I’ve been wanting to publish an article like this since November but I waited a little bit for developers to launch other new interesting and useful WordPress plugins besides the ones that I gathered till then. There are a few types of plugins that you often see, for examples the ones related to social networks, but most of the ones that you’ll find here have a very particular utility and plugins like them are not seen very often.
Transform your WordPress website into a thorough-bred online store. Delivering enterprise-level quality & features whilst backed by a name you can trust. Say hello to WooCommerce.
Are you a visual person? Do the four letters “HTML” send you running for the hills; but you still want to create beautiful blogs like the pros? Then this is the plugin for you!
Ultimate TinyMCE will expand the default array of buttons in the visual tinymce editor, giving you the power to visually create your pages and posts. No need for mucking about in HTML and CSS.
Facebook Comments by Fat Panda
This plugin is a drop-in solution for replacing the default WordPress commenting with the Facebook Comments widget. It is far-and-away the easiest to use plugin available – just try it and see! Check it out:
- Zero configuration to get it working – just install and activate
- Using SharePress or Facebook Comments for WP? Import settings automagically!
- Supports XID for maximum compatibility with legacy Facebook widgets
- All of your old comments are retained!
- Comments are printed in hidden blocks to maximize SEO
This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time. Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using the P3 plugin, you can narrow down anything causing slowness on your site.
Advanced Random Post Thumbnails Widget displays thumbnails grabbed randomly from posts. Each thumbnail is hyperlinked to the post it is taken from or optionally hyperlinked to its post’s category. The widget is easy to configure. Visit Appearance > Widgets and drag the Advanced Random Post Thumb widget to a widget area.
Widget options include:
- Images are automatically grabbed from random posts.
- Can be set to grab a post’s first attached image or first displayed image.
- A custom post field can be used to set the image to grab.
- Each thumbnail hyperlinks to the post it represents.
- Each thumbnail can be made to link to its post’s category.
- Thumbnail sizes can be easily specified.
- Margins between images can be set.
- Image positioning/centering is a cinch using left and right buffer columns.
- Easily set a thumbnail to display for posts that lack images.
- Will display up to 20 random images.
- Can be configured to select images from all categories, specific categories or just one specific category.
- When a single category is used, optionally displays the category of the posts the thumbs are selected from. Title displays above the thumb gallery.
- Title text typography is configured from a drop down box.
- Title text can be set to link to the category it represents.
A simple and intuitive, yet elegant and fully documented Google map plugin that installs as a widget and a short code. No limited plugin editions or limited functionality! This is the full version of this free and premium plugin, which comes packed with useful features:
- Intuitive and user friendly interface, which makes it very easy to configure Google map. No complex configuration options. Facebook style interactive interface for managing multiple map markers
- Help tooltips enabled, which makes your configuration hassle free
- Google-like directions: driving and walking direction, miles and KM, print functionality
- Info window can display marker’s street view within itself.
- Plugin is fully documented. If help tooltips are not enough, you can always refer to the full documentation about each of the settings
- Short-code builder available, which integrated with post/page editor. In other words, you do not need manually to type the short-code in the editor (But you can if you want to).
- The plugin auto generates unique ID for each map. In other words – unlimited maps! You do not need to specify and maintain unique map IDs explicitly when dealing with multiple maps on the same post/page.
- The plugin offers extensive configuration options for Google map marker, controls, size, KML files, location by latitude/longitude, location by address, info windows, traffic/bike lanes and more!
- Support for custom overlays: Panoramio photos on the map (http://www.panoramio.com/), bicycle lanes and traffic info.
- User can get directions to the locations on the map (markers)
- Widget enabled.
- Cross browser compatible
- Loads geographic markup from a KML, KMZ or GeoRSS file hosted remotely.
With this plugin, you may plan the backup of your website.
You can choose:
- which folders you will save;
- whether your database should be saved;
- whether the backup is stored on the local website or sent by email (support of multi part zip files)
WP Marketplace is all, what you’ll need to build your own marketplace. WP Marketplace is packed with all necessary features you must need to build a e-shop for your single product or a full featured complete market place like codecanyon.net or themeforest.net with very easy management. WordPress Marketplace plugin is compatible with any WordPress theme. You don’t need to change anywhere after your install. It’s just ready from all side for your use.
WordPress Markerplace Plugin Key Features:
- Easy administration
- Sale digital product securely
- PayPal Integrated
- License Based pricing
- User-role based discount management
- Product Demo option
- Auto post new product to facebook
- Auto post new product to twitter
- Auto post new product to delicious
- Integrated Feature Management and Pricing Table (coming soon)
- Front-End Store Management (coming soon)
Simple Galleria for WordPress is a jQuery image gallery based on WordPress native galleries. You just need to associate some photos to your posts and to use the [ gallery ] shortcode.
