WordPress Performance and Security Improvement Guide – Plugins

by Sandeep B.

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to optimize performance and security of the WordPress blog with the help of plugin. WordPress is the top CMS to host your website/blog it can be setup in no time, but there are some flaws which can affect security and performance issues like when using 3rd party plugins and theme you’re risking its security and performance.

Our user have requested to provide some plugins to improve WordPress performance and security with some clicks. Here is some plugin list :

1. WP Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

The static html files will be served to the vast majority of your users:

  • Users who are not logged in.
  • Users who have not left a comment on your blog.
  • Or users who have not viewed a password protected post.

It is recommended to use only WP super Cache plugin because its comes from the developers of WordPress it drastically improve the performance of your dynamic or static website .

For static website you can use the PRELOAD option which will help you in performance increase by 50%.

2. Disable XML-RPC Pingback

Stops abuse of your site’s XML-RPC by simply removing some methods used by attackers. While you can use the rest of XML-RPC methods.

This is more friendly than disabling totally XML-RPC, that it’s needed by some plugins and apps (I.e. Mobile apps or some Jetpack’s modules).

Features

Removes the following methods from XML-RPC interface.

  • pingback.ping
  • pingback.extensions.getPingbacks
  • X-Pingback from HTTP headers. This will hopefully stops some bots from trying to hit your xmlrpc.php file.

in simple words it can help you in security of WordPress websites by disabling certain XML-RPC method which are prone to hack and ddos. Just install it and forget.

3. Akismet Anti-Spam

Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. You can review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

Major features in Akismet include:

  • Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
  • Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
  • URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
  • A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.

Spamming is big issues like you’ll notice you’ve been getting lots of spam comments in your website blog to stop this you can use free akismet api and surprisingly it will reduce spam by 100% and queue them in spam directive where you can empty the spam and review the comments.

4. wpDiscuz

AJAX realtime comment system with custom comment form and fields. Designed to supercharge WordPress native comments. Super fast and responsive with dozens features. This is the best Disqus alternative, if you want to keep your comments in your database. wpDiscuz also the best alternative to Livefyre, Jetpack and Facebook comments. Making comments has never been so awesome!
Comments – wpDiscuz is Multisite and RTL ready!

Integration with AntiSpam plugins

  • Akismet
  • WordPress Zero Spam
  • WPBruiser {no-Captcha anti-Spam}

This plugin is useful in both performance and spam prevention in WordPress comment system. It will replace the default WordPress comment and add AJAX realtime comment system i.e. it will load the comment instantly on your blog without refreshing the page and it is 50% faster than default WordPress comment system it have full integration with Social Network Login plugins (Facebook, Twitter…).

5. WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize is a revolutionary, all-in-one plugin that cleans your database, compresses your images and caches your site.

It does it in three clever ways:

  • It allows you to clean and optimize your database.
  • It gives you the option to compress your images.
  • It allows you cache your pages, for super fast load times (read more caching information below).

Just install the wp-optimize plugin and you’re ready to go you can clean and optimize WordPress database with a single click. Also it provide image optimization feature which will compress large images and make them smaller in size for lightening loading.

Here are the 5 plugins for performance and optimization of your wordpress performance and security Let me know in comment if you’ve more to suggest. Thanks for reading and stopping by. Happy blogging.

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