WPMU DEV's Blog - Everything WordPressWordPress Plugins - WPMU.org http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog The WPMU DEV WordPress blog provides tutorials, tips, resources and reviews to help out any WP user Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 10 Plugins to Make Managing WordPress Content Easier http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-managing-content-plugins/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-managing-content-plugins/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128236 Managing content is one of the most important jobs you have. After all, that’s what visitors typically come to your site for.

If you can make that easier, then it can only lead to good things.

Below we’ve collected 10 useful plugins (actually more) that can help manage your content better.

Let us know in the comments if you have other plugins you’d recommend.

1. Editorial Calendar

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I’ll start this list with the Editorial Calendar plugin, as I know it fairly well. We use it ourselves here at WPMU DEV.

I can tell you from firsthand experience that it’s great for getting an overview of what’s on tap in terms of upcoming content.

But that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. You can create new posts right from the calendar. You can set their status and the time for their publishing. And then you can drag them all around, and things will be updated automatically.

In addition, making a change in the post’s Write/Edit screen automatically updates the calendar as well.

It even lets you write content for the post from the calendar page. And while I doubt anyone would want to write a full post that way, it can be nice for jotting down notes that will be sitting there in your editor when you do get around to writing the post.

One small thing that it doesn’t do is let you set or change the category from the calendar. Still, this plugin works well, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

2. Edit Flow

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Next up is Edit Flow. This is somewhat similar to the Editorial Calendar plugin above, but they aren’t exactly the same, so we’ll include both here.

The calendar aspect of the Editorial Calendar plugin above seems a little stronger. It not only gives you what seems like a more attractive layout (it seems to give you more space for each day), it also gives you access to Quick Edit features, which allows you to do things like schedule the exact time of your post.

That said, Edit Flow’s calendar is nice as well, and if you didn’t want to double up, it would certainly do.

One of the strongest aspects of Edit Flow, and something the other plugin doesn’t offer, is the ability to create your own stages for a post. This is especially handy for sites that have editors overseeing work of others.

So you might, for example, have something set up like the following:

  • Stage 1: Assigned (editor assigns a topic to a writer)
  • Stage 2: Draft (writer picks up assignment and starts drafting)
  • Stage 3: Review (writer finishes draft and hands it to editor for review)
  • Stage 4: Proofreading (after discussion or getting the go-ahead, the editor hands it off to a copy editor for final clean up and additions)
  • Stage 5: Scheduled/Published (the copy editor schedules or publishes the post)

This plugin also allows for editorial comments and other meta data. It can also send out notifications about content you’re following.

3. Post Forking

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If you like collaboration, this is collaboration on steroids. The Post Forking plugin lets collaborators create alternative versions of a post. Those with permission can then decide whether to incorporate parts of the new version into the original, or of course, just go with the new version completely.

If you have a situation where you’re collaborating heavily or possibly even editing heavily, then this plugin should definitely come in handy.

4. Custom Post Order Category

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The Custom Post Order Category plugin lets your order the posts in your categories. This is important because it lets you control what posts go on top of the heap. In other words, it provides you with another opportunity to get your very best posts in front of your site visitors.

Most people aren’t going to dig deep into your category pages. And even if they did, they wouldn’t know which posts were best just from looking at the titles. You can curate your posts in each category with this plugin.

5. Enhanced Media Library

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This plugin lets you easily assign your media to categories or tag your media with tags.

If you reuse your media a fair amount, then you can probably guess how much easier this will make things for you.

If you currently don’t reuse your media much, then looking at what this plugin does can do might inspire you to start.

We recently did a post on this, so you can see that for more info on you might use it to help you do things like build galleries from your existing media.

The plugin linked to above is an improved version of the original plugin here.

The improved version will allow you to move media into categories in bulk – very important if you already have a lot of media on your site.

6. Post List Featured Image

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This plugins shows the featured image for all your posts in the All Posts view in the backend. (Posts > All Posts)

This comes in handy for seeing which featured images really pop out at you. Those posts might deserve extra attention on the site simply because of their images. As any Facebook advertiser will tell you, it’s the image that attracts people’s attention most.

7. Design Approval System

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This is a very useful plugin for designers and developers. It installs a system that lets you set up content for a client’s approval on your site. Through the system itself, you can then email the client to let them know that the content (such as a design idea for a website) is ready for their consideration.

The client then goes to the private page and either approves or disapproves the content.

In addition, the client is asked to provide a digital signature. This seems like an especially useful feature for those dealing with lots of clients, especially ones that like to constantly change their minds.

Take a look at an overview video provided by the developers. There is also a more in-depth tutorial video on the plugin page.

8. Scheduled Posts

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Not long ago we did a rundown on 10 scheduled posts plugins.

If you do much scheduling of posts, that list is definitely worth checking out.

There are a number of plugins you may be interested in there, but we’ll go ahead and list one of them in the link above, the Scheduled Content Actions plugin.

This plugin lets you schedule other actions potentially associated with a post, such as setting it as a sticky (or unsticking it), opening comments on it (or closing comments), and unpublishing the post.

But be sure to check out the other plugins too. They do all sorts of things from bumping multiple posts in a schedule to auto-scheduling posts to giving you a calendar in your admin area of all your scheduled posts.

9. Organize Series

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As you can probably imagine, this plugin lets you easily organize posts into a series. It lets you easily show connected posts in a little table of contents that sits up in the corner of your post. It also gives you a full archive type page (like a category page) with all the posts in a series.

10. Autoblog - Manage Curated Content

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And finally we’ll mention WPMU DEV’s own Autoblog plugin.

The Autoblog plugin lets you pull in posts from RSS feeds and turn them into posts on your own site.

There’s lots you can do with the Autoblog plugin. We’ve gone over a few possibilities before, such as building a magazine style homepage for a Multisite network or setting up a curated news site.

But you’re only limited by your imagination with Autoblog. Lots of our members use it for all sorts of jobs.

If you start thinking about it, you may very well find a good use for it too.

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10 Impressive WordPress Admin Themes for 2014 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/10-impressive-wordpress-admin-themes-for-2014/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/10-impressive-wordpress-admin-themes-for-2014/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128388 The WordPress admin area got somewhat of a makeover in version 3.8, but – at least for me and maybe others who were using MP6 long before it was merged into core – the novelty has already worn off.

It’s easy enough to add new themes and plugins to customize the front-end of our sites, but what about the backend?

