Each month’s WordPress Plugin Roundup recaps the best WordPress plugins that were added or updated within the last 30 days on the WordPress Plugin Directory.
1. Custom Post Type Widgets
This WordPress plugin adds default custom post type widgets. You can filter by registered Custom Post Type or Taxonomy on widgets.
- A nice way to display posts from a Custom Post Type without a page builder or code.
- Just like the WordPress Recent Posts widget, only with a post type chooser for any standard WordPress custom post type.
- Not a lot of options, but enough to work in most cases.
ZigDashNote gives you a simple editable panel on the admin dashboard, where you can leave notes for yourself and fellow admins.
- Add notes to your dashboard with a minimal interface.
- Basic HTML is allowed.
- To edit, mouseover the widget’s title bar and click Configure.
3. LuckyWP Table of Contents
Creates SEO-friendly table of contents for your posts, pages or custom post types. Great customizable appearance.
- Automatically picks up the headings on a page or post and creates a linked table of contents.
- Nice smooth scrolling to the links when clicked.
- Lots of customization options for how the table looks.
- Easy to use as a block or use the shortcode [lwptoc].
4. Automatic Copyright Year This Month’s Simple But Useful Plugin #1
Instead of going through every site you have each year on the 1st of January and change the year manually, now it will all be done seamlessly for you. Just install the Automatic Copyright Year plugin and voila: your sites will always have an up-to-date copyright.
- This is less of a problem if you’re using a quality theme that uses a shortcode or php in the footer to display the current year for the © date. However, many themes still do not provide this functionality.
- At the very least, the plugin contains code to create a shortcode [wpsos_year] from line 47-50 that you can lift into your functions.php or custom functions plugin. Just add the shortcode to your footer and you’re done!
5. Widget Disable This Month’s Simple But Useful Plugin #2
This simple plugin allows you to disable any sidebar and dashboard widget for the current WordPress site you are on.
- Very straightforward. Declutter unnecessary widgets that you won’t be using on your site.
- Makes things simpler for non-technical clients.
6. Wp Default Sender Email by IT Pixelz This Month’s Simple But Useful Plugin #3
Change your WordPress default sender email ID to your own to look like more professional.
- By default, WordPress sends email from the default email address at Settings > General. But that might not be the email address you want users to receive email from.
- Configure the new sender email at Settings > WP Default Mail.
- Also, if your default email is not the same domain as your site, you can increase deliverability by changing it to an email address that shares the same domain.
- Note, you can also set this in many transactional email plugins like Sendgrid and Mailgun.
7. Simple HTML Rich Text for Block Editor This Month’s Featured Gutenberg Block
Subscript, SuperScript, Cite, Small, Marked, Inserted and Deleted tags are not part of the Block Editor by default. Simple HTML Rich Text for Block Editor seeks to bridge this gap in the Rich text development.
- Easy to use from the standard text block, just drop down the arrow in the contextual toolbar.
- Adds HTML5 markup for the sections you define.
- Depending on your theme, you will probably need to add some CSS to change how the markup is displayed.
8. Simple Post Notes
Simple note section on the post edit screen. Sortable note column in posts table. Bulk / Quick edit support.
- Easily add a note to a page, post, or any standard custom post type.
- The note is visible in the “All Posts” column and can be edited via quick edit or on the post itself.
- Note can be displayed on the front end via shortcode [spnote] – or even use [spnote id=”123”] if you want to display a note on a particular post somewhere else.
9. Quick Featured Images
Your time-saving Swiss army knife for managing tons of featured images within minutes: Set, replace and delete them in bulk, in posts lists and set default images for future posts.
- Feature packed plugin for dealing with featured images on your WordPress site.
- Adds a featured image column to the post list where you can add, edit, or remove featured images (this alone is an excellent feature).
- Adds a menu item to access additional features like creating a default featured image or using the built-in bulk replacement wizard.
- Even more features available in the (somewhat expensive) Quick Featured Images Pro version.
10. Brozzme Plugins Thumbnails This Month’s Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #1
Add thumbnail column to plugins displays thumbnails for WordPress plugins on the plugins list page, on admin (wp-admin/plugins.php).
- Makes it easy to scan the plugin page and find the plugin you’re looking for.
- Add your own custom thumbnails for premium or personal plugins at Brozzme > Plugins Thumbnails
11. WP Htaccess File Editor This Month’s Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2
WP Htaccess File Editor provides a simple, safe and fast way to edit the WordPress site’s .htaccess file from admin panel. It automatically creates backups every time you make a change to the htaccess file. Backups can be restored directly from the plugin, or via FTP.
- Edit the .htaccess file directly within WordPress.
- Allows you to backup and restores the .htaccess file if bad things happen.
- Backups are stored to the wp-content folder as htaccess.backup.
12. Multiple Post Passwords
his is a simple Plugin that lets you set multiple passwords for your password protected posts and pages. It also supports Custom Post Types. On posts/pages with password protection it will show an extra Metabox with a field to input additional passwords, one in each line.
- Deals with a common issue that many WordPress users have with protected posts: the ability to only have one password.
- Recognizes the standard WordPress password, but allows you to easily add additional passwords in a metabox one per line.
- One quirk in using this plugin … you need to enable password protection as normal, then update and refresh the page for the multiple passwords metabox to be seen.
13. Notification – Custom Notifications and Alerts for WordPress
Custom Notifications and Alerts without a hassle. Notify anyone about any action in your WordPress. With powerful Merge Tags, you can endlessly customize your messages. Set unlimited Notifications in your WordPress Admin via the beautiful and intuitive interface within 5 minutes.
- Very cool plugin with lots of possibilities.
- Edit the standard transactional emails that WordPress sends for different events.
- Create new events that will send an email to whomever you specify.
- For developers, notifications can even fire a webhook rather than send an email.
14. Code Snippets
Code Snippets is an easy, clean and simple way to run PHP code snippets on your site. It removes the need to add custom snippets to your theme’s functions.php file.
- A powerful plugin that makes managing snippets on your site a breeze.
- Doesn’t allow you to specify the exact location where snippets will run, though.
Watch the Webinar: Plugin Roundup – September 2019
This post is from the recent Plugin Roundup – September 2019 webinar hosted by Nathan Ingram. In this webinar, Nathan demonstrates how to use each of these plugins so you can get a better idea of how they work. Check out the entire series of monthly WordPress Plugin Roundup posts here & register for the next Plugin Roundup webinar here.
Kristen has been writing tutorials to help WordPress users since 2011. You can usually find her working on new articles for the iThemes blog or developing resources for #WPprosper. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys journaling (she’s written two books!), hiking and camping, cooking, and daily adventures with her family, hoping to live a more present life.