Dear Fosstodon, I need your help regarding
Please tell me which plugins I should definitely install on a newly set up website to optimize it for search engines, keep loading times low etc.
I'm looking for stable plugins, which do not introduce major security flaws or increase the maintenance overhead and make managing this site a breeze once it's set up
FYI this website is not my own but for an NGO a friend of mine founded recently and which I offered to manage

@kev Perhaps you could weigh in, as I noticed that you spent quite some time optimizing your personal wordpress site recently. I'd be much obliged

Thanks for all your suggestions!! They were quite helpful in choosing the right ones for this site ✌️

@totoroot the link that @blueberry posted says it all really. Must have plugins (in my opinion) are:

1) Yoast (SEO)
2) WP Rocket (caching)
3) ShortPixel (image optimisation)
4) UpdraftPlus (backups)

@totoroot uuuuhhh. why did you do that? : D
i mean... you'll see : (
It is basically now easier to just go full on 90s and post static pages...
i know, i know. GUI, ease, user friendliness and the rest of the bunch.
i am planning to get rid of WP but you probably want Custom Permalinks (check on it, i still needed it the last time), Custom Category Template, Classic Editor (...), WPS Hide Login, W3 Total Chache / WP Super Cache. Good luck with it!

@richardkramen @totoroot static pages shouldn't be considered 90s!! static pages should be considered modern, lightning fast, consistent, efficient and beautiful! simply empowering.

@metalune 100% agree, it was a way of emphasizing but i see the flaw in it. i also plan to embrace gopher and gemini, once i have the time.

@metalune @richardkramen I totally agree and will continue to use to generate beautiful, fast and simple static pages for my personal websites, but as I discussed with some here on Fosstodon, I will only set up the site and administer this, but I'll not be managing its content:
It therefore has to be user-friendly for this friend of mine who will mange its content and not so much for me 😉

@totoroot @metalune understandable! i have my share of this situation as well... hope it works out easily!

@totoroot Akismet, Updraft Plus, Redis / Memcached.

@totoroot some I use: Autoptimize, webp express, the SEO framework, login lockdown, BBQ firewall, Mastodon Autopost, WP Statistics. Make sure all plugins, themes and core are automatically updated (I use a cron job with wp-cli). If you are not sure this will be well maintained (well, it should...), at least install Wordfence for some protection.

@totoroot while I have not used WordPress lately(in last 5 years) I have heard few good things about Yoast plugin. They use "freemium" model so some features are free, others paid.

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