Plugins

10 Fresh WordPress Plugins to Start the Year With

February 5th, 2016

This month, we’re taking a dive into the official WordPress plugin index once again to show you the most exciting and most useful extensions for your WordPress. New WordPress plugins can contain the features that you’ve been searching for for a long time. Even I discover a plugin that I’ll test in-depth from time to time as I’ve been infected with the plugin virus as well.

10 Fresh WordPress Plugins to Start the Year With

10 Fresh WordPress Plugins of January 2016

1 – Comment Reply Email Notification

This little plugin sends an email to the author of a comment once somebody replied to said comment. This way, you don’t have to rely on the comment subscription features of Jetpack and other plugins.

  • Developer: Gustavo H. Mascarenhas Machado
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.24.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: Unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

2 – Poststats

Poststats provides interesting statistics that it adds at the end of the content. At the moment, the following data is supported: the number of words, the amount of characters, the reading and speaking time. Especially the reading time appears to be an interesting feature.

  • Developer: Giustino Borzacchiello
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.24.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

3 – Get Facebook Likes

Get Facebook Likes is not another sharing plugin, but serves as a display of Facebook likes, shares and the amount of comments on your Facebook articles. That allows you to create a list of the most popular blog entries based on Facebook.

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  • Developer: Tan Nguyen
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.24.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

4 – allow-reinstalls

allow reinstalls

Allow-reinstalls enables you to update a plugin or a theme without having to delete the existing version. This can be advantageous when you use a premium plugin or theme that doesn’t support an automatic update mode.

  • Developer: bobbingwide
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.23.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

5 – WF Magnific Lightbox

magnific-lightbox

WF Magnific Lightbox presents your images in a visually appealing light box, once the previews are clicked. The developer claims that this solution is lightning-fast and fully responsive.

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  • Developer: wunderfarm
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.23.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

6 – Custom Login Error Message

custom-login-error-message

This little plugin allows you to create your own, custom error message for the WordPress login area. This seems to be especially useful for blogs with multiple authors or a website with members.

  • Developer: Muhammad Umer
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.22.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

7 – Woo Message Support

woo-message-support

Woo Message Support is an extension for the popular WooCommerce online shop system. It allows admins and customers of a shop to directly contact each other using a message system. On the website, this plugin creates a section which enables customers to directly and immediately communicate with the support. This could be a unique selling point for your shop, especially because it should increase customers satisfaction.

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  • Developer: Vidish
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.22.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

8 – Quoty

Quoty

Quoty is another select and share plugin. A marked text area can be sent directly to the social networks. The following networks are currently supported: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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  • Developer: nticaric
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.25.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

9 – Tap&Trust

tap-and-trust

Tap&Trust searches for harmful links in your blog’s comments and turns them innoxious, so they can’t be clicked anymore. To do so, the plugin uses the WOT API (Web of Trust). However, a free WOT account is needed to use Tap&Trust.

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  • Developer: Matiks
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.24.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

10 – WP Bootstrap Comments

wp-bootstrap-comments

WP Bootstrap Comments creates a new comment walker class, which generates comment lists using the Bootstrap Media Object markup/classes. This is useful for developers that work with the Bootstrap HTML framework a lot. This way, the interleaved WordPress comments can be used with the Bootstrap CSS classes.

  • Developer: darrinb
  • Work in progress: Yes
  • Latest version from: 01.21.2016
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

More recent plugins can be found here, and here, and here.

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Andreas Hecht is a journalist and specialist for WordPress and WordPress Security. He roams the web since its inception. He has published an ebook on WordPress Security, which you might want to take a look at.

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