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  • Top 5 Best WordPress Optimization Plugins in 2023
    by Nitish Kumar on 26 mai 2023 at 4:12

    One of my tutorials on Tuts+ talks about top 10 WordPress optimization tips. Some of the tips in that post mention the use of caching plugins, compressing CSS and JS, optimizing images and so on. Top 10 Tips to Optimize Your WordPress Website Nitish Kumar 26 May 2023 In this post, I will give you a brief overview of the best plugins that you can use to do all that and more with relative ease. 1. LiteSpeed Cache LiteSpeed Cache is one of the best if not the best plugins out there for optimizing your website. Don’t get misled by the name of the plugin. It actually does a lot more than just caching of content. It can minify the CSS, JavaScript and HTML that you are using on your website. You can also use it to minify inline as well as external CSS or JS. It supports lazy loading of images with the ability to use responsive image placeholders while the images load. You can also lazy load iframes. You can load CSS asynchronously and defer or delay JavaScript loading. It is also possible to combine the CSS and JS from multiple files into a single file to reduce the number of requests. You can optimize images with lossy as well as lossless compression.  The plugin also provides support for conversion of images to WebP format. Some optimization and caching features require tight integration of the server with the plugin. Therefore, they are only available on servers with LiteSpeed installed on the server. You can set up automatic page caching to loads pages much more quickly. There is even support for private cache for logged-in users. Caches are bound to get stale after some time. LiteSpeed understands this and allows you to schedule a purge of specific URLs. You can also set up some related pages to get purged automatically based on certain events such as post publication. The only downside of LiteSpeed cache is that it requires you to spend some time learning what all the options related to website optimization do. 2. W3 Total Cache The W3 Total Cache plugin also called W3TC is a web host agnostic WordPress optimization plugin. One huge benefit of using this plugin is that it will work equally well with all type of sharing services such as a shared hosting, dedicated hosting or private hosting. This plugin comes with support for caching mobile version of pages based on user agents. It also works with AMP or  Accelerated Mobile Pages. It can compress and minify CSS and JavaScript that is being used on your website. You have complete control over the minification of CSS, HTML or JavaScript. You can also cache data for categories, tags, comments or search results either in memory or on disk as well as on CDN. There is support for caching of database objects and fragments in memory or on disk. It is also possible to minify inline, embedded or 3rd party JavaScript and CSS for optimum performance. You can defer the loading of non-critical CSS and JavaScript in order to render pages even earlier than usual. The plugin uses aggressive browser caching to make repeat views much faster. Other optimizations help improve the performance on the backend and you save bandwidth due to minified HTML, CSS and JavaScript files. 3. WP Fastest Cache The WP Fastest Cache plugin is yet another option for people who want optimize their website. It is easy to set up and employs a bunch of techniques to boost website performance. As you might know, generating a webpage in WordPress requires some PHP processing as well as fetching of data from the MySQL database. Repeating this process for every page visit will consume CPU cycles which could be used elsewhere. The WP Fastest Cache plugin solves this issue by caching a static HTML version of your WordPress posts. You can also minify the CSS and HTML used on your website to bring down the total page weight. However, you will have to use the premium version to minify JavaScript. The free version of the plugin also has the option of combining the CSS and JavaScript to reduce total number of requests being made. Let’s say that you don’t want to use the emoji functionality offered by WordPress, you can use this plugin to remove the related CSS and JavaScript to speed up the website. The free version of this plugin is enough for basic optimizations but you will have to use the premium version to get access to more features. The premium version offers dedicated cache for mobiles and widgets. It also allows you to optimize images by compressing them and converting them to more efficient formats such as WebP. You also get to lazy load your images with the premium version. While WP Fastest Cache is a good plugin, I feel that its free version is lacking compared to other available options. 