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This is the first look back at what were some of the best plugins and themes for WordPress for May 2023!

What you are about to read in today’s post is what were some of the best WordPress plugins and WordPress themes that have been released during the 31 days we’ve spent in May. In this roundup. I’ve divided them up into two categories lists, the first list showcases both free & premium plugins for WordPress.

The plugins you can find below in the post includes a plugin that enhance the security of your website through checking core, themes, plugins. A plugin that will tell you what environment type you are on, and what the debug settings are. A live notification extension plugin for WooCommerce. Lastly a plugin designed to enhance comment formatting by enabling the use of Markdown syntax.

And with the themes list, you will see another set of free and premium WordPress themes that include nearly any type of themes that you may need. WordPress Themes includes business based themes, gutenberg compatible themes, blogging themes, multi-purpose and eCommerce supported themes, you can use these themes as-is or customise them to suit your or your client needs.

Plugins – Free & Premium

1. Fullworks Security Scanner

Fullworks Security Scanner

This plugin is designed to enhance the security of your WordPress website. It performs a thorough check of your WordPress Core version, installed themes, and plugins, and generates a detailed report highlighting any vulnerabilities discovered. The plugin utilises the comprehensive WordPress Vulnerability Database API to obtain the scan results.

In addition to vulnerability detection, the Fullworks Security Scanner also alerts you about any abandoned plugins or themes that could potentially compromise your website’s security. By using this plugin, you can easily maintain a secure website and minimise the risk of security breaches.

The generated report provides a convenient interface for reviewing and addressing warnings or errors. For example, if you have a theme that is no longer supported but still meets your needs, you can choose to keep it despite the warning. Similarly, you have the option to ignore any plugins or themes that you know are not vulnerable.

Furthermore, the report includes an extract of the change log for plugins with available updates. This allows you to quickly review the changes and decide whether to proceed with the updates.

Price: Free

2. Service Booking Manager

Service Booking Manager

Service Booking Manager simplifies the management of bookings and reservations for a wide range of services and appointments. Whether you’re organising fitness classes, workshops, car washes, repair services, or private consultations, this tool is designed to streamline the process.

Using Service Booking Manager, you can effortlessly create a booking solution tailored to your specific needs. You have the flexibility to set custom dates and times, allowing users to conveniently book and make payments for their desired spots. The plugin integrates with popular payment gateways available in WooCommerce, ensuring a seamless payment experience for your customers.

Additionally, Service Booking Manager comes equipped with a robust calendar system. This feature enables you to effortlessly keep track of all your upcoming bookings, ensuring efficient scheduling and organisation.

*Just a friendly reminder that you’ll need to install/activate WooCommerce plugin if you wanting to use this plugin

Price: Free

3. Environment & Debug Bar

Environment & Debug Bar

This plugin provides information about your current environment type and debug settings. It helps identify the environment you are working on and provides details about the debug settings in use.

Please note that if you have only one version of your site, this plugin may not offer significant utility.

To ensure accurate results, make sure that each version of your site has its environment (ENV) defined in the wp-config.php file. This plugin supports both the new official WP_ENVIRONMENT_TYPE constant and the community classic WP_ENV, allowing you to choose the option that best suits your needs.

Price: Free

4. Markdown Comment

Markdown Comment

Markdown Comment is a WordPress plugin designed to enhance comment formatting by enabling the use of Markdown syntax. With this plugin, users can effortlessly format their comments using Markdown, which offers a straightforward and efficient method to create well-organised and legible content.

This plugin empowers users to apply Markdown formatting to their comments, including features like headings, lists, links, bold and italic text, and more. The comments are then automatically converted to HTML for seamless display on the website. Markdown Comment is particularly beneficial for bloggers and website owners who wish to encourage user engagement and provide an easy way for users to format their comments.

By incorporating Markdown Comment, you can elevate the user experience on your website and simplify the process of expressing ideas and thoughts for your users.