Customizing the backend of WordPress with an admin theme is a simple way to give your install a fresh look and is also handy for developers who are creating WordPress sites for clients and want to simplify the backend.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the free and premium WordPress admin themes available. If you haven’t used an admin theme before, you’ll be interested to know they actually come as plugins.

Do you use an admin theme? If so, which one? Tell us in the comments below.

Forest - Premium

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Forest, released earlier this year, offers a relaxing forest-inspired admin design complete with a flat retina layout.

If you’re not too keen on the existing background, you can upload your own custom background. You can also adjust the darkness level and play with unlimited colours.

Forest also allows you to change the login background and logo and use custom Google fonts.

Micropanel 2 - Premium

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Micropanel 2 is a clean, minimalistic and classy admin theme. This is the second version of this theme and includes optimization improvements.

This theme is responsive and Multisite compatible. There are basic theme customization settings that allow you to change the theme’s main logo and also update the login page logo.

Flaty - Premium

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Flatty is a colorful, flat and minimalistic admin theme. It comes with nine predefined colors for the navigation bar, sidebar and boxes.

This basic theme also allows you to customize the logo on the login page.

Retina Press - Premium

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This Multisite-compatible theme allows you to offer your users a customized dashboard look.

Retina Press features a clean design and a jQuery animated accordion menu, along with retina support. You can also replace the login logo with your own for re-brand your site.

Blue Press - Premium

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Blue Press is a “social style” admin theme with a Facebook-inspired look and responsive design.

It features six color schemes – blue, turquoise, yellow/green, dark/orange, violet and firebrick.

Cream6 - Free

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Cream6 is a basic admin theme with a responsive design (as far as CSS can manage on the core).

It comes with a flat design and a simple, dark color scheme.

WP Quick - Premium

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The WP Quick admin theme is feature-packed and promises everything you need to make the admin area “fresh.” Essentially, this plugin allows you to rebrand the WordPress backend.

The theme includes many options, such as the ability to customize colors and fonts, and remove update notifications and other backend distractions. You can also upload your own admin log and default avatar.

Like other admin themes, you can also customize the login page with your own logo. Plus, this theme is Multisite compatible.

EZ WordPress Dashboard Skin - Premium

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This simple plugin allows you to style the admin area with your own customized look. EZ WordPress comes with two color options – light and dark – and you can also add an accent color.

Bootstrap Admin - Free

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Bootstrap Admin is a clean, minimalistic admin theme based on Twitter’s Bootstrap, and created by our very own support crew member Aristeides Stathopoulos.

This theme was built for the magazi.org network of stores and is Multisite compatible.

It features general styling of the admin area, admin menu sub-menus as bootstrap popovers, bootstrap icons, and buttons thumbing.

It also includes optimizations for WPMU DEV’s Pro Sites and MarketPress plugins.

Easy Blogging - Premium

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This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning WPMU DEV’s Easy Blogging plugin.

Easy Blogging allows you to completely customize the look and feel of the admin area. This plugin is ideal for developers who are creating client sites and want to simplify the WordPress backend.

Once installed, activate “Easy Mode” for a more user-friendly experience with new icons and tooltips. The plugin also has a fantastic wizard for walking the user through common actions. You can even customize you own wizard mode walkthrough and add help links via drag and drop.

This plugin is Multisite compatible and great for networks hosting WordPress newbies.

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Google Maps WordPress Plugin – More Than Just Pretty Maps http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/google-maps-wordpress-plugin-more-than-just-pretty-maps/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/google-maps-wordpress-plugin-more-than-just-pretty-maps/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:33:28 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128407 A plugin that inserts Google maps into plugins is hardly newsworthy.

But what about a plugin that not only does that job exceptionally well but also brings a wealth of location-based features to your WordPress install like geotagging posts, adding location context to your BuddyPress users’ activity or even letting them “check-in”?

The updated Google Maps plugin from WPMU DEV does all this and more. Now that is worth talking about.

Screenshot of a blurred map and the location submission permission request
The Google Maps plugin from WPMU DEV is so much more than just pretty maps

There are, of course, many plugins in the WordPress plugin repository that will let you add a Google Map to your WordPress posts and pages, but the Google Maps plugin from WPMU DEV enables you to do a whole lot more.

Comprehensive Global Settings

The plugin allows you control how all your maps look from the one spot.

Screenshot of the Google Maps plugin settings page
Comprehensive centralized management of your maps look and feel

Control the default height, width, map type, zoom, whether to use metric or imperial measurements, alignment and snapping.

Additional CSS can also be specified to style the maps which allows, for example, for the marker details below the map to be hidden.

And if you need to tweak the settings for a particular map, you can override the global settings by adding the local setting to the shortcode embedded in the post or page.

Build and Insert

The standard way to insert a Google Map into a post or page is incredibly easy with Google Maps.

Clicking on the new globe icon in the Visual Editor opens a dialog that allows you to create and configure a new map. Add as many markers to the map as you need by simply entering the address and clicking on the resultant marker to edit its title and description.

The Map Options allow you to override many of the global settings plus you can choose whether to associate the map with the post. Associating a post allows the widget to automatically display the map enabling the map not to be shown in the post itself and only in the widget.

Screenshot of adding a map to a post
Add as many markers as needed, to create your own custom maps

The Map Options also allow you to configure the display of relevant images from Panoramio.

When you are happy with the map, clicking Insert this map adds the shortcode to your post or page. You’ll also notice that any of the markers can be deleted from this page.

If you have already created a map then the dialog will allow you to insert an existing map by clicking on the appropriate link.

Auto-build Maps From Custom Fields

Where the Google Maps plugin starts to stretch its legs is away from the basic build and insert.

The ability to automatically insert a map based on the contents of a custom field is a powerful and useful feature. The custom field is identified in the global settings along with whether the data is a set of co-ordinates (longitude and latitude) or an address.

Screenshot of the Custom Fields configuration panel
Simply register a custom field to automatically add maps to posts, pages and custom post types

Once set up, a map will be created for every post that has the custom field populated – whether you display the map and where is up to you. Again, it is quite possible to just associate the map with the post and then display it in a widget rather than in the post content itself. The choice is yours.

This is invaluable for any listing on your site that may include a location such as a business directory, an event listing or a sporting fixture. Most likely built on a custom post type, you just need to tell the Google Maps plugin the custom field that contains the address and maps will be automatically added to the post entry or sidebar.