4. WP-Optimize Cache The WP-Optimize Cache plugin is a feature rich WordPress optimization plugin that uses multiple techniques to make sure your website is performing at its best. There are three things that can slow down a WordPress website—lack of a proper caching mechanism, a clogged database and unoptimized images. The WP-Optimize Cache plugin solves all these problems for you. You can set this plugin up to periodically clean the database. This step involves multiple actions such as removal of unnecessary data like trashed comments and posts. You can also de-fragment your MySQL tables to improve querying speed. This plugin also allows you to minify the CSS and JavaScript used in your website. The page weight goes further down when Gzip compression is enabled. You can also combine multiple CSS and JavaScript files to reduce the total number of requests made. You can also set up browser cache related options with this plugin so that pages load much faster on repeat views. What if you don’t want to cache some specific portions of your website? You can easily exclude them from the cache by using the advanced cache exclusion rules. WP-Optimize Cache also offers impressive image optimization features. You can apply lossy compression on large images to significantly bring down their size. It is possible to perform bulk compression on multiple images at once and if you don’t like the result, there is an option to restore original images. You can also tell the plugin to automatically compresses any new images that are uploaded on the website. Some features such as lazy loading of images and quick deletion of unused or unwanted images are only available in the premium version of the plugin. The premium version also provides WP-CLI support, multisite support as well as advanced scheduling capabilities among other features. 5. Super Page Cache for Cloudflare Anyone who knows what a CDN is most probably has also heard about Cloudflare. This Super Page Cache plugin by Cloudflare is incredibly easy to use. All you need to do is provide your Cloudflare account’s API key. The default settings that come pre-applied in this plugin work great out-of-box. However, you can also tweak some options if you are not satisfied with the results and want to experiment. Besides LiteSpeed, the caching and optimization plugins that we have covered so far only offer local server level optimizations. This includes the minification of JavaScript, CSS and HTML, compression of images etc. Those are important things that you need to do if you want any website to run at its best. However, using the Super Page Cache plugin will help you take things further. You can use this plugin to cache static resources like CSS, JavaScript and images as well as the HTML generated by WordPress for different pages. All your resources are stored on over 200 different CDN edge locations. This makes sure that your website content is served really fast and it also reduces the load on your original website server. This plugin works great in conjunction with other optimization plugins that I mentioned above. You just need to make sure that the page caching feature is disabled on those plugins while all other optimizations work as usual. All the aspects of page caching will be handled by this plugin. Final Thoughts If you are using a web host that has LiteSpeed installed on its servers, you should go ahead and install the LiteSpeed cache plugin without any second thought. This plugin does an excellent job of optimizing your WordPress website. It will take you some time to figure out what all the available options do but the effort is definitely worth it. If you are using a web host that doesn’t have LiteSpeed installed, I would recommend that you use the WP-Optimize Cache plugin along with the Super Page Cache for Cloudflare plugin. Using them both together will really improve your website’s performance.

  • Top 10 Tips to Optimize Your WordPress Website
    by Nitish Kumar on 26 mai 2023 at 4:04

    Almost all businesses today usually have their own website to mark their online presence. While different businesses will have different types of websites and strategies in place to increase their sales, all of them would like a faster loading website. An optimized website is beneficial for a lot of reasons. The website owners save on different hosting related costs and the visitors save their valuable time. Happy customers are more likely to boost your sales. In this tutorial, I will give you my top 10 easy to follow tips to optimize your WordPress website. You can also check out my tutorial on the 5 best WordPress optimization plugins. Top 5 Best WordPress Optimization Plugins in 2023 Nitish Kumar 26 May 2023 1. Choose a Good Hosting Provider None of the other tips in this post will be of any significant help if you don’t have a good hosting provider. An under-powered server will make all our other efforts useless. It isn’t necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on your website when you are just getting started. However, you should talk with your hosting provider to enquire about details such as the processor used in the server, RAM provided in your hosting plan, type of storage used etc. If you are just getting started and have a tight budget, you don’t have to go with dedicated hosting. A shared hosting plan can also work provided the hosting provider doesn’t cram too many websites on the same server. Another problem could be that some other website on the server will be competing for shared resources. You can consider using dedicated hosting if you have the budget and want to make sure that unrelated websites don’t affect your performance. When looking for a WordPress host, I usually ask if the hosting provider also supports LiteSpeed caching. 