We at the Internet Patrol are always walking that line between providing you with interesting and visually appealing content, and not holding your data and eyeballs hostage to gigantic videos, pop-ups, and images (how are we doing?) And to make it even more challenging, that line keeps moving. In our effort to keep up, we recently discovered a couple of great Wordpress plugins to optimize images, and also to resize images, or both, that are already on the site, to reduce their load on bandwidth, load speed, and your brain.
So your Firefox browser is slow as molasses or unresponsive, and in fact your entire system is slowing towards a screeching halt. If you’re on a Mac, you do a ‘top’ and see that a process called “plugin-conta” is eating up your memory. If you’re on a Windows machine, well, you know the symptoms. What is plugin conta, and what to do? Here’s what.
One of the banes of sites using the Wordpress BBPress forums, which is otherwise a great plugin, is that when forum members log in to the BBPress forums using the BBPress login link, they have to immediately log in a second time, because once logging in with BBPress, they are immediately redirected to the Wordpress log in, even though for the average forum user, the credentials will be identical! What you want is a way that a user can sign in one single time, using a single login that gets them into both BBPress and their Wordpress account at the same time. It’s possible with a couple of plugins, and we’re going to tell you how!
A new hack has Wordpress hackers disabling all of your Wordpress plugins (including, you see, Akismet or any other anti-spam comment spam stopper plugin), which then allows them to inject comment spam into your blog at will. So if you suddenly find yourself getting an enormous amount of comment spam all at once, or if you suddenly find your blog pages coming up blank (because with your plugins disabled, that often can be the case) you may be the victim of this latest plugin-disabling comment spam hack.