A Highly Flexible Widget

The plugin provides a highly flexible widget for displaying maps in your theme’s widgetized areas such as sidebars.

Whilst it is possible to “hardcode” the map to be displayed, the real flexibility comes in the ability to display:

  • only maps associated with the current post
  • maps that are associated to any post
  • all maps
  • a random map
  • or maps associated with any post that has been tagged with a specified keyword

The widget map display can be customized from hiding the marker list to combining multiple maps into a single map.

User Check-ins

For those of you looking at mobile web apps, the User Check-In feature will definitely be of interest.

Embed a shortcode on a post and when a user visits the post it will attempt to determine their location (after asking permission to do so) which will be recorded.

Screenshot of the dialog to ask permission for submitting the user's location
Easily add user checkin to your website – permission-based of course

It’s possible to configure the plugin to allow guests to check-in or to restrict it to logged-in users only. The shortcode can also display a map with all the user check-ins marked.

An easy pathway to generating community through geotagging.

Over 20 Add-Ons To Further Extend The Feature-List

The User Check-in is the latest addition to the list of over 20 add-ons for the Google Maps plugin that can be activated as and when you need them including:

  • BuddyPress Group Maps – allows BuddyPress groups to add location maps
  • Nearby Facebook Friends – shows a list of nearby facebook friends
  • Featured Image As Map Marker – experimental but uses the posts featured image as a map marker icon
  • Geotag My Activities – allows your users to add location to their BuddyPress activity updates
  • Geotag My Posts – add location to your posts, pages and custom post types
  • Where Am I? – Show a map to your visitor based on their current location

More Than Just Inserting Pretty Maps

Far from being just a way to insert a Google map into your WordPress post, the Google Maps plugin adds a mapping and geo-location to deliver a stable of location features that has a massive variety of potential uses.

Download it and start building your location-aware WordPress website.

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Easter Eggs in WordPress: What’s There to Get Eggs-Cited About? http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/easter-eggs-in-wordpress-whats-there-to-get-eggs-cited-about/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/easter-eggs-in-wordpress-whats-there-to-get-eggs-cited-about/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128193 What happened to Easter eggs in WordPress? Have they disappeared forever?

Since The Matrix Has You Easter egg surprised (and freaked out…) users in WordPress 2.6, there hasn’t been a single hidden feature in more than four years. That’s 13 versions of WordPress.

Easter eggs are fun to discover and provide a cheeky outlet for developers who have put a lot of time and work into a program and want to leave something of themselves behind. Easter eggs are silly and don’t often make sense, but mostly it’s fun finding one yourself and sharing it before your friends have stumbled across it.

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Where are the Easter eggs in WordPress?

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the need for a writing style guide for core. In a recent WP Shout post, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg poo-pooed the idea, saying, “WP has always been opinionated software with a lot of personality. Every year or two people try to neuter it, remove a bit of its soul, and sometimes it gets through.”

That said, isn’t it sad that Easter eggs seem to have disappeared from WordPress? Is the WordPress personality Mullenweg jumped in to defend slowly being – as he put it – “neutered?”

Or are Easter eggs annoying and confusing for users who don’t understand what they are? Do Easter eggs just provide more work for developers who feel the need to remove them to prevent users finding them?

Should there be Easter eggs in future versions of WordPress? Have your say in our poll.

The Tradition of Easter Eggs in Software

Easter eggs – named after the Easter tradition of hiding chocolate eggs for children to find – have been part of software for 35 years.

The story goes that in the early days of software development, the identities of programmers were jealously guarded because software studios didn’t want their staff to gain celebrity status and eclipse the brands they had carefully created.

At the time, Warren Robinett, a programmer for Atari, didn’t exactly appreciate the lack of acknowledgement for his work. After failing to get his name into the manual for the Atari 2600 game Adventure, he snuck his name into the game itself.

The Matrix Has You

This Matrix-inspired Easter egg appeared when a user tried to compare two versions of the same revision in the post editor.

While the Easter egg was intended as a light-hearted bit of fun, there were some site admins who weren’t all that amused and sought out ways to remove it.

The Disable The Matrix Has Your plugin soon appeared.

In response to a Trac ticket seeking to remove the hidden feature, Mullenweg commented, “Gotta have a little soul” and “This ticket is a parody of every default argument people make in WordPress development.”

Lead core developer Andrew Nacin dismissed claims the Easter egg was unprofessional and refused to remove it from core, saying many big companies included easter eggs in their software.

If you haven’t seen the Matrix Easter egg, check out Victor Font’s video.

Adding Your Own Easter Eggs to WordPress

The Konami Easter Egg plugin allows you to add an Easter egg to your site and create a custom password to access the secret.

Only people who know the secret code will see your message. By default, the code is the classic Konami cheat code (up up down down left right left right b a enter) but you can change it to anything you like.

You can also customize the css to change the colors on your hidden page.

Easter Egg for Developers

Some would argue an Easter egg still exists in WordPress, though it’s really more a developer’s shortcut tool.

If you go to http://example.com/wp-admin/options.php?option_group_id=all (replacing “example” with your site), you’ll be taken to a hidden page in your WordPress backend with lots of extra juicy options.

Should we have Easter eggs in WordPress?

Easter eggs aren’t as popular as they once were. Back in 2009 there were four updated plugins that allowed you to add Easter eggs to your site – Customizable Konami Code, WP Cornify, WP-Konami and Konami Easter Egg. Only Konami Easter Egg has been updated in the past two years.

So what do you think? Should we have Easter eggs in WordPress? Tell us below and don’t forget to vote in the poll.

Image credits: James Nash.

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10 WordPress Plugins for More Powerful and Flexible Scheduled Posts http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-scheduled-posts-plugins/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-scheduled-posts-plugins/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128235 Some of us are more organized than others. Some have our future posts already written and scheduled out a month in advance.

While I can’t claim to be one of those, here at WPMU DEV, we do use the scheduled post option in WordPress quite a lot. In fact, it’s rare that any post here will be written and then published straight away.

I’d say that about 98-99% of the posts you see here have been scheduled to publish. And so we surely appreciate that function.

But that function, like most, can be improved upon. And so below we’ve found 10 plugins to help do just that – all doing different jobs, but all working to help make WordPress scheduled posts more powerful and flexible.