2. Use a Good Caching Plugin You probably already know that WordPress generates pages for visitors dynamically based on the requested URL. However, there is a good chance the content of some of these pages will stay the same. Caching those pages can result in significant performance improvements. There are many good caching plugins out there but the one that I like the most is LiteSpeed Cache. This plugin does a lot of things for you that regular plugin won’t. This is especially true if you are on a webhost that supports LiteSpeed caching. A tight integration of the server side LiteSpeed software with your WordPress LiteSpeed caching plugin will squeeze out every bit of performance. Besides the general caching of public pages, this plugin also supports private cache for logged-in users. It can also use a crawler to cache pages even before the first user hit on that page. You can also purge the cache of any pages by simply using a set of rules. It is also possible for people to exclude some pages from the caching mechanism. 3. Update Your Plugins, Themes and WordPress Core Everyone who uses WordPress installs themes on their website to make it look a certain way and use plugins to provide additional functionality. The developers of these themes and plugins release regular updates for a variety of reasons including integration of new features, fixing vulnerabilities and performance improvements. You can check their change log regularly to see what things have changed since the last version release. Those change sometimes do include a mention of improvement in performance with some operations taking less time to complete. Not all theme and plugin developers prioritize performance. Therefore, it is also essential to read customer reviews before you decide to use a theme or plugin on your website. Similarly, any new updates to WordPress core can also give your website a significant performance boost as developers update the code that works behind the scenes to generate your webpage. 4. Reduce the Number of Plugins Installing a large number of plugins and themes on your WordPress website can result in downgraded performance. You should consider removing inactive themes from your website and check if all the plugins that you have installed are actually needed. Generally, you install a plugin to get specific functionality which you wanted to check but then stop using it later. In those cases, it is important for you to periodically check all the installed plugins and see if you are still using them actively on your website. It is also important to check if there is a better plugin available for installation now in the WordPress directory compared to the ones that you are using. New plugins are added to the directory all the time and doing periodic checks ensures that you are always using the best ones. 5. Optimize the WordPress Database As you already know, WordPress stores all its data related to your website in a database. The tables in this database can get cluttered with useless data after some time. Some of this data won’t actually be needed to run your website so you can get rid of it without affecting your website. You have to be careful about the data the you remove from the database. This means that it is a good idea to backup your website before you try to do any database cleaning yourself. A safer option would be to use a plugin. Most of the plugins will remove things such as spam or trashed comments, trashed posts, posts revisions etc. Some plugins like LiteSpeed Cache will also offer the option to optimize the tables in your database. 6. Update Your PHP Version Did you know that WordPress uses PHP and MySQL behind the scenes to dynamically generate its webpages? Updates to PHP work just like plugin updates which patch vulnerabilities and improve performance. Basically, each new version of PHP will add new features to the language and improve upon the existing codebase to make everything run faster. A faster PHP version means a faster WordPress core as well as faster plugins. You can check the PHP version installed on your webhost directly from the admin area of your WordPress website. First, log in to the admin dashboard of your WordPress website. Now navigate to Tools > Site Health and then switch to the Info tab. Scroll down a bit and you will see a section that provides information related to the server setup. Here is a screen of the information for my website. It is also important to make sure that the version of PHP you are using is compatible with all the installed plugins and themes. Otherwise, you website will stop working. 7. Serve Optimized Images to Users Images make up the majority of the page weight on most websites. Serving optimized images to your users can significantly reduce the amount of data that they have to download when visiting a webpage. There are two primary ways in which you can serve optimized images to users. First, resize your images to be of more appropriate size. Serving an image with dimensions 1920*1080 on a mobile device does not benefit anyone. All your images should be sized appropriately for the device where they will be viewed. Second, compress your images to reduce their size without significantly downgrading the quality. Using the right image format is important here. In some cases, you will get a smaller image size with .png files while in other cases .jpeg files will have smaller size. You could also use .webp images which usually have the smallest size of them all. The LiteSpeed cache plugin that I talked about earlier, also comes with settings to optimize images. You can find all these options by navigating to LiteSpeed Cache > Image Optimization > Image Optimization Settings. The plugin will take care of a lot of things for you such as image compressions as well as delivery of .webp images where appropriate. 