Top FREE WordPress Plugins I Always Use – May 2014

May 19, 2014

When searching for plugins online to install and integrate into your WordPress website, it doesn’t take long to get overwhelmed by the vast selection of available options to choose from. Over the years of working with WordPress I have started making a collection of plugins that I tend to use in almost every one of my website development projects. I frequently get questions from people asking me what is the best WordPress plugin for Social Media, Site Performance, SEO, Backups, etc…There are many “best WordPress plugin” lists floating around that are always changing and although I am not claiming that these plugins are the top WordPress plugins out, the WordPress plugins listed below are in fact the ones that I find essential and seemed to be the ones I cannot live without. These plugins have all been tested and I would highly recommend using theme if you run WordPress on your site. Most of them are relevant to almost any type of WordPress website.

Please Note: WordPress tends to run faster with fewer plugins installed. That’s why it’s important to only install the plugins you know are essential for your website.

Akismet – Comment spam prevention for your blog

(a-kĭz-mĭt) n. Possibly the best way in the world to protect you from web spam

Akismet - Worlds Best WordPress Spam Blocker

What is Akismet?
Akismet is a hosted web service that saves you time by automatically detecting comment and trackback spam. It’s hosted on their servers, but they give you access to it through plugins and their API. Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

Major new features in Akismet 2.5  include: (05/15/14)

  • A comment status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet, and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator
  • Links are highlighted in the comment body, to reveal hidden or misleading links
  • If your web host is unable to reach Akismet’s servers, the plugin will automatically retry when your connection is back up
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user
  • Spam and Unspam reports now include more information, to help improve accuracy

PS: You’ll need an API key to use it. Keys are free for personal blogs, with paid subscriptions available for businesses and commercial sites.

Contact Form 7

Just another contact form plugin for WordPress. Simple but flexible

Contact Form 7 WordPress Plugin - Just another contact form plugin for WordPress. Simple but flexible

What is Contact Form 7?
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

Contact Form 7 3.8.1 is now available. This release includes a fix for the Akismet module; that called old functions deprecated in Akismet 3.0. It also includes a few translation updates.

Recommended Plugins by Contact Form 7 Authors:

The following are other recommended plugins by the author of Contact Form 7.

  • Flamingo – With Flamingo, you can save submitted messages via contact forms in the database.
  • Really Simple CAPTCHA – Really Simple CAPTCHA is a simple CAPTCHA module which works well with Contact Form 7.
  • Bogo – Bogo is a straight-forward multilingual plugin that doesn’t cause headaches.

Digg Digg – Social Media Floating Share Tool

Your all in one share buttons plugin. Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. 

Digg Digg - Social Media Floating Share Tool

Get more likes and shares on your content by making it easy for your readers to share your articles.
With Digg Digg by Buffer, you have an all in one social sharing plugin for your blog. Display all social sharing buttons nicely on your blog and make it look amazing, just like Mashable.


  • Display all popular social sharing buttons with count, such as Twitter, Buffer, Facebook Share, Facebook Like, Digg, LinkedIn, Google +1, Reddit, dZone, TweetMeme, Topsy, Yahoo Buzz, StumbleUpon,, Sphinn, Designbump, WebBlend, BlogEngage, Serpd, Pinterest, Pocket and Tumblr.
  • Facebook Like (Iframe or XFBML), support thumbnail generation, multiple languages, show faces and send button.
  • Great customization options. Choose a floating bar like here: or sharing buttons at the top or bottom of the post.
  • Lazy loading to increase website performance.
  • Left or right scrolling effect like
  • Support in excerpt mode.
  • Support for email and print services.
  • Nearly any button out there you can think of.

Completely Free!
Digg Digg is free to install and use, forever. If you like it, tell your friends and or share this page! Download Digg Digg WordPress Social Media Floating Share Button Plugin Here.

Google Plus Authorship – Link your Google+ profile to the content you create

Add Google Plus Profile Picture to Google Search Results. Very Easy to implement!

Google Plus Authorship

What is Google+ Authroship?
After you correctly install the Google Plus Authorship plugin, your Google Plus Profile Picture will appear in Google Search. This also integrates your Google Plus Profile with WordPress.

 Kacey Kaderly Google Plus

 Just 3 easy steps to process:
1. Plugin Installation
2. Enter Google Profile URL in Profile Page
3. Post a link back from Google Plus Profile to Your Current Website

Understand how your content appears in search. Learn more by visiting  Having issues?  Check out some of these other resources:

Simple Custom CSS

Add Custom CSS to your WordPress site without any hassles.

Simple Custom CSS

What is Simple Custom CSS?
An easy-to-use WordPress Plugin to add custom CSS styles that override Plugin and Theme default styles. This plugin is designed to meet the needs of administrators who would like to add their own CSS to their WordPress website.  If you do any kind of custom wordpress CSS changes then you want to use this plugin so you don’t risk loosing your modifications during the next theme update. Better to be safe then sorry!  Works very similar to a child theme.

Now Even Simpler!

New for Version 3.0 (2014-4-12)

  • Useful Code Syntax Highlighter
  • Checkbox to “Allow Double Quotes” no longer needed
  • Plugin attribution block removed
  • Allows Administrator access on Multisite


  • No configuration needed
  • Simple interface built on WordPress UI
  • Virtually no impact on site performance
  • No complicated database queries
  • Thorough documentation
  • Active Plugin Support


WordPress Backup to Dropbox – Automatically Backup Your Website

Keep your valuable WordPress website, its media and database backed up to Dropbox in minutes

WordPress Backup to Dropbox

What is WordPress Backup to Dropbox?
WordPress Backup to Dropbox has been created to give you peace of mind that your blog is backed up on a regular basis. Just choose a day, time and how often you wish yor backup to be performed and kick back and wait for your websites files and a SQL dump of its database to be dropped in your Dropbox! You can set where you want your backup stored within Dropbox and on your server as well as choose what files or directories, if any, you wish to exclude from the backup. The plugin uses OAuth so your Dropbox account details are not stored for the plugin to gain access.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox is a free plugin
The plugin’s simple interface lets you setup your backup cycle in minutes giving you peace of mind that your precious blog posts, media files and template changes are backed up. In order to use the plugin you will need a Dropbox account. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.


