If you are planning to build your own website or blog like this (www.efrennolasco.com), these are everything that goes running behind EfrenNolasco.com.
Below is the list of all the services and WordPress plugins I used to make my website run smoothly. This is my website blueprint, you can also use these services and plugins to setup your own website. If you encounter any problems you can contact me directly or send a message to my Facebook Page.
You can use my previous post “How to Create Website in Three Steps” as a guide to build your customize website.
I am using WordPress as my backend CMS platform, it is free. WordPress is one of the best blogging software, Content Management Software (CMS) which millions of websites used as their platform. Some notable websites that are using WordPress like Forbes, The New York Times Blog, Reuter’s Blog, CNN host’s blog, TechCrunch and many more.
Since I started this website last December 2012, I am using HostGator as my server, and take note this site is only on a shared hosting package of Hostgator but I didn’t experience major problems with them. The support is OK, although sometimes you need to wait half an hour for them to respond but overall is ok.
Currently I am using NewsMag theme created by tagDiv. It is clean, easy to setup, responsive, which pretty good looking at different screen sizes. Go ahead, check my site to your tablet and mobile devices and see what I am talking about.
WordPress SEO by Yoast take care of my site when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This plugin helped me to improve on page SEO by adding correct title tag, meta description, XML sitemap, and more.
I use a Jetpack plugin to lower down my bandwidth usage, since I am only on limited shared hosting service. In Jetpack I activated the photon module to host all my pictures attached in every post, everytime the page is loaded. This plugin is created by Automattic the company behind WordPress.
This is a caching plugin, I use this plugin together with Jetpack to make my site load faster even I have a limited server resource. WP Super Cache generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After an html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
I use Google Analytics to track my visitor’s activity on my site. This is a very useful free tool from Google, which allow site owners to monitor and know where their visitors came from, what keyword they use to reach your site and more.
This is the mail service I use to collect emails to my interested readers who wants to receive my updates directly in their inbox. Mail Chimp is free for the first two thousand email list.
I use these two plugins to secure my website from brute-force login attack. Google Authenticator gives you two-factor authentication using the Google Authenticator app available for Android, iOS and Blackberry. Limit Login attempt as the name implied it will limit the number of login attempts possible, which you can set on the settings of the plugin.
There you have it, all the resources I used to run this website. If you have questions or you want me to help you setup your WordPress site, feel free to contact me anytime. I will respond as soon as I read your message.
Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission without any additional charge from you.