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Top 10 native app word press plugins for mobile in 2018

Here are the top 10 most popular native app word press plugins as derived from our WordPress Plugin Popular Score which is a continually popular score, it denotes an estimated popularity of a word press plugin.

  1. IonFullApp

 

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IonFullApp is a high quality Ionic starter app template built with Ionic Framework, which gives you the bootstrap you need in order to build your next mobile app.

The app uses SASS, which basically is CSS with super powers. Each component has its dedicated sass files and partials well structured with independent variables so you can have maximum molecularity, flexibility and customization.
2.Ionic Material Design

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Ionic Material Design is Mobile Native Web Application that developed by Ionic Framework under the design concept of Google Material Design integrate with the functions of ngCorgova.

The application will present the function of Application storage, Social Connect, Share content to social network, Advertising in application, Push Notification, Map API Connect, Hardware connect and Material Design Concept.

Also we have the documentation that will Introduce you about how to getting started with the project.

3. BlogNews – iPhone blog app

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BlogNews is a full native App for iPhone and has been built in response to the demand from the owners of WordPress Blog / Magazine who want to offer to their users a professional iPhone App.
Really easy to setup, just copy and paste your RSS Feeds URL and the app will finish it. Use the WordPress plugin to easily manage the thumbnails for every post.You will spend only 10 minutes max to completely setup the App !!!

4. Vimuse – Media Player WordPress Plugin

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Vimuse HTML5 Media Player is a WordPress plugin that allows you to play both audio and video in a modern and sleek interface. You can choose to play your own audio/video files or videos from Youtube/Vimeo/Dailymotion or even Shoutcast/Icecast streams. The player features a fluid responsive design and can fit in any screen size ranging from mobile phones to desktop browsers. The player is also optimized for retina and touch screens and provides the feel of a native app.

 

5.WordApp — PhoneGap/Cordova WordPress Hybrid App

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WordApp is high quality mobile app template built with Ionic Framework, which does not require any programming knowledge. It does not require any additional software installations. It is only necessary to edit a single config file, to add to the archive and build using a completely free service build.phonegap.com.

6.Koran – WordPress Android App 1.0

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Koran is WordPress app template for Android. Loads all your blog posts, images, and pages and show in a well designed layout. This app is suitable to promote WordPress or blog on Mobile platform. Koran template is best choice to keep in touch with your user on mobile.

Develop with native language makes app run smooth and fast. Follow the latest design Google Material Design and beautiful animations effect.Koran in Indonesian means newspapers, therefore we design this application as a reader platform for your website.

7.Ionic Mobile App Builder

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Ionic Mobile App Builder is a web tool to build a template code for Ionic Framework and also build backend for storage media without coding. You can build project to app file (apk) using ionic or cordova.
Components used Ionic Framework, Cordova, along with plugins combined with Ionic Material. And a data storage medium is a WordPress REST-API, or also able automatically create WordPress Plugin. or using other storage media such as firebase, drupal, and other cms. We use JSON format, if your cms support JSON, this tool also support. You could even make it easier without touching HTML/JS/CSS using this tools, if you need custom also support for that.

8.  Native Android App for WordPress Site

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Develop an Native Android App for existing WordPress based Website. The Android App is Tablet friendly and rapidly developed using by just adding existing RSS feed.
Robust WordPress Integration The App is an Android version of existing WordPress site. On click the posts will show full description, links, images etc.

9. Candy Cart – Woocommerce For Native iOS App

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Powered by woo commerce plugin., its enable your customer buy your product through your website or your mobile app. Your customer will go through from add to cart until make a payment without leaving your application.
Integrated with most of the woo commerce features like product types, variable products,group products, external link.
With powerful wordpress blogging system, you can enable it your blog in mobile at the same time and integrated with many features on it

10.Multi Purpose Android Webview with Material Design

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With this Android DroidWebView App,easily you can convert your website in just a few minutes to a complete Android App. Included Well documentation help you to create your own application and you will be able to publish it on Google Play.

SEMRush Review: How to Beat Competitors in Search 2018

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If you are an online business owner, and you are getting serious about search engine marketing, then SEMrush is something you have heard about as a tool to help you. It is a powerful search engine marketing tool that helps you create an amazing content strategy and an advertising strategy that works. It gives you access to the information you need to create a concrete plan moving forward. I can’t even explain how powerful it is, because unless you try it for yourself, you can’t really feel the impact it’s going to have on your marketing.

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What does SEMRush do?