1. Schedule Content Actions

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Where WordPress lets you schedule posts for publication, this plugin lets you schedule all sorts of functions associated with posts.

You can schedule a post to become a sticky, and then you can schedule it to unstick.

You can schedule comments to be opened, and then you can schedule them to close.

You can schedule to unpublish a post, and then you can schedule what to do with it – delete it, trash it, set it draft.

And so if you’re looking to schedule more than the post itself, this plugin offers a number of nice options.

2. Bump the Schedule

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The Bump the Schedule plugin is very handy for anyone who sets up a lot of scheduled posts in advance.

Let’s say you have 30 posts scheduled out for the next month. But something big has just happened in your industry. You know you’re going to spend the next 2 days covering it exclusively, and so you want to push ALL of your scheduled posts forward by 2 days.

In order to do that, you’ll have to go and reschedule each of the 30 posts by hand (making sure not mess each one up as well).

With the Bump the Schedule plugin, you can do that with the click of a button. Just enter when you’d like to start the bump, and how many days you’d like to bump the schedule, and then simply click.

3. Post Expirator

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This plugin lets you schedule a post to expire. It gives you a range of choices for what happens to the post when it expires. You can set it to go to Draft, Private, Delete, or you can move it into a special category, which makes for easier review: Category Replace, Category Add, Category Remove.

It also comes with a shortcode that will let you show the expiration time.

4. Dashboard Scheduled Posts

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This plugin automatically adds a widget to your backend dashboard that shows all your scheduled posts. Very convenient if you happen to schedule a lot of posts.

Clicking on the titles takes you to the edit screen for that post.

5. Auto Schedule Posts

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The Auto Schedule Posts plugin is perhaps especially good if you have a number of writers on your site. Or perhaps you accept lots of posts from the public.

It lets you set somewhat random times for scheduled posts that fall within the parameters that you define.

For example, say you have a site with 10 writers, all pumping out content non-stop. However, you don’t want those posts going out at certain times (in the middle of the night, on the weekend, or even after 5 p.m. perhaps). You also don’t want writers posting on top of each other, and you don’t want certain writers taking up all the good time slots.

This plugin can solve all those issues, and you don’t even have to hire a professional logician. You could, for example, post only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and you could both space those posts out and also randomize them so that no one writer gets preference over another.

This plugin catches posts before they are published on the front end; however, it might not play nicely with other plugins such as Twitter plugins that automatically tweet a post when it’s published. Make sure you test thoroughly for conflicts such as this.

6. Internal Linking for Scheduled Posts

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When you create a link in the WordPress editor, at the bottom of the box that pops up, you get a list of possible posts to link to. This list, however, doesn’t include posts scheduled for the future.

This plugin takes care of that, listing future posts as well. If you do a lot of scheduled posts, then this should come in handy.

Obviously you will need to be careful not to link to a post that hasn’t published yet. But, for example, if it’s Monday, and you already have a post scheduled for Wednesday, and you’re currently writing a post for Friday, then you could create a link in the Friday post that goes to the Wednesday post – all without leaving your link creation box.

Normally you’d need to go digging through your posts to first find the scheduled post, and then do a little more digging to then find the URL. Then you’d need to traipse back to your editor to insert the link.

7. Schedules Posts Calendar

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The Schedules Posts Calendar gives you a calendar with the current day’s date highlighted, and then down below it you have a list of all the scheduled posts.

While the layout is nice and helps you to see things clearly, it appears that there are no links (to the actual posts, for example), and it also seems that the future posts don’t appear on the calendar (only the current day is highlighted).

Still, this gives you a handy overview of your upcoming posts, along with a calendar for easy reference.

8. Show Off Upcoming Posts

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The Show Off Upcoming Posts plugin lets you list scheduled posts in a widget on the sidebar. While many may not be crazy about that idea, this plugin points to the usefulness of doing such a thing by allowing you to encourage people to subscribe to your RSS feed or to sign up for your email newsletter.

And that seems like a pretty smart thing to do.

If you have enticing titles, but they aren’t yet published, you just may get some more followers with this little trick.

9. Drafts Scheduler

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This plugin lets you schedule all your Drafts automatically (and only Drafts). You can schedule them sequentially or randomly at set intervals. You can also set it to post completely randomly within a certain time frame.

While this plugin might seem a little odd for most people’s needs, for those who might need it, well, here it is. With about 24,000 downloads in the WordPress directory, it seems more people than you might think fall into that category.

10. WP Missed Schedule

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And finally we come to the WP Missed Schedule plugin.

If you schedule a lot of posts, as we do here at DEV, then there’s a good chance you’ve run across the problem of your scheduled posts not publishing. When that happens, you will get a message that the post “Missed schedule.”

I know we’ve had this issue, and lots of others have too. This plugin purports to fix the problem.

But of course the problem isn’t easily replicated, and so you’ll just have to take the word of others who have used it. With over 100,000 downloads, 46 5-star ratings, and a 4.9/5 average, I think it’s safe to say that people are finding success with it.

Photo: Aztec/Mayan Calendar

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Creating Categories and Tags for Your WordPress Media http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-media-categories-tags/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-media-categories-tags/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128234 The media system in WordPress has come a long way in the last few years. It’s seen many welcome improvements.

As usual, however, it could probably be a little better. And one obvious way would seem to be adding categories and/or tags to media.

This would allow for easier management and even a little creative curation.

With that in mind, we’re going to go over a few ways you can assign categories or tags to media (such as images), and also how that might help.

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Two Solutions

As people often like non-plugin solutions, we’ll offer one here. But we’ll also offer a plugin solution that is much more powerful out of the box.  It gives you a refreshing new twist on working with your media and doing things like building galleries from it.

Enhanced Media Library Plugin

This first solution comes in the form of a plugin called the Enhanced Media Library.

That link goes to a site where you’ll need to download the plugin to your computer first and then upload it to your site.

That plugin is an improved version of another media library plugin with the same name found on WordPress.org.

We are recommending the plugin in the first link, however, because it really is an improvement.  The big difference is that this plugin lets you move images into categories in bulk – for example, choosing 20 travel photos and moving them into a “Travel” category and then choosing 30 food photos and moving them into a “Food” category.

With the other plugin, you would need to move each image one by one (and only after you’ve clicked into the edit screen).

This plugin lets you use your existing categories and/or tags, or you can easily create your own that will only be available for media.