8. Compress JavaScript and CSS Another way to reduce your overall page weight and improve page load times involves compressing the JavaScript and CSS that you serve to users. There are quite a few tools that you can find online to compress your CSS and JavaScript files such as HTML compressor. Important thing to keep in mind here is that you don’t compress your development files and only compress the production files that will be served to users. The savings in size resulting from compression of JavaScript and CSS won’t be as much as those from compressing images. However, you will still be able to save a few milliseconds which add up in the end for significant performance boost. 9. Lazy Load Your Images Even after you have compressed and resized your images, it is still possible to optimize image delivery by loading them lazily. Let’s say someone visiting your website doesn’t scroll past the top of the webpage. Any images that are outside the viewport will still be downloaded by the browser. This results in wasted bandwidth for you as well as your visitors. There any many plugins that will give you the option for loading images lazily without having to write any code. You can also load other resources such as iframes lazily to further improve website performance. 10. Use a CDN to Deliver Resources Using a CDN to deliver your website resources can give a big boost to your website loading times. This is because how long a webpage takes to load also depends on the distance between the website server as well as the user. A content delivery network or CDN will have web servers distributed all over the globe to deliver static files such as images, CSS and JavaScript to all your website visitors. For example, a visitor in India will receive those static files from the server nearest to them and a visitor in Europe will receive those files from the server nearest to them. Some CDN providers such as Cloudflare even provide basic CDN functionality for free. The LiteSpeed plugin that I talked about earlier also has its own QUIC.cloud CDN to serve resources and make your website faster. Final Thoughts In this tutorial, we learned about 10 different tips that you can follow to optimize your WordPress website and get a performance boost. It all basically boils down to using a good hosting, keeping everything like the plugins, themes as well as the WordPress core updated. You can also use optimize the delivery of images and other resources by using good caching plugins and a CDN.

  • 5 Best Free Dropdown Menu Plugins for WordPress
    by Daniel Strongin on 12 mai 2023 at 18:38

    Need to extend the functionality of your WordPress dropdown menus? Not sure what the best dropdown menu plugins are? WordPress dropdown menu plugins help you organize your websites structure and give your website visitors a better user experience. WordPress dropdown menu plugins range from simple to more complex menus that offer countless new ways to display your websites content. The selection of WordPress dropdown menu plugins is available on CodeCanyon. Each plugin offers you unique ways to add menus throughout your site and not just in you the header.  In this article, we’ll cover the top premium drop down menu plugins as well as the top free plugins. Create a more powerful website by adding a WordPress dropdown menu plugin today! First let’s have a look at an offer that all WordPress site owners can take advantage of.  Envato Elements: Unlimited Downloads Envato Elements is a service that provides an unlimited download subscription, meaning that you are free to download as many items as you like from millions of digital assets. This includes premium WordPress themes and plugins, icons, stock photography, royalty-free audio, and stock video. The subscription is covered by simple commercial licensing that gives you the rights to use the item in a broad variety of projects, including those of a commercial nature. The licensing is future-proof, meaning even if you unsubscribe and can’t download items from Envato Elements anymore, any existing registered uses are still covered. Envato Elements has tons of high-quality WordPress assets, including WordPress plugins. Subscribe Today  Subscribe today and start creating! Top 5 Premium WordPress Drop Down Menu Plugins On CodeCanyon In addition to Envato Elements, CodeCanyon offers tons of high quality premium WordPress plugins including Drop Down Menu plugins. Here are the top five premium dropdown menu plugins you can get over on CodeCanyon today! 1. UberMenu UberMenu is a powerful, fully responsive WordPress Mega Menu Plugin developed by sevenspark. The plugin offers a user-friendly interface that is highly customizable, allowing you to create intricate mega menu configurations with ease. Regardless of the size of your website, Ubermenu has everything to display the perfect menu to your audience.  Here are the main features of UberMenu: fully responsive and mobile compatible advanced submenu layouts easy customization of menu colors, sizes, and fonts  generate items from post or term content 2. Hero Mega Menu Hero Mega Menu is a versatile and responsive WordPress menu plugin. It simplifies the process of creating a professional, responsive WordPress menu, from complex mega menus to simpler dropdown menus. The plugin is intuitive, mobile-friendly, and provides a great user experience. Here are the main features of Hero Mega Menu: fully customizable and intuitive menu builder  add shortcodes, HTML, posts, pages, categories, and custom links Wide range of layout options advanced mega menu builder that supports multiple types of content 3. Mammoth The Mammoth Submenu for WPBakery Page Builder is a robust plugin that adds mega submenu functionality to your