In this post, we recap the newest cool and useful (oh, and free!) WordPress plugins added to the WordPress Plugin Directory.
Recent Changes to the Plugin Directory
- The WordPress Plugin Directory has changed the warning for “old” plugins to show a version-based warning rather than a time-based warning.
- Instead of showing a warning like “this plugin hasn’t been updated in 1 year,” now the directory will show something like “this plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 2 revisions of WordPress.”
- This warning only keys off information in the readme.txt file, though, so if a developer didn’t update that entry (which is common), the warning will appear.
- As always, just because a plugin hasn’t been updated in a while, that doesn’t mean it is broken or will break your site. But it is a factor that should be taken into account when installing a new plugin.
1. YotuWP : Embed YouTube Playlist, YouTube Channel, Video Gallery, YouTube Gallery
Plugin Description: The YotuWP plugin is a modern responsive YouTube video gallery. Easy embed videos from YouTube playlist, channel and videos IDs to your WordPress website.
- Create nice video galleries from YouTube playlists, channel videos, or individual videos.
- Once you create a YouTube API in the Google Developer console, just generate a shortcode and you’re done!
- Lots of options make this plugin a powerful tool for displaying video content.
2. Awesome Weather Widget
By Hal Gatewood
Plugin Description: The Awesome Weather Widget plugin allows you to easily add super clean (and awesome) weather widgets to your site.
- A very easy to add weather widget that looks great out of the box.
- Uses OpenWeather for an ad-free experience, which is nice.
- Does require a (free) API Key from OpenWeather in order to work.
- Lots of styling options including background color or image, extended forecast, etc.
- Can be added as a widget or as a shortcode (parameters here in the Awesome Weather Widget docs.
- Awesome Weather Widget Pro version available with additional features.
By Martin Gibson
Plugin Description: With the IdeaPush plugin, you can add an awesome feature/idea request system to WordPress. Use IdeaPush to generate new ideas or get feedback from actual users and customers or use it as a support triage system or use it for something else!
- A powerful plugin for crowdsourcing ideas for collaboration and voting.
- From the developer of the Custom Admin Interface plugin we reviewed last summer.
- Nice interface for users voting and commenting.
- Just create a board on the plugin’s settings page and drop the shortcode on a page to get started.
4. Some Excellent Plugins from LittleBizzy
We’ve featured a few of LittleBizzy’s plugins on the Plugin Roundup and on other webinars. The most notable is his Force HTTPS (SSL Redirect & Fix Insecure Content) which not only forces SSL but fixes mixed content dynamically. Here are a few other good ones you should know about …
- Disable Search by LittleBizzy
- Did you know you can search any WordPress site by entering http://yourdomain.com/?s=your search term ?
- This plugin completely disables the WordPress search feature.
- Download Media by LittleBizzy
- Adds download link to each item in the media library.
- Download Plugin by LittleBizzy
- Adds download link in each plugin’s description on Installed Plugins page.
- Download Theme by LittleBizzy
- Adds download link to the theme details lightbox for each installed theme.
- Virtual Robots.txt by LittleBizzy
- Replaces the default virtual robots.txt generated by WordPress with an editable one, and prevents it from being overwritten by other plugins.
5. CakePress Scroll to top
Plugin Description: The CakePress Scroll to Top plugin is the most comprehensive scroll-to-top plugin in the universe. Provides an intuitive button on each page so that, with one click, your readers will be back to the top of the page.
- So who wouldn’t want to try “the most comprehensive scroll-to-top plugin in the universe”? Turns out, they’re actually pretty close.
- Just about any setting can be tweaked in the customizer with live preview.
- Pretty impressive if your theme doesn’t have a scroll to top button… or even to replace it if it does.
6. Shortcodes Finder
Plugin Description: The Shortcodes finder plugin helps you to find every shortcode present in your WordPress website content.
- Scans your website to find the shortcodes that are currently registered and on what page/post they appear.
- View results by shortcode or by content.
- The Test Shortcode tab also shows you every shortcode that has been defined on your site.
- Very helpful to find shortcodes you may want to replace or remove. However, the plugin only finds active shortcodes, not those left in content from a deactivated or removed plugin.
7. Forbid Pwned Passwords
By Michael Veenstra
Plugin Description: With Forbid Pwned Passwords plugin, your site’s users will receive errors if they attempt to set their password to one found in a known breach, forcing them to choose a new one.
- Uses the “Have I Been Pwned” API to check the email and password combinations when a WordPress account is created to insure the combination has not been compromised.
- Have I Been Pwned keeps a searchable database of data exploits here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/
- Very helpful to guard against attacks based on exploited usernames and passwords.
10. Plugin Notes Plus Best Plugin Description of the Month
By Jamie Bergen
Plugin Description: Have you ever returned to a site that you built a while back and asked, “Dude, why did I install this plugin?” The Plugin Notes plugin provides an extra column on the Plugins page that enables you to add, edit, or delete notes about the plugins you have installed on a particular site. These notes are intended to provide documentation regarding why a particular plugin was installed and how or where it’s being used.
- This is a really clever and useful plugin.
- Notes can be styled as note, info, link, warning, key, or checkmark – each with its own characteristics.
- Multiple notes can be saved for a single plugin.
11. Clean WP Admin Theme This Month’s Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2:
Plugin Description: You can install the plugin and it works automatically. With the Clean WP Admin Theme plugin, the WP Admin will look much better and cleaner.
- If you don’t like the dark admin interface WordPress provides, this plugin gives you a clean white interface instead.
- Change the accent color in Settings > General.
12. Htaccess File Editor Good Idea or Bad Idea Plugin #2:
Plugin Description: Simple editor htaccess file without using FTP client. The Htaccess File Editor plugin should be used only by experienced users!
- Provides a UI to edit the htaccess file from within WordPress.
- As the plugin description says… advanced users only.
Watch the Webinar: WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018
This post is based on the WordPress Plugin Roundup – March 2018 webinar 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.