Huge List of Cool WordPress Plugins-Part 3

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13 thoughts on “Huge List of Cool WordPress Plugins-Part 3

  1. Is there such a thing as too many plugins, I mean there seems to be a point where it slows down your site opening up? The other problem is conflicts between plugins some do not play together well and cause problems -how do we know other than testing them out?
    There should be a list of those that are non-conflicting and a basic number of good ones. Thanks for the great info though!!

    1. @sam,

      >>Is there such a thing as too many plugins, I mean there seems to be a point where it slows down your site opening up?

      Yes, too many plugins can cause your site to load slowly. Actually, it is not the plugins that are the real culprits; rather it is the JavaScript they make use of. This blog itself was so slow that it had a typically high bounce rate (compared to others). Eventually I cut down on many of my plugins that I could do away with. I also removed many of the unnecessary widgets. It is easy to fall into what I would call "plugin temptation". :) Typically comment plugins and stats plugins are the worst in the category.

      >>The other problem is conflicts between plugins some do not play together well and cause problems -how do we know other than testing them out?

      Plugins conflict because of "code conflicts". Yes, one can never expect such a thing as "perfect" plugin because the plugins are free, (even paid plugins have their problems). You are right, there is no other way except to test and find out. I do try to point out the conflicts I am aware of. Also, as a practice, before downloading any new plugin, I carefully check the support threads related to it (they can be found on right-hand side of the official plugin page of WordPress). Ideally you may want to setup a test blog where you can test all the plugins and pick out the best.

  2. Hi

    Thanks for the list of WP plug ins. And the post is not boring at all! :)

    I love Pretty Link, even with its limitations! I have wp-stats, but I will check out the other ones you mentioned too.

    Gail

  3. Hey Arindam,

    Great information, I wasn't aware of so many stat plugins. I use Statcounter myself. I read that Google Analytics can return better info than just the Webmaster Tool by itself, so I'll most likely install that one. I am a beginner at internet marketing and as soon as I get some more education under my belt, I'd really like to look into the Top Commentator Widget. Please keep sending this great info my way.

    Thanks again and God bless.

  4. Thanks for the great answers arin, I installed the WP user on line just now and it doesn't give much info, on who's on your blog? I am in the plugin settings right now and it only saws one bot, one user, & that's it? don't think I will keep it/ lol

    1. @sam,

      >> I installed the WP user on line just now and it doesn't give much info, on who's on your blog

      It is not that lots of people read my site all the time; they do so when I make a new post, and/or email my list, etc. ;) However, I always have a couple of guests, and sometimes one bot, hovering around my blog!

  5. I use Google Analyticator. It's super-easy to set up and seamlessly works with Google Analytics (GA).

    I will say, however, that somebody needs to make a current tutorial on how to use GA for maximum effect. A lot of the stuff there is cryptic (though it looks very powerful).

  6. One plug-in I have found to be very useful is Similar Posts. Very useful for your readers.

    As for Google Analytics, why not just install the code instead of using plug-in?

  7. Hi Arindam

    As always I went away from your blog inspired to make the necessary changes to my blog for increased results. I was looking to increase the memory in my wp_settings.php file but could not find the line you describe.

    I found this line:
    "// Set initial default constants including WP_MEMORY_LIMIT, WP_DEBUG, WP_CONTENT_DIR and WP_CACHE.
    wp_initial_constants( );"

    Is it still possible then to change the memory settings?

    Thanks

  8. @Helena,

    Seems like you are using the 3.0 version. I see they have moved the code somewhere else. Go to "wp-includes" folder, open the "default-constants.php" file with Pspad.

    In that file, locate this line (line number 23):

    else {
    define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '32M')

    Change that 32M value to 64M or whatever you want. Before uploading the new file, make a backup copy of the existing file by downloading it from your web server to somewhere on your local hard drive, so that if anything goes wrong you can easily restore the defaults.

    Please let me know if this helps and I would update the article. Thanks :)

  9. Hi
    love your articles on plugins I'm a pluginaholic. I love them can you ever have to many. I'm constantly searching for something new and different keep up the good work
    Dorothy

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