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 everything from an easy way to add social sharing buttons to your site to a way to get a list of all site URLs (permalinks) exported to a CSV.
1. Social Warfare
The Social Warfare plugin has lightning fast social sharing buttons built to boost shares and drive more traffic without slowing down your site.
- This may well be the fastest, easiest to set up social media sharing plugin I’ve tested to date.
- Add share buttons before content, after content, or both.
- Add share buttons with a shortcode [social warfare] or [social_warfare post_id=”x”] using the ID number of the post or page you want share.
- Includes the author’s Frame Buster plugin to protect you from content hijackers.
- Pro version has many extra features starting at $29/yr for one site.
2. WP Show Posts
The WP Show Posts plugin allows you to add posts to your website from any post type using a simple shortcode.
- A very impressive tool to output a set of posts, pages or posts in a custom post type.
- Very simple to set up and create a shortcode to fetch and display posts.
- Pro version has more layout options, image effects and social integration at $25 for 3 sites and $50 for unlimited sites – 12 month license with a 50% renewal discount.
The Stomp plugin “stomps” the footer down to the bottom of the page when the page content is short.
- Handles this common problem simply and dynamically.
- Works automatically on themes with an HTML5 <footer> element
- For other themes, add a line to the wpconfig.php file:
define( 'STOMP_FOOTER_ELEMENT', '.site-footer' );
4. TinyMCE Custom Styles
The TinyMCE Custom Styles plugin improves TinyMCE visual editor by adding custom editor stylesheets and a configurable styles dropdown.
- Makes it easy to define commonly used text styles in the TinyMCE editor.
- Helps keep content styling consistent, especially for client-managed sites.
- Can be a little tricky to figure out. Experimentation helps.
- Be sure to add your styles to the editor-style.css so that the styling appears in the visual editor.
5. Custom CSS Pro
The Custom CSS Pro plugin adds custom CSS to your WordPress site in live preview as professional.
- Very nicely done CSS editor that displays over the front end of the site for “live” editing.
- Admin menu item for quick access on the front of the site. Also accessible from the Settings menu on the backend.
- CSS is applied site-wide and saved within the plugin.
- An excellent tool to make CSS tweaks on a site when you do not have direct access to the CSS files.
6. EU Cookie Law Compliance
The EU Cookie Law Compliance plugin is an elegant and responsive solution for EU Cookie Law Compliance.
- Just install and activate. Looks nice and works.
- Easily edit the text, cookie expiration and appearance.
- Enable a reject button with a redirection URL
The Archiver plugin allows you to automatically create Wayback Machine snapshots of your site when you update your content.
- If you’re not familiar with the Wayback Machine.
- Triggers snapshots automatically or on demand via an admin bar item on the front end of the website.
- Quick link to your site on the Wayback Machine.
8. List Urls
The List URLs plugin is a lightweight plugin which provide a way to get a list of all site URLs (permalinks) exported to a CSV. Useful to do site inventory.
- Nice way to capture a site’s URLs without using an external spider.
- Exports a CSV, making it easy to create a redirection table.
- CSV contains Title, URL, ID, Post Type and Post Status.
- Draft and Pending posts can be exported as well as published.
9. Worth The Read
The Worth The Read plugin is an adjustable progress meter showing how much of the post/page the user has scrolled through.
- Adds a nicely executed visual element to the pages on your site.
- Colors and height of the progress bar are customizable.
- Approximate reading time coming soon.
10. WP Lorem (WL)
The WP Lorem plugin allows you to add new posts (also custom) with lorem text and images – By one click Only!
- A huge time saver for creating dummy content.
- Set the number of posts and choose pages or posts and the plugin does the rest.
- Featured images are added to the media library from the free library at Pexels.
- Delete all WP Lorem posts with a single click from within the plugin.
Bonus: WP Giphy Oembed This Month’s “Because the World Needs More GIFs” Plugin Winner
WP Giphy Oembed plugin adds easy integration of giphy.com gifs.
- Enables Giphy as an oEmbed provider for your WordPress site..
- Just copy and paste the Giphy URL on its own line in the visual editor.
- Lord help us…
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