Dew-Fresh: 10 Free WordPress Plugins of July 2016

Free WordPress Plugins

Like every month, I once again compiled a list of this month’s ten most interesting, fresh, and free WordPress plugins from the official WordPress index. Now, your blog can shine with brand-new functions. Your visitors will be surprised by your new features over and over again.
Free WordPress Plugins

Focus of July: Free WordPress Plugins for Niche Applications

1 – WP Script Optimizer

script

WP Script Optimizer is a free counterpart to the great, but paid plugin Gonzales. The plugin allows you to only let your scripts and styles load where they’re actually required. It is even possible to block unnecessary files entirely.

  • Developer: Hendrik Lersch
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.06.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

2 – Admin Category Tree

Admin-Category-Tree

A useful little plugin that turns the admin area’s category list into a fold-out list. This makes for more clarity. Custom post types are supported as well.

  • Developer: nos3b3ar
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.01.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

3 – Post Terminal

Post Terminal is the plugin for you if you don’t only want to post code, but also terminal commands and input. You could call it the code highlight plugin for terminal code (Unix, Linux).

Terminal Code

  • Developer: bgriffith
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.06.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

4 – Simple Social Sharing Buttons

simple-social-sharing-buttons

“Another sharing buttons plugin”, is what you’ll want to say. I included it in here, firstly because there is no pro version that you’d have to buy to receive the full scope of features. Secondly, the customization options are extensive, and the final result has a pleasing design as well. Therefore, it definitely deserves a spot on this list.

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  • Developer: henri
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.05.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

5 – Author Showcase

Author Showcase lets you display your ebooks, or other books written by you, in a very appealing way. There are many different formats to choose from, and a link to the transaction is always included. The plugin was developed by authors for authors. Title, subtitle, cover, the author’s name, and much more can be added.

  • Developer: Claire Ryan
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.03.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • Lizenz: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

6 – VRView

VRView lets you integrate the 360 panorama images from Google’s VRView into your website. Easily embed 360-degree videos and photos via shortcode.

  • Developer: sellfish
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.04.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

7 – Shortcode in Title

Have you ever wanted to be able to execute WordPress shortcodes in your article’s titles? This plugin makes it possible. With a bit of creativity, you can come up with many application scenarios. Execute shortcodes within the titles of articles, pages, and custom post types.

  • Developer: Amit Moreno
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.02.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • Lizenz: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

8 – WA Qrcode

wa-qrcode

The Wa Qrcode Generator helps you generate and implement useful QR code into your pages and articles. Using shortcode, you get to place the generated QR code wherever you want to. The theme files don’t need to be altered. This plugin is especially useful for online shops.

  • Developer: vkt005
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.02.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

9 – WP Show On Mobile

Show on Mobile does exactly what its name says: it displays content, and limits it to a website’s mobile view. This way, custom notifications or similar things are only displayed on smartphones and tablets. Additionally, the plugin is also able to block content for mobile versions.

  • Developer: Dogan Ucar
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.02.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • Lizenz: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

10 – WP GooGoose

The plugin adds a button to the WordPress text editor, which allows you to provide a specific content as a Word document for users to download. No matter what you want to provide to your visitors, they will easily be able to download it as a Word document with the help of this plugin.

  • Developer: aadel112
  • Work in progress: yes
  • Latest version from: 07.02.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known compatibility issues: unknown
  • Developer homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

Conclusion

This month was the month of niche plugins. However, it is often easy to find a way to apply plugins that only cover specific niches. This month, I was fascinated by the “Author Showcase” plugin. I will immediately test it in a more detailed way, and see if I can make use of it or not. Which of this month’s plugins did you like the most?

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Andreas Hecht

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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