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.

15 Free WordPress Plugins to Add Christmas Cheer to Your Site

The Christmas countdown has begun, and while stores are playing Jingle Bells and homes are decorated with colorful lights and the sweet smell of pine trees, there’s no reason why you can’t deck your WordPress site with boughs of holly.

To help you get into the Christmas spirit, I’ve put together a fun list of free Christmas plugins, themes and tips – all tried and tested.

Colorful Christmas lights

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New Plugin Release: Pretty Plugins by WPMU DEV

We’ve been busy working away on lots of new products for our members and today we’ve excited to announce our latest plugin, Pretty Plugins.

Pretty Plugins allows you to list, sort, manage and even sell plugins on your Multisite network. You can group plugins into categories, give them eye-catching feature images and display them in an easy-to-use, eye-looking grid. It makes finding and installing plugins a breeze.

Check out our plugins pages to download Pretty Plugins.

Pretty Plugins

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WordPress 3.8′s Proposed Features: Have Your Say

Four plugins are vying for inclusion in WordPress 3.8, which is due out in early December.

The contenders include: MP6 (a visual overhaul of the admin area), DASH (a redesign of the dashboard landing page), THX38 (a reimagining of the theme installation experience) and Omnisearch/Global Admin Search (merges the various admin search forms into one).

Unlike previous versions of WordPress, development of WordPress 3.8 began in tandem with 3.7. This will also be the first release where each of its major features have been developed first as stand-alone plugins before their integration in core.

MP6

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WordPress Automatic Core Updates: Is Your Site Compatible?

Since WordPress 3.7 shipped and installations around the world began updating in the background to 3.7.1, the mild panic over automatic updates still hasn’t subsided.

This is despite lead developer Andrew Nacin’s attempts to assure everyone that background updates are “incredibly, incredibly safe”. Auto-updates was no doubt the release’s most thoroughly tested feature.

Automatic updates

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7 Best Free WordPress Slider Plugins

If your site is image-heavy or you’ve got awesome content you don’t want visitors to miss when they load up your homepage, chances are you need a slider.

Sliders provide a convenient way to display multiple images, videos or other content in an engaging and attention grabbing way.

But finding a beautiful and easy to use slider plugin isn’t exactly a walk in the park, especially if you’re after a free option.

Slider feature image

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Time Machine Your WordPress Site: Back That Thang Up With Snapshot

A few years ago, a site I was managing for a client was hacked. We lost everything. No matter what I tried, pages of content and dozens of media files were gone forever. Kaput.

Basically, I was screwed. I had no choice but to rebuild the site from scratch and slowly piece it back together.

I wasted a lot of time, time I could have spent working on other projects making money instead of losing it.

The moral of that story? Back that thang up. And there’s no better way to do it than with Snapshot by WPMU DEV.

Delorean time machine

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How to Link a WordPress Title to an External URL

There may be a number of reasons why you’d want the title of your post to link to an external URL. Let’s say, for example, that you let people buy advertising on your site that looks somewhat like an actual post.

That’s what Yahoo does. Take a look below. See that “article” with the yellow background? That’s actually an ad that goes offsite when you click the title.

link

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WPMU DEV’s E-Newsletter Plugin Sees Major Graphical Improvements

One of the nicest aspects of WPMU DEV’s E-Newsletter plugin has always been its graphical components – templates, color controls, WYSIWYG editor, etc.

With the latest updates to E-Newsletter, we’ve upped our game in that department even more.

One of the most prominent additions in this update is the inclusion of a new template called “Promy.”

Here’s a look at the default version.

Don’t like the header there? No problem. Another update includes the ability to change the header for nearly all the themes.

Here’s a new grassy-looking header I put into the Promy theme.

featured-enewsletter

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3 Great Plugins for Embedding Tweets into Your WordPress Site

By this point, Twitter is an inescapable fact of online life – you may not use it yourself, but there’s a whole world of information being traded and discussed out there that your readers can benefit from.

Embedding tweets into articles on your WordPress site is a great way of connecting what you’re saying to the broader discussion while making sure readers don’t have to head out to an external site to get that information.

A picture of eggs emblazoned with the Twitter logo.

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