New and Unspent: 10 Fresh Free WordPress Plugins (Edition: March 2015)

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The great popularity of WordPress stems in large parts from its almost unlimited expandability with plugins. No matter what you want to create with WordPress, with almost absolute certainty a plugin for it already exists. However, it is not easy to find the proper one out of the 35.959 currently listed plugins. This problem tends to intensify when it comes to niche plugins that offer solutions for uncommon problems and are not too well-known. For that reason we came up with 10 new and highly interesting plugins that are not known to everybody yet.

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1. Post Type Requirements Checklist

Post Type Requirements Checklist

This plugin enables the administrator to order necessary content without which an article (or a page) can not be published. For the most part, this content can be defined freely. For example, you may determine that an article can not be posted without a featured image. In the example on the left below, the featured image is still missing, which is why the button for updating the post is hidden. On the right side, all requirements are met, so that the post can now be published. Useful for blogs with multiple authors or forgetful bloggers.

The following things can be set as necessary: title, editor, featured image, excerpt, up to 3 categories and up to 5 tags.

Necessary contents need to be added before posting

  • Developer: dauidus
  • Regular Updates: Yes
  • Last version: 03.02.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • Developer’s Homepage: not known
  • Download from WordPress.org

2. Ultimate Member

The Ultimate Member Plugin for WordPress

With Ultimate Member the creation of a membership website is supposed to be easier than ever before. The plugin enables you to develop an advanced and modern online community. Users can register directly on the website and log in. They no longer need to visit the WordPress site. According to the developer, the plugin was designed with a focus on simplicity, clarity and flexibility and is supposed to make the development of a membership website easier. As a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few screenshots:

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This plugin has a Live Demo showcasing all the features. User support is handled via a separate Support Forum. The variety of functions leaves nothing to be desired. Nonetheless, it is completely free of charge. There is no premium version to pay for, either.

3. Contact Form 7 MailChimp Extension

Contact Form 7 MailChimp Extension

This plugin connects the popular Contact Form 7 Plugin and the well-known email newsletter service MailChimp. It automatically adds the sent data to predefined lists in MailChimp by using their newest API. There are several lists, and API keys supported. The Contact Form 7 Plugin needs to be installed before using this extension. Well, obviously…

Einstellungen Contact Form 7 for MailChimp Extension

  • Developer: Renzo Johnson
  • Regular updates: Yes
  • Last version: 01.02.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • Developer’s Homepage: Homepage
  • Download from WordPress.org

4. Tag Wiki for WordPress

Tag Wiki for WordPress

Tag Wiki for WordPress expands the dashboards for single keywords. Each tag page gets its own URL in the form of example.com/tag/apples/info and can contain the descriptive contents for this tag. Even a special, self-owned template can be developed for the Tag Wiki Website. The Tag Wiki pages can be linked together automatically as well as manually.

Eine Tag-Wiki-Seite

  • Developer: Maitar
  • Regular updates: Yes
  • Last Version: 21.01.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • Developer’s Homepage: not known
  • Download from WordPress.org

5. Tweak Hidden Options

Tweakt Hidden Options

The Plugin enables several no longer linked functions on the WordPress dashboard. It is regularly updated and according to the developers, new up to now hidden functions are added constantly.

The Functions of Tweak Hidden Options

  • Developer: citywanderer, stubo
  • Regularly updated: Yes
  • Last version: 22.01.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • Developer’s Homepage: Homepage
  • Download from WordPress.org

6. Acknowledge Me

Acknowledge Me Plugin

Displays the contributors of a Github repository at desired positions within the theme. This can be done either with PHP functions or WordPress short codes. Two examples: If you want to view the 50 contributors of the https://github.com/pods-framework/pods/ repository, you can do it this way:

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<?php acknowledge_me_display( 'pods-framework', 'pods', 'Pods Is Brought To You By:', 50 ); ?>

or, using a short code, like this:

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[acknowledge_me owner="pods-framework" repo="pods" header_text="Pods Is Brought To You By:" total="50"]

Acknowledge Me Result

Above you see how the result of using Acknowledge Me could look like.

  • Developer: Josh Pollock
  • Regular Update: Yes
  • Last version: 26.01.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • Developer’s Homepage: not known
  • Download from WordPress.org

7. By this Author

By this Author Plugin

An article list by a(n) (guest) author can be added to a post with short code. There are further functions that can be used as sometimes not all articles of a website are written by the editors due to guest entries. These articles then need to be attributed. By this Author presents a solution for this particular problem. The relevant articles are tagged with the name of the author and when you create an author page, you can then add a short code. If the author later registers under the same name, his articles will be automatically added to his Bio page.

  • Developer: racanu
  • Regular Update: Yes
  • Last version: 22.01.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • Developer’s Homepage: not known
  • Download von WordPress.org

8. Easy Replace

The Easy Replace Plugin

The name already tells you everything. The plugin enables you to find certain text passages and exchange them with different text. Works with articles, pages and navigation elements in real time.

  • Developer: Think201 and others
  • Regular update: Yes
  • Last version: 15.01.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • Lizenz: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • Developer’s Homepage: not known
  • Download from WordPress.org

9. Compact View Mode

Compact View Mode Plugin

Compact View Mode displays the list of articles in a more compact way. The compact mode is activated by clicking the left icon. That is useful for display on tablets and other smaller screens.

The Result after clicking the Compact View Mode

  • Developer: Frankie Jarrett
  • Regular update: Yes
  • Last version: 07.01.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • Developer’s Homepage: not known
  • Download from WordPress.org

10. Code Snippets Extended

The Code Snippets Extended Plugin

Code Snippets Extended enables you to create, manage and implement (executable) code snippets in articles and pages. You can use several coding or markup languages in each snippet. For example, you may mix HTML and PHP or JavaScript and HTML, or even PHP with CSS and HTML and JavaScript. There is also an option for testing snippets before saving. Here some screenshots to clarify how the plugin works:

Code Snippets Extended

Code Snippets Extended

Code Snippets Extended

Code Snippets Extended

  • Developer: aftamat4ik
  • Regular update: Yes
  • Last version: 10.02.2015
  • Price: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Interactions with other plugins: not known
  • developer’s Homepage: not known
  • Download from WordPress.org

Conclusion

In this article we showed you several new plugins for specific use cases, that deserve more attention than they got up to now. Personally, I will definitely give the “Post Types Requirements Checklist” plugin a try, as I tend to forget things while creating an article. Which plugin is your favorite? Would you like to add one of the other? Feel free to do so in the comments below.

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Ioanni Mitsakis

Ioanni Mitsakis is front-end developer at a major European automotive supplier and responsible for the look & feel of their internal cloud-based apps. As his employer works internationally with distributed teams world-wide, a rock-solid development foundation is what Ioanni aims for. He better should ;-)

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Sarah
Guest

“Contact Form 7 MailChimp Extension” For me, that means a great advantage, thanks.

Ashish Ajani
Guest

I would like to suggest another new plugin to readers of this article. I’ve just created and uploaded to WordPress plugin named “WP Show Stats” https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-show-stats/ This plugin allow bloggers/admin to keep an eye on all the WordPress elements used in a site. It provides statistics about posts, pages, categories, tags, comments, custom post types and users with Google Charts. Hope it will help someone who is having large blog and need to track on content.

Ioanni, thank you for sharing this article.

Seath
Guest

Thank you for the post…
I was just trying the “Tweak Hidden Options” plug-in, and only thing I enabled was gzipcompression. It really works. My admin pages are loading much faster. That is important, specially if you have a complex plug-in installed what takes a lot of resources.

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