reduce SQL calls. Easy way to do this: hardcode stuff in the header (e.g., stylesheet urls).
- When testing for speed, make sure to always test on the same setup (i.e., same computer, same browser, same network, etc.).
Things to think about:
- iPhone has less than 10% of the market (as of late 2012).
- If Google wants to sell you ads, then why would Google Analytics want to help you improve your search rankings?