October 2016: Top 10 Best Free WordPress Plugins

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One of WordPress’ best traits is the adaptability to each user’s personal needs. In just a few clicks, you’ll install new features, and be able to use them in your theme. Thus, I’ll show you the newest and most promising free WordPress plugins of this month.

1 – WooToolbelt

WooToolbelt

WooToolbelt is literally the tool belt for the popular shop plugin WooCommerce. It lets you change a couple of things that would be difficult to adjust without using this plugin. For example, you get to alter button texts, turn off similar products, and adjust the shopping cart.

  • Developer: watwebdev
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.17.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

2 – Podamibe Custom User Gravatar

Podamibe Custom User Gravatar

The “Podamibe Custom User Gravatar” allows your users to upload and use custom gravatars.

  • Developer: Podamibe Nepal
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 07.10.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

3 – WPSSO Strip Schema Microdata for Better Google

WPSSO Strip Schema Microdata for Better Google / Bing Schema JSON-LD Markup

The plugin with the long name should be a useful helper when it comes to removing old or incomplete scheme microdata markup from your website’s header. It removes all entries of the outdated standard, including plugins, and only leaves the new scheme JSON-LD markup behind.

  • Developer: JS Morisset
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.17.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

4 – WP Plugin Banner

wp-plugin-banner

WP Plugin Banner creates a shortcode that lets you display any plugin banner from the official plugin index in conjunction with the plugin’s name.

  • Developer: Chris Klosowski
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.16.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

5 – WP SEO Plugin Optimizer

wp-seo-plugin-optimizer

The plugin scans your website for useless code from plugins in the source code of your website. Subsequently, you are able to deactivate the code wherever it is definitely not being used. This speeds your website up a little bit. On top of that, you also get a plugin performance monitoring which makes it easy to determine which plugins slow your website down.

  • Developer: BAVOKO
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.16.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

6 – Email Media Import

Email Media Import lets you upload images into your library via email attachments. You’ll receive a special email address to which you send your images. The plugin then automatically adds them into your library.

  • Developer: metatavu
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.15.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

7 – SM Vertical Menu

sm-vertical-menu

Would you like to place a vertical menu within your sidebar? If so, this plugin is the one for you. It creates an appealing menu that you can move into your sidebar with a widget.

  • Developer: Mahabubur Rahman
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.15.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

8 – Grayscale Body

grayscale-body

You’re looking for a nice change for your website without having to change the theme? Grayscale Body lets you activate a modern grayscale effect with just one click on the switcher.

grayscale-1

The theme with the grayscale effect

Das Original-Theme ohne Effekt

The original theme without the effect

  • Developer: jojoee
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.16.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

9 – WordPress Bootscraper

wordpress-bootscraper

WordPress Bootscraper is a small but useful theme that can be used to deactivate redundant styles and scripts, that a standard WordPress installation installs by default. These pre-installed files are completely unnecessary for many themes. With the plugin, you get to clean up your theme and accelerate it.

  • Developer: Navneil Naicker
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.14.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

10 – URL-Preview-Box

url-preview-box

Using the URL-Preview-Box, your WordPress gains the same function as Facebook or Google+. Whenever you enter links in your posts, the plugin creates a small link preview, which it will also display in the finished article.

The Link Preview That the Plugin Automatically Created.

The link preview that the plugin automatically created. A function like a Facebook post.

  • Developer: mraliende
  • Work in Progress: yes
  • Latest Version From: 10.16.2016
  • Costs: free via WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Known Compatibility Issues: unknown
  • Developer Homepage: unknown
  • Download on WordPress.org

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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i have been using the wordpress Seo yoast plugin for all my sites. and i still rate it as the best WordPress plugin ever

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