Why We Created ClinicalWP

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Why We Created ClinicalWP

15 FEBRUARY, 2020

by Phill Healey


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From the early days of Code Clinic we’ve always put a great deal of emphasis on offering our clients not only great cost-effective solutions, but also easy to use intuitive experiences. As a result of that we found ourselves creating more and more WordPress based products whether that be websites, online stores or even complex stock control systems.

As a result of this we found ourselves repeating the same steps to get each new site setup and running optimally, whether that be installing SEO & Securtiy plugins or changes to wp-config and htaccess files. So, we wrapped these up as a simple plugin for our own use on new websites. Overtime we started to add in other useful features that made things easier, safer or simply nicer for our clients.

ClinicalWP Core and it’s add-ons are an ongoing project that we work on almost every day. It’s impossible to say how many hours have gone in to making it what it is today. I can tell you that it’s a lot and I’m confident that users can see that.

Here’s a list of just some of the features you can find in the 100% FREE ClinicalWP Core plugin: 

  • Set Max Page / Post Revisions (keep Database slim)
  • Set Trash Removal Period (keep Database slim)
  • Set Page / Post Autosave Interval
  • Customise WordPress System Sender Name & Email Address (Looks More Professional)
  • Create Admin / Dashboard Notification Messages
  • Numerous Admin Bar Tweaks    
  • Remove hidden code from Copy / Pasted text
  • Add Featured Image Column to Page / post overview. Easily see which pages have featured images   
  • Enable a growing library of time saving shortcode
  • Various quick toggle options, eg: Enable shortcodes in widgets
  • Numerous options to improve your site appearance / branding
  • Custom CSS & SCSS support
  • Login screen customisations inc replace WordPress logo with your own & set colour scheme       
  • Admin Colour Schemes: Disable ability to change scheme &/or force one of the custom ClinicalWP Schemes
  • Set a default user avatar for user comments – improves site branding
  • Create a pool of images for Pages / Posts that are automatically used if you forget to add one to a published post
  • Force Server to send ‘Keep Alive’ signal to improve site connection speeds
  • Enable browser caching (various methods available)
  • Optimise Etag Header to improve caching effectiveness (selectable header types)
  • Remove QueryString from scripts & resources for better caching & improve GTMetrix / Yslow / Google PageSpeed scores
  • Cache user avatars (gravatars) for a site speed boost·       
  • Minify scripts & styles(css)
  • Load some WordPress core files direct from wordpress.com for a speed boost
  • Set the memory available to WordPress pages / posts & WP Admin pages
  • Enable / Disable WordPress, theme and plugin updates by type·       
  • Enable automatic updating of plugins &/or themes
  • Delay publishing of RSS feeds (in case you publish a page/post by mistake, or want to keep new posts exclusive)
  • Set the custom excerpt length
  • Restrict which content types are visible in site searches
  • Ignore Self Pingbacks and prevent those annoying pingback comments
  • Enable / disable Debug mode & whether to write error to the log file, screen or both
  • Prevent direct access to your debugging log file for better security
  • Make changes with ease
  • Ability to purchase ClinicalWP addons for even more power (eg Security Firewall, Anti-Spam, Caching, etc)
  • Set the name and email address that WordPress sends system emails from (better branding)
  • Create a default avatar for all users (inc anonymous) without one (better branding)
  • Build image pools for automatically adding to posts & pages without a ‘Featured Image’
  • Remove QueryStrings from assets (css, JavaScript, etc) for better caching
  • Option to load JQuery from wordpress.com for improved page load times
  • Use a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to boost site loading speed
  • Optimise & arrange scripts & css files for optimal performance
  • Enable file compression (2 methods – GZIP & PHP) to reduce site file sizes & improve load times
  • Control the amount of RAM available to WP-Admin and your site front-end for a speed boost
  • Route site email via your company or 3rd party server for improved deliverability & professional appearance
  • Restrict which content is included in site searches (no more listing private files & media)     
  • Easily activate and access the little known WP database Optimisation tool to keep things running fast
  • Quickly view & edit a table of all the data stored in the wp-options database table for quick changes & maintenance

ClinicalWP is a constant work in progress as is WordPress itself so we’ve made a solid commitment to continually developing and improving the full suite of plugins. ClinicalWP isn’t just something we sell as a side project, it forms a core component of our WordPress projects and gives us a competitive advantage over other agencies (in addition to our vast experienceand customer service of course).