Price: Free

5. MicroLab


MicroLab is a professional Micro Freelancing Marketplace WordPress Plugin that offers premium features to elevate your business. It is a comprehensive plugin designed for those starting their own Micro Freelancing marketplace website.

This WordPress plugin is highly appealing, feature-rich, customisable, and compatible with all devices and operating systems. It includes various automated online payment gateways, making payments easier and more flexible for users worldwide.

It comes with comprehensive documentation, providing a clear understanding of the system. The admin panel and user panel are simple and user-friendly, requiring no coding knowledge.

Price: $19.00

6. WooFoo

Woofoo Restaurant Food Menu For Elementor

WooFoo Restaurant Food Menu for Elementor is an exceptional WordPress plugin designed specifically for restaurants, cafés, bars, and similar establishments. With this plugin, you can effortlessly create and customise food items by adding names, descriptions, images, and prices directly on your website. It offers options to showcase your menus using custom designs and WooCommerce product lists with categories.

The plugin provides over 10 unique and creative designs for WooFoo, eliminating unnecessary and rarely used options.

With a focus on user experience, flexibility, and creativity, WooFoo Restaurant Food Menu for Elementor enables you to drag and drop widgets and create impactful websites with ease. Future versions will bring additional features and enhancements.

Price: $19.00

7. WooCommerce Live Notifications

Woocommerce Live Notifications

Elevate your customer experience with WooCommerce Live Notifications. This powerful plugin allows you to enable/disable live notifications for various events such as new orders, order status updates (e.g., on hold, canceled, completed), and more. With separate configuration options for sellers and customers, you can customise the notifications to suit your specific needs.

WooCommerce Live Notifications revolutionises the way you interact with your customers by providing real-time updates without the need to refresh the page. Whether you want to stay informed about new orders or keep your customers updated on their order status, this plugin ensures a seamless and efficient communication process.

Price: $30.00

8. Fontiga

Fontiga Font Manager Plugin For WordPress

Fontiga is a plugin that simplifies the process of adding and managing custom fonts, including Google fonts, to give your website a distinctive and sophisticated appearance. It ensures compatibility with all major browsers, ensuring that your chosen fonts look exceptional on any device.

With seamless integration with popular page builders, themes, and frameworks like Enfold, Divi, Elementor, Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, and more, you can effortlessly incorporate your preferred fonts across your entire website. Don’t settle for ordinary fonts when you have the opportunity to make a lasting impression with Fontiga.

Price: $29.00

Themes – Free & Premium

1. BlogArise


BlogArise is a high-speed, sleek, and contemporary Best Responsive News Magazine WordPress theme. It offers a fully widgetised interface, allowing users to effortlessly manage content using user-friendly widgets. BlogArise is an excellent choice for dynamic news websites, newspapers, magazines, publishers, blogs, editors, online and gaming magazines, news portals, personal blogs, newspapers, publishing or review sites, and any creative website.

In addition to its impressive features, BlogArise is designed to be SEO-friendly, compatible with WPML for multilingual support, Gutenberg-ready for seamless content editing, translation-ready for easy localisation, and RTL (Right-to-Left) language support.

Price: Free

2. SwiftStore


SwiftStore is an advanced and feature-rich WordPress theme specifically designed to accelerate the success of your online store. It seamlessly integrates with WooCommerce, providing a solid foundation for building a visually stunning and high-performing e-commerce website. SwiftStore offers a sleek design and a range of dynamic features to enhance your online store’s functionality and aesthetics.

As a WooCommerce-ready WordPress theme, SwiftStore enables you to effortlessly customize your website using Full Site Editing capabilities. It provides efficient product management tools and a user-friendly interface, making it easy to showcase and sell your products while delivering an exceptional shopping experience to your customers.

With SwiftStore, you have access to various block patterns that allow you to personalize your store to align with your brand identity.