Background Manager is a powerful replacement for the default WordPress background manager.
It allows you to create multiple image sets, from which a random image is selected and displayed as the website background. The images can be uploaded from your local computer, selected from images available in your Media Library, or import them from other plugins and third-party sources.
Very small and easy to use widget to display social icons on your site. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google Plus and RSS feed
WP Easy Gallery is an easy to use WordPress gallery plugin that allows you to create and manage multiple image galleries through a simple admin interface.
- Upload unique thumbnail image and set custom dimensions
- Include multiple galleries on a page/post
- Set the ‘sort order’ of images in the galleries
- WordPress ShortCodes for easy content integration
- And much more…
This plugin will help you to display links to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Tumblr and RSS (Feedburner) feeds with nice little icons.
These days it’s essentially a necessity to operate hub pages on the major social networks, both as a way to improve a sites SEO and to communicate with users and customers across a range of mediums. This plugin will help you to display pretty links to your WordPress Blog or Sites Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Tumblr and Feedburner (RSS) pages.
Sending newsletters from WordPress has just gotten a lot easier. Our editor let’s you drag and drop your articles, images, dividers and logo into your newsletter. Pick a theme and change its fonts and colors directly while you’re editing. Managing your lists and subscription forms is straightforward. Configuration is dummy proof.
- Pick a theme. Modify its design
- Simple one column design. Looks good everywhere, mobile phones included
- Drag & drop your articles, free form text, images and horizontal lines
- Get stats for each campaign: open, clicks, unreads
- Put a subscription form as a sidebar widget or in your pages
- Import your lists like a breeze. Manage them without pain
- Segment your lists based on opened, clicked & bounced
- Your site’s users have their own synced list
- Quick and easy configuration
- WordPress Multisite ready
- We offer quick support
- Free version is limited to 2000 subscribers
WordPress Pricing Table plugin will help the admin to publish pricing table on WordPress page or post content. WordPress Pricing Table plugin has full featured but easy to use administration option to create pricing table.
- Drag and drop package(column) re-ordering
- Drag and drop feature(row) re-ordering
- Unlimited package(column) support
- Featured Column option highlight best price package
- 2 diff table template “green” and “gray”
WordPress Tabular Plugin is a very easy to Table Builder Plugin for WordPress. WordPress Tabular Plugin has Complete GUI for creating and sorting rows and columns without writing any html. Also WordPress Tabular Plugin packed with many table templates, where you can select any template to show a table at front-end. As well as regular short-code, It will provide you js embed and you can use the js code even in another site to embed the table. Tables are exportable in xml, html and csv format.
This plugin converts your post/page to PDF for visitors and visitor can download it easily. You can add a download link above/below every posts/pages.
You can make sub-directories in the upload directory, and move files into them. At the same time, this plugin modifies the URLs/path names in the database. Also an alternative file-selector is added in the editing post/page screen, so you can pick up media files from the subfolders easily.
Lazy load images to improve page load times. Uses jQuery.sonar to only load an image when it’s visible in the viewport.
Ever get tired of having a different plugin for each social media site or having one with so many options you never get it configured? The Easy Social Media Plugin was designed with you in mind. After you activate the plugin just enter your information into a few fields, place the easy social widget where you want it to appear and your done.
After each post you will have buttons so your visitors can share your content on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ & Stumbleupon while the widget gives you links back to all your social media sites.
404 Redirected allows WordPress admins to have control over their dead links and redirects from inside the admin panel. 404 Redirected records all URLs that users have visited and allows the admin to easily create 301 and 302 redirects to valid pages on their site. Redirects can also be created based on the best possible match for the URL the visitor was most likely trying to reach.
This is a Related Post Links Plugin for the WordPress. It basically displays links to a given number of Posts that are related to the current single post using any of the Tags (or Categories) you have set. Just turn on the automatic post footer setting or drop the widget on your sidebar.
Simple Pagination allows to set up an advanced pagination for posts and comments. You have an easier navigation on your WordPress.
Simple Pagination has 6 stylesheets for the pagination : CSS 3, Flickr, Digg, Sabrus.us, Green and Grey
With the InboundWriter plugin, writers and bloggers get real-time SEO intelligence streamed directly into their WordPress editor. See what words and phrases your target audience is searching for and sharing online, and how well those words rank on the search engines.
InboundWriter goes beyond traditional SEO by providing real-time scoring and automated guidance and recommendations on how to best structure your posts for maximum online search engine visibility or which terms are most valuable from an advertising perspective. Just follow the steps to create blog posts that deliver a significant increase in search engine traffic or your potential Google AdSense payout.
A plugin to make embedding videos, generating thumbnails, and encoding HTML5-compliant files a little bit easier.
