In this post, we round up 10 cool and useful (oh, and free!) WordPress plugins available on the WordPress Plugin Directory. This month’s WordPress Plugin Roundup includes plugins that can do everything from a client logo showcase to a booking system.
1. Common Links
The Common Links plugin allows you to add regularly used links to the search results when linking text content in your post.
- The link UI in the WordPress editor allows you to easily search titles on the site for internal linking.
- Common Links allows you to set up a link shortcut for an external link that works much the same way.
2. Meta Tags Generator
The Meta Tags Generator plugin allows you to generate meta tags so you can optimize your WordPress site for search engines & social sharing.
- Very nice addition for themes that do not automatically generate OpenGraph tags.
- This can help solve (among other things) the problem of the wrong image being used when a page or post is shared on social media.
3. Edit Recent Posts
The Edit Recent Posts plugin saves time by showing the most-recently edited posts and pages under the Posts and Pages menus.
- A pretty handy little plugin. It makes jumping back into the editor for the 5 most recent pages or posts very easy.
- Settings > Edit Recent Posts allows you to set the number of items added to the menu and which post types are affected.
- A plugin to consider adding while you develop, but maybe not for the long haul.
4. WP Booking
The WP Booking plugin is a complete solution for accommodation and tour booking with WordPress.
- See demo at https://wpbooking.org
- Very nicely done booking system
- Core plugin is free. Add-ons for ecommerce gateways, coupons, forms, reviews, etc. are extra, but very reasonably priced ($39).
5. Animated Counters
The Animated Counters plugin is a plugin for animated counters shortcodes.
- A very easy and handy shortcode to create an animated count-up.
- Shortcode variables include count number, speed/duration, color, and size.
- You can also add class and id in the shortcode.
- Shortcode examples:
- [animatedcounter count=”100″ duration=”1000″]
- [animatedcounter count=”100″ css=”my_css_class”]
- [animatedcounter count=”100″ id=”my_unique_id”]
- [animatedcounter count=”100″ color=”blue”]
- [animatedcounter count=”100″ size=”100px”]
- [animatedcounter count=”100″ duration=”1000″ css=”my_css_class” id=”my_unique_id” color=”blue” size=”100px”]
6. Zuzu Viral Reactions
The Zuzu Reactions plugin is a simple and lightweight reactions plugin that allows people to express how they are feeling about your content.
- Probably not a great fit for a corporate site, but these emojis could add a fun touch to a less formal site.
- Settings page gives you good control over the emoji labels and area title.
7. Responsive Clients Logo Gallery Plugin for WordPress – Smart Logo Showcase Lite
The Smart Logo Showcase Lite plugin is a WordPress clients logo gallery plugin. Showcase your client/sponsor/partner/brand logo in a visually appealing way.
8. Meks Quick Plugin Disabler
The Meks Quick Plugin Disabler plugin allows you to temporarily disable (and restore) all currently active plugins with a single click
- Very useful plugin for website debugging.
- Allows you to turn disable all plugins with a single click. But that’s not the cool part.
- Also allows you to activate all the plugins it just disabled with a single click – plugins that were already deactivated stay deactivated.
9. Notify Duplicate Title
The Notify Duplicate Title plugin notifies you of if a post whether or not duplicate title.
- A handy plugin that will adds a notification on the page and post editor if you enter a title that is already used in the site.
- Plugin uses AJAX, so the notification is immediate.
- A handy little tool, especially for keyword optimized sites.
10. Bulk Attachment Download
The Bulk Attachment Download plugin allows bulk downloading of attachments from the media library.
- Super handy and easy way to download multiple items from the media library
- Generates a zip file of the items you select to bulk download.
- Bulk zip files are automatically removed after 1-2 hours.
Bonus: Positive Affirmations This Month’s “You is Smart, You is Kind, You is Important” Plugin
The Positive Affirmations plugin shows you a different positive affirmation on every page of the admin section.
- Think of it as Hello Dolly + Chicken Soup for the Soul with a dash of Mr. Rodgers.
- I know you can install it. You’re a smart, capable person. And people like you.
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