Price: Free

3. Newzpaper


Newzpaper is a WordPress theme designed specifically for news websites. It offers a clean and uncluttered layout, along with a user-friendly interface, making it an excellent choice for creating a professional-looking news site. The theme is incredibly easy to install, making it accessible to individuals with little to no programming experience.

One of the standout features of Newzpaper is its powerful customisation capabilities. You have the freedom to change the design and appearance of your website by adjusting colours, adding widgets, and more. This allows you to create a unique and personalised look for your news site.

Furthermore, Newzpaper is known for its speed and responsiveness. It ensures optimal performance and a seamless reading experience for your audience.

Price: Free

4. Yuma Store

Yuma Store

Yuma Store, a child theme of Yuma, is a sleek and user-friendly e-commerce theme designed with Gutenberg blocks. Its clean and flexible design makes it an ideal choice for building online stores. Yuma Store offers seamless integration with Gutenberg blocks and also supports the popular Elementor page builder for advanced design customisation.

With Yuma Store, you can leverage the power of the WooCommerce plugin to create a robust e-commerce platform for your online store. Additionally, it supports the AI Related Products plugin, an add-on for WooCommerce that enhances product recommendations and upselling opportunities.

Price: Free

5. Galactic


Galactic is the ultimate WordPress theme tailored for eSports and gaming enthusiasts. With Galactic, you can effortlessly build captivating gaming websites, blogs, and eSports tournaments. No need to waste time and money searching for the right tools because Galactic comes pre-packaged with everything you need for your gaming website, store, and eSports platform.

Customise Galactic to reflect your unique gaming identity with its wide range of customisable features. From stunning visuals to seamless integration of gaming content, Galactic empowers you to create an engaging online presence. Whether you’re showcasing your gaming skills, attracting a dedicated following, or nurturing a vibrant gaming community, Galactic has you covered.

Price: $39.00

6. Bestow


Discover Bestow, the ultimate eCommerce theme designed for gift shops, souvenir stores, and specialty shops. With Bestow, you can create a modern and stylish website that caters to contemporary shoppers and shopkeepers. Packed with a variety of elements perfect for niche-specific stores like candles, t-shirts, artwork, board games, and more, Bestow offers endless possibilities.

Take advantage of the full integration with the Elementor plugin, as well as compatibility with YITH Color and Label Variations, YITH WooCommerce Product Countdown, and YITH WooCommerce Wishlist. These features ensure that your gift store stands out and provides an exceptional shopping experience for your customers.

Choose Bestow for your online gift store and enjoy a theme that keeps on giving, delivering a delightful and functional website for your business.

Price: $42.00

7. Copler


Introducing Copler, the WordPress theme designed specifically for startups and service-based SaaS businesses. Powered by the latest WordPress 6.1 and Elementor Page Builder, Copler empowers you to create a professional website without any coding skills.

With Copler, customization is a breeze. Simply use our intuitive drag-and-drop page builder, Elementor, to add text and images to your site. No coding knowledge is required! Additionally, you have access to over 20+ stunning pre-made themes that are ready to be used on your new website.

Experience the ease and flexibility of Copler as you build a unique and captivating online presence for your startup or SaaS business.

Price: $29.00

8. Evalo


Introducing Evalo, the sleek and stylish WordPress theme perfect for agencies, startups, and corporate companies. Whether you’re an IT startup, software company, mobile app business, or looking to showcase your portfolio, Evalo is the ideal choice for building your website.

With Evalo, you’ll enjoy a clean and minimal design that exudes professionalism. The theme is fully responsive, ensuring your website looks great on any screen size. Showcase your business in an elegant and captivating manner with this responsive WordPress theme.

Built with the powerful Elementor Page Builder and Revolution Slider, Evalo offers a user-friendly experience with incredible functionality. You can easily create your website without any coding knowledge, thanks to its intuitive interface and powerful features.

Price: $13.00


WordPress Wednesday – The Best Plugins & Themes from May 2023