7 Free WordPress Plugins to Make Quick Work of Tedious Tasks
If you run your own WordPress site – or even a bunch of sites – let’s face it, managing it can become time consuming as you add new features, new users, and your content becomes more complex.
Luckily, there are some great tools available – and all free! – that can help you with daily tasks.
For today’s post I’ve put together a collection of my favorite plugins and apps that make boring tasks like installing plugins, updating your blacklist and sorting through spam comments effortless.
After installing one or more of the plugins in this list, you’ll have more time to create and write content for your site instead.
This nifty plugin allows you to create custom bulk actions for any type of post. For example, say you want to export multiple posts. This plugin lets you do that by adding custom options to your bulk actions list.
It achieves this by with the class Seravo_Custom_Bulk_Action. This allows the option to appear in the list, but does not give it any functions. In order to add options, you’ll need to edit your functions.php file. This can be a bit of a pain, but once it’s done you won’t have to worry about doing it again.
If you’re ready to get started you can download the plugin and check out the instructions for the changes you need to make over on the designated GitHub page.
Overall, it’s an incredibly useful plugin that has the potential to save you a ton of time as long as you are willing to do a bit of coding.
WpFavs is a fantastic plugin if you love making WordPress sites, you are a developer or a web designer. It allows you to create a list of all the plugins you want to install on a brand new site and install them all at the same time. This will save you a bunch of time as you won’t have to instal each plugin one at a time.
You can either install a pre-made list of plugins or register for a free account and create your own list from the Wp Favs website. Either way, you’ll be able to install, delete or activate multiple plugins all at one time. This can all be done from the Wpfaves page in the admin area of your site once the plugin is installed.
Blacklisting can be a time consuming task. WordPress already has a comment blacklist built in to the admin area that you can update manually with words associated with spam. But with so many spammers out there, it can be difficult to keep up with updating that list. This plugin will help lighten the load.
While it doesn’t automatically update the default WordPress blacklist, it does connect to a global list on GitHub. This plugin checks this list regularly and updates itself accordingly to help protect your site.
Blacklist Updater will only update when there is new information so you don’t have to worry about your server resources. It’s a lightweight plugin that uses 0.04MB of memory in the backend and 0.02MB of memory in the front end of your website. Rest assured you will be one step closer to shutting out spam without overloading your server.
YouTube for WordPress, as the name implies, allows you to add YouTube functionality to your WordPress site. It allows you to upload videos, add videos to a playlist, search for videos, subscribe (or unsubscribe) to channels, easily embed videos and custom playlists to the front-end of your site, and many other features.
The developers have plans to offer paid add ons soon that will offer even more features, such as the ability to customize the video player, front-end user uploads, bulk import, and live streaming. Even without the add ons, this plugin makes it much easier to manage your YouTube videos.
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It’s important to note that in order for this plugin to work it requires a Google OAUTH and API key. If you need help setting this up there is a support article on the YouTube for WordPress website. Once these are set up, the plugin is easy to use.
If you host your videos on YouTube, this plugin will save you a lot of time managing your posted videos on your site. The plugin was released on November 1 so it’s a fairly new plugin and more updates are coming soon.
The Anti-Captcha plugin helps significantly reduce comment and registration spam. It also helps prevent attacks using the request lost password feature. This is all done by preventing automated attacks by spam bots using a nonce key that is completely transparent to real visitors.
Your site’s visitors will enjoy not having to worry about filling out captcha forms and trying to read nearly unreadable numbers and letters. You’ll enjoy the significant reduction of spam while also offering an improved user experience to your visitors.
Even if you get false positives, the comments are easy to manually approve. You can save a lot of time with this plugin by not having to sort through a long list of genuine and spam comments. Your visitors will also be safer since there won’t be any potentially harmful links on your site. It’s a win-win situation.
Add Link to Facebook will save you tons of time by automatically posting your published blog posts to Facebook. You just have to set it up once and then you can start automatically announcing your posts on Facebook without even thinking about it.
Your post’s title will be what is posted as the link title along with your post’s excerpt, which will be added as the link’s description on Facebook. You can customize which image Facebook will post with the link. You can choose to show your post’s featured image, your avatar, a custom image or you can just let Facebook decide.
This plugin is Multisite compatible and works well when publishing from mobile devices. There’s also a handy setup guide in case you run into any troubles along the way.
There are further options to post Facebook comments to your WordPress site and vice versa. It has other useful features including adding the “Like” and “Share” buttons to your posts and many more.
This plugin allows you to automatically tweet your blog posts when you publish, update or edit them. You can customize what will be tweeted, shorten URLs, add WordPress tags as Twitter hashtags and even use alternate, shorter URLs in place of longer post permalinks.
You can customize your tweet to post within parameters you set such as by custom post type, when you update or edit posts. Each tweet can also be individually customized on each of your posts. There are widgets included in this plugin to automatically display your latest tweets and a search box to find specific tweets.
There is a premium version of this plugin to help you with tweet scheduling, allowing multiple authors to link to their twitter accounts, time delayed tweeting, tweet comments and more. A single license for $39 additionally offers one year of support and automatic updates. License renewals run at half price. If you would like these features for the lifetime of the plugin, you can purchase a developer license for $99.
What’s your favorite time-saving plugin? Please share it in the comments below.