A basic set of WordPress Plugins, mostly free. Updated Aug 2020

Last Updated on August 25, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

A standard installation of WordPress works, but it lacks many features that are needed for even a basic site including critical security features. For any feature that you wish to add, there are usually one or more plugins that will accomplish the task. Plugins are a matter of your needs and personal taste.

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WP Super Cache for WordPress was not working on a shared host.

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I am ramping up four sites on a shared host.  It is inexpensive hosting so running four active sites plus another minor site is taxing the resources of the hosting. I tried using WP Super Cache but could not get the preload feature to work. I did get it working by doing the following.

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Opening multiple WordPress admin windows for sites on a shared host results in high CPU usage.

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I have a few sites that I am trying to grow on a shared host. I noticed that when I open admin windows for about five of the sites, the CPU maxes out.

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Things to do to stop a brute force attack on a WordPress Blog

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I woke up this morning to see that some of my sites were a bit slow to respond.  Shortly after, I was getting a resource limit message from my host when trying to get to the front or back ends of any of the WordPress sites.  I checked cPanel and my resources were maxed out.

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Silly cPanel Warning after installing an SSL certificate on a domain without a dedicated IP

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I installed an SSL certificate on a domain that does not have a fixed IP. It warned that Microsoft IE on Windows XP will give a false security warning.. REALLY??  This is 2018. Is anyone using XP? 

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Is your site on HTTPs yet? Chrome will warn users who visit http sites.

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Beginning in July 2018, user who browse with Chrome will receive a warning before visiting http sites. If your site is on http, now is the time to migrate it to https.

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Using Cloudflare with Westhost WordPress sites

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WordPress 5.2 update hangs on Unpacking the update

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

When updating a site, you may run into a situation where WordPress 5.2 update hangs on ‘Unpacking the update.

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How to block WordPress Comment Spam

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I needed to find block WordPress Comment Spam. I have a couple of WordPress starter sites on a shared host and was getting hit with comment spam from a particular IP range. A quick solution was to block the IP range using cPanel. 

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How to prevent hotlinking with Frontpage published sites.

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I just got a notice that one of my sites was at 80% bandwidth. There was still over a week left in the month. When I checked the logs, there were a couple of forums hotlinking to my images. Hotlinking is where someone uses a link to one of your images on their site, a forum or a blog. The problem is that if it is a high traffic site, the traffic can kill your bandwith allowance.

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