A website is no longer a luxury for a company. For a business to have any credibility or relevance in today’s marketplace, it is essential. Web developers and programmers have worked hard to keep up with the growing demand for simple solutions to building and managing websites and blogs.
Plugins are one answer to this necessity. Plugins allow almost anyone to build a feature-rich site that can be managed and modified with practically no technical knowledge or skill without changing the core functioning of the site’s infrastructure to do it.
Here are 5 of the top essential open-source plugins that address the most common inefficiency and content management issues that face site designers and administrators.
1. Jump Menu
This is a plugin you will use, a lot. Jump Menu gives the site administrator the ability to edit any page or post via a drop-down menu. This makes editing a breeze; simply find the page in the menu, click on it, and it jumps to the page and you can start editing. No more endless searching and clicking to get to the right place.
This plugin gives the user one-click backup and restore capabilities. You can take a picture of any element in your database, any plugin, any theme, any table, and store it.
Just go to the Tables menu in your dashboard and check each element you want to back up. The files are backed up and stored automatically in Snapshot. When you need to delete or restore an element, you just locate it in the table and either check the box for delete or click the restore button to restore the element.
This plugin removes duplicate entries from databases based on specific criteria. After installing this plugin, open a data base, and go to the Tools-Remove duplicate entry file, the database will be searched for any entries with the same user name, title, URL, notes or password and delete the duplicates. It will not delete any backup group entries, parent group entries, UUIDs, or icon ids.
4. White Labels
White Labels is essential if you want to change your WordPress site into a full-fledged non-WordPress CMS. You will have the ability to change the login icon to any other logo or brand, add multiple welcome dashboards, select menus based on profile type, remove dashboard panels and add custom panels. It also allows you to manage multiple sites from one dashboard.
One caveat: if you want this plugin to see other installed plugins, you have to tweak the code a little.
5. Super Cache
This plugin converts .php files to static html files. This super-caching helps eliminate slow loads and crashes to ease the burden on your server during peak traffic times, especially if you are hosted by a server that is underpowered. Static files are served to inactive or unknown users to cut down on the amount of heavy files running through the server. This increases the speed and efficiency of your user’s site interaction without affecting page appearance or quality for frequent users who retain the dynamic file .php file extension.
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