Custom Sidebars Joins WPMU DEV’s FREE Plugin Collection

Custom Sidebars Joins WPMU DEV’s FREE Plugin Collection

Custom Sidebars has become the latest addition to WPMU DEV’s collection of free plugins available for download in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Since Custom Sidebars Pro was launched we’ve added sooo much new stuff. Head over to the project page to check out all the new features! Check out Custom Sidebars Pro

Custom Sidebars allows you to create your own widgetized areas and custom sidebars, and select which sidebars to use on posts or pages.

We acquired the highly rated and popular plugin after hiring its creator Javi Marquez. Javi, a Spanish developer based in Seville, joined the WPMU DEV developer team last year. We only recently acquired Custom Sidebars.

Custom Sidebar
Custom Sidebar will continue to be available for free in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Javi said he originally created the plugin because he was building WordPress sites that required better sidebar functionality. He uploaded Custom Sidebars to the repository because it was a handy tool for a specific purpose – and because he was using other free plugins and wanted to give something back to the WordPress community.

He is now part of a core team at WPMU DEV working on an exciting new theme project.

15 Free WPMU DEV Plugins

We have 15 plugins available for free in the repository, including lite editions of our popular Membership and MarketPress plugins.

MarketPress – WordPress eCommerce offers a raft of features, including access to major payment gateways, support for major currencies, multiple shipping options, easy customization, powerful widgets and compatibility with Multisite.

Membership allows you to create a fully functional membership site, offering resources, forums, downloads, videos support and more, complete with two different levels of membership and customizations.

WP Smush.it
WP Smush.it is our most popular free plugin.

Our most popular plugin by far is WP Smush.it. WPMU DEV took over management of the plugin from Yahoo more than a year ago. The tool losslessly compresses images to reduce their size while ensuring they retain their visual quality.

Other plugins in our free collection include:

Wiki – Transforms your site into a fully functional wiki or add wiki pages to your blog.

Anti-Splog – Stop and kill splogs in WordPress Multisite.

BuddyPress Embed Activity – Gives your social network all the features and ease of Facebook when it comes to uploading and sharing media.

Chat – Add chat to your site. Chat with your visitors and let them chat with each other.

WordPress PopUp – Advertise your mailing list, special offer or simply to show ads is via a Javascript “pop over” on your site.

The Google + Plugin
The Google+ Plugin allows you to easily integrate your profile into your site.

The Google+ Plugin – Integrate your site with your Google+ profile and/or page.

Google Maps All In One – Easily embed and customize Google maps in posts, pages or as an easy to use widget on your site.

Custom Admin Bar – Easily add your own link or logo to the WordPress Admin Bar.

Network Switch Button – Add a Network Admin / Site Admin button to the top right of your dashboard to speed up your navigation of your Multisite install.

Custom Admin Text Change – Change every single piece of translated text in your admin area.

Posterous Importer Advanced – Import posts, comments, tags, attachments, embeds and audio from a Posterous.com blog.

Our free plugins available for download in the repository, in addition to the dedicated time our support team spends in the WordPress Forums, are just just another way we give back to the WordPress community.

Job Openings

In other news, we have two positions open at our Melbourne headquarters – Project / Product Manager and Web / Graphic Designer.

We’re looking for a Project / Project Manager to spearhead a new online service orientated towards women. This role will involve working towards launch and beyond.

We’re also seeking a Web / Graphic Designer to work with our fantastic front and back-end developer team and complement our design and creative team.

If you’re interested in applying for either position, check out the full position descriptions on the Incsub site.

Have you used any of our free plugins? Tell us in the comments below.