SEMRush collects data of about 106 million keywords. Based on the popularity of the keywords, they might update it a few times a day. SEMRush provides the following data that you can use to trump your competition:

REMRush Menu1) Organic Research – number of keywords ranking in the top 20, the position changes and the competitors

2) Advertising Research – paid ads data that will be very useful if you want to spy on your competition

3) Product Listing Ads (PLA) Research – mainly for companies with their own products to 007 on the competition

4) Display Advertising – (still in beta stage) type of advertising your competition is doing

5) Backlinks – (new addition) information about the backlinks on a particular website

6) Keyword Research – shows the keyword data for organic and paid searches, exact match keywords, related keywords and etc. (the most useful section)

7) Tools

To demonstrate what SEMRush can do, I will be using the random keyword ‘dog training’ and the results for this review cum tutorial.

Organic Research

This section provides a lot of data on your competitors. It is a great way to know what your competitors are ranking for, their paid searches, backlinks, traffic based on the keywords in the top 20 and more.

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From the screenshot above, you can see that there are 35.2k keywords they are ranked for in the top 20 in Google US and that bring them a whopping 804K traffic per month.

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Scrolling down, we can see the entire list of keywords this site is ranking for and the positions they are ranking for. This is useful if you want to see what are some possible articles and keywords you can use for your site.

In addition, you will be able to see the following data on the same results screen:

  • Their main competitors (competition level, common keywords, search engine keywords, traffic, paid ads)
  • Paid ads
  • Backlinks
  • Top anchor text
  • Referring domains
  • Indexed pages
  • Position changes of keywords (new & lost)

Advertising Research

Since Cesar’s Way does not use paid ads, I have chosen one of its top competitors who does advertising for this section. Their competitor petsmd.com brings in 30.5k search traffic through 5.1k keywords they have bidded for. That traffic would cost them a whopping $11.8k!

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Let’s check out what they are bidding for.

It was pretty interesting to see the results because I’m really surprised at the ads they are bidding for.

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The highest volume keywords are for pet names. It provides a good amount of traffic and I really would not know about it unless I checked out their paid ads.

Product Listing Ads (PLA) Research

I will not be covering much on PLA because it is not relevant to us who are not selling products. However, I’ll show you a quick screenshot of what you can see in this section.

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From here, you can see that Apple does quite a bit of PLA. In fact, 29.4k keywords worth. So how do PLAs look like?

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Have you seen the products listings shown at the right side? Yeah, those are PLAs and you dig into what your competitors are doing with them.

Backlinks

This is a relatively new addition to SEMRush. At the time of review, SEMRush is still collecting backlinks data and it won’t be totally accurate yet. I checked with the staff and she said that it will be much more accurate by the end of June.

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In this section, you will be able to see the information above and the referring domains by country. You can also click on the links and find out more about the domains who referred to them. It is great if you want to find an authority that links to similar sites to yours. If you are familiar with Backlinko (Brian Dean), this is an excellent strategy to find linkreators.

Keyword Research

Finally, keyword research. This is where you can dig up more about the keyword you are interested in.

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In this section, you will be able to see quite a good amount of data about the keyword. I really like the phrase match keywords and related keywords for ideas.

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In the same page, you will also see the top 20 Google results and the ad copies. All at a glance.

Simple Hot TIP: “I have nothing to write on anymore!” Solve your problem by writing an article using the related keywords.

Tools

In this section, there are a few pretty nifty tools that I find useful and they are:

Position Tracking

This is a pretty good tool for you to track your websites. You can create campaigns and load in the keywords you want to track. In this simple example, I have loaded in 20 keywords generated from SEMRush itself.

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From this quick overview, you can see that 18 out of 20 keywords are ranked in the top 3 of Google US. Of course, when I click on Dog Training (campaign name), I can see the detailed results of the keywords compared to it’s competitors.

This is a great overview tool for you to know how your sites are doing at a glance.

Domain vs Domain

This is a great 007 where you can compare your site with up to 5 competitors. There are a few ways you can compare as shown in the drop down menu below.

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You can list all the keywords, what is unique to the first domain, common keywords and unique keywords.

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If you search by common keywords, you will be able to see the rank position of your site and your competitors. It is useful if you want to beat your competition in a certain keyword or monitor how your SEO optimisation is doing.

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If you have an SEO company that does audit checks for clients or provides similar services, you will love this! You can generate site audit reports with your logo on it.

So how do I use the data?