existing WordPress menu system. It integrates with WP Bakery widgets and grid system, allowing you to construct expansive submenus with a simple drag and drop interface. The plugin includes demo examples as WP Bakery templates, enabling you to get started quickly. Here is what you can expect from Mammoth: create expansive submenus seamlessly works with WP Bakery widgets and grid system drag and drop system friendly interface that requires no coding skills 4. Xlmega Elementor Mega Menu The Xlmega Elementor Mega Menu is a powerful tool for creating responsive, complex menus with ease. The plugin is optimized for Elementor pager builder. If you need to create a full featured menu quickly, Xlmega menu is your best option for Elementor users. Main features of Xlmega include: creates dynamic, responsive mega menus optimized for both elementor  compatible with a wide range of browsers supports various WordPress versions 5. Mega Main Menu The Mega Main Menu is a comprehensive WordPress Menu Plugin developed by MegaMain. The plugin provides a responsive menu with a variety of customization options including sticky menus, icon inclusion, and mega dropdown variations. The tool allows any type of content to be placed in dropdown menus and provides a custom color scheme. Here are the main features for this dropdown WordPress plugin: place links, text, images, widgets, and shortcodes in dropdowns unlimited color variations 1600 vector icons and 600+ Google Fonts for menu customization wpml compatibility Let’s now have a look at the top free drop down menu WordPress plugins.  5 Best Free Dropdown Menu Plugins for WordPress If you are on a tight budget, free dropdown menu plugins can do the job. Here are the top five free dropdown menu plugins for WordPress. 1. Max Mega Menu The Max Mega Menu is a comprehensive WordPress plugin that transforms existing menus into user-friendly, highly accessible mega menus. It offers a wide range of features, allowing users to add WordPress widgets to menus, customize menu styles through a theme editor, and control menu behaviors via built-in settings. The plugin is designed for ease of use, enabling a touch-ready and mobile-responsive menu with a few clicks 2. QuadMenu The QuadMenu  is an all-in-one solution for designing responsive mega menus, tabs menus, and carousel menus. This powerful tool streamlines menu integration in theme projects, offering customizable layouts through an intuitive drag & drop interface. It includes features like multiple menu locations, widget support, customizable breakpoints for menu collapse, and compatibility with Google Fonts and Font Awesome icons. 3. If Menu The If Menu lets you display specific menu items to site visitors based on predefined visibility rules. These rules range from displaying menu items only for logged-in users, hiding menus for mobile devices, displaying different menus for admins or editors, and more. The plugin supports basic visibility rules and additional advanced visibility rules. If you need a free dynamic WordPress dropdown menu plugin, the If Menu is for you.  4. Groovy Menu The Groovy Menu is a free, responsive Mega Menu plugin for WordPress designed to improve website navigation by adding an easy-to-customize menu to your site. The plugin offers features such as mega menus, horizontal and vertical menus, dropdown menus, submenus, WooCommerce compatibility, and more. It supports automatic and manual integration, is GDPR compliant, and requires no coding skills for use.  5. WP Responsive Menu The WP Responsive Menu is a WordPress plugin transforms your WordPress menu into a highly customizable, sliding responsive menu. The plugin features easy setup and customization directly from the settings page, with no coding required. It allows users to alter menu open direction, change menu icon animation, add logos and links to the menu bar. Additionally, it integrates with WooCommerce, supports RTL sites and allows social media icons addition. Learn More About WordPress We know WordPress can seem intimidating if you’re just starting to use this awesome platform. But don’t worry—here are some resources that might help you with your WordPress website. Additionally, you can check out our fantastic course, A Beginner’s Guide to Using WordPress. And subscribe to our Tuts+ YouTube channel, where you’ll find awesome videos like these: In order to give your website visitors the best possible experience on your WordPress website, you will need to have a feature-rich website. Download Even More Great WordPress Plugins Looking to add even more functionality to your WordPress website? Check out these resources and find the perfect plugin for your WordPress website.  5 Best Backup Plugins for WordPress Arooha Arif 30 Aug 2022 The Best WordPress Plugins of All Time (Free and Paid) Franc Lucas 28 Jul 2022 19 Best WordPress and WooCommerce Review Plugins Franc Lucas 31 May 2022 22 Best SEO Plugins for WordPress Jane Baker 26 May 2022 Add a Drop Down Menu to Your Site Today! The premium and free dropdown menu WordPress plugins available can enhance your website’s functionality. This can help drive more traffic to your site and improve the user experience. The dropdown menu plugins available on CodeCanyon are only a small selection  of WordPress plugins available on CodeCanyon. If the drop down menu WordPress plugins in this article aren’t suitable for you or you need other types of WordPress plugins, be sure to browse the CodeCanyon library. Discover the perfect WordPress plugin to propel your business forward today!

