“Plugins” I’ve Discovered
The following plugins are ones that I utilize and found to be time saving and beneficial:
I was using a free back-up plugin for WordPress and it’s no longer supported which made me feel vulnerable. While my host does back-ups, they might be days old which wasn’t acceptable to me. We all have hectic lives, and don’t always remember to back-up our sites. It is very important to back-up your site. Our sites are vulnerable on all platforms from hackers, TOS, corrupt plugins, viruses and numerous other things that can wipe out blogs history. *shivers* So I began the search for a back-up system that would allow me to make manual back-ups but would also automatically back up my blog into a cloud vault..thus my discovery of VaultPress. The service charges 5.00 a month or you can pay yearly and reduce the fee a little. They offer three tiers of service, but for me the lite was sufficient. What does it do?
- automatically backs up blog daily and includes theme, plugins, uploads and database
- provides stats regarding most popular post, time of day website receives the most traffic etc.
- keeps 30 days of backup
- with the click of a button you can go back in time and restore site (this was the selling point for me, I love to click buttons and have things magically fixed)
- support to assist with restore and any additional issues.
You can learn more about this service at the VaultPress official site. For those on Blogger or other free sites, I recommend you make back-ups of your website. While a manual one that you download is good, I also recommend you keep one in the clouds as well.( since your computer could crash.) You can use Dropbox to store back-up.
Comments Not Replied To
As you know I reply to all comments made on the blog. I truly believe that the amount of comments and traffic Caffeinated sees is directly related to the interaction I have with followers. Plus I am a chatty Cathy and love talking to ya all. I was relying on getting email notifications of comments, but for some reason even after fiddling around with how those notifications were sent and received by my host..some comments were slipping through. So peeps were stopping by and commenting on a post from say last week and I was unaware. This sent me into complete panic mode. *flailing hands* While researching the problem I stumbled across a blog sharing similar concerns and she recommended this plugin. (cannot locate post otherwise I would have given her props) What does it do?
- introduces a new area in the administrative dashboard that allows you to see what comments you “as the site author” have not replied to. Located in “comments” right after trash and is titled “missing reply”.
By adding another tab to the comments dashboard I am able to see at a glance what comments have yet to be replied too. Once I comment it marks them. I can comment and approve right from this page. The only downside to this tool is that presently you are not able to remove a comment from Missing Reply. Say for example, I comment and the person replies with a simple, “thanks”. A reply comment isn’t necessary and I am unable to remove it from this folder. The creators of this plugin are aware and are working to incorporate some kind of delete option. Until then if you get a reply comment to your reply with a 🙂 I am sorry I am anal. (he-he) You can learn more about this plugin here
CommentLuv Premium Plugin
I had the free version of CommentLuv and used/use Askmit for dealing with spam. It was wonderful, until I found myself getting hit with 1,500 spam comments a day.(thank you Beijing!) I get a lot of comments and sifting through the spam folder to find actual comments from peeps I adore was mind-boggling. Thanks to bloggers like Felecia @ Geeky Blogger I discovered that the premium version of CommentLuv offers GASP. That cute little check box confirming you aren’t a spammer. I went from 1500 spam comments a day to one maybe two a week. This is a premium service and you pay a one time fee of 67.00. However, Andy runs sales and I was able to snag my plugin for significantly less. It includes a lot of other services for free, like Reply Me, Dofollow, and Stats. I loath Jetpack and its inconsistency so anything to rely less on their services makes me very happy. You can learn more about here.
WordPress Editorial Calendar
I have previously shared my calendar method for keeping track of important dates, reviews, arcs etc and this little tool allows me to see my scheduled posts and drafts in calendar form right from my dashboard. It opens under Posts and with just the drag of a mouse I can move posts around and see my month at a glance. It even has a space to hold unscheduled drafts. This is a free plugin and you can learn more at WordPress.org- Editorial Calender
What plugins have you discovered?