How It Works

We’ll go over some of the basics of how the plugin works to give you an idea of its power.

There are a number of ways to assign your media to a category.

Assigning to Categories (or Tags) via the Uploader

Of course many people first upload their media via the post editor. And so when you do that, you’ll see a section on the right-hand side of the uploader/library for categories.

uploading

When you click into an image to edit it via the media library, you’ll see a similar set up with the categories (or tags) on the right hand side.


Via the Media Library List

If you have lots of images that aren’t assigned yet, or you’d like to put images into more than one category (or change their categories), then you can go to the Media Library. (Media > Library)

There you’ll see a list of all your images. But you’ll also see some new additional functionality since adding the plugin.

When you hover over an image, you’ll now see options to assign the image to the categories you have set up.

hover

If you select a number of images, you can then go to the drop-down at the top to the left of the Toggle Bulk button, choose your category, and then click Toggle Bulk.

bulk-move

This will move them into the category.

moved-images

Working with Media Categories

Working with media in the categories is just as easy as getting it into the categories.

Still in the Media Library, you may have noticed that there was a filter button that lets you see only the images in that category.

filter-by-cat

But let’s say you were looking for a photo while writing a post. If you click the media button on the post editor and go into the Media Library that way, you still have a way to filter your images.

filter-in-uploader

That makes it much easier to find the image you want. But it also makes it easier to do things like build a gallery of all your travel photos.

You’d simply need to do the following:

  • Click “Create Gallery”
  • Filter your images by category
  • Select the images you want
  • Click “Create a new gallery”
create-gallery


Code for Functions File

This second options is code for your functions file. While this isn’t as powerful as the plugin above, it may be a start for developers looking for something more stripped down.

If you place the following in your functions.php file, you will now see that attachments such as images can be assigned categories or tags. This is the same category and tag system already set up on your site.

As you’ll be changing your theme, you should probably consider creating a child theme if you haven’t already.

// add categories for attachments
function add_categories_for_attachments() {
    register_taxonomy_for_object_type( 'category', 'attachment' );
}
add_action( 'init' , 'add_categories_for_attachments' );

// add tags for attachments
function add_tags_for_attachments() {
    register_taxonomy_for_object_type( 'post_tag', 'attachment' );
}
add_action( 'init' , 'add_tags_for_attachments' );


Just Right for Heavy Duty Media Users

If you use and reuse a lot of media on your site, then categories for these attachments is a no-brainer. In fact, after you moved to media categories, you’d probably never be able to go back. It’d be like working with posts without categories or tags – possible, yes, but who would ever want to?

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How to Hide or Highlight the Screen Options Tab in WordPress http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-to-hide-or-highlight-the-screen-options-tab-in-wordpress/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/how-to-hide-or-highlight-the-screen-options-tab-in-wordpress/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:19 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=128170 The Screen Options tab at the top of pages in the WordPress admin section often goes unnoticed.

Sitting up in the corner of the page as it does, the Screen Options tab often goes unnoticed.
Sitting up in the corner of the page as it does, the Screen Options tab often goes unnoticed.

For some admins, that’s a good thing. For whatever reason, they don’t want users that have access to the backend playing around with it, and they hope it continues to go unnoticed.

For other admins, however, the very opposite is true. They actually WANT users to notice it. They feel it will help them do what they need to do more easily.

The Screen Options tab contains some important options.
The Screen Options tab contains some important options.

In this post, we have good news for both types of admins. We have a way to hide the Screen Options tab completely, and we also have a way to highlight it so that it might attract a little more attention.

Hiding the Screen Options Tab

There are two options for hiding the Screen Options tab.

Code Method

The first is more manual and wide-sweeping. If you place the following snippet of code into your functions.php file, the Screen Options tab will disappear across the whole backend for all users except the admin.

(As you’ll be changing your theme with this solution, you should probably consider either creating a child theme or making your own simple plugin to use.

 function remove_screen_options_tab() {
       return current_user_can( 'manage_options' );
  }
  add_filter('screen_options_show_screen', 'remove_screen_options_tab');


Plugin Method

And the there is the Screen Options and Help Show Customize plugin that will do this trick for you. But it also gives you more control at the same time.

This plugin lets you hide both the Screen Options tab and the Help tab on whichever pages you like, and also for whomever you like.

So, for example, you could hide the Screen Options tab only on the New Post screen for everyone under the level of Admin, but leave it visible on the Media screen – but only for Editors and above.

Your options are totally open for where (New Post, Media, etc.), what (Screen Options or Help tab), and who (Admin, Editor, Author, etc.).

screen-options-plugin

Highlighting the Screen Options and Help Tabs

The second plugin, called Seeing Red, does the opposite of the above and actually highlights the Screen Options and Help tabs in red.

While it’s not overly garish, it probably will help to catch a user’s attention – at least eventually.

seeing-red
And so there you are — now you have options concerning your options.
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How to Install Breadcrumbs in WordPress and Why You Should http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-breadcrumbs-seo-ux/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-breadcrumbs-seo-ux/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=127978 Did you know that there is a “Breadcrumb Team” at Google?

‘Tis true.

And by “breadcrumbs” here, of course I’m talking the links that appear at the top of web pages and map out the location of a page in a hierarchy,  like WordPress > Plugins > Photo Gallery Plugins.

Anyway, back to this “Breadcrumb Team.”

Near the beginning this video (around :25) by Matt Cutts, who is head of Google’s webspam/search quality team, he gets a question about breadcrumbs, says he wasn’t sure of the answer, and so he asked “the Breadcrumb Team or folks who work on breadcrumbs.”

Now, I seriously doubt that “the folks who work on breadcrumbs” do nothing else at Google. But I labor to make this point in order to show the importance of breadcrumbs.

If there are people at Google dedicated to them, then they must be fairly important.

Breadcrumbs in Search Results

Google having people dedicated to breadcrumbs isn’t the only reason we know they’re important. In fact, it’s not even the most convincing one.

We know breadcrumbs are important in Google because they actually show them in their search results. If you’re lucky, that is. Or maybe I should say: If you’re good.

Take a look at a screenshot where the results for wordpress.org show breadcrumbs instead of a single URL.

breadcrumbs-wordpress

Merely implementing breadcrumbs on your site, however, doesn’t automatically guarantee that you will start seeing them in your search results. You need to have a site that Google trusts and believes is something of an authority.