Well, there are many strategies out in the Internet for SEMRush. But a really simple 7-step strategy is:

  1. Research competitors in your niche
  2. Check out what they rank
  3. Check out the keyword difficulty tool to see if the keyword is easy or difficult to rank
  4. Write content for that keyword
  5. (optional) Start paid campaigns and 007 the ads that are tried and tested
  6. Track success of the articles (and ads)
  7. Rinse and repeat

The main 23 pros of the SEMrush are:

  1. Check out your competition to see what keywords they are ranking for
  2. Find out who your biggest competition is
  3. Find out the keywords you currently rank for
  4. Find out the backlinks for you and your competition
  5. Find your competitor’s ad strategies and budget
  6. See what pages you and your competition have indexed
  7. Do a backlinks comparison with up to four other domains
  8. Discover how you and your competition are doing with paid search
  9. Do a domain versus domain search to see how you are doing in the race for your keywords
  10. Get access to webinars that teach you use the tool and stay ahead of the competition
  11. Get insight into your competitor’s ad copies and keywords
  12. See top publishers and advertisers
  13. Create charts that compare domains with key visibility indicators
  14. Create separate projects for each of your sites
  15. Find related keywords easily for keywords that you want to rank for
  16. Export all reports that you create
  17. Brand reports with a logo and your personal information
  18. Find the difficulty for individual keywords that you are looking for and whether it will be worth your effort with traffic volume and trend for the keyword
  19. Search for keyword information in different countries or just stick with your country
  20. Get insight into video advertising, such as competitor’s strategies and how to make money with your videos
  21. This site is constantly being updated and worked on
  22. Speak directly to someone in the support team through phone or send a message
  23. Over 500,000 users as of this SEMrush review (proof of how valuable it is!)

The main 2 Cons of the SEMrush are:

Overall, the tool was great and there is not much to dislike. But 2 things I wish it did/did better:

1) The Backlinks tool does not provide very accurate information yet as it is relatively new and SEMRush is still collecting the backlinks data. However, by the end of June, it should be much more accurate according to the team.

2) It is not too good if your site is on IM scams or reviews. SEMRush does not provide very much updated data for those new products unless the IM product is an established one like Wealthy Affiliate, Empower Network and etc.

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SEMrush Pricing

This tool is all you need for crushing the competition and becoming successful, so the prices are more than your average marketing tool. For free, you can try out the program. They do cut you off from free usage after a certain amount of time. I can’t remember how much you get for free, but I do know that you can test it out to see if you like it, and then if you do, you will have to upgrade.

All of the plans are monthly, and they all come with a seven-day money back guarantee from the day of purchase. After that, you will pay the monthly price until you cancel your subscription.

1. The Pro Plan

This plan is $69.95 per month, the cheapest of the plans. You can also pay $699.40 for an annual subscription, which saves you $140. In it, you get 10,000 results per report and 3,000 reports per day. You can create up to 5 projects and track up to 500 keywords and crawl 100,000 pages. This plan only includes 5 scheduled PDF reports.

2. The Guru Plan

At $149.95 per month, this plan is a big jump from the pro plan, but it does give you a lot more, including 30,000 results per report and 5,000 reports per day. You can also work on 50 projects instead of just 5, and you can track 1,500 keywords and crawl 300,000 pages. You can also pay $1499.40 for an annual plan and save $300.

3. The Business Plan

This plan is $549.94 per month. You can also pay $5499.40 for an annual plan and save $1100. In it you get benefits, such as unlimited projects, 50,000 report results, 10,000 reports in a day, 6,000 keywords that are tracked, 1.2 million pages crawled, the ability to schedule 50 reports, branded PDF reports, multi-user management, and more.

Top 10 Best Website Hosting Services of 2018

The current global hosting market size is estimated at around $ 12.3 Billion. To top that, it is poised to grow at the expected rate of 26% over the next 4 years. Web hosting is growing on daily basis , There Has Of Lost lot of hosting website in the world . You always confused about which hosting is good or not . Today I am going to share Top 10 Hosting service Provide by website .

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1.Bluehost- Best Hosting for WordPress

Bluehost.com another fine web hosting provider. You are getting confused when you have to choose between hostgator and bluehost because both are the best at the web hosting services. But cpanel of bluehost is awesome.

You can find lots of options in cpanel that is very useful to manage and host your website. Bluehost’s one click script install options is also awesome because you can easily install wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, Prestashop, Zencart etc. Last its customer service is also best like hostgator.
       

