In this post, we recap the newest cool and useful (oh, and free!) WordPress plugins added to the WordPress Plugin Directory. This month’s list includes everything from a quick way to view the analytics for a specific post to Font Awesome integration.
1. WP Post Author
By AF themes
Plugin Description: With the WP Post Author plugin, you can post author box, social contact icons, author bio section, widgets as well as author shortcodes for WordPress single post. Basically, the plugin displays will author image, author name, author role, author email address and author short bio under post content. There’s is also an availability of hide and show specific parts of author information for the specific site.
- Nice addition to a blog-oriented site, especially with multiple authors.
- Uses standard WP author fields to render information on the front end.
- Basic settings available under the WP Post Author menu item.
By Ted Stresen-Reuter, Radu Braniscan
Plugin Description: The Ratify plugin is a small and unintrusive plugin that provides a fast way to spot technical WordPress configuration issues and fixes some of them without being asked.
- Runs dozens of checks for common mistakes on WordPress sites.
- Might be a good addition to your pre-launch checklist.
3. WP Keyboard Shortcut
Plugin Description: Keyboard shortcuts make a website more comfortable to use. The WP Keyboard Shortcut plugin not only redirects the user to a specific page, but it also can show or hide and remove any HTML DOM element.
- Set up keyboard shortcuts for any URL on the site.
- Quick links to Home Page, Dashboard, Orders, etc. can save a lot of time.
4. Bulk Menu Creator
Plugin Description: With the Bulk Menu Creator plugin, you can create multiple menu items at once. Menu items are created from multiline text. You can provide menu items labels one per line. You can provide menu items URLs one per line. They are automatically paired line by line
- Nice little UI tweak for the WP menu area.
- Could be a useful plugin to add for development as you’re creating custom menus.
5. Post to Google My Business
By tyCoon Media
Plugin Description: The new posts functionality in the Google My Business is a great way to improve the presence of your or your clients’ business on Google. It’s quite the hassle, however, to have to log in to Google My Business every time you want to create a new post, so the Post to Google my Business plugin makes it easier to post content.
- Enhance your Google My Business listing with WordPress content.
- Authorize your site to connect to Google My Business, and a metabox appears with a checkbox allowing you to post the content to your listing.
- Only one business can be authorized per site.
Plugin Description: With the SiteMaps plugin, you can display HTML Sitemap for you site, include all pages, all posts in each categories, show all posts under their category name.
- Render an HTML sitemap on any page or post with shortcode [sitemappage].
- No additional settings needed.
- A super simple way to add a “human” sitemap to your site if your theme doesn’t provide one.
7. Last Scheduled Post Time
By wp-hotline.com ~ Stefan
Plugin Description: The Last Scheduled Post Time plugin shows the date & time of the last scheduled post in the publish box. Also comes with a shortcode [next-scheduled-post] to show the next scheduled post in your theme.
- A helpful addition to the Publish box for a site that uses post scheduling.
- Shortcode [next-scheduled-post] will display the time of the next scheduled post on the front end of the site as well to announce what’s coming next.
- Would be nice if the shortcode output could be modified to control what information is displayed (like date and time format or maybe a post thumbnail).
8. WP To Do
Plugin Description: The WP to Do plugin offers the possibility to integrate in your administration panel a full-featured “to do” list manager. It will make possible to add request to the list and assign those to registered users. The items can be edited, deadlined, managed by statuses and importance. The assignees can be notified automatically or by need, sending a comment or a reminder.
- Add tasks for website users and track progress and deadlines.
- Restricts access by user role. Admin can do everything. Editor can add, edit and comment. Author and Contributor can edit and comment.
- Could be a useful tool for sites with multiple users or in the build process.
9. NM Font Awesome
By Mykhailo Nykoliuk
Plugin Description: The NM Font Awesome plugin makes it easy to add vector icons and social logos from Font Awesome to your website. And version 5 is redesigned and built from the ground up!
- Display FontAwesome v5 icons on your WordPress site using a shortcode.
- All standard FontAwesome classes work (like fa-2x and fa-spin).
- Adds a dropdown in TinyMCE for adding icon shortcodes to content.
- Icons can be made clickable by manually wrapping them in an tag.
Plugin Description: WPChef’s “Recipes” are a new concept in WordPress automation. A recipe is a predefined set of plugins, settings, content pieces and other WordPress items that can be deployed in minutes. The WPChef plugin provides an easy visual way of creating, installing, and sharing recipes.
- WPChef is an incredibly powerful tool for customizing a WordPress site with your own predefined stuff.
- Create recipes to add or remove plugins, users, pages, menu items, etc. You can even run code snippets.
- Recipes can be saved locally or uploaded to WPChef to be used later or shared with others.
- Make use of recipes other users have uploaded to WPChef as well.
By Francis Smith
Plugin Description: With the ServerMonitor plugin, you can view your PHP error log, CPU and RAM usage, and view disk space all in one location.
- We’ve featured several of these server monitoring plugins over the last couple of years in Plugin Roundups – this one might be the best.
- Adds a menu item that gives you a resources overview, access to system info, caching, and the php error log.
12. Posts Unique View Counter
By David Angulo
Plugin Description: The Posts Unique View Counter plugin allows you to easily display how many times a post has been uniquely viewed. Just install the plugin and the counting begins. No coding skills needed.
- Call this one “Analytics for Dummies.” Simple but effective solution for people who just want to know how many times a post has been viewed.
- Counts start from the time the plugin is activated.
- Count is displayed in the post list in a sortable column.
13. Meks Easy Maps
By David Angulo
Plugin Description: With the Meks Easy Maps WordPress plugin, you can easily assign locations to your posts and categories via Google Map user-friendly interface. The plugin is highly configurable and provides you with the various options for displaying the map.
- A very cool feature for sites where post location is important.
- Register for a Google Maps API key (quick process) and add a location for each post in a metabox under the content.
- Show post map with shortcode [mks_map].
- Additional shortcode parameters like specifying post type or certain categories are explained on the plugin page.