That said, it’s not hard to see that Google thinks they’re a good thing. And so implementing them might be a good idea if you’re looking for one more little push toward gaining more authority and upping your SEO score.

Good for User Experience

Breadcrumbs can help search engine spiders crawl your site and understand its architecture. So there’s a technical reason for breadcrumbs.

But at least as important is that breadcrumbs can help with user experience. They can help users not only know where they are, but they can help them get easy access to other pages they might need.

After all, Google puts breadcrumbs in their own search results. They don’t do this to make it easier for search bots to crawl search pages. They do this because they believe it improves user experience.

And, of course, Google even use them on their own info pages. Take a look at the screenshot below on a page for, well, breadcrumbs.

google-breadcrumbs

How to Implement Breadcrumbs

OK, if you’re convinced, then you’ll probably want to know how to implement them on your own site.

You can either go the plugin route or the more manual route.

Some SEO plugins may contain a breadcrumbs component. But there are stand-alone breadcrumb plugins too. The most popular is Breadcrumb NavXT.

With about 1.3 million downloads and  4 ½ stars on the WordPress.org directory, it has a pretty good track record.

It gives you lots of options in the settings (many more than you probably thought possible for breadcrumbs), and it’s easy to set up.

Inserting Breadcrumb Code

You will need to insert a bit of code into your theme where you want the breadcrumbs to appear. For most people, that’s going to be at the top of the content. And the easiest way to do that is to insert the code into your header.php file near the bottom.

Here’s what my test looks like.

breadcrumbs-at-top

Breadcrumbs without a Plugin

For those who don’t like plugins, it’s possible to get breadcrumbs without a plugin. I found at least one solution on Cazue.com.

You should also double check the backend of your theme to see if breadcrumbs are already built in. Sometimes they are.

What About WPMU DEV Breadcrumbs?

Before someone else mentions it, allow me to. You may notice that we have no breadcrumbs on this site. (At least at the time of writing.)

Before looking into it deeper, I hadn’t thought a lot about breadcrumbs. I knew they existed, of course, and I was tangentially aware of some possible SEO value, but I hadn’t given them a lot of thought.

Now that I have given them some more thought, I think I’ll be lobbying for inclusion here. So maybe we will get them, or maybe we won’t.

But that brings up another important point. If you feel that breadcrumbs somehow detract from the user’s experience on your site, then you may want to go ahead and skip them.

Breadcrumbs are meant to make the user’s experience better. If they aren’t doing that for one reason or another, and going without them would be better, then by all means, go for “better.”

As always, better is better.

Photo: a crumb of comfort

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30+ Top Quality Free, Minimalist and Stunning WordPress Themes http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/30-top-quality-free-minimalist-and-stunning-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/30-top-quality-free-minimalist-and-stunning-wordpress-themes/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=127980 Complexity in design isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Sliders, banners and other web elements can be distracting when all you want is for your readers to focus on your words.

Clean, minimalist themes allow your content to shine without unnecessary clutter or bloat.

The collection of themes below includes mostly themes put out for free by generous developers on their blogs, as well as free premium themes by larger agencies.

Don’t forget to give kudos to the developers/designers if you do decide download and use any of these themes!

What’s your favorite minimalist theme? Tell us in the comments below.

Casper

casper

Casper is a simple, minimalist theme inspired by the Ghost blogging platform.

It features a large fullscreen header and takes advantage of features exclusive to Ghost, such as markdown and the ability to quickly paste links to display images.

Tonal

tonal

Tonal offers a greyscale design that changes based on your background color.

This theme features large images, full-width videos and makes the most of post formats.

Dazzling

dazzling

Dazzling is a colorful, flat and responsive theme ideal for businesses.

It is highly customizable for a free theme, with unlimited color variations, several widget areas, and a flexible featured slider.

Untitled

untitled

Untitled has been designed by the theme team at Automattic.

It comes with full-bleed featured posts, featured images, a fixed header and subtle CSS3 transitions. This theme also supports a right sidebar.

Papaver

papaver

Papaver is a stripped back, minimalist theme that puts the focus on your words.

This theme offers one, two or three column variations.

Touchfolio

touchfolio

Touchfolio is a responsive, sparse design featuring large images.

It has a skinning system based on LESS CSS (similar to variables in Twitter Bootstrap) and controls Photoshop file included.

It also comes with two types of portfolio – a gallery with list in menu and masonry gallery.

Wootique

wootique

Wootique is a free WooThemes design that makes full use of all WooCommerce features. Every WooCommerce widget has been styled to match the design of this theme.

It also comes with a featured slider, custom header and widgets and is highly customizable in the backend.

Frank

frank

Frank provides a light, responsive and unobtrusive reading experience.

This theme’s main focus is speed. The parent theme’s default home page makes just nine database queries and consists of two requests. This theme has no Javascript frameworks and no unnecessary images, just a simple no-frills fast blog.

It is built on HTML5 and CSS3 and features several different homepage layouts.

Focused

focussed

Focused is a responsive, clean theme designed for personal blogs.

It features a left sidebar and takes advantage of post formats.

White Paper

white-paper

White Paper features a light, easy-to-use and laconic design that is ideal for personal blogging.

This theme publishes images large, really large.

Spacious

Spacious

Spacious is a multi-purpose responsive theme perfect for business.

It comes with a slider four layouts, six templates, five custom widgets, 13 widget areas, boxed and wide layout, and light and dark skins.

Best of all, it features free support – something rare for free themes.

Pitch

Pitch

Pitch is a non-nonsense business theme that does the basics well. It’s easy to add content with built-in custom post types so you can add slides, clients, projects and features.

This theme also comes with a minimal options panel.

Expositio

Expositio

Expositio is a responsive portfolio theme designed with a big, clean layout for photographers and designers.

It features horizontal scrolling and is super easy-to-use.

Mystile

mystile

Mystile is a lightweight and responsive WooCommerce theme designed as a canvas you can use as is or as a basis for your own design to match your products.

This theme comes with a bevy of options and alternate color schemes. It also features a custom homepage and custom shortcode.

The Night Watch

the-night-watch

The Night Watch is a simple, elegant and responsive theme ideal for personal blogs.

It features a large head image and a single column design.

mnmlist

mnmlist

mnmlist is about as minimalistic as you’re going to get. This theme has been stripped bare to the absolute basics and is free from any distractions from the content.

