If your website was created on WordPress, the probability is high that you have installed a number of plugins to extend the functionality of your site. Below my reviews on some plugins I use (in time I will add reviews of all the plugins I am using). Which plugins do you use and what is your experience of them? Share with us so that we can learn with you as well.
Image Optimization & Lazy Load by Optimole
Loads of features. Algorithms that crunch numbers to provide the best optimization for the best-looking image at the smallest size. Free up to 5000 visitors a month.
I have just installed the plugin. It is quite new but it already has high repute – 5 star rating based on 395 reviews, 80 000 downloads, etc… Ladies and gentlemen, you have to reduce the size of your images if you want faster loading and happy customer experience when users visit your website. WebP was introduced by Google and Google will penalize your site if it does not present images in WebP.
WebP is the way to go. WebP is a modern image format that provides superior (lossless and lossy) compression for images on the web. Using WebP, webmasters and web developers can create smaller, richer images that make the web faster. WebP images are 25-50% smaller than comparable JPEG images at equivalent SSIM quality index.
You don’t have to know the technical terms but you must use an image compression plugin that allows your jpeg, png, gif… images to be converted to WebP.
WebP Express – Serve Autogenerated WebP Images
Reduce image size and increase your website speed by serving autogenerated WebP images instead of jpeg/png to browsers that support WebP. Works on anything (media library images, galleries, theme images etc).
I installed this plugin in https://fitandfunnow.com/ and the site performance has improved.
By Bjørn Rosell.
WP Strava – Show Your strava.com Activity
A useful plugin if you are a Strava fan and you have a WordPress website. This plugin will enhance your page or blog by providing a great deal of detail pertaining to your Strava activity(ies).
By Carlos Santa Cruz, Justin Foell, Lance Willett, Daniel Lintott and Sebastian Erb.
WP Super Cache – A Useful Plugin
This plugin enabled increased page speed for my website on both mobile and desktop.
Do you use a cache plugin – if you do which one and what is your experience?
Instant Images – One Click Unsplash Uploads
Amazing plugin. I have installed it on all my sites. I use unsplash.com all the time and this plugin allows me to upload high quality, high resolution free photos on any page or post directly from unsplash.com without leaving my site. A BIG time saver! Thanks to the Developers for this very useful plugin and thanks to Peter Pienaar for the tip👍👌👏
This plugin has many useful features and it is reasonably easy to install and setup. This ‘notifications’ plugin is a ‘must-have’.
How to install it?
Admin Area > Plugins > Add New: search for ‘Webpushr’.
To view ‘Webpushr’ in operation visit my website: https://www.wordpresstrainingjohannesburg.com/
Enjoy and stay safe
The ‘Site Reviews’ plugin
Highly recommended: great features and super easy for visitors to use.
There are a couple of features of great use to my work:
1. allowing visitors to submit a review and additionally submit a 1-5 star rating
2. being able to use ‘Site Reviews’ on any page or post
3. having easy access access to the ‘Site Reviews’ block on the Gutenberg editor
4. being able to use different ‘Site Reviews’ widgets such as: ‘Summary’, ‘Submit a Review’ and ‘Latest Reviews’.
I am using the ‘Site Reviews’ plugin on my two websites.
Well done to the Developers!👌👍👏