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Over the years WordPress cms (content management system) has evolved to be one to most used and popular cms across the globe. Over 409 million people view more than 21.1 billion pages each month on WordPress sites. (Source: WordPress) An even higher number use WordPress blogs for regular content consumption. These blogging stats come from the integrated stats system included in every WordPress.com blog.

WordPress was launched on 27th May 2003 and it was released by its founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little back then.

For beginners it may seem cumbersome to get your WordPress website rolling especially if you don’t know which exact plugins and where should be used. Through the many years of developing WordPress websites I have become profound and believe the following plugins will help you get WordPress site done in a much faster and secure way.

Wordpress Plugins

1. MAX mega menu

Wordpress Plugins

You can use Max Mega Menu for free to create rich and stunning navigation menus for your website. Make menu themes, and customize the styles using drag-and-drop tools. Beautify the menu items with custom colors, fonts, and attributes. Use Max Mega Menu to build a navigation menu beyond imagination.

Wordpress Plugins

 

Documentation: https://www.megamenu.com/documentation/

Demo: https://www.megamenu.com/

Get Max mega menu here: https://www.megamenu.com/upgrade/

 

2. Smart slider

Wordpress Plugins

Smart slider comes around 5 free in built templates which help you to set up your slider section in less than 5 minutes and enabling you to make powerful sliders, carousels and blocks. Smart slider is very responsive on all screen size and maintains quality in the images you upload.

You can also choose to design your own sliders using smart sliders powerful canvas mode. This mode gives you complete freedom to design what you want from scratch. Give it a try.

Wordpress Plugins
Photo credit 1: smart slider 3 dashboard

Documentation: https://smartslider3.com/features/

Demo: https://smartslider3.com/try/

Get it here: https://smartslider3.com/free/

3. Content Views

Wordpress Plugins

Content Views helps you to create beautiful grid and list to display the recent posts, the posts of specific category, tag, author easily, without any line of code! Content Views is a 100% mobile responsive solution, so your grid of posts will always look great on all devices (mobiles, tablets, and desktops).

If you are the kind that writes a lot of different posts for your WordPress website, Content views is the best plugin to display display your posts. It comes with different layouts for you to choose from. Feel free to try it.

Content views dashboard

Documentation: https://sample.contentviewspro.com/

Demo: https://sample.contentviewspro.com/

Get it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/content-views-query-and-display-post-page/

4. WordPress Download Manager

One of the most exciting plugins to handle your documents and files online. In case you post a lot of documents like pdf, doc, excel sheets, WordPress download manager provides the best capability for handling download in a much faster and secure way.

You may use WordPress Download Manager as a complete e-Commerce Solution for selling digital products. Use Passwords, User Roles to control access to your files, control downloads by speed or by putting a limit on download count per user, block bots or unwanted users or spammers using Captcha Lock or IP Block feature(source: wordpress.org)

Download manager

Documentation: https://www.wpdownloadmanager.com/docs/

Demo: https://www.wpdownloadmanager.com/wordpress-download-manager-pro-demo/

Get it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/download-manager/

 

5. Contact form seven

Wordpress Plugins
Photo credit wordpress.org

Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular and oldest WordPress contact form plugins and I use it in most of my WordPress projects. Contact form 7 enables you create forms much faster, reliable and secure way.

Contact Form 7 protects your forms from spammers with several different spam protection modules such as Akismet, reCAPTCHA, and Comment Blacklist.

 

Figure 1contact form 7 dashboard

Documentation: https://contactform7.com/docs/

Get it here: https://contactform7.com/download/

 

 

Of recent I came across this issue “App has been Blocked for your protection ” when trying to install printer drivers (HP LASERJET M1132 MFP) on my HP notebook 2000 laptop running an updated version or windows 10 Enterprise. I made a lot of research on the internet and came out with a clear solution that will be able to help you solve the error very fast without affecting your computer.

Note: This issue normally occurs after installing a new version of windows 10 or after upgrading your window to the current version.

Error App has Been Blocked for Your Protection

It was intense 3 days of googling and trying to make my client’s email work since some users had been configured on google and others left on the Cpanel server for reason best known by the client.

STAGE 1

Make sure you configure split delivery very well as Google advises here https://support.google.com/a/answer/2685650. If you have difficulty understanding google’s configs here is short version of it all.

This article will show you how to setup an email signature in RoundCube.

Have you been in situation where your administrator or webhosting provider sends you a password and you don’t know where to go change it. By the way it is always important to change your email password after administrator reset or on interval of 60 to 90days.

Here are some of the steps to allow you change your webmail password.

Step 1:
Login into your email through www.yourdomainname.com/webmail or webmail.yourdomainname.com.  Enter your full email address and currently given password.

Change Webmail Password for Cpanel Users

For successful login will take you to screen below.
Note:  If you already choose your preferred webmail application, it still doesn’t matter, you will still be able change your password with these steps given.