WordPress Plugins

One of our most popular categories, you’ll find everything to do with WordPress plugins here. Most often you’ll find us reviewing free plugins and keeping people up to date with the latest trends. But we also occasionally review premium plugins if we think our readers might be interested. We’ll also do more comprehensive posts such as
Top 100 WordPress Plugins
. Our reviews consist of posts such as 10 Instagram Plugins for WordPress, Top 5 Forum Plugins for WordPress, Best Font Plugins for WordPress, Top 10 WordPress Plugins for Front End Posting, Editing, and Uploading, and many, many more.

12 Surprisingly Useful WordPress Plugins You Don’t Know About

A swag of new WordPress plugins gets released every single day and whilst many are rehashes, integrations with external services, don’t work or simply add to the ever growing list of contact form generators, every now and then there are some gems.

Tested and approved, here’s 12 WordPress plugins that you don’t know about and therefore don’t even know that you need.

Devic Mockups

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10 Ways to Set Up Hidden Premium Content In WordPress

These days there are all sorts of ways you can choose to keep content in WordPress hidden from the general public. There are all sorts of reasons why you might want to do that.

In this post we’re going to look at 10 solutions that will let you hide your content, but then also let you reveal it if the visitor takes the right action. That action might range from putting in the right password to paying for it through PayPay to tweeting out a link to it first.

Photo credit: Craig Sunter

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UX Hack: Making Long WordPress Posts Easier to Read & Scan

Overwhelmed by hordes pumping out low quality “content” day and night and Google’s ever more stringent rules for what makes it to the top of their search pages, many are starting to realize that producing quick, superficial, rehashed content is a massive waste of time.

In order to compete, in order to win, you need to produce something of substance, something of quality. That often means long posts and articles. Sometimes very long.

“Substance” and “quality” aren’t always defined by length, of course. There are plenty of exceptions there.

First there were content farms. Now we have endless long posts. The reader needs a break.

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Find and Fix Missing YouTube Videos – WordPress SEO Clean Up

Perhaps even more disappointing than following a broken link on a site is coming across a missing video.

This tends to happen a lot with YouTube videos. The post author has carefully crafted a set up for you to watch something juicy or interesting or beneficial, and when you go to play it, you get some type of message saying you can’t.

There are all sorts of reasons for this. Sometimes the video maker has removed it. Sometimes YouTube itself has removed it. Sometimes it’s been set to private. Sometimes it’s been restricted because of your location.

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WordPress Social Network Showdown : BuddyPress V WP-Symposium Pro

BuddyPress is undoubtedly a WordPress plugin heavyweight and dominates the Social Network Plugin division.

WP-Symposium, the only really valid challenger to BuddyPress has, like BuddyPress itself, gone through a major overhaul and has now turned Pro. But with the champion having shed a few pounds and gained some speed, can the challenger take the champion the distance?

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to rumble?

Composite image of Rock'em robots and WP Symposium Pro and BuddyPress logos

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10 Best Image Optimization Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Optimizing your images not only helps your WordPress site load faster, but can also boost your SEO.

In Why Trying to Get 95+ on Google PageSpeed Insights for Your WordPress Site Will Drive You Mad! earlier this month, I looked at measures for improving page speed. One of these measures was the importance of optimizing images.

High resolution images that are unnecessarily large in file size can drastically slow down page speed. Why waste resources and time when it’s possible to reduce image size without losing it’s quality.

This round-up of plugins includes tools for compression and SEO. I’ve also thrown in a couple of lazy load plugins for good measure.

WP Smush.it

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Download WPMU DEV’s FREE Appointments Plugin for WordPress

A free version of our popular Appointments + plugin is now available in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Appointments is a powerful, flexible and feature-rich plugin that includes all the best bits of our premium offering, Appointments +.

Appointments lets you to accept, set and manage bookings on your WordPress site. Control your appointments all from the one place without forgetting or losing valuable bookings when switching between different calendar systems. Flexible and easy to set up, Appointments does it all.

Free Appointments plugin

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Display Unique WordPress Headers Wherever You’d Like

Easy customization is the reason so many people choose to go with WordPress in the first place.

As there’s nearly nothing that stands out on your site as much as your header, being able to customize that element according to what category, Page, Post, or even tag page you’re on can make quite a significant impact.

If you’d like that type of control, then it’s easy enough to do.

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10 Fantastic Drag and Drop Page Builders for WordPress Worth Checking Out

There’s been an explosion of WordPress page builders in recent months, so many in fact it’s hard to know where to begin.

There are front-end builders, backend builders. And what’s the difference between a page builder and a theme builder? Many themes are also available now with built-in builders.

To help you get your head around what’s out there, I’ve put together 10 of the best front-end and backend page builder plugins available.

Visual Composer

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