We’re really pro-active in considering and adding new features and optimising those already included. Because of the modular nature of of ClinicalWP when adding an addons plugin these just fit straight into the existing control panel rather than creating yet another plugin menu. This means that new addons can be created and incorporated with relative ease. We currently have the following extensions which were adding extra features to:

Image Tools Pro

Security Tools Pro

Spam guard Pro

Data cache Pro

Slack Notifications Pro

We’re also working on a few new exciting additions to that list, that should be available in 2020.

We’ve only recently made ClinicalWP available to the public so we’re actually really keen to get constructive feedback and we’ll gladly incorporate solid feature suggestions from our users.

The great thing about ClinicalWP is that it’s all implemented around a really simple and intuitive settings dashboard. This means that every feature can be activated or disabled via a simple toggle switch (on/off) and the most complex thing an end-user has to do is input some text or select an option from a short radio-list.

The settings are grouped by functionality type (eg performance, security, maintenance) and are clearly labelled with an easy to understand description wherever appropriate. We’re currently working on adding documentation to {@brizy_SITE_URL_PLACEHOLDER@} however, we’re actually struggling to write it because everything is so clearly explained in the plugin. We’re cautious of patronising people by making it overly simplified.

Whether you’re an agency building hundreds of wordPress sites per year, a graphic designer with little dev experience or even a novice blogger; ClinicalWP is easily a 1/10 on the complexity scale but a solid 10/10 in terms of features and power. We also offer speedy support via https://wordpress.org/plugins/clinicalwp-core/ for ClinicalWP Core, and premium support via {@brizy_SITE_URL_PLACEHOLDER@} for everyone that’s purchased one of our low cost extensions or bundles.

As mentioned already, the driving force behind ClinicalWP was to actually simplify the setup process and remove the repetition of finding, installing and configuring those plugins that every WordPress website needs. However, there are a couple of areas that ClinicalWP doesn’t currently cover for various reasons. With this in mind, I’d always recommend a good SEO plugin such as SEOPress, and a SaaS image optimisation tool such as ShortPixel.

ClinicalWP core actually includes some basic SEO tools but we’re considering separating these off into a separate free add-on. We don’t want to spread our time and effort into to many areas and there are already some great free and low cost SEO options available such as SEOPress

ShortPixel is a SaaS image optimisation solution that processes and optimises images remotely so it can reduce bandwidth usage and speed up your site no matter what your hosting environment is. It works brilliantly with the ClinicalWP Image Tools Pro addon in that our Image Tools Pro is designed to optimise image quality and reduce file sizes using tools already installed on almost every web-server and optimises images as they are uploaded. When used in combination with ShortPixel you can often reduce images by a few more kb’s for extra speed improvements. When ClinicalWP has done such a good job that even ShortPixel can’t reduce an image file size, it doesn’t use up any of your ShortPixel credits.

The Code Clinic KreativAgentur team are organisers of several community events & meetups as well as being regular attendees and contributers to WordCamps around Germany and Europe. We recently setup the official WordPress Meetup group for Regensburg: https://www.meetup.com/Regensburg-WordPress-Meetup/ If any of your readers are nearby we’d love to meet them at an upcoming event.

Likewise, we’re happy to receive questions about ClinicalWP via https://wordpress.org/plugins/clinicalwp-core/ or {@brizy_SITE_URL_PLACEHOLDER@}

Want The Full Interview?

If you’d like to learn more about our process of developing and evolving ClinicalWP you can read the full interview in German over at Expertentesten.de


What People Say

ClinicalWP is a must have set of tools for any WordPress website. It makes my job as a WordPress designer so much easier and gives me complete control and saves me hours of work every time I build a site.

Not only does it take care of the obvious things like SEO, Caching and anti-SPAM, it also has neat feature like removing nag notices that clog-up the WordPress dashboard. Things that you don’t realise you need until you try it for the first time.

Christian Hæ

Hæ Design


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ClinicalWP is the Swiss Army Knife of WordPress plugins, It really does what its team say!

It replaces at least 10 other plugins, including those which are essential for wordpress admins on every site they build.

Zoltán Mészáros 

IT Professional / Designer 


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This is just too good! ClinicalWP brings together so many of the little things (and big things) that have been missing in WordPress or have required a number of individual plugins just to come close to. I’m pretty practical and not one to get to excited about glib promises or promotional hype, but ClinicalWP truly excels in delivering what it promises. I will be recommending this to my clients and WordPress users at large. Nice!

Stephen B. Henry


What People Say

ClinicalWP is simply great! There are some brilliant options you can make use of on every WordPress website. Everything is very easy to find, and the options make configuration a really easy thing to do. I also love the fact that it makes debugging code really easy with it’s maintenance features. It also does unique & useful things like integrating into slack, notfying me when my site needs updating.

Nick Druce


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