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2.Hostgator -Best web Hosting

Hostgator.com mostly popular for its web hosting service. Hostgator.com provides various types of hosting like shared hosting means host a website at low cost, Reseller Hosting means if you want to start your own web hosting business, VPS hosting means hosting on your virtual private server.

Hostgator has mastered in all these types of hosting. It also provides Dedicated serves to host your large websites to server. Now it also provides service for domain registration. We used hostgator and its live chat support is awesome. If you are new to buying a domain or hosting a website they are ready to help you at any time at free of cost.

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3. iPage.com –  Best Business Hosting

On ipage.com you can host your website at 1.99$ per month. This Web hosting provider provides features like Search Engine and Marketing Credits, Free Online Store, Site Building Tools, Unlimited Email Address and Disk space. You can buy various types of suite from ipage like Security Suite for business verification, daily spam scan, highly secure data center, Marketing Suite for 100$ Google Adwords, 25$ yahoo/bind credit, 50$ facebook credit and site analytics software, support suite for 24/7 phone/email/chat support, Design Suite for blog, media, online store.

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4.InmotionHosting.com- Fast VPS Hosting

if you are residing in us, and thinking about hosting website or buying a hosting panel,
then you must checkout the plans from inmotion hosting, they already giving lots of benefits to us customers on business hosting, reseller hosting or virtual private server or dedicated server hosting.
they alredy gives all these type of hosting at fair cost, plus they are giving lots of marketing credits to market your business

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5. Godaddy.com- Best web Hosting

Perhaps few are in the business of domains and Web hosting industry who don’t know about Godaddy.com. Godaddy.com one of the best web hosting provider and domain registrar in the world of web. Godaddy provides services like buy a domain, build your website using godaddy website builder, Web hosting Provider, get business emails to send bulk emails, SSL certificates to secure your important website, and also provides services like seo and ppc advertising.

You can also become affiliate of godaddy and sale their services and earn huge commissions. We also buy a domain from godaddy at the cost of only 2.95$ for year and web hosting at only 1.99$ per month using it’s  So for my point of view it is the cheapest domain registrar and web hosting provider in the world.

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6. Dream Host – Best Business Managed  Hosting

Dream Host standard shared hosting plan has long been competitive and robust, with great support for developers. For non-techies who want a fast website that’s easy to setup and manage, Dream host is also a great choice. They provide all the tools you need to create a beautiful website with easy account management, plus 24/7/365 support and a 97-day money back guarantee.

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7.SiteGround-  Best Personal Hosting

Siteground on of best  web host. Not only for their outstanding user satisfaction rating, but also for their long list of features and plans, which can be carefully tailored to suit you.They host more than a quarter of a million domains, manage 1,000s of servers across three countries and over the last 30 days had an uptime of 99.99%.

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8.GreenGeeks -Best Business Hosting

GreenGeeks is not only the industry’s leading green energy web hosting company, it is also a provider of great services like free domain registration and tools for site building and advertising to help you create and market your website.

Independently owned since 2008 and boasting over 300,000+ websites, California-based GreenGeeks offers top quality hardware while still being the most eco-friendly hosting company in the world. Their shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated solutions are packed with features and benefits, including money back and up-time guarantees.

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9.Milesweb – Best Uptime and Support

Being an educational portal, a lot of things are dependent on the website. The website features information related to the latest events and news, photo gallery and new member sign up.

MilesWeb provided us with the perfect hosting platform that works very well for us. The customer support is excellent and we get the best service whenever needed. Happy to be a part of MilesWeb.

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10. Fatcow – Personal Web Hosting

The Original FatCow is just another name for a shared hosting plan. This plan has an introductory price of $3.15 a month, but it renews for $8.95 a month.That’s a steep increase after the first month. The plans include unlimited email addresses, disk space, and bandwidth. You’ll also get $50 in social networking credits when you sign up for a shared plan. Plus, you’ll get 1GB of JustCloud storage and access to a free website builder and domain name. These tools will help you set your site up.

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How To Submit WordPress Sitemap To Yahoo And Bing

Hello friends, I’m writing this post for those who are facing problem in indexing their WordPress site in bing or yahoo. If you are a regular reader of bynex , then you might had already learned how to get more traffic on your blog or how to increase website traffic by doing some search engine submission. As organic traffic is the first thing you want after starting the WordPress or blogger blog.In my last few post we had already learned how to submit site to bing or how to submit site to yahoo. Hope you had already did this thing because to submit sitemap to bing and yahoo you first have to add your site to these search engines. If you haven’t submitted your website to bing and yahoo. Then below mentioned post will help you to do so,

 

     How To Submit WordPress Site To Bing And Yahoo

 

When it come to search engine optimization of your website. We make sure that we optimize it fully. So, only yahoo search engine submission or bing search engine submission is not enough. As we know Google is the most popular search engine among all. So, I’ll suggest you to submit url of your WordPress site and sitemap to Google also.