It features a clean, uncluttered design with a minimalist footer and nothing else – no header, sidebar or comments.

Less

less

Less is a fast, minimalist single column design with large text and full-width images. It pulls in the site’s admin Gravatar picture in the header.

It doesn’t come with widgets, though it is responsive and has one custom menu in the header.

According to the developer, this theme is “great for LoLcats.”

DW Minion

dw-minion

This simple and clean theme is ideal for blogging. It features a responsive design and has been optimized for social sharing.

DW Minion supports post formats.

Socute

socute

Socute is the free version of a premium eCommerce theme designed by YITHEMES.

It is highly customizable and features a responsive design and various layout options.

Best

best

Best is a functional, simple theme with a responsive design, page templates and multiple menus.

This theme’s built-in layout options allow you to build a simple blog or a fully-fledged business site. It also comes with theming options and shortcode.

Sinapp

sinapp

Sinapp is an ideal theme for promoting a mobile app.

It features white-labeled theme administration, a shortcode generator, color skins, MailChimp integration and even free support.

Fruitful

fruitful

Fruitful is a clean theme, featuring both responsive and fixed layouts.

It comes with a custom options panel, and key features include dummy content, easy social media sharing, custom heading, menu styling, and a JQuery slider.

Mono

mono

Moni is a clean, elegant theme that perfect for a range of different sites.

This theme uses custom post types and has various widget areas. In the backend there are drag and drop menus for easy setup and maximum flexibility.

Fejoia

feijoa

Fejoia is an ultra minimalist theme with a two-tone design.

This theme is ideal for bloggers with its focus on words rather than images.

Hellish Simplicity

hellish-simplicity

Hellish Simplicity is a simple, clean, and responsive design.

Developer Ryan Hellyer originally developed this theme for his blog, but has made it available as a free download since 2008. It has undergone many iterations since then, but has mostly stayed true to its original design.

Padhang

padhang

Padhang is a Medium-esque minimalist theme focusing on content.

This theme features a responsive layout and two widget areas in the footer. It’s easily customizable using the theme customizer that comes with WordPress.

Padhang means “bright” in Javanesse.

Tiny

tiny

Tiny is another ultra minimalistic theme that puts the focus on clean typography.

It is fast, SEO-friendly and features 11 different styles ideal for bloggers.

Madison

madison

Clean and retro, Madison has been designed for personal portfolios.

Some of this theme’s features include a responsive design, a Nivo slider on the homepage, a work page with detailed information, Superfish dropdown menu, social links with icons and LESS files included.

Doke Doke

doke-doke

Doke Doke is a cute and clean parallax theme ideal for creative agencies and freelancers.

It features a filterable portfolio.

Min

min

Min is a super minimalist and responsive theme with no bells and whistles. It has two widgetized footer areas to handle navigation or anything else you want to put there.

Landscape

landscape

Landscape is a clean, minimalist responsive theme ideal for photographers and bloggers.

The focus is squarely on words with this theme, though it’s easy to change that focus with some beautiful images.

Lexiity

lexiity

Lexiity is a responsive under construction/coming soon/landing template featuring a count down timer.

This theme’s features include white labelled theme administration, shortcode generator, color skins, MailChimp integration. It also comes with support.

Balloons

balloons

Balloons is a responsive parallax theme with a whimsical design. The colors are customizable and this theme integrates well with the WP-Pagenavi plugin.

The front-end language can be easily switched between English and German.

Pinzolo

pinzolo

Pinzolo is a beautiful, clean theme with customization options in the WordPress theme customizer.

This theme features a custom header image and featured image header on posts and pages, custom background and color, fixed menu, Ajax loading for blog posts.

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25+ Must-Have WordPress Plugins for 2014 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/25-must-have-wordpress-plugins-for-2014/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/25-must-have-wordpress-plugins-for-2014/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:30:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=127595 Every WordPress developer has a toolkit of plugins they can’t live without that usually includes solutions for caching, security and adding other improvements that build on WordPress core.

That’s the great thing about WordPress – in the WordPress Plugin Repository alone there are more than 30,000 plugins that build on core, allowing you to bend the software to your will.

But with so many free and premium plugins available, how do you sort the good from the bad?

Below is a collection of essential plugins, all chosen based on their usefulness, quality and popularity.

Is your favourite plugin on the list? What other plugins would you recommend? Tell us in the comments below.

W3 Total Cache

w3-total-cache

W3 Total Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins for WordPress. Caching is the best way to easily improve your users experience without having to make change to your site’s content.

A well-regarded alternative is WP Super Cache, which is often thought of as an easier version of W3 Total Cache.

Jetpack

jetpack

Jetpack supercharges your site with a collection of powerful features, such as site stats, email subscriptions, forms, social networking and more.

The latest version of Jetpack introduced support for Multisite. In the past, super admins had to manage the connections on an individual site basis, even though Jetpack could be activated network-wide. Now you can administer all your connections from your super admin accounts.

Akismet

akismet

Akismet is the grand daddy of spam plugins. This plugin checks your site’s comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and then lets you review the spam it catches in the “Comments” section of the WordPress admin area.

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

Google Analytics +

google-analytics

Google Analytics + lets you track and view Google Analytics statistics for your single or Multisite installation.

This plugin puts all the important statistics right in front of you with beautiful charts and graphs in your WordPress dashboard.

Google XML Sitemaps

google-xml-sitemaps

This plugin does a single job well: it generates an XML sitemap for your sites, which helps search engines to better index your site.

Sitemaps make it easier for search engine crawlers to see the complete structure of your sites and retrieve it more efficiently. Google XML Sitemaps supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages and custom URLs, and also notifies search engines each time you post new content.

iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

ithemes-security

Better WP Security has changed its name. This plugin provides more than 30 ways to securit and protect your site.

Features include:

- Obscurity: Changes the URLs for WordPress dashboard areas including login and admin
- Protect: Scans your site to instantly report where vulnerabilities exist and fixes them in seconds
- Detect: Detects bots and other attempts to search for vulnerabilities
- Recover: Makes regular backups of your WordPress database

Sucuri Security is another popular security plugin if you’re looking for an alternative to iTheme Security.

Contact Form 7

contact-form-7

Easily the most popular free forms plugin out there, Contact Form 7 has racked up more than 16 millions downloads in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

This plugin can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and any email content with simple markup. It also include support for AJAX-powered submission, CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.