Wordfence Security – Secure your WordPress Website

Enhancing your WordPress Security

Wordfence Security - Secure your WordPress Website

What is Wordfence Security?
Wordfence starts by checking if your site is already infected. They do a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster.

Wordfence Security is 100% free.
They also offer a Premium API key that gives you access to our premium support ticketing system at along with two factor authentication via SMS, country blocking and the ability to schedule scans for specific times.

Wordfence is the Leading Cyber Security solution for WordPress. They provide a Complete Anti-Virus and Firewall Package for your WordPress Website including Two Factor Authentication, a Firewall incorporating Machine Learning and Tools to help Recover from a Hack.

Learn more at

WordPress SEO by Yoast – The Ultimate Free Search Engine Optimization Plugin

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site

WordPress SEO by Yoast

What is Wordpress SEO by Yoast?
WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO. This plugin is written from the ground up by Joost de Valk and his team at Yoast to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. While this WordPress SEO plugin goes the extra mile to take care of all the technical optimization, more on that below, it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.

Get more visitors to your WordPress site!

  • Optimize your WordPress site with just one plugin The most complete SEO plugin for WordPress available today offers you everything you need to optimize your site.
  • Content analysis functionality Write better content with the built-in content analysis and easily optimize your sites titles and descriptions with the snippet preview.
  • Automatically generate XML Sitemaps And many more technical improvements to your site that you don’t even have to look at.

Learn more by visiting

Please feel free to comment with other great plugins that you feel you can’t live without!


Spring Time Fruit Smoothie

April 4, 2014

Crushed Iced, 100% Apple Juice, Fat Free Skim Milk, Fat Free Vanilla Yogart, Pomegranate Blueberry Minute Made 100% Juice, Frozen Bananas, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Tomato & Avocado.

















Grow Op For Seeds Up And Running

March 25, 2014

march garden start

I heard enough complaining from the wife about all of my seed starts making a huge mess so this year I decided to go to Ace Hardware and get some supplies to start my own little grow room.  It really was much cheaper then I expected to buy a few florescent lights that had power plugins built directly into them.  Peppers take forever to start so that being said I had those suckers seeded early March.  I ended up planting 6 different types of peppers including bell peppers, brown chocolate Jamaican habaneros, Big Daddy Devils, jalapenos, and a few seeds I saved from last years pepper harvest. Next came the tomatoes and purple cauliflower I ordered off Amazon.  I went with 6 different types of tomatoes to have a nice variety like the peppers:  Giant white tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes heirlooms, yellow pear tomatoes & a few seeds from last years harvest.

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The 3 Women of My Life

December 13, 2013

krissy kimmy & khloe

Fun little photo I photoshopped of the 3 women of my life: Krissy, Kimmy & Khloe…

Sunshine Roll from H&S Hibachi Sushi Japanese Express

December 12, 2013

This is a Sunshine Roll from H&S Hibachi Sushi Japanese Express located in Janesville, WI. The sushi roll is deep fried with crab meat, avocado, smoke salmon, cream cheese topped with spicy sauce eel sauce! It’s hard to find good sushi when living in the Midwest; H & S Hibachi has yet to let me down.  They are a “Japanese Express” so you can usually get in and out in a fair amount of time.

sunshine roll

If you’re looking for some good quality and quick sushi in or around Janesville then stop into H&S Hibachi Sushi Japanese Express – I highly recommend the Sunshine Roll!

H & S Hibachi & Sushi Express

2443 Milton Ave
Janesville, WI 53545
phone: (608) 756-6998

Mustache You A Question

December 7, 2013

Had to show off the sweet mustache of 2013

Kacey's mustache Kacey's mustache Kacey

A moustache (US /ˈmʌstæʃ/ or UK /məˈstɑːʃ/; American English: mustache)[1] is facial hair grown on the upper lip. Moustaches can be groomed by trimming and styling with a type of pomade called moustache wax.

Notable moustaches

The longest moustache measures 4.29 m (14 ft) and belongs to Ram Singh Chauhan (India). It was measured on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on 4 March 2010.

In some cases, the moustaches are so prominently identified with a single individual that it could be identified with him without any further identifying traits, such as in the case of Adolf Hitler. In some cases, such as with Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin, the moustache in question was artificial for most of their lives. Kaiser Wilhelm II‘s moustache, grossly exaggerated, featured prominently in Triple Entente propaganda.

Kite Boarding Kevin Theile in Beloit, WI

November 2, 2013

Kite Boarding Kevin Theile in Beloit, WI

Horned Tomato Worm in Wisconsin – Devour

November 2, 2013

Horned Tomato Worm in Wisconsin – Devouring Tomato Plants Quickly!

Kacey Kaderly Garden May 2013 http://ow.

November 2, 2013

Kacey Kaderly Garden May 2013

Beloit Home For Sale by Owner – Beloit H

October 26, 2013

Beloit Home For Sale by Owner – Beloit Home For Sale by Owner I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor ( From: Kacey Kaderly Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 02:55 More in People & Blogs