How To Submit WordPress Sitemap To Yahoo and Bing Here, we are only going to submit WordPress sitemap to bing, Yahoo submission will automatically be done. Bing will take care of this. Isn’t it cool  ?

Step 1 :- Login to bing webmaster tools.

Select your site or blog for which you want to add the sitemap.

Step 2 :- Click on Sitemaps.

Go to >> My Sites >> Dashboard >> Configure My Site >> Sitemaps. Add you blog sitemap and click on SUBMIT.

Note :- You have to create your WordPress blog sitemap first. Below mentioned article will help you to create Google xml sitemap for WordPress blog.

    How To Create Sitemap For WordPress Blog

That’s it. Congratulations you have just submitted your WordPress blog sitemap to bing and yahoo as well. Now, bing might will take upto 2-3 days to index your blog posts. But if you think bing is taking too much time to index your blog or you want faster indexing in bing. Then submit your blog links to bing manually.

 

How To Submit WordPress Blog Links to Bing And Yahoo Manually

Step 1 :- Login to bing webmaster tools.

select your site for which you want to submit links manually.

Step 2 :- Go to Submit URLs.

Go to >> My Sites >> Dashboard >> Configure My Site >> Submit URLs.

Step 3 :- Add you blog post url in Submit URLs and click on SUBMIT.

Note :- You can submit,

    50 blog post URLs in a month

    10 blog post URLs in a day

These are the limitation by Microsoft bing. But, congratulation you just did free website promotion. Now, your blog posts will index faster in bing and yahoo search.

So, this was the complete tutorial on how to submit WordPress sitemap to Yahoo and Bing. Hope you found this tutorial helpful and don’t forget to do manual search engine submission for faster indexing. If you like this post, then do share it with your social media friends.

How To Submit WordPress Sitemap To Google

Almost every WordPress blog uses plugins to extend the functionality of this powerful content management system. They not only help you incorporate custom features, but also save loads of your precious time. But, there’s a dark side too that can leave your blog sluggish, broken or hacked due to improper or inappropriate use of these plugins. Fortunately, by following some simple guidelines we can get the most out of these awesome extensions without inducing any adverse effect on our blogs. So let’s get started and learn some of the vital plugin usage basics.

 

Whether you’re running a business blog or a personal blog, plugins are going to be an integral part of it and it’s up to you how you select and manage them. About a week back, I received an email from a budding blogger asking about the number and types of plugins one should use on his blog. There’s no simple answer to it. Depending on the type of blog, its goals and the blogger’s technical abilities – plugin usage strategies may deviate significantly in different circumstances. However, there are some basic plugin usage principles that are more or less applicable in almost all conditions to get the best out of these pieces of code external to the core CMS.

Less Is More

When it comes to using plugins for a WordPress blog, the lesser you rely on them, the better it will be. With every new plugin added to the list, you introduce additional database requests, additional HTTP requests adding more burdens to your web server. This not only consumes additional resources at the server end, but also makes your blog sluggish at the reader’s end. Here are some of the basic considerations that decide whether a plugin should be used or not.

Is it vital for blog’s success?

Is there no efficient way to implement the solution without the plugin?

Is it going to affect your conversions significantly in a positive way?

If the answer to all the questions mentioned above is ‘Yes’, you can go ahead with selecting a good plugin to implement the required feature. If you go through this process, you can certainly reduce the number of plugins you’re going to use on your blog. The end result will be less cluttered system with fast load times. So once you’ve identified a feature or functionality that requires a plugin, you should move on to the next step of choosing a right plugin.

Select Potential Candidates

Before you go ahead for searching a right plugin for your needs, I would strongly suggest you to look for the possibilities of implementing the feature in an efficient way through a custom functions file and WordPress hooks. A classic example is usage of plugin for displaying related content beneath blog posts. Generally users quickly download a plugin for the same. But, this feature can be easily implemented in an efficient way without using any plugin. In case you find no feasible solution except the plugin itself, you must select the best candidate from all the available options. How to do that?

Identify all available options – WordPress plugin database is so huge that you’ll find multiple solutions for each possible feature you’re looking for. You must prepare a list of all these plugins to maximize the probability of finding the best possible solution.