If you want to step things up a notch, Gravity Forms is a popular premium forms plugin.

Snapshot

snapshot

Snapshot is like Apple’s Time Machine, but for your WordPress site. This easy-to-use plugin is Multisite compatible and allows you to back backup snapshots of anything you want (settings, content, files etc) so you can quickly restore your content at any time.
This plugin’s features include the ability to save your snapshots to Dropbox and Amazon S3.

Some popular alternatives include or BackWPup and BackupBuddy.

Limit Login Attempts

limit-login-attempts

This is another great plugin that even one-click installer Softaculous allows you to install along with WordPress.

By default, WordPress allows unlimited login attempts either through the login page or by sending special cookies. Limit Login Attempts limits the rate of login attempts on your site, helping prevent brute-force hacking on your site.

Ultimate Branding

ultimate-branding

White label your site with Ultimate Branding. This fantastic plugin lets your re-brand the entire WordPress admin area, from the admin to the dashboard and the login page.

You can quickly and easily replace the WordPress logo with your own company logo, change favicons, add your own help content and remove all mentions of WordPress for your clients.

Appointments +

appointments-plus

Appointments + is the most powerful, flexible and feature-rich plugin out there that lets you to accept, set and manage your bookings on your site.

It’s a cinch to set up. We’ve got some cool aesthetic updates planned for this plugin later in the year so keep an eye out!

MarketPress eCommerce

marketpress-ecommerce

MarketPress sets the standard for WordPress eCommerce solutions, providing an elegant shopping experience that supports all major payment gateways and allows you to easily manage distribution and shopping costs with custom shipping options.

Why spend thousands of dollars on cowboy-coded extensions and add-ons? There’s no need to purchase extra add-ons or special licenses when MarketPress brings together the power of dozens of different plugins in one solid standalone product.

WooCommerce is by far the most popular eCommerce plugin available, though MarketPress has some really exciting major updates planned for this year, so stay tuned.

Membership

membership

Membership allows you to easily create your very own membership site, like GigaOm, Mixergy, PSD Tuts, or even The New York Times.

This easy to set up plugin lets you grant limited access to visitors and reserve premium content for paying users.

Membership has just undergone a major update, with huge changes planned this year that will make it even easier to use.

Pro Sites

pro-sites

Pro Sites give you the power to create your own profitable blog or site hosting network, like WordPress.com

You can offer your users the chance to upgrade their sites for a fee and access features like premium themes, plugins, extra storage, domain mapping or simply removing advertising.

This is a powerful plugin and definitely worth checking out.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

yet-another-related-post-plugin

YARPP displays pages, posts and custom post types related to the current post, introducing your readers to other relevant content on your site.

Exposing visitors to related posts is a great way to encourage your visitors to stick around and engage with our site.

WP Smush.it

smush-it

Smush.it optimizes images files to help improve site speed. This plugin strips meta data from JPEGs, optimises JPEG compression and strips un-used colours from indexed images.

WPMU DEV took over maintenance of this plugin in 2012 after it sat idle for a while in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

BJ Lazy Load

bj-lazy-load

BJ Lazy Load lets you lazy load selected images, including post images and thumbnails, Gravatar images and iFrames, and replace content with a placeholder.

There are some simple settings that allow you to customize how the plugin works, such as choosing a placeholder and skipping images with classes.

This plugin caters to size optimized images, automatically serves scaled down images in responsive designs, and automatically serving hiDPI images for hiDPI screens (like Apple’s retina display).

WordPress Beta Tester

wordpress-beta-tester

Every serious WordPress user/developer should have WordPress Beta Tester. This plugin automatically updates your install to the latest stable release or bleeding edge nightly so you can test the latest/upcoming version of WordPress.

Note: This plugin should not be used on a live site.

Duplicator

wordpress-duplicator

This popular free plugin allows you to duplicate, clone, backup, move and transfer an entire site from one place to another.

Duplicator is made by developers for developers. It’s a great tool for pulling a production site down onto a local machine for testing, as well as the reverse – developing locally and pushing a site to a production server.

Duplicator has racked up more than 480,000 downloads and has received an average rating of 4.9 stars on the WordPress Plugin Repository. Duplicator gets a thumbs up from me, too. This is a great plugin.

Infinite SEO

infinite-seo

Infinite SEO is our powerful WordPress SEO plugin. It allow you to easily boost your site’s ranking through comprehensive and powerful site maps, and title and meta data optimisation, as well as automatic site-wide linking and complete Moz integration.

Floating Social

floating-social

Floating Social follows users as they scroll through your site, allowing them to easily share your content on social media no matter where they are on the page.

We use Floating Social on the WPMU DEV Blog on all our posts to encourage readers to share our content.

WordPress Reset

wordpress-reset

Resetting your WordPress site can be useful if you are testing out a bunch of plugins and themes and want to reset your test environment to clear out the options table along with everything else.

WordPress Reset resets your WordPress database back to its defaults, deleting all customizations and content.

Relevanssi

Relevanssi

Relevanssi replaces the default search on your site with a partial-match search that sorts through results by relevance. It also indexes comments and shortcode content.

This plugin features search results sorted by relevance and not by date, and the ability to match partial words if complete words don’t match.

This is the free version of Relevanssi. Relevanssi Premium has added features.

Theme Check

theme-check

Test your themes to make their they conform with the latest WordPress theme review standards.

Theme Check allows you to run all the same automated testing tools on your theme that WordPress.org uses to review theme submissions.

Broken Link Checker

broken-link-checker

This plugin’s name is self-explanatory. Check your posts, pages and comments for broken links and receive notifications by email or on your dashboard.

You can also choose to prevents search engines from following broken links.

Disable Comments

disable-comments

Disable Comments allows you to disable comments on any post type (posts, pages attachments etc) across your network so your users can’t override the settings for individual posts.

This plugin is great if you run a Multisite network with sites that don’t require comments.

Regenerate Thumbnails

regenerate-thumbnails

Regenerate Thumbnails allows you to quickly and easily regenerate the thumbnails for all of your image attachments. This is especially helpful if you’ve changed your WordPress theme and you need different-sized thumbnails or featured images.

A great alternative is AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild, which is great for sites with lots of images as it allows you to rebuild images in multi-steps rather then in one shot, placing less stress on your server.

Image credit: Flickr.

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