Ten Fresh Free WordPress Plugins in October 2015

For friends of WordPress, there is barely anything more important than plugins, which allow them to “drill into” the functions of the content-management-system. This is understandable as it’s so convenient: Quickly install a plugin and the user gains instant access to new features that can either be used in the admin area or provided to the readers in the form of a new service. Because these plugins are so important, we have, once again, searched for the ten best free expansions of this month.

1 – No Frills Gallery

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No Frills Gallery is an easy-to-use and appealing photo gallery that allows you to utilize an individual design. The images can be displayed in a “standard” gallery or as a slideshow.

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  • Developer: jtibbles
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.16.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: unavailable
  • Download on WordPress.org

2 – WP User Avatars

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WP User Avatars allows your users to use avatars without needing to register on Gravatar. The users can quickly upload and edit their avatars. A thoroughly convenient feature for member websites or magazines that are taken care of by multiple authors.

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  • Developer: John James Jacoby
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.15.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: unavailable
  • Download on WordPress.org

3 – Responsive WhatsApp Share Button

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WhatsApp is getting increasingly more important for websites. Thus, this plugin adds a responsive WhatsApp share button to every article. This button is only relevant for responsive websites as it only works on devices that have WhatsApp installed, e.g. a smartphone or a tablet. This button allows you to gain more visitors from mobile devices.

  • Developer: Prem Tivari
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.15.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: Not available
  • Download on WordPress.org

4 – Easy Ads Manager

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Easy Ads Manager is a plugin made to manage and display advertisements on your website. The plugin is joined by a special sidebar widget.

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  • Developer: shokry055
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.15.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: Easy Ads Manager Plugin
  • Download on WordPress.org

5 – WP Custom Registration and Login

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This plugin allows you to integrate an Ajax login or a registration form for your user in any place you want to. The forms are responsive and self-adjust to any screen resolution. According to the description of the plugin, all entries in the form are validated reliably. This should prevent spam.

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  • Developer: Jenis Patel
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.16.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: Not known
  • Download on WordPress.org

6 – The Media Widget

The Media Widget offers extended features for the WordPress text widgets. After the installation of the plugin, you can integrate and display YouTube and Vimeo videos as well as Instagram images via their links in the text widget.

  • Developer: alobaidi
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.14.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: Demo of the widget
  • Download on WordPress.org

7 – WP Pixabay Search And Insert

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Pixabay.com has become one of the most important sources of free-to-use photos and graphics as no licenses need to be considered. This plugin offers more than 480,000 free images that can be searched by easily using a generator. The images can then either be used for the content or as the featured image of the post. We have published an extensive overview of many services that offer free images a few months ago.

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  • Developer: wpclever
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.14.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: Not known
  • Download on WordPress.org

8 – WP Theme Test

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WP Theme Test is a very convenient plugin that allows you – as the name already gives away – to test a new theme. The visitors of the website see your old theme while you are testing the new one. Only the administrator of the WordPress site sees the new theme that can now be tested safely.

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  • Developer: Nakashima
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.13.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: not known
  • Download on WordPress.org

9 – LinkMagic

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LinkMagic is the right plugin for all Amazon affiliate partners. It automatically generates links to relevant and useful items on Amazon, based on your content. This way, the plugin tries to help you earn more money via Amazon. To do so, LinkMagic generates an API-Key that has to be added in the plugin settings. LinkMagic is still in Beta, so a registration on the website can take some time.

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10 – Simple Post Views Count

Simple Post Views Count allows you to see all views of an article at once under “Posts => All Posts”. At any point, you can add a PHP snippet anywhere in your theme so that your readers can see how many times an article has been read so far – if you want to.

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  • Developer: tazo todua
  • Constant Updates: Yes
  • Latest Version: 10.14.2015
  • Costs: free on WordPress.org
  • License: GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
  • Compatibility Issues with Other Plugins: not known
  • Developer Homepage: not known
  • Download on WordPress.org

Conclusion

I hope that you enjoy this month’s collection as much as I do. I have found three plugins that I will test in-depth on my projects. My favorites are the Pixabay plugin, LinkMagic, and Simple Post Views Count. Which of this month’s plugins do 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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Zhu
Guest

Simple Post Views Count is awesome. I’ve been using it for a little while and it’s very interesting to see which articles are popular.

Samuele Valerio
Guest

WP Theme Test it’s really usefull, i’m used to test in local the new themes before the switch and sometimes i had bad surprises…Many thanks for this tips.

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