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December 2015

Sime MIA 2015

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To keep our tech fans up to date with our adventures here at Simple Solutions we would like to talk to you this week about our amazing experience at Sime MIA 2015.Sime MIA

It was our second year attending, which means the first time was incredible and we were expecting more amazing things this year.

For those of you that are not aware, Sime MIA is a two-day conference in South Florida about technology, media, arts and business. A conference were the brightest minds in the digital world come together to facilitate and exchange ideas, promote business deals and provides networking opportunities.

However, there is something special about this event, considering it includes yoga, live music and DJs. The most interesting and amazing part about this is that it all has a meaning and a message to it.

The main focus of this event is to add passion and a unique flavor to innovation and opportunities. We participated in engaging discussions and workshops around the latest trends in tech, arts, media and business as well as some themes relevant to the local community.

As a tech development company in the heart of Miami, we were pleased to be part of such an event that opens opportunities to anyone wanting to learn about the most influential tech people nowadays.
There is no doubt that Simple Solutions will be attending next year to meet new people and of course, learn new things!

Simple Solutions recommends listening to Andy Miyares present.

 

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Is your WordPress plugin causing your website to crash?

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With WordPress you need to be very careful! The problem is that at some point or another, a plugin is going to cause your WordPress site to crash. So, how do you deal with a problematic plugin that may cause a crash in the future? The answer is BACK UP!wordpress crash

Remember to always backup before making any changes. This is in your best interest because if something goes wrong, you know that the backup is always there. Cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox are perfect for storing files. Use a backup service to make sure you store your plugin files, do the backups regularly and make sure it’s done before you update WordPress.

 

Do you really know why this plugin crash is happening? There are a number of reasons:

  • Clashes with WordPress
  • It’s badly coded
  • Conflicts with another plugin
  • Conflicts with your theme

Because of one of these reasons, when you update WordPress there is a high risk that a plugin will conflict with WordPress itself.

However, you should be able to fix this through the admin area. If there is a crash after you update WordPress, you need to figure out which plugin is causing the problem. The solutions is first deactivating all of your plugins. If the error is still there, then the problem is caused because of a conflict with a theme. If not, then the problem lies with a plugin and probably an old one. So start activating one by one until you figure out which plugin is causing the problem and then deactivate it.

It’s never exciting to see errors on your website and worst if it’s causing it to crash. Don’t stress, it’s something normal! Just make sure you have everything backed up and find the plugin or theme that is causing the issue.

Remember always to backup before updating WordPress!

 

Essential Plugins for WordPress

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Have you ever installed WordPress and thought about what plugins you should be installing? WordPress has thousands of plugins which makes it challenging to choose. Plugins are a software that acts as an add-on feature to your website. In this blog post we want to make it a bit easier for you by giving you OUR list of essential plugins for WordPress.

IMAGE OPTIMIZATION

WP Smush.it – image optimization

It’s an image optimization tool that uses advanced algorithms to compress your images while maintaining their quality and dramatically improving your website’s page speed.

  • Fast load time
  • Flexibility and control
  • Results you can see

SOCIAL MEDIA

WP Social Bar

It allows you to maximize your social media visibility without impacting your site speed.

  • Adds a horizontal share bar
  • Results in increase in social media shares
  • Faster and better than any other

FORM BUILDER

Visual Form Builder – Contact Forms

It allows you to build custom forms which your visitors can use to get in touch with you and send you information.

  • Adds anti-spam verification
  • Include automatic validation
  • Stores submission in the WordPress database

SEO

WP SEO by Yoast

Forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere. When writing the meta information, it shows you a Google search result snippet preview, so you can see exactly how your content will look when someone searches for it in Google.

  • Helps create XML sitemaps
  • Notifies search engines when content published
  • Allows to add custom RSS footer

PERFORMANCE TOOL

Jetpack

Adds powerful features including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.

  • Simple and concise statistics
  • Social networking enabled
  • Monitor and manage your site’s activity with notifications.

SECURITY

Backupbuddy

It backs up your entire WordPress install and it can do it on a schedule.

  • Remote storage
  • Whole site restoring
  • Trustworthy and reliable

Sucuri  

It is a security suite meant to complement your existing security posture. It offers users four key security features for their website.

  • Security activity monitoring
  • Security file integrity monitoring
  • Security blacklist monitoring

CloudFlare

It’s a service that makes websites load faster and protects sites from online spammers and hackers.

  • Restores the original visitor IP to your WordPress logs
  • Helps optimize your server database
  • You can report spam in the plugin

IMAGES

NextGen Gallery

It’s a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images. It also provides two front-end display styles.

  • Centralized gallery management
  • Thumbnail management
  • Edit individual images

CATCHING PLUGIN

W3 Total Cache

It improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network integration.

  • Reduced page load time
  • Improved web server performance

STATISTICS

Google analyticator

It’s a super easy to view Google Analytics within your WordPress dashboard. It eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging

  • Supports universal (analytics.js) and traditional analytics (ga.js)
  • Supports outbound and download link tracking
  • Support site speed tracking

CONTACT FORMS

Gravity Forms

Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes.

  • Allows to export entries to the CSV
  • Conditional logic
  • Routing notification emails

MOBILE FRIENDLY

WPtouch

It’s a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically adds a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors to your WordPress website.

  • Support for multiple WordPress menus
  • Content-specific featured image slider
  • Previewing mobile theme

MAIL

WP Mail SMTP

It allows you to use SMTP instead of mail and creates an options page that allows you to specify various options.

  • Adds an Options > Email page which allows you to configure the settings from the admin interface
  • Specify an SMTP host and port
  • Choose SSL / TLS encryption

These are our go-to plugins we choose to use when working on a site, always making sure it fits the client’s’ request. We recommend them because they get the job done in the best way possible and some even go further than what they are supposed to do.

Leave us a comment if you think there are plugins that are better than the ones we like!