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My WordPress configuration

What is my preferred WordPress configuration?
Here I will describe it. I will describe what plugins and themes I use and for what purpose. This is meant to make as many improvements as possible automatic. Stuff like email address encoding, CDN usage, Social Media integration, etc. I will publish other articles about specific manual optimizations.


  • These are the plugins I am using and why.
    • Email Encoder – Protect Email Address
      • I use this plugin to eliminate the possibility of email scraping from the site. I tried Email Address Encoder but it needed the premium features to be effective. It might be better if you have a budget. I try not to spend anything on my personal site I don’t have to.
    • Easy WP SMTP
      • I need to reliably send email from WordPress. Using the PHP mailer has issues these days with spam filters. If you are reading this blog, I assume you do not have the expertise to maintain your own email server. I do but still won’t do it because it is a complex undertaking. Easy WP SMTP is easy to setup and has all the basics. It is free. WP Mail SMTP is also easy to use and the free version has basic functionality. If you need more advanced features like logging, controlling which emails go where, etc. this one has a paid version.
  • I have used all of these plugins at one time or another. I am going through them and deciding which ones I like and actually help something.
    • CDN. Need a plugin to put static content on a CDN. WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache.
    • Use my email server to send email. WP Mail SMTP, Easy WP SMTP
    • Use forms to get information from users. WPForms Lite, Form Manager
    • HTML5 Responsive FAQ
    • Ultimate FAQ
    • WP External Links
    • Broken Link Checker
    • GA Google Analytics
    • iThemes Security
    • Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Hardening
    • Wordfence Security
    • WordPress Importer
    • Asset CleanUp: Page Speed Booster
    • Async JavaScript
    • Autoptimize
    • BJ Lazy Load
    • Cache Enabler
    • Compress JPEG & PNG images
    • Widget Shortcode
    • WP Disable
    • WP Edit
    • CalculatorPro Calculators
    • Absolute Privacy
    • Janrain Engage
    • Classic Editor
    • Easy Accordion
    • Yoast SEO
    • IWP Client
    • CSS3 Responsive Web Pricing Tables Grids
    • Google Maps Easy
    • Jetpack by
    • The Events Calendar
    • Contact Form 7
    • Custom Searchable Data Entry System
    • WP SEO Structured Data Schema
    • wpDataTables
    • WPSSO Core
    • WPSSO Organization Markup
    • WPSSO Schema JSON-LD Markup
    • WPSSO Update Manager

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