  • How to Find Attachment IDs in WordPress
    by Daniel Strongin on 12 mai 2023 at 3:40

    Need to know the attachment IDs of your WordPress media files? Not sure how you can find the attachment IDs?  WordPress is the backbone of countless websites worldwide. Its flexibility is largely due to various features, including the Media Library. This is a user-friendly tool for managing various media files. Within this library, every file is assigned a unique identifier known as an attachment id. Understanding the functionality of the media library and attachment ids can be a game-changer in managing your website more effectively, especially when dealing with a large volume of media files.  This article is a comprehensive guide to understanding and finding these attachment ids in WordPress. Whether manually locating an id or using a plugin to assist you, knowing how to find attachment ids will streamline your administrative tasks and make your WordPress experience more efficient.  So let’s start learning about the WordPress Media Library and attachment ids. Understanding the WordPress Media Library and Attachment Ids The WordPress Media Library is an integral part of any WordPress website. It’s a powerful tool for storing and managing all your media files, including images, videos, audio, and documents.  It provides a centralized location to upload, edit, and delete media files in your posts and pages.  How WordPress Organizes and Identifies Media Files Once a media file is uploaded to the WordPress Media Library, WordPress systematically organizes these files. Each file is given a unique attachment id. WordPress uses this numerical identifier to track and retrieve the file. This id is assigned automatically upon upload and is stored in the WordPress database. This organization strategy allows WordPress to quickly locate and display the correct media file when needed, whether it’s being shown on a post, a page, or a custom post type. By default, the attachment id is not shown to website visitors. As the site owner, there are times when you may need to find this id for specific tasks or troubleshooting. In the following sections, we’ll show you how to locate these ids manually and with a plugin. Instances When You May Need to Find Attachment Ids Here are a few scenarios when knowing what the specific Attachment ids of your files may come in handy: Customizing Website Features: Some themes and plugins require attachment ids to customize certain features. For example, you might need an image’s attachment id to set it as a featured image or to include it in a slider. Programming and Development: If you’re getting into the more technical side of WordPress, you should use attachment ids in your code. For example, developers use these ids when creating shortcodes, custom queries, or tweaking theme files. Troubleshooting: Attachment ids can also be helpful when troubleshooting. If a specific media file is causing issues, finding its attachment id can help you locate it quickly in the Media Library for inspection or removal. In the upcoming sections, we’ll explore the various methods you can use to find these attachment ids in WordPress. Manual Method of Finding Attachment IDs To find attachment ids manually, you must first access the Media Library from your WordPress dashboard’s left-hand menu.  In the Media Library, you will see a list or grid (depending on your view setting) of all the media files that have been uploaded to your WordPress website. To find the attachment id of a media file, click on the file’s name or thumbnail to open its Attachment Details window. Once the Attachment Details window is open, look at your browser’s address bar. You will see a URL that ends with post=1234, where 1234 is the attachment id of the media file. This number is WordPress’s unique identifier assigned to that particular file. Using Plugins to Find Attachment Ids If you don’t want to manually look up attachment ids, then a plugin to display the attachment id automatically will be a big time saver. Here are a few plugins that you can install to show the attachment ids of your media files.  Media Library Assistant This plugin provides several enhancements to the WordPress Media Library, including the ability to display attachment ids. Reveal Is This plugin reveals ids for posts, pages, categories, tags, and media. Show IDs Similar to the above, this plugin reveals ids on your dashboard for all types of content, including media files. Common Issues in Finding Attachment Ids You may encounter some issues when trying to find attachment ids in your WordPress site.  Here are a few common problems and solutions to these problems: Can’t Find the Attachment Id in the URL Sometimes, when you open a media file’s Attachment Details” you might not see the post=1234 part in the URL. This could be due to various reasons like certain WordPress configurations or specific admin themes that alter the URL structure. Solution If you can’t find the attachment id in the URL, you might need to use a plugin to reveal the ids. Try installing one of the plugins mentioned above. The Plugin Isn’t Working You’ve installed and activated a plugin that’s supposed to reveal attachment ids, but it’s not doing its job for some reason. This could be due to a plugin conflict, or the plugin might not be compatible with your version of WordPress. Solution If a plugin isn’t working, try to deactivate and reactivate it first. If it still doesn’t work, it could conflict with another plugin. Deactivate your other plugins individually to see if that solves the problem.  