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

WordPress Plugins May 2015

This month we’ll continue our little series of the latest and most interesting WordPress plugins. What would WordPress be without the right plugins? Plugins allow easy modification and customization of a WordPress blog. This series is not about plugins everyone knows of. Instead, we’ll present the latest WordPress plugins of the month. Lean back and enjoy our list of the latest and most exciting May 2015 plugins.

WordPress Plugins May 2015

1. Resume’s Builder

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Resume’s Builder creates appealing CVs and biodata in no time. Predefined fields let you make unlimited entries. The data can then be displayed with stunning themes.

Resumes-Builder

  • Developer: paratheme
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/13/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Demo page of the plugin
  • Download from WordPress.org

2. Ads

Ads allows you to place ads wherever you want in your posts and on pages using a WordPress shortcode. You can create as many ad shortcodes as you need – there is no limit according to the plugin description. You can use, for example, HTML blocks, Google Adsense, or Bing Ads. The alignment of the ad blocks can be easily adjusted.

If you want the zoom feature used in the plugin demo, you’ll need to buy Ads Pro for $39.

  • Developer: A S M Sayem
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/12/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Documentation
  • Download from WordPress.org

3. Free PDF WordPress Flipbook plugin (PDF Viewer)

This plugin formats your PDFs making them look like books and adding animated flipping. It leaves your PDF untouched and doesn’t convert it into graphics. You can try the tool on the plugin’s demo page.

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  • Developer: wppdf
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/12/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Demo page
  • Download from WordPress.org

4. Simple WP Testimonials

simple-wp-testimonials

If you have an online shop or sell WordPress themes online, it might be a good idea if your customers get a word in edgewise, so that they can leave feedback on the product and service, for example. Simple WP Testimonials allows you to integrate feedback into the sidebar as a widget. The testimonials can also be embedded into each post or page by using the shortcode.

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  • Developer: Deepak Sharma
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/12/2015
  • 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. WhatsApp Sharing Button for Jetpack

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This little plugin adds a WhatsApp sharing button to the sharing function of the Jetpack plugin. The plugin requires a working Jetpack installation.

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  • Developer: Valerio Souza
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/10/2015
  • 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. Custom Pagination Permalinks

custom-pagination-links

If you’re not happy with the WordPress pagination permalinks, then this plugin is what you need. It allows you to customize the default paginated permalinks “[..]/page/[number]/“.

custom-pagination-permalinks

  • Developer: blogestudio, pauiglesias
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/10/2015
  • 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. Ultimate Social Media Icons PLUS

Ultimate Social Media Icons Plus is a comprehensive sharing solution and completely free. There’s no Pro version. It provides various settings to customize it. Here are some screenshots:

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  • Developer: socialdude
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/07/2015
  • 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. NewsPlugin

news-plugin

NewsPlugin allows you to display the latest news from the most reputable sources (according to the developer) using a WordPress shortcode. You can select the news sources and switch between the automatic and manual publishing mode. The configured newsfeeds can be added to any post or page using shortcodes. Articles you don’t like can be removed from the list. You can also rate articles by clicking the star symbol below the news. There’s also a news widget.

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NewsPlugin video

  • Developer: newplugin.com
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/13/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: NewsPlugin.com
  • Download from WordPress.org

9. Download Media Library

download-media-library

This plugin allows you to download WordPress media library files as a ZIP file. You can select to download only the files from the posts, pages, or all.

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  • Developer: marcelotorres
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/10/2015
  • 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. Google Maps VE

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Google Maps VE promises an easy-to-use solution for the integration of custom Google maps. Programming skills are not required. Reputedly, a Google map can be created within seconds, but it’s more likely to take a couple of minutes. You can add an unlimited number of maps to your website and also marker, polygons, and polylines.

The PRO version comes with widget support and additional functions like custom markers with info windows and graphics. The single license is currently available for only €10; the original price is €30 per website.

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The plugin’s homepage provides a complete overview of all free and premium functions. There’s also a demo page where you can try the plugin before installing it.

  • Developer: Veebiekspert
  • Continuous development: Yes
  • Latest version: 04/10/2015
  • Price: Free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Incompatibilities with other plugins: Not known
  • Developer’s homepage: Google Maps VE homepage
  • Download from WordPress.org

Conclusion

Again we’ve found ten new and interesting WordPress plugins, each with a different purpose to satisfy all, or at least most, desires. My this month’s favorite is Ads. What’s yours?

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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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Juliette Giannesini
Guest

Good picks! I’m trying the social icons one :-)

chawki trabelsi
Guest

Nice plugins Andreas I liked the PDF wordpress flipbook plugin that is very useful.

Natalie
Guest

Love Google Maps VE. Very easy to install and use. Plus, great functionality.

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