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WordPress 5.1 launches today with some great new features. One of the 9 priorities Matt Mullenweg identified for 2019 was the merge of the Site Health Check plugin into the core WordPress system to help with debugging and encourage "good software hygiene."WordPress 5.1 launches today with some great new features. One of the 9 priorities Matt Mullenweg identified for 2019 was the merge of the Site Health Check plugin into the core WordPress system to help with debugging and encourage "good software hygiene." The Site Health Check plugin, formerly known as "ServeHappy" began with the goal of helping users get their site running on the best supported PHP version, but has since expanded to include other aspects of good site maintenance and debugging.

The Site Health Check project introduces a new white screen of death (WSOD) protection feature that stops the white screen showing when there are fatal errors. This allows admins to login and resolve the issue, without being fully kicked out to FTP or your control panel to check error logs and fix the issue.

In preparation for WordPress' highly requested minimum PHP version increase,  any WordPress installation running on PHP 5.1 will display a warning to users to upgrade their version of PHP. In April this is set to rise to PHP 5.6 and if all goes well (depending on feedback) this will likely be bumped again to PHP 7.0 around December 2019.

You can already see this feature by installing the Site Health Check plugin and then visit Dashboard > Health Check for a detailed overview of your site. There is also a handy troubleshooting mode that enables a vanilla WordPress session, where all plugins, themes are disabled and the default theme is used, but only for your user session at the time. This allows you to check if the fault still occurs (such as editing a post) without disrupting any of the site display for your end users.

WordPress 5.1 also has a range of other features for developers, including the ability to disable the system cron and add a custom cron handler, setting a custom location for WP_DEBUG_LOG to be written to and a new wp_blogmeta table amongst other features.

WordPress 5.1 will be released today, 21st February 2019 and is a big step by WordPress to become even more user friendly. The main enhancements of this version is that users will never be locked out when a WSOD error occurs and allows users to provider a faster, securer WordPress environment.

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We've compiled a guide on the Best Caching Plugins For WordPress.

If you run a WordPress site, a caching plugin can dramatically effect load times for the better. Typically, when you access any website, you request information from their servers. WordPress runs of a database, and every time someone loads your site on their browser, they retrieve files in the form of CSS, images, and JavaScript.

Your Internet experience is only as fast as the websites you visit. Typically, the best websites are also the ones with the quickest load times. A slow website makes for a terrible user experience, and let’s not forget the impact that it is likely to have on your search engine rankings. Google has confirmed the same in the past.

WordPress is dynamic. While this helps keep your website up to date and live, it also slows down your website too. So, to tackle this problem, developers created caching plugins. They help produce a static version of your website and this makes your website much much faster.

In this article, we'll take you through the best caching plugins available on the WordPress market. If you aren’t already using a caching plugin, then you’ll find this an interesting and important read. If you are using a caching plugin then read on and you’ll have a few more great options to check out and find out which plugin works best for you.


WP Super Cache

With this plugin there are multiple tabs, the first one titled “Easy” is displayed first. And it is easier when you aren’t bombarded with as many options as other caching plugins.

WP Super Cache creates a static HTML file which is served to users who aren’t logged in, users who haven’t left a comment on your blog and users who haven’t viewed a password protected post on your site. That pretty much means almost every visitor to your website.

This plugin caches files in three ways:

  1. Supercached Static files – PHP is completely bypassed and it served as such to unknown visitors.
  2. Supercached Static files ( served by PHP ) – Server more likely to struggle with large increase or bursts of traffic.
  3. Legacy Caching – the slowest caching method used for known users.

The difference between super cached served by PHP and not served by PHP becomes more apparent only when there is an increase in traffic, so much so that the host’s server struggles to keep up, else the differences are imperceptible.

You can selectively choose which sections of your website get cached. The plugin also handles sudden spikes in traffic using lockdown and directly cached files.


W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is known as one of the most powerful caching plugins with a plethora of options at the disposal of the user. Its users include Yoast, Mashable, Smashing Magazine, and many other equally influential websites.

It can cache pages, the WordPress database, and objects. It can enable caching at the browser end. You can use W3 Total Cache for the minification of CSS and JavaScript. It is also compatible with dedicated servers, virtual private servers, and content delivery networks, which is probably why you can scale this plugin for use with very popular high-traffic websites.

A WordPress newbie may find it daunting to negotiate through the plugin’s many options at first, that being said, W3 Total Cache offers tips on how to best use the plugin above the plugin’s settings page on your WP dashboard.

The plugin isn’t complicated, it is merely vast with a number of options. If you can get past the clutter of options and follow suggestions as presented by the plugin below your WordPress dashboard then it can speed up your website ten times over, which is an impressive feat.


WP Fastest Cache

Fastest Cache employs a number of methods to cache your website. Mod Rewrite takes your dynamic WordPress and makes it static. The cached files are then deleted at appropriate intervals or based on events such as publishing a page or a post.

With Fastest Cache you can block cache for specific pages/posts with a shortcode. The plugin permits you to enable and disable caching for mobile devices and logged in users separately. Fastest Cache provides CDN support too.

If you know what each of the caching methods will do for you, this should be a very easy plugin to handle. Just tick your caching methods and submit.

The plugin minifies your HTML and CSS with gzip compression. It can combine CSS files, which helps reduce the number of HTTP requests to your host’s servers. Similarly, it can combine JavaScript files as well. Fastest Cache also provides browser caching, which is useful for visitors who return to your website often.