If this doesn’t work, the plugin might not be compatible with your WordPress version. Either update WordPress or look or choose another plugin to install.  Slow Website After Plugin Installation  After installing a plugin to reveal Attachment IDs, you notice that your website has become slower. This could be because the plugin needs to be better coded or your website has too many plugins. Solution If your website is running slow after installing a plugin, try deactivating the plugin and see if that speeds things up. If it does, you should find a more lightweight plugin or one that’s better coded.  Also, review your website to see if there are any other plugins you can deactivate. Remember, it’s best to keep your plugins to a minimum to ensure optimal website performance. Solutions and Tips to Overcome These Issues Remember, troubleshooting is part and parcel of managing a WordPress website. Keep going even if you encounter problems. With a little patience and perseverance, a solution will always be found! Discover Top WordPress Plugins Improve your website’s functionality using high-quality WordPress plugins. The articles below contain useful information about effective plugins you can implement immediately. WordPress Plugins: How to Use Them Daniel Strongin 27 Dec 2022 14 Best Plugins for Embedding YouTube and Vimeo in WordPress Franc Lucas 22 Feb 2023 The Best WordPress Plugins of All Time (Free and Paid) Franc Lucas 28 Jul 2022 Best WordPress Support Plugins for 2023 Franc Lucas 24 Aug 2022 Find Your Files Attachment IDs Attachment ids are crucial in managing a WordPress website, particularly media-heavy ones. Knowing how to find and use these ids streamlines website administration and troubleshooting.  In this article we covered what the basics of the WordPress Media Library and attachment ids. We covered how you can manually find these ids and with plugins. We also addressed common troubleshooting issues and solutions to these problems.

  • Pros and Cons of Using AI for Coding
    by Kingsley Ubah on 11 mai 2023 at 11:25

    To build software, you’ll need to first conceptualize the app and then plan how to build it, before starting the development process. You’re also going to do a lot of testing and debugging before releasing the final app or website for public use. This whole process of development takes time and resources. It can be difficult to make everything work, even with your best attempts and committed work. This is where AI-assisted coding comes in. You can use AI algorithms to build well-functioning applications and websites quicker than you would by yourself. Companies and organizations can use AI to streamline their software development process. Let’s dive deeper into AI-assisted coding and its pros and cons.  How Can You Use AI for Coding? AI-assisted coding is all about software developers using AI algorithms to build applications faster and more efficiently. We’re talking about tools that use machine-learning algorithms and language-processing technologies to identify patterns in code, spot errors, and recommend fixes and improvements. An example of such technology is GitHub Copilot. Copilot is a cloud-based AI tool used for pair programming. The tool turns English prompts into coding suggestions across dozens of programming languages. It comes in the form of an extension that works in Visual Studio Code and JetBrains. To receive coding suggestions from GitHub Copilot, you either start to write the code you want to use or write a natural language comment describing the code you want to generate. Other AI tools relevant to programmers include ChatGPT and OpenAI Codex. Like Copilot, OpenAI Codex translates natural language to code. ChatGPT is more text-based, so you can also use it to get answers to technical questions. This makes ChatGPT quite handy if you’re preparing for a technical interview.  Pros of Using AI for Coding There are many benefits to using artificial intelligence for software development. Here are some of them: Better Productivity Imagine you’re in need of a function that converts the time from one format to another. You can spend a few minutes looking up the relevant string and time manipulation functions on Google search, and then write and debug your code. Or you can just generate the function with just a single prompt to GitHub Copilot. Function that formats the date Of course, you’ll still need to test the code to make sure it works properly and does what you want it to. AI can produce buggy code, and it might be because your prompt isn’t clear enough on the code you want to generate. Make your prompts as clear and specific as possible, and include all the necessary parameters. Here’s an example of some problematic code generated by GitHub Copilot: Screenshot of Copilot generated function Based on the code above, if you had 10 input elements on the page, clicking any of them would show „This is element #10”. This is because the for loop will have completed, and i will already be 10 (for all inputs) by the time onclick is called on each of the elements. Here’s how you can correct the above code problems: 1 var elements = document.getElementsByTagname(„input”) 2 var