For all the WordPress sites I maintain, I always install the following plugins:
- BackWPup: To make full backups of my WordPress sites, and upload them to my Dropbox account. It supports a lot of other backup destinations as well. The free version is excellent, but if you like it, buy the pro version.
My typical settings are:
General: Archive Format: zip
Schedule: Start job with: WordPress Cron
Schedule: Scheduler: Type: Weekly (at eg. 02:35 in the morning – never set it to the top of the hour, because other people probably backup at that time)
To Dropbox: File deletion: 1 (because Dropbox then keeps the past month’s backups anyways)
- Avoid Google’s Cache: Because I don’t like that Google and Internet Archive make copies of my content.
I wrote it because a politician regretted something he wrote on his WordPress site.
- WP Updates Notifier: Sends you an email every time WordPress, a plugin or a theme has an update.
Let me know if you have plugins that I should add to this list.
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I downloaded this plugin and love it! It works like a charm on one of my sites, but on this site it does not.
Any idea of a fix?
Hello, I downloaded this Plugin and had worked for only a day and failed to stop Google AdSense!! It refuses to open in a new window. Have you any idea?
Just noticed the article – great stuff even “though” it’s from 2015.
We were just discussing this matter on a meeting the other day and we all agreed on the following plugins is a “must have” besides DropBox and Google Analytics.
– W3 Total Cache
For optimizing page speed
– Yoast SEO
For getting all important SEO fields
But great article – are you planning another one for 2016?
This plug-in used to work, but then it stopped working yesterday.
I have no idea, the plugin wasn’t updated around that time. Have you installed other plugins around the time that my plugin stopped working?
I manage five website and this plugin works fine in four of them but on the other it opens the external links in a new window but also changes my website to the link that is being opened. Any idea how to stop this?
Can you provide me with a link to the site that doesn’t work? The peninsulakids-site worked just fine. Best, Kristian
we are using one of your plugins, and its affecting us because you IP address for kristianrisagerlarsen.dk is 220.127.116.11 and on spam rats its been black listed
Can you look to change your IP or try to get your domain removed from the blacklist?
the plugin “external link” doesn´t work on the main woocommerce-button in the product-page (the button that appears instead of the “add to cart”-button, when a product is a “external/affiliate product”
Cache is emptied a thousand times…it doesn´t work. The link of the external product opens in the same window, as the shop is.
Can you help please?
It isn`t online yet, just on localhost.
Thank you, nice greetings Sandra
Tak for rådet:-) Det skal prøves!