10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: June 2015)

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Plugins are the icing on the WordPress cake. Can you imagine your favorite CMS without them? These helpful tools have become essential in many areas and save us a lot of developing time. In our little series, we picked out once again the latest and most interesting plugins covering a wide range of use cases. As an appetizer, we have a Jetpack Clone that keeps your data private. Don’t believe it? Keep on reading!

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1. Slimpack

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Slimpack is a light version of Jetpack that doesn’t hurt your data privacy. It provides several modules you might know from Jetpack without having to be connected to WordPress.com, so your data won’t be transmitted there. All you need to do is deactivate your existing installation of Jetpack and activate Slimpack. Your settings should be saved. There are no external scripts anymore. The plugin comes with the necessary JavaScript. Slimpack supports the following modules:

  • Carousels
  • Contact Form
  • Custom CSS
  • Custom Content Types
  • Infinite Scroll
  • Gravatar Hovercards
  • Beautiful Math (LaTeX)
  • Markdown
  • Omnisearch
  • Sharing (Sharedaddy)
  • Shortcode Embeds
  • Site Icon
  • Site Verification
  • Widget Visibility
  • Widgets

All other modules require a connection to WordPress.com or might be implemented in a future version.

  • Developer: Tunghsiao Liu (a.k.a. Sparanoid)
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/09/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

2. Chronosly Events Calendar

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Chronosly is a fully editable event calendar. It’s really easy to use: Choose one of the predefined templates and upload your events to your WordPress site. The light version (a pro version is to come) allows you to easily organize your events and display them appealingly.

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  • Developer: Heimsveld iPBN
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/11/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

3. SHK Hide Title

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This plugin lets you hide titles of pages if required. It should work fine with all themes.

  • Developer: optimistic_shekhar
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/09/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

4. Jeba Ajax Login/Register

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Jeba ajax login/register allows you to add a login or registration form to any page or post by using WordPress shortcodes. Then you can log into member pages without leaving the current page.

  • Developer: Md Jahed
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/11/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

5. Customizer Theme Resizer

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The Customizer Theme Resizer adds an interesting function to the WordPress customizer. You can set any responsive resolution and test it within the live customizer – the WordPress theme options.

Video: Introducing the Customizer Theme Resizer

  • Developer: webnist
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/11/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

6. WP Link To This Post

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WP Link To This Post facilitates link sharing. It creates an HTML link below each post that can be simply copied.

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  • Developer: ozhandonder
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/09/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

7. Whizz for WordPress

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Whizz for WordPress allows you to fully customize your WordPress Admin panel. You can customize colors, menus, menu items, the link structure within the menus, and much more. The plugin’s video shows all options provided.

  • Developer: browserweb
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/09/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

8. Simple Adblock Notice

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Simple Adblock Notice is a useful plugin if you want to make money with your website and have the impression that your readers use an ad blocking software. If this tool detects an AdBlock, it kindly asks visitors to put you on the whitelist.

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  • Developer: Shrinivas
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/09/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Simple Adblock Notice
  • Download from WordPress.org

9. Easy Social Share Buttons

This social share plugin differs considerably from all other solutions in the WordPress plugin directory. JavaScript is not required and hence won’t affect the website’s performance. You only need a 4kb small CSS file to display the buttons and can choose from two button designs. Buttons can be placed automatically or via shortcode. Currently supported are Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and e-mail.

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  • Developer: Andrew L
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/08/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

10. Note Press

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Note Press is an easy-to-use note system for the WordPress Admin panel. You can create to-do lists, leave instructions for clients, save code snippets, or cooperate with other admins. Note Press promises to be as simple and user-friendly as possible. By simply clicking the admin button, you’ll get all notes sorted by date.

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  • Developer: datainterlock
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 05/08/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Not available
  • Download from WordPress.org

Conclusion

My personal favorite this month is the Easy Social Share Buttons plugin, because it provides all necessary functions without overloading the website with too much JavaScript and CSS. What’s your favorite?

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Frank Sjove Billeder
Guest

I like the Chronosly Events Calendar. Do you know if there is a way to translate this plugin in to different language? I got a danish WP Blog, it could be amazing if there was a way to make the translation to danish. I’m not taht strong in php, so I hope i dint have to go in different php filen and change things there.

Tom
Guest

Nice tips, i’ll definitely be trying some of these.

Tauseef Alam
Guest

Simple Adblock Notice is a great plugin for Adsense publishers. Adsense publishers like me lose a good amount of money every month because my users use adblocks and my ads don’t show up to them. This plugin is really helpful for me.

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