Recommended wordpress plug-ins

These are the WordPress plug-ins that I rely on, in no particular order:

  • WordPress SEO – Optimize and analyse your posts to understand how they will perform in a search engine and create better sitemaps.
  • Wordfence Security – You don’t want to know how many people or bots are trying to login as administrator on your WordPress site right now, this plug-in helps you detect the issue and stops them in their tracks and adds other security related features.
  • UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – What to do if your webserver or database crashes? Your site hosting service doesn’t take any backups of your content.
  • W3 Total Cache – This plug-in helped me to boost the performance of my wordpres site immensely. It enabled caches but also helped me to speed up the server by suggesting to enable a few Apache features.
  • Relevanssi – Improves on the standard WordPress search, allows people to find the topic they’re searching for better
  • Anti-spam – I hate to use captchas myself and they’re getting more and more impossible even for a human, I never leave a comment if I cannot get through the captcha the first time but what to do about the mountains of spam? With this plug-in, genuine comments come through but no spam while using no captchas or similar features, works great!
  • Google Analytics Dashboard for WP – All the Google Analytics information in your site’s dashboard.
  • Broken Link Checker – The larger the site grows and the older it gets, the more links that you once supplied or were added in comments might become outdated. Find and take action of the links that stopped working.

If you use scheduled posts:

  • Automatic Post Date Filler – If you schedule several posts, this smart little plug-in suggests the right date and time for the next post without you having to keep track.
  • WP Missed ScheduleSometimes WordPress misses a post for some reason and doesn’t retry automatically, this plug-in takes care of that.

Cheat or not?

I started out on film, printed my B&W photos myself and tried to master the usual darkroom techniques as cropping, dodging and burning to improve composition, lighten the white of the eyes or darken the skies and backgrounds, etc. The first thing you would do was to pick the right paper to get the desired contrast. Pre-flash it to control blown-out highlights, if needed. You get the idea.

Now, recently I have seen some comments in forums and in some Facebook groups dedicated to film photography where people wouldn’t like to adjust a scanned image to adjust contrast or use any of the other basic Lightroom adjustments, they feel like it’s cheating if they would. I do appreciate them shooting on film, but I don’t see how bringing out the best in your photo in the darkroom is any different, they are basically the same techniques.

And that is if you ignore the impact of the software you used when scanning, it probably corrected the levels and contrast already unless the image was scanned RAW.