Blogging Tips For the Fastest Blog on the Racecourse
WordPress Plugins and FireFox Add-Ons
This blog is always a work-in-progress. Since I switched to WordPress, I’ve become plug-in happy – there are so many WordPress plugins that can enhance a site’s performance.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog (or perhaps are already an established blogger) and may be wondering whether you should be using Blogger or WordPress – Trisha and Kim from Top Mom Blogger offer a great explanation of the differences.
Should you make the decision to switch to WordPress – be sure to sign up for the WordPress Orientation Classes offered by Kelly McCausey.
I’d like to share a few plug-ins that I’ve recently added, that make my blog a smooth-running machine (usually.)
1) WordPress Gzip – This is a plugin that essentially compresses and zips the text on your pages. If you’re familiar with Microsoft Word, I make use of the “shrink to fit” button quite often when I’m preparing documents. It allows me to fit that last sentence or two onto one page.
Find at: GZIP
From the site:
I’ve found that letting WordPress gzip pages significantly improves performance, typically slashing the size of the text to a fourth. For my home page, that’s a 30% reduction of total page size—including images, ads, etc. A 30% reduction in bandwidth is nothing to sniff at.
2) WP Super Cache saves your recently viewed pages, allowing them to be accessed more quickly by readers. There’s also the ability for you to manually clear the cache, or to set functions as to when it should be cleared.
WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.
Find at: WP Super Cache
3) Link Cloaker – If you monetize your blog and have affiliate links of any type that aren’t cloaked, you may be losing out on affiliate commissions. It’s happened to me in the past. If you don’t cloak your links, they’ll show up in the URL whenever someone clicks over to your hop page.
This WordPress plugin is an excellent add-on that not only cloaks your links, but tracks the click-throughs to see how each affiliate link is performing.
Find at: Link Cloaker
4) TTFTitles WordPress plugin enables me to have my own font listed on my post titles. Right now, I’m using the Miama font, which matches the font on the header of Moomette’s Magnificents.
This plugin lets you use images to replace the titles of your posts, thus circumventing the problem of guessing what fonts your end-users might have installed.
Eve, from Designing With Eve clued me into this wp plug-in. Eve, a fellow WAHM, has been designing websites since 1998 and has a degree in computer programming and design. She recently opened up her new design services company and will be redesigning my recipe blog for me – Moomettesgram’s Favorite Recipes – so watch for my announcement when it’s up and running! Be sure to check out Eve’s design porfolio!
Find at: TTFTitles
5) WiseStamp – Lastly, this isn’t a WordPress plugin tip – but be sure to check out the new Fire Fox browser addon that enables you to customize your email signature by adding your social networking buttons, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN and Friendfeed to it!
Hat Tip to: Blogging Basics 101
If you found these tips helpful, please let me know! Happy Blogging!