Hyper Cache

Hyper Cache only has 4 tabs on the settings page of the plugin. While this means there are fewer configuration options compared to others on this list, this works in favour of anyone who’s looking for a plugin to do the job with little or no tinkering.

With HyperCache, you can cache at specified intervals of time, enable on-the-fly compression, clean caches when a new comment is made or a new post is published, and enable browser caching.

You can set up Hyper Cache so as not to cache specific pages or URLs too, and you can cache only the most recent posts by blocking caching for posts older than a specified number of days. It provides support for CDN and mobile caching also.


Summing Up...

If you’re selecting a caching plugin, then you should consider your requirements. Is your website prone to high volumes of traffic at certain times and do you use a CDN? Questions like these become pertinent to the selection of the best caching plugin for your website. Because the differences in performance are largely imperceptible to the average user, it is very difficult to figure out which among all the plugins is the best. In our opinion, W3 Total Cache is certainly the most complete package, but all the others aren't far behind.

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Ever wonder what the best WordPress plugin for events and booking systems is, and why you'd use them?

If you’re a freelancer or a small business selling services, you’re better off implementing your own booking and events system into your website, rather than relying on a third-party service.

Sure, for events with a big attendance size, perhaps a third-party solution is better. However, if you’re a service provider with a few employees, then we recommend that you look into self-hosting solutions to save on cost and ease of use!

In this article, we're going to introduce you to the most efficient and effective plugins that WordPress has to offer for bookings, events, and appointment management.


The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar is one of the most popular calendar plugins on the WordPress market. The professional and modern features really excel in making this plugin fit right into in any events calendar situation that you can imagine. Some of the most prominent WordPress developers have thoroughly investigated the level of security this plugin provides and the countless hours of support questions have led to the perfectionism that this plugin portrays.

This plugin’s features include quick events generation, venue and organizer management, calendar view, custom search for events, Google Maps integration for easier location accessibility, custom widget, Google Calendar integration, and AJAX support for smooth loading. It works responsively with smartphones and tablets and works with all leading WordPress theme frameworks. It also has built-in SEO features and provides a selection of custom themes.


Event Calendar WD

Event Calendar WD fixes the gaps that other plugins might be leaving out on the table. These include a fully responsive website layout that will make your events easy to view on any device. It also comes with a calendar widget that you can insert into your WordPress sidebar for easy event promotion. The Google Maps features will also make it easy to find the location of an event and save time from having to Google it.

A social button integration is another great built-in feature of the plugin. So, your events can get free marketing through the process of social sharing. People love to tell their friends about the events they plan to attend, especially very important ones. You can createcustom venues and allocate events for those too. Everything can be viewed monthly, weekly, and daily and the ability to create SEO-optimized event pages is another huge advantage. With a very rich codebase, you can integrate several external modules and plugins. This could very well be the plugin that helps you start your own fully functional events management website.


WordPress Event Calendar

WordPress Event Calendar names itself as one of the most flexible WordPress Calendars available. And it’s free! If you've found yourself in a pickle when it comes to calendar management on WordPress, then this calendars functionality will quickly resolve any lasting issues and solve your event management problems once and for all. So often we lose track of the things we need to attend, so having a simple calendar widget that can record your current and future events is really helpful.

To count down some of the features: mobile responsive, unlimited calendars and events, a widget for displaying upcoming events, style management for calendar categories to create a more unique experience. Event descriptions can be modified with full HTML5 compatibility and category management makes the event sorting process more flexible for yourself, and your website members. The feature to Integrate a lightbox into your calendars to create a more personalized and attractive UI experience as well is another thing we love about this plugin.


Event List

We like the approach that Event List has taken. The events dashboard is built with intuitive design in mind, separating events by monthly, and yearly basis that helps with productivity, since you don’t want to have all the events displayed in a single list without a sense of direction.

The event management details include the event name/title, time of event, time when the event starts, the location of the event, and the description. The WordPress content editor can be used to modify the description of your events, which means that you’ll have the ability to create visual and interactive descriptions. Copy any of your previous events with a single click of a button, to further increase your productivity. Shortcode support, but also a very solid sorting algorithm to help in finding the events that you or others are looking for is what puts htis plugin on our list.


Quick Event Manager

If time is of the essence, you may want to check out Quick Eevents Manager. This plugin is as quick as it gets for those situations where you need a simple events creation dashboard with the single feature of adding shortcodes anywhere that you wish to promote your events, be it pages or posts, or widget areas.

The multiple layout selections are great for choosing the right style for your own design. Payments can also be processed, so this plugin although very simple, does support the payment collection process. All attendee details can be downloaded or sent to an email address, making the “guest” list so much more flexible. Events can be displayed in list format or calendar of course.


Very Simple Event List

The shortcode provided by the Very Simple Event List's author is so flexible that you can add multiple shortcodes on the same page and have the events outlined in a design-aligned way. The settings panel is very quick to learn how to use, you’ve got the widget settings where you can disable or enable things like date, time, location, image, link, and image info, and you can choose to preview the event summary if you like.


Event On

EventOn is our only premium plugin on this list, however, it didn’t earn more than 20,000 sales on Codecanyon because the developers hit a goldmine. It was the combined efforts of everyone working on the plugins codebase and its rich set of features to make it amongst the most complete and thorough event calendar plugins that have ever been made for the WordPress platform.

Not only is the design great, but the hundreds of features that EventOn includes will ensure that you’ll never need to look for another calendar. Create stunning widgets that display the information about upcoming events and allow your customers to make their own choices.



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