n = elements.length 3 4 var clickHandler = function(num) { 5 return function() { 6 console.log(„This is element #” + num) 7 } 8 } 9 10 for(var i=0; i<n; i++) { 11 elements[i].onclick = clickHandler(i+1) 12 } In this revised version of the code, the event handler (clickHandler) is instantly invoked each time we pass through the loop. The inner function uses the scoped num variable, and the element’s onclick property is set to that function. This ensures that each onclick receives and uses the appropriate i value. With the assistance of AI, you can improve productivity by delegating repetitive and time-wasting tasks. This gives you more time to focus on the more challenging and creative parts of software development. For example, you can use AI algorithms to automate code testing and optimization, freeing more time to focus on writing new code. Improved Accuracy AI algorithms are more effective and efficient than human developers at finding errors in software code. While it’ll take a human developer hours (or days) to debug a large codebase, an AI algorithm can do it within seconds.  Thanks to machine learning, AI tools can identify erroneous code and bad coding practices. Furthermore, most of these tools can provide solutions for the error and suggestions aimed at helping you adhere to standard coding practices. It does all of this in a fraction of the time it takes the average human developer to debug. More Scalability One of the best parts about AI algorithms is that they can scale to handle large projects. Provided you have the processing power, you don’t need to do anything extra to enjoy the power of AI. Contrast this to the lack of scalability of human developers. AI algorithms don’t just scale in size, but also in complexity. Most AI tools can work with a wide variety of programming languages. This is a massive advantage to companies that use a large tech stack for development. Imagine how much it’d cost to hire developers for each stack or programming language. Access for Those With Limited Knowledge of Coding AI-assisted tools can be quite helpful to new programmers who aren’t very competent at writing code. These tools are also helpful in situations where developers want to implement certain code (especially complex code) but don’t know how. Of course, developers often have to be specific when supplying the parameters for generating the code. This means that the developers more or less need to know how they would write the code, even if they use AI-assisted tools to write it for them. Cons of AI-Assisted Development Despite its many advantages, there’s another side to AI-assisted software development that you need to know. Here are the cons of using AI as a software developer: Limited Creativity One of the biggest downsides of using AI for coding is limited creativity. If you’ve ever used ChatGPT to generate content, you most likely noticed how bland some of the sentences were. This can also be the case for software development. Programming requires creativity. You must be able to conceptualize your application before building it. You need to consider the framework to use, and how to go about designing the various components. This is an area where AI-assisted technologies fall short. Dependence on Algorithms Using AI too much can lead to a dependence on algorithms, which isn’t a good thing. For one, it can lead to a lack of innovation and critical thinking among software developers. Developers might rely on machines instead of their own imagination. This ultimately could lead to a decrease in the overall quality of the software. Furthermore, the entire software development industry could be negatively affected. Legal and Ethical Issues Another main issue involving the use of AI for programming is legal and ethical issues. Because AI-powered programming tools are trained using open-source code, they basically use code written by other developers.  This raises legal and ethical questions whose answers are unclear at this time. What happens if your AI-assisted coding tool generates code that is identical to the code in another repository? Does it make you a plagiarizer or a license violator? The answers are unclear at this point, but we’ll probably gain more perspective as people start engaging each other over these issues.  Bias and Inaccuracies The output an AI-assisted coding tool provides is dependent on the data it was trained on. As a result, AI algorithms can be biased, and they might not always be able to predict the correct outcome. Basically, if the data is biased, so will the AI algorithm. Suppose you created an application that sends prompts to the ChatGPT API and displays the response on the UI. The accuracy of your application will be based on ChatGPT’s algorithm, which is dependent on the data it was trained with. Thus, some sensitive topics (e.g. health, politics, medicine) might return inaccurate or biased answers. Conclusion There’s no doubt that AI-assisted technology is here to stay. No one knows how much AI will affect software developers for now. But it will surely help developers to work more efficiently and be more productive. AI tools will surely help us build applications faster. But there’s a high risk of developers becoming dependent on AI algorithms, which isn’t a good thing. The solution is to find a balance between what AI should take care of and what developers should do.