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the site grows and the older it gets, the more links that you once supplied or were added in comments might become outdated.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.

WordPress images look terrible in Chrome, bypass found

I have been struggling with this for a while and now managed to find a solution: The issue is that an image displayed via WordPress looks bad in Google Chrome while the same page looks fine in other browsers. I discovered that I needed to add -–enable-monitor-profile to the target line of the shortcut I use for Chrome and then all of a sudden the colours are there.
These are images saved in sRGB with a profile embedded.

For all clarity, I am referring here to the full images, I know that WordPress does some resizing of smaller versions of the images and quality can suffer during that step, but this is different.

Note that the same images uploaded to looks fine in Chrome, so WordPress does something that causes chrome to mess up somehow and therefore I asked the WordPress team to look into why adding this flag is required for WordPress and Chrome.