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WordPress Resources & Toolbox

A collection of resources gleaned from a collective of WordPress meetups.

This list showcases best practices, plugins, themes and tools discussed during out various WP meetups during the 2021-2022 timeframe.

Internet Best Practice

Separate registrar, Separate DNS, Separate web host, Separate eMail host

Planting your “flag/domain” on the Internet

1 – Domain Registration – acquire your domain

2 – Name Servers

Setup DNS control separate from domain registration

3 – Web Hosting – separate from domain & names servers

[for Email setup – see email hosting]

Accessibility

Be mindful of how to be more inclusive when working with others.

Backups / Migrate Site

” Two is One and One is None. 
…backup, backup, backup.
Murphy’s law states that anything that can go wrong will. This is why the numbers are one less – you are meant to assume that one thing will go wrong, break, go missing, etc.

3-2-1 Rule = 3 backups – on 2 different media – 1  copy being off-site

WPVivid Backup Pro – free and premium versions

All In One WP Migration

WP MIGRATE (formerly MigrateDB Pro) – https://deliciousbrains.com/wp-migrate-db-pro/

  • Migrate a WordPress database from one install to another.
  • For syncing development to production sites.
  • Also performs media files transfer.

Blocks

Block Themes

Custom Blocks (development)

CDN – Content Delivery Network

Content Management

CSS

Custom Post Types, Custom Fields

Design Tools (Website Design)

Developer Tools

Domain & Email Lookup Tools

E-commerce

Email Hosting

“Separate hosting – If one goes down, they don’t ALL go down.”

  • Setup your email hosting independent of your domain registration or web hosting.
    • then, if your hosting service is disrupted your email service will still function.
    • If your email is tied to your web host then moving to a different hosting provider becomes very difficult.
  • Many web hosting companies offer Office 365 or Google Workspace, but it is better to NOT signup to either of these through your hosting company. You will have more control if you signup directly with Google or Microsoft. Hosting offers are usually not the full plan and are further complicated by being tied to your hosting or domain registration provider.

Email Marketing

SMTP transactional email services

Forms

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation

Applies to all websites with users from the EU. 

Hosting Services

 Means the provision, administration, and maintenance of servers and related equipment, the provision of bandwidth at the hosting facility, and the operation of the Application (WordPress, in our case)  for access by Customer Users to be provided by the relevant hosting service provider. ~ Law Insider

Images

Images – Stock Images

Localhost Site Development

  • Local – Spin up local WordPress installs in less than a minute – https://localwp.com
    [in Preference > Advance > (set) Router mode > localhost]
  • DevKinsta – a Docker based local hosting server environment – https://kinsta.com/devkinsta
  • Mamp Pro – an alternative local development server environment – https://www.mamp.info
    Mamp Pro is a commercial frontend for the classic MAMP local server environment.

Page Builders

Page Load Speed – Site Speed Testing

Performance/Optimization

Protecting Privacy

Research

Security

  • WP 2FA  – enable two-factor authentication.
  • WP Bouncer – restricts the number of simultaneous logins
  • 1Password – password manager
  • Last Pass – password manager
  • Privacy.com – Create virtual payment cards for one-time purchases or subscriptions

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Site Editing (FSE)

Site Management/Maintenance

Spam

WooCommerce Code

WordPress Themes

Theme Development

The technical aspects of writing code to build your own Themes 

Training & Education