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One of the best things about WordPress is its seemingly the endless list of plugins that all providing some sort of enhanced functionality over the other to improve the overall wordpress experience.

Dozens of new WordPress Plugins are released every single month, which means that anyone that has a wordpress powered website should constantly be on the lookout for these to ensure that their site is completely optimised and up-to-date. Today’s WordPress Wednesday post featured 10 of the newest wordpress plugins that you can find within the plugin directory

1.  Theme-Check

The theme check plugin is an easy way to test your theme and make sure it’s up to spec with the latest theme review standards. With it, you can run all the same automated testing tools on your theme that uses for theme submissions.

The tests are run through a simple admin menu and all results are displayed at once. This is very handy for theme developers, or anybody looking to make sure that their theme supports the latest WordPress theme standards and practices.

2. Lazy Load

Lazy load images to improve page load times. Uses jQuery.sonar to only load an image when it’s visible in the viewport.

3. Portable phpMyAdmin

Portable phpMyAdmin allows a user to access the phpMyAdmin section straight from the Dashboard.  If the user doesn’t know the MySQL credentials, the plugin extracts them straight from wp-config.php. This plugin requires PHP 5+.

4. Better Internal Link Search

On sites with a large amount of content, searching for a particular post or page can be difficult because WordPress matches the title and content fields. Better Internal Link Search limits matches to the title field only when creating links in the editor via the “Insert/edit link” popup or when searching for a page to add to a nav menu.

5. Sitemap Generator WP

Sitemap Generator WP is the easy way to generate an XML or HTML or CSV sitemap to your wordpress blog.

Plugin Features:

  • Generate an XML or HTML or CSV sitemap and set the priority for each specific category ( posts, pages, categories, tags )
  • Sitemap Generator WP is fully compliant with the XML sitemap standard and is able to generate XML sitemap with mandatory tags ( URLSET – URL – LOC ) and optional tags ( LASTMOD – PRIORITY )
  • The XML sitemap generated by Sitemap Generator WP is perfect for Google.

6. Intralinks

Shows links between posts within a WordPress site. When you’re reading one post, Intralinks can show you the other posts that have linked there.

7. Display Posts Shortcode

The Display Posts Shortcode was written to allow users to easily display listings of posts without knowing PHP or editing template files.  Add the shortcode in a post or page, and use the arguments to query based on tag, category, post type, and many other possibilities (see the Arguments).

8. Dynamic “To Top”

This WordPress plugin adds an automatic and dynamic “To Top” button to easily scroll long pages back to the top.

It features an intuitive control panel to style and adjust to each website’s need. The button only appears for JS enabled browsers and can be optionally disabled for mobile visitors.

  • Image and text version supported.
  • Options panel to style as desired.
  • CSS3 created button and hover effect with decent degradation for older browsers.
  • Custom generated CSS and Javascript assets.
  • Caches and minify CSS for better performance.
  • Ready for internationalization.
  • Uninstall included.
  • Ships with Spanish, French, Arabic, Persian and Bulgarian translations.

9. Flexible Recent Posts

Flexible Recent Posts (FRP) plugin gives you possibility to add widget to your blog with recent posts using user-defined template.

The main features are:

  • Template for each post in widget. You can write your HTML-template or overwrite default in widget form.
  • Shortcodes support in template. You can use built-in shortcodes to insert info related to current post in widget: title, featured image, excerpt, date, permalink.
  • Restrict categories from which you want to display posts. Display posts from all categories or from selected only.
  • Number of posts to display. Set number of latest posts that will be displayed in widget.
  • All posts links. Select option to display link near the title or/and after all posts that will open selected posts category page. Set link title or custom link URL.

10. WPGPlus

WPGPlus posts your blog posts to Google+ when published on WordPress blog.  Posts are made to “Public” circle. If you include an excerpt (using the post excerpt box, not just the “teaser” before the tag) it will be used, otherwise post-content is used.  This plugin requires PHP 5 and a compatible transport layer for WordPress HTTP API – most likely this means cURL.


WordPress Wednesday – 10 Newest Plugins From The Plugins Directory


2 Responses

  1. Mike says

    A couple of plugins listed here I’ll try-out in the next few weeks (months?). Flexible Recent Posts may work for something I’ve got in mind for one of my sites.

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