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Site Performance, Classified Ads, Gutenberg Blocks, Site Security plugins in Episode 390

It's Episode 390 and I've got plugins for Site Performance, Classified Ads, Gutenberg Blocks, Site Security and Classic Press Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

It's Episode 390 and I've got plugins for Site Performance, Classified Ads, Gutenberg Blocks, Site Security and Classic Press Options. It's all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z! It’s Episode 390 and I’ve got plugins for Site Performance, Classified Ads, Gutenberg Blocks, Site Security and Classic Press Options. It’s all coming up on WordPress Plugins A-Z!

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Today I have 4 great plugins for you.


To start off I have a couple plugins that I have yet to use but thought you might want to know they exist. Keep in mind the ratings are based off the descriptions on their site and using their demo if available.

Sent in by Ante Laca

WP Performance

Requires:4.7 or higher
Compatible up to:5.4.16
Released:28 December 2018
Last Updated:17 June 2020
(4.9 star out of 5)

What they Say:
WP Performance is a performance plugin that aims to make that “speed up” process a bit simpler by adding a variety of performance tweaks to your WordPress site.
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic content, and it uses mod_rewrite to load cache files which is the fastest method.

Multisite Support

WP Performance does not support multisite yet.


  • Page cache
  • Cache preloading
  • Browser cache
  • GZIP Compression
  • Minify CSS, JavaScript, and HTML
  • Asynchronously load CSS/JavaScript
  • Combine CSS/JavaScript
  • Disable CSS/JavaScript
  • Resource hints
  • Critical CSS path generator
  • Database Cleaner
  • Export/import settings
  • Lazy Load images
  • Responsive images
  • Regenerate thumbs
  • CDN
  • WP-CLI Support

Rating 3 Dragons


Sent in by Blazej Krzymowski

TerraClassifieds – free classifieds WordPress plugin

What they say:
Add advert on the frontend
User-friendly, clean and simple form for adding adverts from the frontend. Customers need to be logged in to add an ad.

User registration
Registration page view can be chosen from the two following options:
Automatically generated password
Let user choose password during registration

Edit ad
Once the customer added the ad and it was approved by the website administrator then the customer may edit and modify his advert before it expires.

Edit user profile
After the simple registering process the user may edit his profile and change or fill in additional fields like first and last name, phone, avatar, short description or website URL.

My submissions
On this page, the customer may check his adverts info like expiration date, the advert status and action buttons like remove, edit, archive and renew for an expired advert.

Login & forgot password
Login page includes the simple login form – you don’t need to log in from the backend. Rescue your password using your username or email address.

Rating 3 Dragons

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The next plugin I have for you is:

Premium Blocks for Gutenberg

Requires:5.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.6
Released:06 December 2018
Last Updated:17 July 2024
(4.9 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
OK it is here so may as well get used to it. I have started playing with Gutenberg and there are a couple nice things but I have had to insure a couple sites stay as classic. The one interesting thing is the custom blocks being built. This pllugin gives you 10 blocks like banners, buttons and maps.

I used this for the map block you can customize the map with custom icons the setup is pretty easy all in all not too bad looking.

Rating 4 Dragons.

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The last plugin I have here today is:

WP Hide & Security Enhancer

Requires:4.0 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.5
Released:09 December 2015
Last Updated:20 June 2024
(4.3 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
You may have need to maximize your site security and this could be a plugin for you. This plugin hides everything from prying eyes. This plugin will hide not only your login url but the locations of your plugins, uploads and themes. It blocks the XML-RPC API blocks direct access to all folders. It will do such a good job that the online detectors won’t even recognize it as a WordPress theme.

Rating 5 Dragons

ClassicPress Options

Adding a new segment just for Classic Press since the release of Gutenberg ClassicPress has garnered allot of attention.
I will be realzing a short screen cast about the conversion of a site to ClassicPress and it looked to go very well fast and easy.

This weeks ClassisPress plugin/s

I will bring one or more plugins per week here as I can test them.

Notes about last weeks plugin WordFence it will show some false positives because of the file changes.

This week we have another one of my staple plugins.

PowerPress Podcasting plugin by Blubrry

Requires:3.6 or higher
Compatible up to:6.5.5
Released:08 August 2008
Last Updated:22 July 2024
(4.6 star out of 5)

The Lowdown:
I have been using this plugin for 8 years now ever since I started this show and it has done nothing but improve over the years. From the testing I have done with it on my ClassicPress site it looks to be working well with no issues.

Rating 5 Dragons.

Closing out this Episode The Plugins I covered where:

John’s Plugins: WP Performance – 3, TerraClassifieds – 3, Premium Blocks for Gutenberg – 4, WP Hide & Security Enhancer – 5, PowerPress – 5

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