The plugin adds several fields to any video uploaded to the WordPress Media Library. Just choose a few options and click Insert into Post to and you’ll get a shortcode in your post that will embed a flexible Flash & HTML5 video player with a preview image into your post.
Affiliate link cloaking can hide affiliate links from visitors so that you don’t worry about visitors remove your affiliate id and visit product website directly. It also can be used as link shrink plugin. It can shrink link and make it to be short url/short link. When visitors click shrinked link, it will redirect to your original link.
Affiliate link cloaking also tracks the hits and unique visitors of each link. You can find which cloaked links perform well and which need to be modified or removed.
Visually create custom fields that can be used on any edit page.
Now with Gravity Forms integration!
- Text (api returns text)
- Textarea (api returns text with
- Wysiwyg Editor (api returns html)
- Date (api returns text)
- True / False (api returns 0 or 1)
- Select (api returns array of values)
- Relationship (api returns array of post IDs)
- File Upload (api returns file url)
- Loop (repeatable fields!)
If you like to add movie trailers, game trailers or TV trailers to your blog or create your own IMDB site, Cinemabase can help you do that. One professional plugin that will add movie trailers to your site
This plugins adds possibility to place audio files into posts and pages using the oEmbed technology used by WordPress for other purposes (YouTube videos etc). Audio files are embeded using HTML5 audio tag, with Flash-based backup player for MP3 format for browsers that don’t support either HTML5 or MP3 format (Internet Explorer up to version 8.0, Firefox and Opera).
SEO Facebook Comments embeds a Facebook Comment Form on your blog and also looks at each of your blog posts searching for Facebook Comments already posted. All new found comments will be added to WordPress Database.
Gantry is a comprehensive set of building blocks to enable the rapid development and realization of a design into a flexible and powerful web platform theme.
Gantry is packed full of features to empower the development of designs into fully functional layouts with the absolute minimum of effort and fuss.
- 960 Grid System
- Stunning Administrator interface
- XML driven and with overrides for unprecedented levels of customization
- Per override level control over any configuration parameter
- Preset any combination of configuration parameters, and save custom presets
- RTL language support
- Built-in CSS and JS compression and combination
- Flexible grid layout system for unparalleled control over block sizes
- Optimized codebase with speed, size, and reuse core tenets of the framework design
- 65 base widget positions
- 38 possible layout combinations for mainbody and sidebars
- Source-ordered 4 column mainbody
- Many built-in widgets and gizmos such as font-sizer, Google Analytics, to-top smooth slider, IE6 warning message, etc.
- Ability to force ‘blank’ widget positions for even more advanced layout customization
- Flexible parameter system with ability to set parameters via URL, Cookie, Session, Presets, etc.
- Table-less HTML overrides
- Standard typography and WordPress core element styling
- ini-based configuration storage for easy portability
- Automatic per-browser-level CSS and JS control
Simple plug-in that displays the most important social widgets from Facebook, Twitter and Google+ below your posts. Very easy to setup: just activate
The recent Timthumb.php vulnerability (discussed here) has left scores of unsuspecting bloggers hacked. It’s the perfect combination of not so easy to fix for the technically disinclined, and easy to find and exploit for the malicious – resulting in a disastrous number of compromised sites.
The Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner plugin will scan your entire wp-content directory for instances of any outdated and insecure version of the timthumb script, and give you the option to automatically upgrade them with a single click. Doing so will protect you from hackers looking to exploit this particular vulnerability.
The difference is that you no longer have to try and guess what links will appear. Specify keywords in a comma separated list, type in the URL to which those keywords will link, specify how many links to the specified URL per post, and then specify the post type. SEO Auto Linker does the rest.
The WebsiteDefender WordPress Security plugin is a free and comprehensive security tool that helps you secure your WordPress installation and suggests corrective measures for: strengthening passwords, securing file permissions, security of the database, version hiding, WordPress admin protection and lots more.
Key security features:
- Easy backup of WordPress database for disaster recovery
- Removal of error-information on login-page
- Addition of index.php to the wp-content, wp-content/plugins, wp-content/themes and wp-content/uploads directories to prevent directory listings
- Removal of wp-version, except in admin-area
- Removal of Really Simple Discovery meta tag
- Removal of Windows Live Writer meta tag
- Removal of core update information for non-admins
- Removal of plugin-update information for non-admins
- Removal of theme-update information for non-admins (only WP 2.8 and higher)
- Hiding of wp-version in backend-dashboard for non-admins
- Removal of version in URLs from scripts and stylesheets only on frontend
- Reporting of security overview after WordPress blog is scanned
- Reporting of file permissions following security checks
- Strong password generator tool to protect from brute force attacks
- Integrated tool to change the database prefix
- Disabling of database error reporting (if enabled)
- Disabling of PHP error reporting