I sometimes go AWOL from posting on Dave Enjoys, so I’m sure no one has been wondering why I haven’t posted in the last two days or so…but there is a real reason why – upgrades.
I got really tired of Bluehost having downtime, running slow, and so on. I hope they get their problems straightened out – but DigitalOcean is offering sweet deals on virtual private servers (VPS) at prices lower than Bluehost offers shared hosting. So, I’m in the slow process of moving sites over. I already moved FreeWargamer and have just now finished moving Dave Enjoys.
What does this mean for you? Well, nothing much on the front-end, but hopefully:
The site will load a lot faster, making browsing the site a more enjoyable experience.
The site will be more stable – rather than the frequent downtime I’ve been experiencing with Bluehost.
In addition, WordPress released the latest and greatest Jetpack plugin which means you can now used your WordPress.com authentication with Dave Enjoys. If that doesn’t make sense to you – that is okay – it won’t affect your utilization of the site.
Finally, this does mean that there will probably be some hiccups along the way…so if you see any technical glitches with this or any of my other sites please let me know!
I like to categorize and organize. So what did I do? I reviewed the first one hundred pages of plugins on WordPress’ Plugin Directory ordered by most popular. From the first number of pages I included essentially every plugin (categorized), but as I moved through additional pages, I included only those which seemed to be interesting, unique, or well-known in some way. Here is the result. I hope you find it useful as you determine what plugins you will install in your WordPress instance.
Those plugins which I use regularly I’ve bolded. Those which I have used regularly in the past I’ve italicized.
Yes, I know this is a symptom of my uber-geekness, but it is true – I LOVE the team of developers r
responsible for WordPress‘ Jetpack plugin. This plugin brings features that are already available to WordPress.com users to us independents and indicate a true love for open source on the part of the WordPress team – as they could keep these bonus features locked in their walled garden of wordpress.com, thus encouraging folks to use wordpress.com instead of hosting their own instance – but they aren’t!
Jetpack includes a number of exciting features including: Stats (uses the wordpress.com backend to provide statistics on site usage), Subscriptions (allows folks to subscribe to your blog via email), sharing (allows folks to easily share your articles with others), After the Deadline (to check for spelling and grammar), and a bunch of other cool stuff…but the feature they just added that has thrown me into a tizzy is comments.
“Wait, I thought WordPress already supported comments?” It did and it does! But this new functionality allows users to authenticate themselves to make comments using their existing accounts – e.g. Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com. This in turn makes it easier for folks to comment on posts which means a likely increase in quality conversations across the blogosphere!