Check their revision history – The first things that need to be checked is the revision history and the last updation time. This gives a clear indication about how actively the plugin is being developed and when was the last time its stable version was released.

Check version compatibility – Make sure the plugins you’re selecting are compatible with the WordPress version you’re running on your web server. Good plugin developers always test their plugins against each new beta release and fix any shortcomings before the stable version reach general users.

Check user base – This is one of the success metrics for WordPress plugins. Check the number of downloads till date or downloads per day to get an idea about how popular it is among the community. You can get all this information on the plugin’s page at the official WordPress site.

Check user reviews – This is yet another simple way to get a fair idea about any plugin’s performance. I called it ‘fair’ because sometimes these reviews don’t give the true picture. A newbie may test the plugin in the wrong environment and may end in bashing it in his review.

Cross-checking this essential data prunes your list of available plugins leaving only the very best to consider for the next important phase of testing. This whole exercise ensures that your time is not wasted in testing useless plugins that either yield poor results or are broken. At this point, you’ll be having a list of shortlisted plugins that must pass certain basic yet very important tests to qualify for actual usage on your live blog.

Test The Waters

Do you simply download and activate plugins on your live blog? If that is the case, you’re not only risking your blog’s security, but you’re also planting time bombs ticking day and night ready to explode unexpectedly at any time. To prevent this catastrophe, grill every single plugin against certain tests before they reach your live blog. Before you start testing your plugins, you must ensure that you’ve installed an exact replica of your live blog both on a local server on your computer system as well as on the web server itself. Why a replica is needed on the web server? Well, there are some plugins (e.g. some caching plugins) that cannot be tested correctly in a local web server environment. Once both test blogs are up and running it’s time to plunge into rigorous testing routine discussed below.

Check for malware or malicious code – This is the most important step to ensure you’re not getting crap out-of-the-box. Start scanning with desktop antivirus and continue the scan with WordPress-specific security plugins after installing them on the test blog. The latter part is extremely important because some plugins inject malicious code in an encrypted format in themes as soon as they’re activated from the dashboard.

Check for plugin dependencies – Although it is very rare that a plugin is completely or partially dependent on another plugin, still you must read the plugin documentation carefully for any plugin dependencies. If that is the case, all the plugins in the dependency cycle must come under your testing radar.

Note plugin’s database tables (if any) – Manually inspecting and noting plugin’s database tables serves two purposes. Firstly, you can look for any suspicious data storage activity which can be otherwise missed by even the best security plugins. And secondly, you can identify, purge and clean up any left tables easily after uninstalling the plugin.

Stress on manual tests – Nothing can beat an exhaustive manual test taking important conditions into consideration that may arise during day-to-day usage. Remember, there’s no silver bullet to completely test a piece of software, but through manual testing process you can reduce the damage probability to the minimum.

Check for plugin efficiency – Here we’re talking about how much resources a plugin consumes and how its usage affects speed and load times. You can use P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) plugin to check for some of the vital statistics associated with the plugin’s performance. This includes runtime, plugin load time, database queries, memory consumption and much more.

Compare the results – Needless to say, the best performer always wins the race. When you’re done with the tests, tabulate the results and select the best plugin in term of efficiency and ease-of-use. Your primary concern should be how efficient a plugin is. In other words, it shouldn’t consume much system resources and shouldn’t slow down your blog.

Install The Puppy

Now that you have tried and tested all the plugins in your hands, it’s time to get the beast working on your live blog. Choose weekends to install new plugins when traffic is at its lowest. This way even if plugin breaks your theme the damage will be minimum and you’ll get enough time to recover. If possible, immediately after installing the plugin you must ask some of your peers to check your blog on their systems whether everything looks fine at their ends or not. And now, here’s a recap of using

WordPress plugins in a better way.

Try to keep the number of plugins to the minimum. Anything less than 10 plugins is considered good for a typical WordPress blog.

Always keep your plugins updated to the latest version to not only get the better and improved features, but also to prevent any unauthorized penetration due to insecure code in old versions.

Always look for an efficient plugin-less solution before even considering a single plugin.

Test blog on a local system is the right place to begin using a new plugin.

A good plugin is – secure, efficient & user-friendly.

Never download any plugin from unknown or suspicious source. Official WordPress plugin directory is the right place to start with.

Review all active plugins at least once a year for plugin-less solutions.

Generally a plugin is the culprit for blog’s sluggish performance.

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